Deryni Checkmate (Chronicles of the Deryni Series #2)

Deryni Checkmate (Chronicles of the Deryni Series #2)

by Katherine Kurtz

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ISBN-13: 9780441016617
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Series: Deryni Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 798,914
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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Deryni Checkmate (Chronicles of the Deryni Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Nookhooked556 More than 1 year ago
It's been more than 30 years since my first introduction to the Deryni novels & yet they made a lasting impression. Browsing current titles in fantasy/science fiction has resparked my interest in these genres prompting me to look for the Deryni series on my Nook. After Deryni Rising & now Checkmate I am sucked right back into this well researched period in time enhanced by depth of character, a fully fledged world & arcane enhancements. Dated? Somewhat. Simple compared to some of the more modern series? Maybe. But still enjoyable after all these years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read the Deryni Trilogy--Rising, Checkmate, High--in jr high. It is fairly easy to read, and I have not been as drawn in to a creative, new world til Harry Potter. Kelson is an honest, struggling-with-growing-up-while-king, admirable character. His confidante, Morgan, is loyal, protective, and somewhat irascible. In this 2nd installment, the story continues of strengthening Kelson as King, in his newfound powers, and defending himself and his magical race from the corrupt religious powers of the day. I still, 25 years later, will pick these books up and read them again and have continued to look forward to the next installment like I did in my teens.
bokai on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Deryni Checkmate is the second in a a trilogy of fantasy books, and seems to defy the curse of the second in a trilogy by being more interesting than its precursor. Deryni Rising, the first book of the series, was little more than a stage setter for the more pressing and complex problems that are presented in Deryni Checkmate. There's quite a bit to keep track of. Church politics, regional uprisings, sorceress warlords, identity issues, madness borne of love, mysterious long-dead saints, all these things combine to make for an engrossing read.The reason that I would not give Deryni Checkmate five stars is because of the writing itself. While Kurtz is a clear writer, who has fashioned a complex plot that is still easy to keep track of, her writing leaves something to be desired. If you are someone who just wants the story, this won't be an issue. If reading someone nod apologetically at someone who is watching distractedly at a man who is pacing agitatedly makes you want to start rearranging words on the page, be prepared to pause at times throughout this book to regain your composure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series when I was 21. It was my introduction to sci-fi fantasy and I have been hooked ever since. I go back and read this series about every 2 years and enjoy it every time. Every few months I check to see if there is a new one in the series. I keep hoping.
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