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Saint Camber (1978)

by Katherine Kurtz

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Series: Deryni Novels: timeline (June 905 - January 907), The Legends of Camber of Culdi (2), Deryni Novels: publication order (6), Deryni Novels: chronological order ((Legends of Camber of Culdi 2) 2)

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The breathtaking history of the Deryni continues as the greatest hero of a medieval fantasy realm is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice The evil king is dead, and thanks to the efforts of revered Deryni magic-user Camber of Culdi, a human liege occupies the throne of Gwynedd for the first time in nearly a century. The yoke of tyranny has finally been lifted from the shoulders of an oppressed people who suffered for decades under the cruelty of the ruling magical race. But Camber's job remains unfinished. The dangerous remnants of a conquered enemy still mass at the borders. Worse still, the former monk and new ruler King Cinhil is desperately unhappy wearing the crown, and is resentful of all Deryni, Camber in particular, and their arcane abilities. Now, with the stability of a fragile kingdom at stake, its greatest champion must make the ultimate sacrifice: Camber of Culdi must cease to exist.  … (more)
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I keep reading these even though I don't like them that much and the gender politics are horrible. WHYYYY, self? (Probably because I like to finish trilogies I have started.) Book 2 was better and more complex than Book 1, but still with the SEKRIT CATHOLIC MAGIK also the *almost gay but NO HOMO* communion of ... uh ... minds. Maybe I'll go cleanse with some Tremontaine. ( )
  SuziSteffen | Feb 20, 2018 |
more used to style, still slow ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
It's been a while since I've read it. There are interesting plot twists, which I liked; many details of mideval court life, which became inundating; and some unnecessary tragedies. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
A truly great series, but the original trilogy is still the best. ( )
  willowcove | Feb 19, 2009 |
The continuation of the story of Camber of Culdi, ancient Deryni hero, and now a saint! Camber's family continues the fight to save the kingdom from its evil rulers and outside forces.
Unlike a lot of fantasy authors, Kurtz does not rely on sword swinging warriors that mow down everyone before them, instead her heroes use subtle magic and the sheer force of their will that good will prevail. These books are well written, and the characters are engaging and appealing. ( )
  Karlstar | Feb 10, 2009 |
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Porter, BobMap bysecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. - Isaiah 42:9
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This one is for John H. Knoblock who started me on my intellectual love affair with the medieval world and its church, and for all the other men and women of whatever faith who helped to turn that cerebral fascination into an affair of the heart, whether or not they were aware of it. In our own ways, we all feed our sheep.
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It was the spring of 905, half a year since the crowning of Cinhil Haldane at Valoret; half a year since the last Deryni king, Imre of Fesil, had been deposed and defeated by Cinhil's new-won magic; since Imre's sister Ariella, heavy with his child, had fled the halls of Valoret to seek sanctuary with the hosts of Torenth to the east.
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The breathtaking history of the Deryni continues as the greatest hero of a medieval fantasy realm is forced to make the ultimate sacrifice The evil king is dead, and thanks to the efforts of revered Deryni magic-user Camber of Culdi, a human liege occupies the throne of Gwynedd for the first time in nearly a century. The yoke of tyranny has finally been lifted from the shoulders of an oppressed people who suffered for decades under the cruelty of the ruling magical race. But Camber's job remains unfinished. The dangerous remnants of a conquered enemy still mass at the borders. Worse still, the former monk and new ruler King Cinhil is desperately unhappy wearing the crown, and is resentful of all Deryni, Camber in particular, and their arcane abilities. Now, with the stability of a fragile kingdom at stake, its greatest champion must make the ultimate sacrifice: Camber of Culdi must cease to exist.  

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When Camber of Culdi, master of arcane Deryni powers, led a successful revolution against Imre, his sister Ariella plotted war against Cinhil, her brother's successor. But Cinhil didn't want a fight, he didn't want power, and it was up to Camber to save crown and country...
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