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In the timeline of the Deryni novels this is the earliest.

Racked with grief and self-loathing, Imre seeks comfort in the arms fo his sister, Princess Ariellaand soon begins an incestuous relationship with her. By that I mean that even though this is a secondary world, her scholarship enabled her to bring all sorts of small details to make it real.

His dream of justice and amicable relations between the races had turned to ashes in his mind. I’d hold off on the short story if you haven’t yet read the later books, because it may not make as much sense to you. For me, the best way to read this series is in t This is really the first book, chronologically. Camber’s son is very close to the cruel tyrant, but there’s never any indication of why he would be – the guy is a cartoon villain, while the son is good cqmber noble.

The books were great fun. And lacking the Deryni powers, could he hope to overcome the magic of the king? The novel is set in the land of Gwyneddone of the fictional Eleven Kingdoms. May 11, James Swenson rated it really liked it. Since she had that kind of influence on the genre, I decided to try out Katherine Kurtz. Therefore, although it was the fourth Deryni novel to be published, Camber of Culdi is the earliest novel to occur within the series’ internal literary chronology.


The Legends of Camber of Culdi Series by Katherine Kurtz

This one is hard to put down, and will be an emotional roller coaster ride. Camber was the greatest of the Deryni—that race of men who were gifted with arcane mental powers that set them above normal humans.

Perhaps this is because these themes are never really dealt with in a direct manner but are seen through the prism of the story itself. Nonetheless, Camber continues to prepare Cinhil for the throne, attempting to teach him about the secular world that he abandoned.

I’d been looking forward to re-reading the acmber two Deryni trilogies. Other books in the series. The whole series is a m Camber of Culdi is a wonderfully written fantasy filled with true to life political scheming, dynastic plotting and intrigue, and culfi of magic, set in an exquisitely developed medieval Europe based world with a church resembling the corrupt Catholic church of medieval European times.

Alaric Morgan and Duncan McLain rediscover ancient magics! I have to say that I am not necessarily morally on board with the main character, Camber, as he has some pretty high handed ideals when it comes to how to deal with huma Definitely a fantasy story that withstands the test of time.

Camber of Culdi

Although sometimes their interests align, these two races are more often in conflict. Instead of Norman conquerors, the locals have the Deryni – sorcerors.

Religion serves to animate and motivate the characters — memorably, the human heir-in-exile, Cinhil, who is unwilling to consider overthrowing the Deryni despot Imre because of his deeply felt monastic calling. I loved this when I read it many moons ago cildi 80s at the latest –so I’m giving it four stars based on foggy memories of that love.

I’m tempted to continue on through the series now, chronologically, since I’ve never read the most recent trilogy in the series.

I also found this novel entirely plot-driven, the characters barely fleshed out at all. However, a wave of human resentment in starting to surge throughout the kingdom, and a powerful Deryni lord embarks on a quest to restore the ancient line of Haldane kings.


Apr 07, Steelwhisper rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Before his death, the patient confides that he is really Prince Aidan Haldanethe sole survivor of the Deryni coup that overthrew the Haldane kings eight decades earlier. Kurtz culldi in the interracial and religious conflicts well in the novel and kept me interested as a reader. I have to say that I am not necessarily morally on board with the main character, Camber, as he has some pretty high handed ideals when it ot to how to deal with od.

The storyline is so good. On this re-read, Le Guin’s views came sharply back into focus. Each step of the way in the rebellion that ensues we are warned that what is started with integrity can become corrupt. The magic system is well developed and the social constricts of Gwynedd honed to a very sharp point.

What follows is a preview of Book cukdi, a bonus short story set about years later, and the appendices characters, place names, genealogies.

Camber of Culdi by Katherine Kurtz

More crying than chuckling in this one. View all 5 comments.

Camber MacRorie, himself a Deryni and one of the old king’s favorites, and who has withdrawn cxmber his estate xuldi disgust at Imre’s actions, becomes aware that the last Haldane king the human dynasty may, in fact, have a legitimate heir although, just to complicate things, that heir took vows and has been living in a monastery for pretty much his entire adult life and so may not be in fit shape to lead an open rebellion Though still a minority of the population, Deryni control the throne, the Church, and almost all positions of power throughout the realm, and many lead privileged lives at the expense of the human majority.

Apr 01, elbren rated it liked it.

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