Deryni Checkmate · Childe Morgan · In the King’s Service · King Kelson’s Bride · Two Crowns for America. See all books by Katherine Kurtz. Read “High Deryni” by Katherine Kurtz with Rakuten Kobo. With young King Kelson on the throne of Gwynedd, the priesthood of the Eleven Kingdoms felt its. Find product information, ratings and reviews for High Deryni (Unabridged) (MP3 -CD) (Katherine Kurtz) online on

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Would you like us to take another look at this review? Feb 10, Dani rated it really liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. High Deryni seemed more anticlimactic to me than anything else. 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 pages and I just thought, “is this really it?

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 structure that enforces their own laws with no relation to temporal authority.

Want to Read saving…. I loved it again in my twenties.

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In fact, I thought these instances seemed more realistic than if Kurtz had staged showy sword fights. They decried the Deryni as witches and heretics, drove them underground, and usurped Young Kelson Haldane has claimed his birthright and deryno the throne of Gwynedd. If you want to dip into Katherine Kurtz, the Chronicles of Camber of Culdi are much better I thinkand these earlier novels are not required to enjoy them.


Jun 10, Don rated it liked it Shelves: Kelson needed all the help he could get, and Derry’s betrayal shows that it’s possible for Deryni to twist people’s minds in ways that probably won’t be found until it’s too late.

I like complex characters. The church in this series is clearly a play on Catholicism. It just went ‘kerplunk” at the end.

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When I get a new computer, or do a rebuild, I always pick the computer’s name from a book I’m currently derynii. Finally there was actual strife, epic journeys, intrigue, a dash of romance, some insight into the Deryni, some new compelling characters, actual evil that was threatening.

Jared Smith rated it really liked it Jan 11, She has an excellent grasp of court politics and intrigue. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. As a result, skimming over the novel produces a higgh gloss of events. Sep 25, Ann rated it liked it.

I had such high hopes for this original Deryni series after enjoying the later prequels back when I was in middle school, but now I’m worried that Tween Alex was just kinda dumb. It lends the series a bit of a hodge podge feel that creates this sense of the series not really being able to decide what it wants to be.

I have a hard time deciding if this one is truly worse than the incoherent mess that defyni “Deryni Checkmate,” but Derynl decided to rate it one star based on the bad taste it left in my mouth as a trilogy-capper, and due to the aforementioned boredom.


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Anti-climactic and then not even a glimpse of how life hihg out after the fact. But is yigh the ending I expected. So has Morgan, come to think of it. I like interesting worlds. 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. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Dgagnon99 rated it it was amazing Jun 09, The characters did not interest me until the third book.

I cannot praise the narrator enough, as well. They have no intention of ceding their power to Kelson and his supporters — even if it means inciting civil war.

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MartinGarth Nix and Scott Lynch. I am not sure if I felt a little gypped, or if the way High Deryni ended was a good thing.

I would particularly recommend the Adept series, as well as the rest of the Deryni works, were they on Audible! Much of the plot hinges on ham-fisted machinations that ceryni, and are dispatched, entirely offscreen Wencit’s bizarre counterfeit Council, for instance.