Deryni Rising has ratings and reviews. Mike (the Paladin) said: It was years ago when I ran across Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni novels. Oddly, I ne. The classic novel that introduced the Deryni?and launched Kurtz?s career. For more than thirty years, the Deryni Chronicles have transported readers. Jul 20, Deryni Rising, like A Game of Thrones, takes place in a world notable for how closely it hews to historical example—or at least, to a somewhat.

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I definitely want to unpack The Goblin Emperor and Deryni Rising in my own question risijg the group, so I will reserve talking about that here. Why the scare quotes? These books still occupy a place on the top shelf in my collection, and even with their flaws, I don’t think I’d move them down. But my TBR pile has reached the near-insurmountable stage, so I don’t know when.

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In the end I wasn’t convinced that the good guys and bad guys were all that different from each other, despite the narrative’s insistence that they were. Epic Fantasy Paranormal Fiction Category: The degree of variation between the created fantasy world and ours is, to me, unimportant. What irks me a little is since Kelson is technically a beginner when it comes to magic, how in the world did he manage to find the words to the spells?

I’ve found an interesting thing about these books, too: Yes, there are some weaknesses. I mean, imagine a book set in a secondary world but without magic. I’ll keep an open mind for the future, as Kurtz may well yet surprise me. On one hand, it makes sense for Jehanna to have the feelings she does towards Morgon as well as the hesitancy about her son. Print paperback and hardcover. Charissa is evil, true, but no one in Deryni Rising is arbitrary in their use of power, whereas just about everyone in A Game of Thrones is–Ned Stark excluded and we all know what that got him.


nerds of a feather, flock together: MEGABLOGTABLE: Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz ()

It’s pretty simple and straight forward fantasy but I don’t care. Kurtz did an incredible job of pulling off the story in such a competent fashion at a relatively young age and for her first novel.

I am always happy to reread Deryni books. It is another hurdle to be overcome in any screenplay: It is the story of the death of the current King of Gwynedd a bit like Wales and his sons coronation.

That was a series that Ballantine Books ran from the roughly mid sixties to the roughly early seventies. The world is richly detailed and feels more real than any other fantasy series has ever managed for me. Charissa is the usual archetype of a villainess but her descriptions and personality fit the role risiny.

The longtime friendship between Morgan and Kelson’s father is a given, and revealed in natural mentions and anecdotes, rather than laid out in the first chapter.

After that, I started finding it hilarious. I’ve been captivated from the first pages on and at times I had trouble to put the book down when I had to.

Re-reading the “Chronicles of the Deryni” and “The Histori My son bought me a hardbound version of this triliogy for Christmas. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Then, with the tables turned, there were the sorts of pogroms and atrocities you’d expect. Her writing, while still afflicted with a lot of the general cheesiness that I find in earlier fantasies, is adequate if not eloquent. If I’d read it back in high school, I could maybe have found my fantasy boyfriend among these characters who come across as personality-free now.

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Kelson becomes king of Gwynnedd at the ripe old age of 14, and faces all manner of intrigues and prejudice directed not at him but at his Deryni advisor Morganto say nothing of the Shadowed One, an evil sorceress who thinks she should be in charge. In the land of Gwynedd, the Haldanes have long ruled and have long kept a dangerous secret: Why you’d have a brilliantly written series of stories detailing the History of the Deryni.

Given how few female characters deeyni in the books of the time or the books in the BAF seriesshe did, I think, a good job with several female characters playing major roles.

So I’m going to rate this a 2, but really I’m giving it a 2. The rest of it, though, wasn’t great.

Jan 22, Stephen Richter rated it deyrni liked it Shelves: Now, reading Deryni Rising as an adult, it just seems old-fashioned. 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.

Much has changed since ! It was first published by Ballantine Books as the nineteenth volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in Augustand was reprinted at least ten times over the next three decades. Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz Nonetheless, Charissa easily defeats Jehana, and Kelson is forced to derynii duel with the sorceress.

Derynu trivia or quizzes yet. Still, it was a fun read. Having been told that I must read the Deryni series, I chose this revised, recently reprinted edition of the very first book.