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Camber of Culdi by Katherine Kurtz
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Katherine Kurtz really knows how to write a fantasy tale that keeps you both interested in the characters and moves the story on a nice pace. The Deryni novels are almost "must read" stories if you have interest in epic fantasy tales.

4.5 Stars for an excellent re-read. ( )
  ConalO | Apr 23, 2018 |
ok, bit too descriptive of scenery and objects for my taste. slow ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
The detail in this book is just incredible - the use of high ritual magic in tandem with High Church rituals is very well done and does not conflict. The different world (that can almost be our own world) called Gwynedd is populated by humans and Deryni, a human race who possess powers such as telepathy and accelerated healing of themselves and others. I was so fascinated by this first volume, despite its dearth of female characters (there is one, then a second who becomes the Queen) that I read on to the others in the series. And maybe it's the others in the series that have brought my rating down to 2 stars, as it's hard to read this volume knowing what happens in future volumes. But as a standalone book, it is quite good. A little bogged down in the Court detail, too: I'm not that interested in whose standard bears the Gules Rampant. Others who are will enjoy these details. I thought the story of wishing to restore the human Crown Prince of Haldane to the throne is a fine and noble one; just wish there could have been less sacrifice from all concerned. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
This is the start of Kurtz's 'prequel' trilogy, going back in time to the life of Saint Camber. Camber was introduced in the previous trilogy as a patron saint of the Deryni and in particular the kingdom of Gwynedd.
I really enjoyed these novels. The combination of her magic system and the Deryni people, the richness of the medieval political and church background makes these very vivid books. The characters are strong, believable and complex. Very good books. This is a addition to my review of the paperback edition. ( )
  Karlstar | Mar 2, 2012 |
A truly great series, but the original trilogy is still the best. ( )
  willowcove | Feb 19, 2009 |
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Now, these are the Names of the Eleven Kingdoms, sung rightly well of old:
Howicce, and Llannedd, and fierce Connait;
mountainous Meara, the Land Beyond the River;
and Kheldour, the windswept;
and pastoral Eastmarch;
Tolan, and Torenth, and myth-ridden Mooryn;
and lost Caeriesse, which sank beneath the sea;
and far-reaching Gwynedd, seat of the Haldane Kings.
--LAY OF THE LORD LLEWELLYN, Troubadour to the High King of Mooryn
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Frederick Harry Kurtz
and for

The good folk of the Society of Creative Anachronism, without whom this book would have been finished far sooner, but far less well.
Author doth not live by typewriter alone!
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By the reign of Kelson I, he had been a legend for more than two hundred years, in turn respected, venerated, and feared.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345347676, Mass Market Paperback)

Camber was the greatest of the Deryni who wanted to retire. But it was not to be. The kingdom of Gwynedd groaned under the tyranny of Imre and his sister and mistress, Ariella. And when Camber learned that Cinhil Haldane, a descendant of the previous kings, still lived, he was determined to set him on the throne in place of the evil ones....

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:00 -0400)

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A Deryni nobleman seeking justice faces a tyrannical king in the magnificent first book of this acclaimed classic fantasy series Long before Camber was revered as a saint, he was a Deryni noble, one of the most respected of the magical race whose arcane skills set them apart from ordinary humans in the medieval kingdom of Gwynedd. For nearly a century, Camber?s family has had little choice but to loyally serve the ruling Festils, Deryni usurpers who employed dark magic to wrest the throne from the rightful Haldane liege. Now, the land suffers under the tyranny of King Imre, whose savage oppression of the human population weighs heavily on Camber?s heart?a heart that is shattered when the despot and his evil mistress-sister, Ariella, cause the death of Camber?s beloved son. Once he sought nothing more than a peaceful retirement and an uneventful old age, but the grim demands of justice and vengeance drive Camber far from his family?s estates in search of the last of the Haldane line. This descendant of kings will not be easily persuaded to accept Camber?s unthinkable plan. But with the kingdom in turmoil, the aging mage and the reluctant Haldane heir must confront together the awesome, terrible might of the Festils for the good of all.… (more)

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