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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I’ll pick up the second in the series soon. Epic Fantasy Paranormal Fiction. The world and magic dsryni adequately 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 dsryni and the prose is riddled with unnecessary speech tags and adverbs some of them extra-questionable.

She doesn’t abuse metaphors, her descriptions of characters and setting are detailed. No Brooks, Donaldson, Weis, Eddings Can someone tell me why every author doesn’t have at least a dodgy cheap ebook risimg of each of their books? Because there’s only one other female character in the book–Jehanna, who basically exists to annoy Kelson and Morgan and, by extension, the reader.

The omniscient narrator jumps around from point-of-view to point-of-view, explaining everyone’s thoughts and motives and leaving no rosing for mystery, suspense, or the chance for me to deduce something on my own. The above are actually relatively minor quibbles. My biggest problem was a personal one – it was a fantasy set on earth rather some fantasy land. Kurtz acknowledges debt to Duneand having read that, the parallels jumped out. The one character I did not like was Jehana, although she was a protective mother overly protective she annoyed me and her attitude was horrible.


A few hundred years back, they ruled the land unpleasantly until the normal humans, with the help of a few renegade Deryni, overthrew them.

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Compared to some of her later novels, Deryni Rising is rather light on the political aspects the wonderful council scene notwithstanding. Putting black hats on one set of characters, and white ones on another, is not enough to involve me in a novel. The portrayal in women in general in epic and secondary world fantasy has been evolving over the last two decades.

It reminded me of when I first discovered Anne McCaffrey’s books. Connecting Deryni Rising forward to The Goblin Emperor never entered my mind until our twitter conversations and Jonah mentioned them both on his podcast.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. Gwynedd itself is a medieval kingdom deryyni 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. It also apparently helps if sorcerers are poets, as they seem to come up with clever rhyming spells on the fly. As the “special power” of the kings of Gwynedd had sufficed for Brion to defeat Charissa’s father, she plots to keep Kelson from receiving those powers.

The problem for me is that as I read more and more fantasy stories the various medieval settings and magic systems start to blend together and it takes something really special to set a derynni apart from the rest of the “herd.


Kurtz makes it so clear in the story so obvious it seems everything’s done except having it written across the sky in clouds. What would you call that, if not fantasy? To be Deryni in a land ruled by the all-powerful Church is to be branded an outcast.

Deryni Rising

What I kind of like about the limits of this story is what it chooses to focus on. View all 6 comments. Men with women do, which was also frustrating. Oct 26, Cera rated it liked it. Still, it was a fun read. 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. So I kept putting off dertni them. The first-written novel Deryni Rising is perhaps the best, but the whole is generally much above average for Heroic Fantasy and is well characterized, although sometimes archaic and modern language clash.

The enchantment of other lands, and Elfland argument sounds to me, like an defyni made in the Encyclopedia of Fantasy about the diminishment of magic as being a major concern in fantasy.

And the book wouldn’t have had risint overpowering musty smell.

As for if I liked it, it is part of the charm of the book for me.