In the King's Service (Childe Morgan Series #1)

In the King's Service (Childe Morgan Series #1)

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by Katherine Kurtz
     
 

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In this first book of an all-new Deryni trilogy,  New York Times bestselling author Katherine Kurtz takes readers back in time—before King Kelson's bride...before King Kelson's birth... when the magical Deryni blood was sought by the most powerful men and women in the kingdom of Gwynedd. Back when a man named Donal ruled over all.  See more details below

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In this first book of an all-new Deryni trilogy,  New York Times bestselling author Katherine Kurtz takes readers back in time—before King Kelson's bride...before King Kelson's birth... when the magical Deryni blood was sought by the most powerful men and women in the kingdom of Gwynedd. Back when a man named Donal ruled over all.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
In the King's Service is the first book in an exciting Deryni trilogy by Katherine Kurtz that takes place decades before the events in Kurtz's bestselling King Kelson novels (The Bishop's Heir, The King's Justice, etc.).

A major character her is King Donal Blaine Haldane, Kelson's enigmatic grandfather. Both hero and villain, protector and tyrant, Donal ruled over Gwynedd at a time when those with Deryni blood weren't killed on sight. Several Deryni sat in the king's court, and a few acted as faithful advisers. In fact, Donal wanted so much to protect his young heir from harm that he covertly impregnated Lady Jessamy, a powerful Deryni with an infamous father, so that she could give birth to a boy who could be raised as a friend and protector to Donal's firstborn son, Brion.

But in a brutal world where rebellion, insurrection, and treachery are commonplace and the Church is increasingly frightened of the Deryni and what they represent, the king's well-intentioned plan goes terribly awry.

Kurtz, a medieval English history scholar, is an absolute master when it comes to creating a complex and convincing magical world into which readers can totally immerse themselves. Fans of historical based fantasy -- like Stephen R. Lawhead's Celtic Crusade novels (The Iron Lance, The Black Rood, etc.) and Marie Jakober's The Black Chalice -- should give this intriguing saga a try. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
In this exquisitely detailed Deryni fantasy, her first since King Kelson's Bride (2000), veteran Kurtz lays out the history of the Deryni before the time of King Kelson, focusing on the characters whose heirs will become important players in the Kingdom of Gwynedd, modeled on medieval Wales. Donal Haldane, the king who appears fair and just, has hidden agendas and sometimes uses his power to insure his own dynastic needs regardless of other's feelings. Lady Alyce de Corwyn, the daughter of one of the last Deryni gentry, must master the art of court intrigue. Lady Jessamy, a co-conspirator with the king, helps fulfill his wish for a protector for his son. The Camberian Council-the group of secretive Deryni who rule over their magical brethren-instigate their own secret plans regarding both Deryni and humans. Everyone follows paths strewn with danger, difficulties, misjudgments-and the agonizing possibility of death. Despite a somewhat static plot, the scenes of daily life at court, plus the usual church versus magic conflict, will keep fans turning the pages. (Nov. 4) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
In his search for a protector/companion for his son and heir, King Donal Haldane fathers an illegitimate child with the Deryni Lady Jessamy, believing that a child with a combination of Haldane and Deryni powers would be formidable. It appears that this trait will be the case, until that child is murdered by a group of fanatics who believe that Deryni are evil. As a result, Donal attempts to find another Deryni woman to bear him a child, with or without her knowledge. This latest Deryni novel apparently takes place in an earlier time than the rest, but a reader unfamiliar with the series would not know that. Although there is an index of characters at the end of the book, a family tree and a time line would have been more helpful. Of course, there are many other plot threads here, concerning court intrigues, church politics, and church involvement in court intrigues. That does not mean that a Deryni "novice" reader would not enjoy it. Introduce it to teens who like long novels with complicated plots, such as books in the Dune series or even J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and who need a new series in which to become involved. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, Ace, 359p., Ages 15 to Adult.
—Marlyn Roberts
Library Journal
In the time before religious and secular persecution drove the Deryni into hiding, these powerful mentalists served as counselors and advisers to the human rulers of Gwynedd. The rise of Donal Haldane to the throne, however, signals a new era, in which the king expects the strong-willed Deryni sorcerers to obey his demands. The author of the popular, multivolume Deryni series (King Nelson's Bride) explores the early history of the realm of Gwynedd and uncovers the roots of conflict as human and Deryni try with varying degrees of success to coexist. Kurtz's fidelity to the customs and mores of medieval Europe gives a richness of detail to her alternate medieval world. For most fantasy collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441012091
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Deryni Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
297,711
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.05(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Katherine Kurtz has been writing fantasy for well over twenty-five years. She is married and lives in a renovated castle in the south of Ireland.

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Fyrebird More than 1 year ago
A good continuation of the Deryni universe created by Kurtz. This book gives good background for Alaric Morgan's family, explaining some of the tensions still lingering between human and Deryni, and between the various states of the kingdom of Gwynnedd & surrounding kingdoms. It is better to read the other Deryni books first, in the order they were written (Chronicles of the Deryni trilogy, Legends of Camber trilogy, Histories of King Kelson trilogy, Heirs of Saint Camber trilogy, King Kelson's Bride, Childe Morgan trilogy, as well as a few other stand-alones)
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I was very impressed with this latest work by Katherine Kurtz as I am an avid fan of her Deryni books. They are very intense, enthralling, interesting, and yet keep the tales of King Kelson and his ancestors in a very spine-tingling. I started her Deryni books with 'The Bishop's Heir' and was hooked ever since then. I hope there is a next book after this one as I would love to see what happens to her character, King Brion Haldane of Gwynedd as to his marriage to Lady Jehana of Bremagne and the births of their children, Kelson and Rosane. I have follwed the stories all along even after I read 'The Bishop's Heir' and the two books which succeeded in the trilogy. Good for you, Katherine, and keep them coming!!! I would hope to be able to contact her through emails and learn more about the Deryni tales sequels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting look at this book and how it sets up the events of the later novels, including the lineage of Kelson's wife Araxie. This book takes a step back into a time only referenced in other novels in the set, with a powerful Haldane monarch. I finished it in a matter of hours on a plane.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Katherine Kurtz first book in the Childe Morgan trilogy is a winner. She takes us back to a time before Kelson, a time when his father, King Brion, was just a tot and Brion's father King Donal ruled. Story covers a period of about 8 years and Katherine weaves the time together very well. Strong characters, glimpses of the Camberian Council that are interesting.... King Donal being a very strong king and making hard decisions... interesting romances... the expected deaths that Ms Kurtz's stories have a history for...An ending that is a switch from what has been known. All in all a most excellent book.