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Camber of Culdi, Volume 1: In the Legends of Camber of Culdi [Katherine Kurtz] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Camber was the. Three fantasy novels of intrigue, betrayal, and magic in medieval Gwynedd by the New York Times–bestselling author of the Deryni series—bonus story also. Welcome to the weekly reread of Camber of Culdi! We’ve traveled back in time from the days of King Kelson to the Deryni Interregnum. There’s.

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Gwynedd is rule by the evil Imre of Deryni heritage and his sister, Ariella. This is not to say that Camber and his Deryni are moral in our sense of the word. When his son is poisoned by an unwitting assassin, the furious prince uses his powers to locate and kill the murderer.

But now he sought only retirement on his family estates.

I came into this book expecting to love it almost as much as I had before. I’m reading them for world-building and characterization, not for any sense of allegory.

I had seen the Deryni novels in my local used bookstores here in San Antonio for cuodi while. Mass Market Paperbackpages. 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 and noble.

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The Deryni are a race of humans who can culd magic. Evil illegitimate king oppressing the people. I have decided to continue reading the Deryni novels as I can afford to buy the e-book versions.

Granted, the books are a bit dated, but they’re from the 70s, not the 30s. I will culd I never had no desire to read them and dismissed the series as typical epic fantasy.


I expected much more from a book about such a controversial Saint figure in Deryni history – I couldn’t give you more than two words to describe his personality, let alone any of the other characters.

The books had cyldi into purely fantasy-political stories. Now the cildi Deryni king, Imre, came to the throne too young and is casually cruel and brutal, especially to non-Deryni. Ucldi storyline is so good. I suppose I’ll put a view spoiler [ here just in case This fantasy version of medieval Europe filled with royal houses, political machinations, and the unique Deryni. I recall being sorry there wasn’t more about magic, but still – Camber of Culdi!

Soon thereafter, Imre’s suspicions grow to include the entire MacRorie family, and he soon orders their arrest. Magic, intrigue, memorable characters, tension, humour, tragedy, it’s all here. But then two events occur simultaneously: Now, from what I understand, this is not a new book. 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.

Except the new-king was annoying, and unmonklike while supposed to be super-monkish. High Deryni culsi publication date. Realizing he cannot win, Imre commits suicide rather than submit to imprisonment. Definitely a product of its time — the narrative does a fair amount of head-hopping, as was the style at the time, and there are some things a fifteen year old child bride, e.

nerds of a feather, flock together: Reading Deryni: Camber of Culdi

As I said in my review of Deryni Rising, I think these books are clearly in the lineage that led to Game of Thrones, although they may not always get the credit that they should. Those who believe in the cause are passionate believers; they know something must be done, and are willing to make incredible sacrifices for it. This is what I would consider a classic fantasy story. 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.


Overall, a decent book, but I’m not really interested enough to read the rest of the series. Alaric Morgan and Duncan McLain rediscover ancient magics! Meanwhile, the Healer Rhys Thuryn attends the final hours of an elderly patient.

Refresh and try again.

The Legends of Camber of Culdi Trilogy

For me, the best way to read this series is in t This is really the first book, chronologically. With all of these heavy themes there is a risk that their weight would bog down the story.

Assisted by several cambeg of his family, Camber performs a ritual designed to bestow Deryni powers on the prince. I still cry at certain passages and chuckle out loud at others. This was a fun re-read. Instead, it is a heavily political story about dynastic succession, with religious trappings and a hint of magic cambsr and there for flavor. I think the Camber books and the Heirs of Camber books are some of Katherine’s strongest work.

The descendant, Cinhill, does not want to accept his heritage and tries to convince Camber and his men that he remains a monk. Could he be persuaded to leave the only life he knew and take on the leadership of a rebellion? There’s a secret council!

The Legends of Camber of Culdi Series

Other books in the series. I love this series and it may well be my all-time favorite. Cildi had never heard of Katherine Kurtz, until about a month ago. This article does not cite any sources.