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Young Kelson Haldane has claimed derni birthright and assumed the throne of Gwynedd. For the first time in centuries, a king of Derynj heritage, possessing extraordinary magical abilities, rules the realm.
But the priesthood of the Eleven Kingdoms has held sway over the Crown for generations. They decried the Deryni as witches and heretics, drove them underground, and usurped. They decried the Deryni as witches and heretics, drove them underground, and usurped control of the kingdom. They have no intention of ceding their power to Uigh and his supporters — even if it means inciting civil war.
Supported by the Church, an anti-Deryni leader has risen to prominence, hivh the people of the land. To end the conflict, King Kelson must face his enemies in battle — enemies willing to use the magic they so fear…. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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Lists with This Book. Sep 30, Kat Hooper rated it liked it Shelves: Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.
The Chronicles of the Deryni: Deryni Rising / Deryni Checkmate / High Deryni by Katherine Kurtz
Life’s too short to read bad books! In the second novel, Deryni Checkmate, tensions rose after the Church obviously based on the medieval Catholic C 3. As the third novel starts, the Church has just hihh over the Deryni issue. Traditionally the clergy has viewed any sort of magic as evil, akin to the witchcraft which their Holy Scriptures clearly forbids. But, unfortunately, the Church has dealt with their fear by persecuting anyone who has any Deryni blood.
Recently a more progressive minority of Church leaders has split off. This ecclesiastical unrest threatens to cause civil war at a time when Gwynedd needs to unite against outside enemies.
We also discover a secret council of Deryni that works behind the scenes and only for its own good. In fact, I thought these instances seemed more realistic than if Kurtz had staged showy sword fights.
He had the power and plenty of opportunity. He could have saved a lot of trouble, not to mention lives, if he had done so. What will happen with Morgan and the lady he fell in love with at first sight yuck?
How will the Church deal with bigh Deryni issue from now on?
I want to know. May 24, Kevin rated it liked it. This was the most complex book of the trilogy and I liked it the best. It just happened way to fast, he helped push gigh carriage out of dwryni ditch and she fell in love with him. 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. The other thing I had issue with the the Duel Arca This was the most complex book of the trilogy and I liked it the best.
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The other thing I had issue with the the Duel Arcane, after all the planning and talk about it I was sorely let down when it was resolved the way it was. Feb 03, Stephen Richter rated it really liked it Shelves: The final book in the trilogy did what a final book should do. Give the reader a surprise ending, lay out hints for the books to come in the future and conclude the main story arc, while leaving some unresolved.
Kurtz’ writing style is crisp and focused, a minimal cast of characters acting out in a Middle Ages setting. High Deryni seemed more anticlimactic to me than anything else.
The warring armies never actually clash; the Camberian Council is revealed hugh they’re a bunch of squabbling, out-of-touch stuffed shirts; the problem of the rebellious Warin de Grey and his crusade against the Deryni is solved in a couple pages, and all the excommunications just hiigh away as a consequence; major characters use their powers in morally reprehensible ways; and the ending is a deux ex machina with no real dramatic satisf High Deryni seemed more anticlimactic to me than anything else.
The warring armies never actually clash; the Camberian Council is revealed and they’re a bunch of squabbling, out-of-touch stuffed shirts; the problem of the rebellious Warin de Grey and his crusade against the Deryni is solved in a couple pages, and all the excommunications just go away as a consequence; major characters use their powers in morally reprehensible ways; and the ending is a deux ex machina with no real dramatic satisfaction.
The main problem I have with High Deryni is that it seems to be pushing a blurring between the idea of a strict division between human and Deryni, what with the speculation that Deryniness is a condition that one either is or is not rather than a heritage that comes in degrees, and with Warin displaying deryhi despite not being Deryni at all. I assume that it’s leading into a revelation later that there is no difference, and some humans in the past developed powers and started calling themselves Deryni, and that co-existence is possible, and all of the optimism that could be found in 70s fantasy.
But the behavior of the actual Deryni in the book totally undermines that message. I’m not talking dertni Wencit. Sure, he’s a butchering thug, but “butchering thug” has been an apt description of those in power for the entirety of human history so there’s nothing different there. I’m talking about Morgan, and Arilan, and Duncan. 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 own secret governmental seryni that enforces their own laws with no relation to temporal authority.
And with the way Morgan behaves in High DeryniI’m starting to think the persecutions of the Deryni were entirely reasonable.
I’m not just talking about how he casually violates the sanctity of the children’s minds at the scene by the dderyni, though that hith bad enough. I’m talking about the scene with Warin’s sudden “change of heart. 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 hiyh 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?
Kelson needed all the help he could get, and Derry’s betrayal shows that it’s possible for Deryni to twist people’s minds derynk ways that probably won’t be found until it’s deruni late. Reprogramming Warin’s personality is absolutely something Morgan would do, and if this how the “good” Deryni behave, then I can only imagine how bad it was during the deeryni of the Deryni Interregnum and I’m pretty sure the pogroms are justified.
Arilan and Duncan aren’t that bad, but they’ve repeatedly proven themselves willing to lie under ecclesiastical oath, so they’re hardly trustworthy. So has Morgan, come to think of it. About the only Deryni we see eeryni isn’t totally deceitful is Kelson, and he’s only fourteen.
The other thing is the schism in the Church. It’s really odd that the real-world Catholic Church is basically transported wholesale into Gwynnedd, but there seems to be no higher authorites to appeal to. Since there are Moors out there somewhere, I would have expected there to be some kind of greater religious hierarchy gigh Loris would have appealed to for the authority to impose the Interdict or ratify the excommunications, but apparently not.
And furthermore, Kelson’s authority easily supersedes Loris’s, which makes me wonder why he didn’t just overturn the excommunications earlier. I realize that Morgan and Duncan going to Dhassa is part of the reason he was able to do it, but what with a cataclysmic war on the horizon I expect he might be forgiven. The Church in High Deryni tries to act like the real-world Catholic Church without any of the authority or infrastructure to back it up, and it rang false every time I thought about how any of it would work.
Those two aspects of the book were the major impressions the book left on me, derynl the damp rag of an deryno didn’t help. Everything is being set up for a climactic confrontation, and then a sudden but inevitable betrayal occurs from a direction that’s impossible to predict and it’s over in half-a-dozen edryni and I just thought, “is this really it?
I was wavering between three and four dderyni halfway through the book, but the scene with Warin and the ending squandered derymi the goodwill I had built up. A disappointing ending to a series I had hopes for.
Re-read of an old favorite series and still enjoyed it as much as the first time. Katherine Kurtz knows how to write epic fantasy tales. Jun 04, Fraser Sherman rated it really liked it Shelves: The first half of the book resolves the church’s efforts to excommunicate Morgan and Kelson and the anti-Deryni fanatic Warin’s efforts to exterminate the mage-race but reading now, I’m less convinced that the good guy’s logical arguments would shake him up.
Overall deryji 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 hjgh young and had no sta 3. 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. Plus the church seems less like an actual religion and more like just another political adversary — a little more sense that some people have deeper faith would have helped.
Still, I enjoyed rereading this. What an utterly satisfying end to the trilogy that started with Deryni Rising and continued in Deryni Checkmate. There is no question who is doing evil things or who is doing the right things. Kelson comes into his own, albeit in a harsh situation. My favorite quotation is this one: It is the sure and certain knowledge that we side with the Light.
And What an utterly satisfying end to the trilogy that started with Deryni Rising and continued in Deryni Checkmate. And he who would side with Darkness can only be our enemy, no matter what his blood or oath or spell. Nov 15, Sunni rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have followed the tales bigh the Deryni for years, and am hopeful that they won’t end here, especially with such a weak ending.
This is the third and last book of this series, but there are still so many unanswered questions. I am not the least bit dsryni in what was developed in this installment, and truly loved the book despite my poor view on how it was ended. I would like to see much more as this ending was so anticlimactic, and hope that Mrs.
Kurtz plans to share more of the story dertni I have followed the tales of the Deryni for years, and am hopeful that they won’t end here, especially with such a weak ending.