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Camber the Heretic (1981)

by Katherine Kurtz

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Series: Deryni Novels: timeline (January 917 - January 918), The Legends of Camber of Culdi (3), Deryni Novels: publication order (7), Deryni Novels: chronological order ((Legends of Camber of Culdi 3) 3)

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In the kingdom of Gwynedd, a hero faces an inquisition that could destroy his magical race, in a novel of the Deryni by a New York Times-bestselling author. In the medieval kingdom of Gwynedd, strife has long existed between the human population and the Deryni, a powerful race of magic-users. For more than a decade, a fragile peace has held under the rule of King Cinhil. The former monk reluctantly ascended the throne with the help of Camber of Culdi, Gwynedd's most revered Deryni lord, who in turn sacrificed his identity and physical form for the good of all people, earning sainthood in the process. But now Cinhil is dying, and a dark cloud is descending upon the land.   The king's heir is a mere boy of twelve, and the malevolent regents who will rule until young Alroy comes of age are determined to eliminate all Deryni. Suddenly, the future of Gwynedd hangs in the balance, and Camber--once adored as a saint, but now reviled as a heretic--must find a way to protect his people before everything and everyone he loves is destroyed in the all-consuming flames of intolerance and hate.… (more)
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SO MUCH BETTER THAN SAINT CAMBER. Also so dark and depressing and about fighting for rights in a time with treacherous "leaders" who plunder the land. Soooo, um, there it is. ( )
  SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
I now want to read more Deryni stuff ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Well, by this time, the world is becoming bad, very bad, for our fine and noble Deryni. Many major characters begin to die, the kingdom begins to move away from the good that Camber and his children wanted to give it, and the action moves toward the greed of the young prince's regents. These same regents hate Deryni. Think Salem witch trials, or the Bosnian war, or any other conflict that results in indiscriminate death to others not like us, and you'll start to get the picture. It is realistic in its portrayal of how the good and noble can be defeated; yet I've invested too much in these characters and in caring for this land of Gwynnedd to really want to read description after description of assassinations and horrible deaths ordered by the regents. I'll be happy to read mideval histories; if I read escapist literature, then it's to find an alternative in this world of blood and death. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
The conclusion of the Camber trilogy lives up to the 3 previous books, and possibly outdoes them. As usual, the portrayal of the noble, pious and loyal family of Camber and his allies is very well done. The plot is somewhat straightforward by today's standards, but still excellent. ( )
  Karlstar | Mar 10, 2009 |
A truly great series, but the original trilogy is still the best. ( )
  willowcove | Feb 19, 2009 |
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Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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In the kingdom of Gwynedd, a hero faces an inquisition that could destroy his magical race, in a novel of the Deryni by a New York Times-bestselling author. In the medieval kingdom of Gwynedd, strife has long existed between the human population and the Deryni, a powerful race of magic-users. For more than a decade, a fragile peace has held under the rule of King Cinhil. The former monk reluctantly ascended the throne with the help of Camber of Culdi, Gwynedd's most revered Deryni lord, who in turn sacrificed his identity and physical form for the good of all people, earning sainthood in the process. But now Cinhil is dying, and a dark cloud is descending upon the land.   The king's heir is a mere boy of twelve, and the malevolent regents who will rule until young Alroy comes of age are determined to eliminate all Deryni. Suddenly, the future of Gwynedd hangs in the balance, and Camber--once adored as a saint, but now reviled as a heretic--must find a way to protect his people before everything and everyone he loves is destroyed in the all-consuming flames of intolerance and hate.

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