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Deryni Rising In the land of Gwynedd the Haldanes have long ruled and have long kept a dangerous secret there are those of their blood who possess the magical powers of the Deryni To be Deryni in a land ruled by t

  • Title: Deryni Rising
  • Author: Katherine Kurtz
  • ISBN: 9780441011681
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Deryni Rising By Katherine Kurtz, In the land of Gwynedd, the Haldanes have long ruled and have long kept a dangerous secret there are those of their blood who possess the magical powers of the Deryni To be Deryni in a land ruled by the all powerful Church is to be branded an outcast But now, young Prince Kelson is about to assume the throne after the mysterious death of his father He must be told of hIn the land of Gwynedd, the Haldanes have long ruled and have long kept a dangerous secret there are those of their blood who possess the magical powers of the Deryni To be Deryni in a land ruled by the all powerful Church is to be branded an outcast But now, young Prince Kelson is about to assume the throne after the mysterious death of his father He must be told of his magical heritage For his legacy is being challenged by a woman who does not hesitate to lay full claim to her Deryni powers And to face her in magical combat, Kelson must learn a lifetime s worth of magic in a few short days.If he loses, he dies as his father did And if he wins, he is King but all the world will know that he is also Deryni

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    1. It was years ago when I ran across Katherine Kurtz s Deryni novels Oddly, I never read the first trilogyI think as I get older I don t enjoy as much as I once might have stories of deception and the machinations of those who use lies, deception, and hatred to further their ends Don t get me wrong, I know it goes on It s probably the most common of human activities I didn t say I don t see it, I just said, it s not my chosen mode of literary enjoyment.Here we are treated throughout the book to a [...]

    2. 3.0 stars This is a good, solid, well written epic fantasy and if it was the first medieval fantasy story I had ever read would certainly rate higher The problem for me is that as I read and fantasy stories the various medieval settings and magic systems start to blend together and it takes something really special to set a book apart from the rest of the herd This story, while very well done and an interesting read, is smack dab in the absolute center of standard fantasy fare so 3 stars is ab [...]

    3. Not bad I d definitely like to read It s her first book, apparently, so the writing and characterization can get a little rough, and I honestly don t think she knows how to write men The TWO female characters seem to embody only bad female archetypes, while the various male charactersembody the remaining female archetypes the males ALL seemed to be about one heartbeat away from either kissing each other, scratching each others eyes out, or putting their hair up in curlers and having a pillow fi [...]

    4. The Deryni trilogy had been sitting unread at my parents house since I picked it up used when I was a teenager in the 80s A reread series on tor, run by Judith Tarr , inspired me to try the series after neglecting it for so long whose first novel I loved to pieces a few weeks ago Well I probably should have read Deryni Rising then, rather than now I almost quit after struggling through a first chapter that I thought was awful A villain who is objectively evil, full stop confusing head hopping it [...]

    5. Quite good for a first novel heck, quite good even were it not a first novel Not a secondary world fantasy, precisely, but not set in our world either of a one and a half ary world fantasy, I d call it, where it seems to take place on our globe but in a very heavily modified version of the British isles I assume that it s our world because the religion is most definitely Christianity, complete with scripture quotes, and because there are a few Moors in the background The basic premise The Deryn [...]

    6. The series is 16 books is deep and growing and it s wonderful Not light reading very deep historical fantasy text and brilliantly done by a woman who was a church historian for some 20 years.There are 14 books in the main cannon so far and a 15th on the way 6 in the historical time period and 8 in the now that is, the series is about the world of the Deryni consider What if earth had 2 species develop side by side one that had all those magical esper abilities and one that didn t What if we met [...]

    7. I ve loved this book since I was a boy I first read it around 75 and, granted, my 9yo tastes don t always match up with my 47yo tastes But in this instance, it does I ve read and reread the Deryni trilogies every few years throughout the past 4 decades.King Kelson Cinhil Rhys Anthony Haldane was one of my boyhood heroes and I still have a very warm place in my heart for him I do like him better in The Histories of King Kelson, the later series He s a little less perfect there so I m less given t [...]

    8. Still enjoyed this just as much as when I first read it but I must admit that perhaps some modern stuff is slightly better Written in the early 1970 s this trilogy of which this book is the first one is was a prime example of High Fantasy a la mode of JRRTolkien s LotR I have the 1981 copy 7th reprint and it s still in one piece The action takes place over a period of a couple of weeks from the death of the King, to the Coronation of the Prince , although it does concentrate on the 24 hours pri [...]

    9. I read this decades ago, and enjoyed it enough to read 6 volumes maybe but I own the first six , but not enough to read since.But Judith Tarr is doing a read for tor, and since I own it I figured I d join in.Well, it s an easy read, and I don t regret doing it, but honestly it s not terribly well written As numerous reviewers point out, the few women are stereotypes, and most of the men are cardboard cutouts Very few of them have sensible motives, and the two major Evil mandatory capitalization [...]

    10. I really thought this wasn t going to work for me, but I kept plodding onwards to give it a fair chance, and suddenly about halfway through after the council meeting in which Kelson demonstrates some Gumption it took off and I really enjoyed it I have no idea why, except that I was reading it over about 10 days and so maybe my mood just changed to where this is what I wanted.This is an utterly cliched sort of fantasy novel set in a prettified Medieval pseudo Wales, except that it was written in [...]

    11. Katherine Kurtz is truly a mistress of fantasy she s been writing high epic fantasy for 40 years and should be considered one of the post Tolkien parents of our genre.The setting of the Deryni saga is an alternate medieval Europe clearly analogous to our medieval England and Wales and the Deryni are a magical race who look just like, and can interbreed with, humans They have been persecuted for years by the Church clearly meant to be our medieval Catholic church and most people with Deryni blood [...]

    12. This is the first of Katherine Kurtz s amazing books about the Deryni, a race of magic wielding people set in a medieval times While it isn t our world, it almost feels like it The political institutions are like ours were The Church is pretty similar The one major difference is that magic works.The books are set in a series of trilogies This first book is about how Kelson becomes King and tries to hold on to his throne facing a threat he isn t really prepared for.This first book is also probabl [...]

    13. Of course, the July 2008 reading is the most recent time I ve reread this favourite I was introduced to this trilogy in August 1978, when my mother brought the books back to me from a trip to the States I fell in love with main character Alaric Morgan back then Rereading the book now, I see its flaws, but still enjoy it A rollicking fantasy with great characters, a bit of magic, some swordplay, and maybe a bit too much description The third in the series is by far the tightest of the three, but [...]

    14. I read this book years ago and decided to do a re read.It is the story of the death of the current King of Gwynedd a bit like Wales and his sons coronation It is full of Deryni magic and involves an evil sorceress.It is very pseudo medieval and full of chivalric stuff with a few gaffs i.e cotton wool and to be fair there is not much to it The writing is a bit juvenile now for my mature tastes It was alright but cliched and lacking depth.If an author turned out such a book today they would not g [...]

    15. Having been told that I must read the Deryni series, I chose this revised, recently reprinted edition of the very first book By itself, the book is adequate, if a bit young adult than I expected There are some obvious plot difficulties that are a reflection of the novel s age, having been written in 1970, than the writer s ability The thing that gets you past this is that Kurtz creates great characters that draw you into the story and make you keep reading I can t wait for the next book, Deryn [...]

    16. The Chronicles of the Deryni sequences all set in a highly detailed, coherent Parallel World whose society is hierarchical and in many of its aspects medieval Welsh These chronicles tell the history of a group of humans whose witchlike Psi Powers, the explanation for which hovers between sf and mysticism, cause them to be persecuted by a medieval Church The first written novel Deryni Rising is perhaps the best, but the whole is generally much above average for Heroic Fantasy and is well characte [...]

    17. The first in the series Chronicles of the Deryni I can see why so many like it, as it is a fast read with a strong plot and likeable characters On to book two.

    18. Deryni RisingI tell myself quite often that I m going to go back and read classic, older fantasies that I feel I should have read as a kid Then I do it and remember why I stick with the newer contemporary works My foray into the fantasy genre was a little irregular Naturally, I started with Tolkien in Middle School and decided then that fantasy was my new favorite genre And it still is I suppose Then a friend of mine got me into Terry Brooks, so I read a ton of those books, all the while finding [...]

    19. I heard this is a very long fantasy series which is still ongoing , although it is divided into sets of trilogies so the collecting and reading order is easier There is a chronological order, and order by publishing date and it s up to the reader which way to pursue I love how this book gives you a nice blend of magic, fantasy, and it s setting is in a fictional version of the British Isles This is nice because not only do you have a solid established setting without too much world building, but [...]

    20. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Katherine Kurtz is truly a mistress of fantasy she s been writing high epic fantasy for 40 years and should be considered one of the post Tolkien parents of our genre.The setting of the Deryni saga is an alternate medieval Europe clearly analogous to our medieval England and Wales and the Deryni are a magical race who look just like, and can interbreed with, humans They have been persecuted for years by the Church clearly meant to be our medieval Catholic [...]

    21. This book has all the marks of an early novel The world and magic aren t adequately explained the characters feel like explorations than fully rounded people there are a total of two major female characters, one of whom is evil while the other is hysterical chapter ending cliffhangers are resolved a page later with absolutely no justification for the initial tension and the prose is riddled with unnecessary speech tags and adverbs some of them extra questionable.Not much really happens in this [...]

    22. REREAD 14 March 2016 19 March 2016 7 10 As I said back in 2005 good grief, over 10 years ago , I remember finding these books amazing but hard work as, especially later in the series, they do get very grim Good, but grim So I kept putting off rereading them.Last week, I discovered rather late that Judith Tarr is doing a reread of at least the original trilogy over on Tor It was her fault I reread Melanie Rawn s Dragon Prince trilogy last year and I definitely wanted to join in with this one I du [...]

    23. Is there anything worse than a book that doesn t match its back cover blurb I think the person who wrote the back hadn t even read the book, although I suppose that isn t the author s fault.Except for some highlights, I struggled to enjoy this book Most of the story felt like an introduction, and then it ended As an added irritant were stupid things like his skittish warhorse pranced if it s skittish it s not a warhorse , and telling the reader everynglelour and description of every item of clot [...]

    24. I have come been vaguely aware of this series for years but somehow never read any of it when I was younger With the first book on sale for Kindle I decided to finally give it a try Deryni Rising was quick and fun to read it only took my a day and a half to get through, and that s with a one year old around The story is straightforward and there s no real depth here, but the characters were likeable and the world has the potential for interesting stories The biggest problem that I had with this [...]

    25. Having had this book on my shelf for many a year, I finally picked it up and read it and have been kicking myself for not discovering this fabulous series earlier in my sci fi fantasy reading life It reminded me of when I first discovered Anne McCaffrey s books There is just something so sweet and simple about a well told story that doesn t require all the horror, language and gore a lot of other fantasy genre books believe they need to capture one s imagination One reason why I won t touch Game [...]

    26. My son bought me a hardbound version of this triliogy for Christmas It was a heartfelt gift as the books were the ones I read while I was on bed rest waiting his arrival I liked both the name and the characteristics of a key character so much, I named my son after him, Alaric Now he is an adult, he actually looks much like I envision this character and exhibits many of the same characteristics such as loyalty, compassion, adventurist Re reading the Chronicles of the Deryni and The Histories of K [...]

    27. I love it It s pretty simple and straight forward fantasy but I don t care I ve been captivated from the first pages on and at times I had trouble to put the book down when I had to.My favourite characters is Morgan He hits so many buttons of mine Outsider outcast finding a father figure and best friend who gets killed and know he is the father figure best friend of the son He is still an outsider due to his powers heritage and people give him their cold shoulders and he still saves their lives [...]

    28. This was my first read by author Katherine Kurtz and I thought she presented a credible medieval fantasy setting Deryni Rising is full of court intrigue which is mostly believable Some of the plot was a little transparent, but this book still presented a nice entryway into a series that has been around for awhile and seems to have a solid fan base It hard to imagine that this book was released 43 years ago There were just a few minor things which bothered me a prime example is why the clergy use [...]

    29. The first ish in the much read, much beloved Deryni fantasy series I found the characters flat, the plot nearly nonexistent, and the writing style so hackneyed and cheesy that I almost choked laughing The female characters the few that there are all simper and weep hysterically save the Evil one, who simpers and tries to look sultry The male characters are all the bestest swordsmen ever with lean bodies and catlike grace The only characters of color are all Evil etc This book was published in th [...]

    30. First published in 1978, this is another recommendation for me to catch up on classics of fantasy Kurtz sets the scene in a fantasy magic expy of medieval Wales, with a powerful church, and bloodlines of magic, all in the aftermath of a king s assassination and the coronation of his teenaged heir since Kurtz has been writing these for thirty years, I will be interested to see how her writing style and world mature.

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