Deryni Rising (Chronicles of the Deryni Series #1)

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The classic novel that introduced the Deryni-and launched Kurtz's career.

For more than thirty years, the Deryni Chronicles have transported readers to a world of secret sorcery and courtly intrigue. Now fans of the series can revel anew in the dawning of an epic.

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Overview

The classic novel that introduced the Deryni-and launched Kurtz's career.

For more than thirty years, the Deryni Chronicles have transported readers to a world of secret sorcery and courtly intrigue. Now fans of the series can revel anew in the dawning of an epic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441016600
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Deryni Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 643,739
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Kurtz has been writing fantasy novels for well over three decades. She is married and until last year made her home in Ireland, in a mildly haunted gothic revival house called Holybrooke Hall. She and her husband have recently returned to the United States and taken up residence in a historic house in Virginia, with their five Irish cats and one "silly-looking" dog.
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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Still relevant today!

    Picked this up again after many years and still love it! Mrs. Kurtz pulls you into the characters and the pacing is smooth. If you haven't yet entered the world of the Deryni, you must give this a read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2005

    The beginning of it all

    With this book Katherine Kurtz popped onto the fantasy world. The book serves as a great introduction into her world. The story is very good, ending is more upbeat than a lot of her future books in the series. For long time fans, you may be a little disappointed if you leap on the 'revised' comment about the book. If your expecting a lot of corrections, new stuff, more indepth book, etc your in for a disappoitment. Not that many things were revised but it is still a great book.

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

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    Well written, excellent fantasy

    I heard this is a very long fantasy series (which is still ongoing), although it is divided into sets of trilogies so the collecting and reading order is easier. There is a chronological order, and order by publishing date and it¿s up to the reader which way to pursue. I love how this book gives you a nice blend of magic, fantasy, and it¿s setting is in a fictional version of the British Isles. This is nice because not only do you have a solid established setting without too much world building, but it also focuses more on the fantasy/magic aspect so you don¿t have to worry much about the setting itself. Besides, I think a setting set in this particular time period is perfect for fantasy to blend into. There is a little background history scattered here and there for the reader, to understand what the current world is going through so that it is more easy to understand. It¿s very similar to the world where the Christian Church wielded immense power, and a small group of people (you could call them ¿pagans¿ if you wanted to) are either under immense persecution or in hiding practicing their own beliefs. Just add magic to these small group of people and you have the Deryni. I liked this aspect of the book. It gave it a more solid feel, nothing flaky or whimsical about it. It was also nice to see the magic was not over the top, although I¿m not sure what to say about some spell incantations. (Especially during the ¿epic final battle¿) The spells are said out loud, and it almost has a lyrical rhyme to it although it seems like the magic users just think of the words to the spells randomly as if they¿re writing poetry. What irks me a little is since Kelson is technically a beginner when it comes to magic, how in the world did he manage to find the words to the spells? or is it just an innate skill they were born with? it¿s like a poetry battle, the one who says the best lines wins. It¿s different but I can¿t help but think it¿s a little childish, I thought it could have been much better. The political aspect of the book is good and I enjoyed reading this. As a fan of intrigue in any royal court fictional or otherwise, it¿s always nice to see a bit of political infighting, backstabbing, betrayal, and all the rest. It is a typical story plot of ¿Old King gets killed whodunit, younger inexperienced King comes in¿ but the writing style is good and the reader is kept interested with a rich assort of characters, the main ones with distinct personalities to make them easily identifiable. The characters in the novel are well done. I liked how they were portrayed. My favorites would be Morgan, Kelson and Duncan. Kelson developed quickly and fast yet some parts of him still show he¿s still a boy growing up. I like Morgan and Duncan because although they¿re your average typical heroes, they make a great team. Charissa is the usual archetype of a villainess but her descriptions and personality fit the role well. The one character I did not like was Jehana, although she was a protective mother (overly protective) she annoyed me and her attitude was horrible. I liked how Kelson gave her a good tell off, it did put her back in her place as she was really starting to get to me during a certain part in the book. Towards the end, she still didn¿t get any sympathies from me. This is a good read, and I think it¿ll be great for those who are into epic fantasy. Be prepared, it is a long series, and not completed yet. Rich in detail with an

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Never forgotten

    It pas The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings which fanned the flames of my interest in the Fantasy genre but almost as memorable were the Deryni novels. It must be close to 30 years ago that I began reading this series & it left a lasting impression. It was with pleasure that I found the first three novels available as Nookbooks. Having finished Deryni Rising. I am captivated again by this world with my love for fantasy revived. While not as deep or intricately developed as LOTR, these volumes have stood the test of time & are proving as enjoyable as the first time around. Magic, intrigue, adventure...what's not to love?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2010

    Fun fantasy book

    This book is a great read and introduction to fantasy literature. The first of Kurtz's Deryni novels, it does not get bogged down with all the details that some of her later books have to take in account, making it easier to read and enjoy.

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