Deryni Rising has ratings and reviews. Mike (the Paladin) said: It was years ago when I ran across Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni novels. Oddly, I ne. The classic novel that introduced the Deryni?and launched Kurtz?s career. For more than thirty years, the Deryni Chronicles have transported readers. Jul 20, Deryni Rising, like A Game of Thrones, takes place in a world notable for how closely it hews to historical example—or at least, to a somewhat.
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Deryni Rising – Wikipedia
First of all, the writing is not particularly vivid in this first novel I flipped through a later book and noticed that the writing was much more polished, as would be expected.
As I said earlier, it appears, to me, that she was possibly just as influenced by a number of other literary sources Shakespeare, etc. The limited amount given out in a given year, the lack of shortage of worthy candidates, and the bias in genre awards toward male winners. Deryni Rising was published when she was 26, so relatively out of college or possibly still in graduate school in LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.
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. I tried reading Feist and found it too cheesy.
risint This is essentially a page transition of power. Other books in the series. Quite good for a first novel; heck, quite good even were it not a first novel. Despite the bad first impression, I was willing to give it some leeway because of that, and because it was Kurtz’s first book. I know that during the summer ofI tried the hardcover of The Lord of the Rings and bounced off of it. One thing lacking is characterization, deryn heart rislng soul of any book for me.
This is certainly not Kurtz’s strongest book and she is very much still world-building as she goes. The omniscient narrator jumps around from point-of-view to point-of-view, explaining everyone’s thoughts and motives and leaving no room for mystery, suspense, or the chance for me to deduce something on my own. Also in A Novel of the Deryni. It reminded me of when I first discovered Anne McCaffrey’s books.
That kinda comes out of nowhere. Each chapter has a cliffhanger sometimes with an exclamation mark, for extra excitement!
Given the setting based strongly on England during the Middle Agesthe use of inheritance the land is ruled by a king and administered by other men who inherit power using traditions a combination of practice and law.
The poll was won by Larry Niven ‘s Ringworld. Charissa is evil, true, but no one in Deryni Rising is arbitrary in their use of power, whereas just about everyone in A Game of Thrones is–Ned Stark excluded and we all know what that got him.
Gwynedd itself is a medieval kingdom similar to the British Isles of the 12th century, with a powerful Holy Church based on the Roman Catholic Churchand a feudal government ruled by a hereditary monarchy.
I dug my copy of Deryni Rising out of the depths of my Kindle along with finding the paper copy in a storage box so I had a nice, big copy of the map and set to rereading. Charissa plans to challenge Brion’s year old son and heir Kelson to a magical duel during Kelson’s coronation.
Just as in the novels of Sherwood Smith and also in The Goblin Emperorthe politics of Deryni felt more complex than most epic fantasy. My favorites would be Morgan, Kelson and Duncan. I’ve loved this book since I was a boy. This had been one of my favorite fantasy series in my early teenage years before I discovered edgy literary fiction and temporarily abandoned genre.
When I encountered it, I knew that it was a newly-written original book Lin Carter wrote introductions for many of the books that were printed while he was running the line in addition to writing some non-fiction books and anthologies.
It’s pretty simple and straight forward fantasy but I don’t care. I definitely want to unpack The Goblin Emperor and Deryni Rising in my own question to the group, so I will reserve talking about that here.
The race-hatred which under-girds the characters’ willingness to believe lies about the framed parties is definitely a feature worth exploring and, to her credit, she does manage to show it FAR more than tell it. Charissa is noticeable in part as the person interested in sex.
I read this decades ago, and enjoyed it enough to read 6 volumes maybe more—but I own the first sixbut not enough to read since. My biggest problem was a personal one – it was a fantasy set on earth rather some fantasy land. I’m glad I did.
nerds of a feather, flock together: MEGABLOGTABLE: Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz ()
The world and magic aren’t risin explained; the characters feel like explorations more than fully-rounded people; there are a total of two major female characters, one of whom is evil while the other is hysterical; chapter-ending cliffhangers are resolved a page later with absolutely no justification for the initial tension; and the prose is riddled with unnecessary speech tags and adverbs some of them extra-questionable.
The background of the story with the Deryni and Saint Camber was interesting and left a lot open derynl further development in later novels.
Our boy hero named Prince Kelson is set to become the new king of the mythical kingdom of Gwynedd after his father, the previous king, has died of an apparent heart attack during a hunting trip.
But the more important linkage is, I think, the common approach of recontextualizing the medieval Romance and historical accounts of court intrigue within the fantasy form. The references to a real religion and the quotes from the Bible made me very uncomfortable. And if he wins, he is King—but all the world will know that he is also Deryni… Be prepared, it is a long series, and not completed yet.