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King Kelson's Bride (Deryni) Mass Market Paperback – Jul 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reissue edition (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441008275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441008278
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 815,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the conclusion of the Deryni series, political power meets its match in the power of magic as the time approaches for the king's wedding. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am from the United States, and a devout Katherine Kurtz fan who is delighted to have a new Deryni fix! Especially after waiting fourteen years since the end of Quest for St Camber to find out whether or not Kelson and Rothana would one day marry.
They do not, but with Rothana's help, Kelson finds the perfect wife and queen for him in his kinswoman, Princess Araxie Haldane. He is at first reluctant to marry Araxie, still believing himself to be in love with Rothana, but comes to appreciate her gradually for her intelligence and for her grace and spirit. The novel is less about the question of WHO the bride will be than it is about the way her and Kelson's relationship develops through the novel.
The other major plot thread in King Kelson's Bride is King Liam-Lajos' restoration to the throne of Torenth over the protests of his uncles, Mahael and Teymuraz. As the author herself has pointed out, "things are different in Torenth" and indeed they are. And very colorful and exotic, too. I very much enjoyed spending some time there in this novel as it is the first time that Ms. Kurtz has allowed us to have a visit that lasted more than a few pages. And we meet some new characters, the most intriguing of which is Count Matyas, King Liam's third Furstan uncle. Is he Mahael's brother first, or is he Liam's loyal uncle? Readers may be assured that there is plenty of danger, treachery and magic afoot on the day of Liam's enthronement.
We also have the chance to visit the Ile d'Orsal for the first time. The court of the Hort of Orsal has been mentioned in previous Deryni novels, but we the readers have never seen it until now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
Having read all the previous Deryni books, I pre-ordered this one months in advance. I could hardly contain my excitement when it actually arrived, only to be severely disappointed. All the previous stories have been about the Deryni-human conflict. The struggle for survival, the often-tragic outcomes made for gripping reading.
In this story nothing much happens. It starts with a discussion of all the prospective brides for King Kelson. This discussion is repeated about 6 or 7 times throughout the book. Then there are discussions about other peoples marriage plans, about how to restore Conal's two (one legitimate, one not) children to their rightful place in court and who will receive which noble title. This too is told again and again. Repetition!
It seems that Ms. Kurtz wanted to have a happy conclusion for everybody. Liam, the 14-year-old prince of Torenth is returned to his country to become king despite his plotting brothers and Kelson comes round to the ides that he will love the woman whom he is going to marry. That is the whole story! Boring!
All the goodies survive (most unusual for K. Kurtz) and all the badies die, save one. I suppose this is just in case Ms. Kurtz decides to write another novel. If she does, she must try a good deal harder. If I were to rate her previous books, I would give them each 4 or 5 stars. One is enough for this one.
Only devout Deryni fans will manage to finish reading this book. Moreover, knowing how fascinating her previous stories were, they will be even more disappointed because it is so repetitious and boring!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
Katherine Kurtz fans have been waiting six years for another Deryni novel, and nearly fifteen for a Kelson-era one. Perhaps the anticipation got too great - this is a novel that all Deryni fans will be pleased to have read but, despite being a good novel, it may leave them mildly disappointed.
For those who have not read any of the previous Deryni novels, the Deryni are a race with magical powers living in a world similar to medieval Britain. There is a history of bad relations between Deryni and humans, and for the two centuries before Kelson's time, Deryni have been a persecuted minority in Kelson's kingdom of Gwynedd. But Kelson is half-Deryni himself.
But in this novel, unlike all previous ones, there is next to no human-Deryni conflict. To all appearance, Gwynedd has accepted the gradual reemergence of Deryni. The conflict in the story arises from Kelson's visit to the former enemy (and Deryni-ruled) kingdom of Torenth - with influential Torenthis still determined to destroy both him and Lajos, the present king of Torenth. And even that conflict is less important to the novel than almost any previous ones in the series.
In fact, the main conflicts of the novel are internal personal ones - including Kelson's reluctance to seek a third potential bride after two failures in previous novels, his mother Jehana's continued distrust of Deryni powers (including her own). By the end of the novel, Kelson is married and the reader is convinced that the marriage will indeed be a happy one - but this particular storyline could have done with some extra development.
Still, the book generally reads well and answers a number of questions that Deryni fans have been asking for years. Newcomers to the series may find the many references to previous novels somewhat confusing - but the best answer to that is the rewarding task of reading the previous novels.
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