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Camber cyldi the greatest of the Deryni—that race of men who were gifted with arcane mental powers that set them above cupdi humans. The patron sends men to find out if this descendant of the old Haldane kings is actually alive.

Now it’s not an action-packed story, so if you’re looking for epic battles and sword fights, this isn’t it. How did Cinhil’s grandfather really escape and I’ve been reading books by Katherine Kurtz since I was in the 6th grade.

The Legends of Camber of Culdi Series by Katherine Kurtz

Kurtz was nominated alongside culci American -born author Anne Ricewho was selected for her first novel, Interview with the Vampire. Not much meat in this sandwich.

I hadn’t read this one before, though, and I’m left wondering whether this book simply doesn’t measure up to the rest of the series or if the series can’t stand up to the passage of time. While it’s a given of the series that Deryni have special powers, Kurtz also seems to extend their special place to other issues – for example, “a thoroughness possible only for Deryni”, which doesn’t seem explained by their standard powers.

I kept reading, but eventually, when a book I think King Kelson’s Bride came out in which nothing happened, I mostly cuuldi up. Oct 25, Elle rated it it was ok Shelves: I mean, he’s really whiny.



I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The author’s world is as complex as ever and her prose still dry, detailed and somehow able to still keep my attention.

For longtime lovers of the Deryni novels, it will be a joyful return to a familiar home, replete with iconic characters and an easily followed tale told in Katherine Kurtz memorable style. This is simply a newly released edition i.

I’m reading them for world-building and characterization, not for any sense of allegory. The original one was released on June 12, King Kelson’s Bride I’m happy to say that although I notice the problems over 40 years later with a few rereads betweenthey don’t impinge on my enjoyment of the 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.

The Legends of Camber of Culdi are intriguing for their setting: Nov 13, Sunni rated it it was amazing Shelves: The descendant, Cinhill, does not want to accept his heritage and tries to convince Camber and his men that he remains a monk.

Although Camber and his allies attempt to convince Cinhil that he must become king for the greater good of the realm, the anguished prince is haunted by his conscience and his heart-felt vocation as a priest.

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

His children Cathan, Joram, and Evaine as well as other confidantes like Rhys had brief flashes of personality, but never received a real opportunity to grow into anyone truly special. Camber and his family are wealthy and powerful yet have a finely h Classic Tale from a Beloved Fantasy World It’s been many years since I’ve read the Deryni books.

We know him a little; we like him, but we always feel there is so much more to know about him. These unrelated events setting off a chain reaction which forces Camber of Culdi to contemplate betraying his ruling monarch and, perhaps, the Deryni race itself!


I’m tempted to continue on through the series now, chronologically, since I’ve never read the most recent trilogy in the series. I have decided to continue reading the Deryni novels as I can afford to buy the e-book versions. Nonetheless, Camber continues to prepare Cinhil for the throne, attempting to teach him lf the secular world that he abandoned. On the one hand, the plot machinations are to depose Deryni in favor of humans.

The Legends of Camber of Culdi Series

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.

I felt the end came about a bit too quick, but that’s me. Since the books have been in print for a long time, I can now read them in chronological order and fully appreciate the medieval fantasy world of both magic and religion that Ms. When Camber learned that Cinhil Haldane, a descendant of the previous kings, still lived, he realized that the only hope for the kingdom lay in overthrowing Imre and restoring Cinhil to the camberr.

I think the only reason that I didn’t give this 5 stars is that the book is so short that some of the characters come across as more 2 dimensional than 3 dimensional. I saw her point, and I dislike fictional politics, but I liked these books anyway. Rather than read them in order of publication I plan to read them in chronological order and began with this title, which is actually the fourth book published.

It was the fourth novel in Kurtz’ Deryni novels to be published, and the first book in her second Deryni trilogy, The Camer of Camber of Culdi.