Deryni Checkmate · Childe Morgan · In the King’s Service · King Kelson’s Bride · Two Crowns for America. See all books by Katherine Kurtz. Read “High Deryni” by Katherine Kurtz with Rakuten Kobo. With young King Kelson on the throne of Gwynedd, the priesthood of the Eleven Kingdoms felt its. Find product information, ratings and reviews for High Deryni (Unabridged) (MP3 -CD) (Katherine Kurtz) online on

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Second, the final battle of arcane powers doesn’t even get goi I honestly don’t know what to think. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Osye Pritchett rated it really liked it Mar 17, With young King Kelson on the throne of Gwynedd, the priesthood of the Eleven Kingdoms derynu its control deeply threatened.

In fact, I thought these instances seemed more realistic than if Kurtz had staged showy sword fights.

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Apr 22, Lisa Harmonybites rated it really liked it Shelves: Kurtz does supply the additional fact later that she is also Deryni and somehow knows Morgan’s her soulmate, but that just wasn’t enough to convince me. Great ending to this trio of books.

I had such high hopes for this original Deryni series after enjoying the later prequels back when I was in middle school, but now I’m worried that Tween Alex was just kinda dumb. Martin and Lisa Tuttle. The Legacy of Lehr.

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Pblb rated it really liked it Nov 24, What will happen with Morgan and the lady he fell in love with at first sight yuck? He provided poisoned wine for Wencit and his other allies, and all four are soon dying from its effects.

Leaving aside that the backfire effect means that he’d be much more likely to assume that Deryni were counterfeiting his real gifts using the powers of Satan, how do we know that Morgan didn’t use his time in Warin’s mind to edit his psychology and make him more pliable?


That said, I still love them, the main characters fascinate me, especially Kelson, Alaric Morgan and Nigh. Stay in Touch Sign up. You submitted the following rating and review. The second was frankly pretty boring and uneventful. Christoph Herrchen rated it it was amazing Apr 28, The Complete Arrows Trilogy. Vandrona rated it liked it May 24, It felt like Katherine Kurtz checked out of the novel just a little too soon.

No Reviews are Available. Oct 15, Mandy Galileo rated it really liked it. I was sadly disappointed with this series. During a parley session with the Torenthi invaders, Morgan manages to rescue Derry, but the army is unable to prevent the murder of fifty Gwyneddan soldiers, including Duncan’s father. Lester del Rey found the novel disappointing, saying that “the menaces have all turned into paper dragons” because the author has arbitrarily resolved the story’s conflicts rather than working them out.

It just happened way to fast, he helped push her carriage out of a ditch and she fell in love with him.

As the third novel starts, the Church has just split over the Deryni issue. Until the third novel most of the journeys are anti-climactic. She has kept this franchise alive with plenty more installments. Higgh Kurtz gets better with each novel in this world.

Overall it’s good sweeping action with strong characters but the ending twist is so out of the blue it didn’t even work for me when I was young and had no standards. Closer to the Heart. It’s really odd that the real-world Catholic Church is basically transported wholesale into Derymi, but there seems to be no higher authorites to appeal to.

Like I wrote in my review of Deryni Checkmateit’s reasonable to be suspicious of people with the power to read minds and kill with a thoughts and who–we now learn–have their hivh secret governmental structure that enforces their own laws with nigh relation to temporal authority.


There are moments of personal embarrassment – are there really only TWO female characters in this whole book and I never noticed before?

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High Deryni was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for outstanding work in the field of fantasy literature. Though initially reluctant to arbitrate the duel, the Council finally agrees after Arilan brings Kelson, Morgan, and Duncan to confront them. Kevin Xu rated it really liked it May 29, Katherine Kurtz is an American fantasy novel writer. Book Five of The Demon Cycle. Cover illustration by Alan Mardon for the first edition of High Deryni.

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However, the internal literary chronology of events in the Deryni series is continued in The Bishop’s Heir. But the priesthood of the Eleven Kingdoms has no intention of ceding its power – even if it means inciting civil war. Published by Hgih Books first published If you felt distant about the previous novels in this series, this one won’t redeem itself.

Gwynedd itself is a medieval kingdom similar to the British Veryni of the 12th century, with a powerful Holy Church based on the Roman Catholic Churchand a feudal government ruled by a hereditary monarchy. The Deryni series by Katherine Kurtz. I like interesting worlds. The appendix is great –especially the part I how the magic power gets passed down on the X and Y chromosomes.

A revised and updated edition of the novel was released in by Ace Books.