Deryni Checkmate

Deryni Checkmate In order to claim the throne of Gwynedd young Kelson Haldane had to reveal his magical Deryni powers putting him at odds with the most powerful clerics in the land who view the Deryni as agents of
  • Title: Deryni Checkmate
  • Author: Katherine Kurtz
  • ISBN: 9780345347640
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Deryni Checkmate
    In order to claim the throne of Gwynedd, young Kelson Haldane had to reveal his magical Deryni powers, putting him at odds with the most powerful clerics in the land, who view the Deryni as agents of evil.One such man Archbishop Loris has dedicated himself to the eradication of the Deryni In a ruthless campaign of persecution against them, Loris targets one of the proudesIn order to claim the throne of Gwynedd, young Kelson Haldane had to reveal his magical Deryni powers, putting him at odds with the most powerful clerics in the land, who view the Deryni as agents of evil.One such man Archbishop Loris has dedicated himself to the eradication of the Deryni In a ruthless campaign of persecution against them, Loris targets one of the proudest Deryni in all the land Kelson s most trusted friend and advisor, Duke Alaric Morgan.While Morgan fights for his reputation and his very life a rogue Deryni has been honing his powers to use as a weapon against all of humanity, putting all of the Deryni at risk Outright war is in the offing And as the different factions of Gwynedd battle each other, the young Kelson must find within himself the strength to keep his kingdom from falling apart
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    Katherine Kurtz is American fantasy novel writer She is best known for her Deryni series She currently lives in Virginia.

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  • If you read my review of Deryni Rising you know I didn t spend a lot of time on the fictional fantasy depiction of the church That will not be possible here.The book itself follows the events having to do with the church demanding that Deryni all Deryni renounce their powers and abilities, or be excommunicated The actions of a rabid and hate filled persecutor will also play a role in the story, which does not complete with this volume SPOILER WARNING SPOILER DISCUSSION BELOW LINE view spoiler Th [...]


  • In an effort to thin out the To Be Read pile of used book purchases, I decided to tackle all the skinny books first The second book in the Chronicles of the Deryni focuses on the Half Deyni brothers Morgan and Duncan Fast read, just a few new character and could have done without the secondary story arc which just seem out of place.


  • Great to revisit one of my old favorites again, this time via audiobook A few unneeded extraneous plots, but I still love Morgan, Duncan, and Kelson enough that I was happy to read it again The narration was very good too The audiobooks of the first three Deryni stories are currently available for 6 each at audiobookstand, the internet arm of Brilliance Audio.


  • 3.5Deryni Checkmate, first published in 1972, is the second novel in Katherine Kurtz s epic fantasy series that s set in a world called Gwynedd loosely based our own medieval UK where some people have inherited magic from a race called the Deryni which has interbred with normal humans The church of Gwynedd considers magic anathema and is using its wealth, power, and influence to rid the world of Deryni magic Thus, Kurtz s story is clearly inspired by our own middle ages when the Roman Catholic C [...]


  • 3.5Deryni Checkmate, first published in 1972, is the second novel in Katherine Kurtz s epic fantasy series that s set in a world called Gwynedd loosely based our own medieval UK where some people have inherited magic from a race called the Deryni which has interbred with normal humans The church of Gwynedd considers magic anathema and is using its wealth, power, and influence to rid the world of Deryni magic Thus, Kurtz s story is clearly inspired by our own middle ages when the Roman Catholic C [...]


  • A dramatic improvement from Book 1I first read Catherine Kurtz in the 1980s and picked up the series again while I am between authors and waiting for new publications I recall enjoying her novels , but I was stunned at how simple book 1 of the series was I decided to continue reading the series and was glad I did, because they are worlds apart Deryni Rising book 1 would most likely not find a publisher today, but Deryni Checkmate was a glimpse of the Katherine Kurtz that I fondly remember.The bi [...]


  • This book focuses on the ancient battle of church versus state, and it s effects on Mrs Kurtz magical kingdom of Gwynedd Unfortunately for the characters involved the age old battle hasn t yet been solved, and there doesn t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.To read this one you would almost have to have read the previous novels in the series Mrs Kurtz usually recaps well enough to make it possible for her readers to pick up the series mid stream, but the plot thus far must have become [...]


  • I am a man I hold that nothing human is alien to me TERENCEI love how the magic of the Deryni is the source of conflict in this story It has a tinge of fantasy built around a medieval Catholic world She shows the benefits of faith and magic in positive ways when wielded by just characters However, she unleashes unbridled hatred and bigotry against the feared Deryni just because they are different She brings the battle of good vs evil down to a human level that everyone can relate too.


  • This is the second book in the Deryni Trilogy, and though I enjoyed the first one, this second one was way better written, at least I felt like this book had focus to it, as opposed to tackling or trying to, at least too many issues For example, the main issue in this book is the Deryni one man, in particular being under attack from the church Though we obviously don t have magical people in the real world I really appreciate the relevance of the church feeling threatened by things it can t con [...]


  • Opening note before I begin I read the revised and expanded edition of this one because it s all the library had I would have preferred to read the original edition, but, well, you can t always get what you want This is the The Empire Strikes Back of the Chronicles of the Deryni Deryni Rising was a young boy becoming a man and winning a battle of good versus evil in the classic structure laid out by the monomyth One of the things that bothered me about that book, though, was the focus on good an [...]


  • Magic brings sadness and tragedy along with religious intolerance and fanatics to Gwynedd In the 30 years war Europe saw between 3,000,000 and 11,000,000 people killed, is this the path that Gwynedd is on This book was a little complex than the last character development and a few different plots that wind up tied together at the end 3 1 2 stars.


  • Amazing how Katherine Kurtz got as much in a 300 page book as some authors get in a 900 page one Much to think about in this part of the Deryni saga.


  • Great book and quickly on to the next Wonderful storytelling, characters really live and come off the page.


  • Ok, this volume was an even bigger mess than the last one I m sorry, but I m starting to wonder why this original series is as successful and beloved as it is There are two completely disconnected plotlines, one a moderately interesting political religious conflict a brewing and the other a loopy, pointless doomed romance that never really goes anywhere important Kurtz seemed unable to decide what was important about either story, and thus what events she should spend time depicting there are se [...]


  • Released in 1973, Deryni Checkmate continues the original Deryni trilogy of Katherine Kurtz The Deryni are a race of humans with magical powers who once ruled the Eleven Kingdoms, but are now feared and reviled, their magic called evil by the church.In this book, Bishop Loris decides that the Deryni Duke Morgan must be held accountable for his Deryni magic, so he threatens all of King Kelson s kingdom with interdiction the refusal of sacramental services until the King turns out his Duke.In this [...]


  • The Deryni books are great sword and sorcery fantasy What makes them unique is that they re a blend of historical fantasy and high fantasy What marks a book out as high fantasy is a completely imaginary world with no links to real history legend maybe, but the ties are tenuous, even when like Tolkien s Middle Earth, Lackey s Valdemir or Pierce s Tortall, they have a pseudo medieval feel.This on, the other hand, is Christian Europe yet not quite Gwynedd is recognizably Britain so than what you s [...]


  • Usually the middle book or movie in a series is the book nobody likes It serves to provide backstory or to fill in additional information to bridge the gap between the first book in a trilogy and the second That is not the case here.Deryni Rising starts the story of King Kelson Katherine Kurtz could have ended the trilogy right there and the story would have been fine no cliffhangers Instead, she chose to continue the story of King Kelson with a focus on Morgan, Kelson s chief Deryni advisor Aft [...]


  • I really loved the first book in this trilogy The first half of this book seemed very slow and a little bit of a grind to read New characters are introduced, like Morgan s sister Bronwyn, who you really fall for The action is really lacking and the story doesn t seem to move along very quickly About halfway through the book, the plot starts to thicken and the story picks up a little speed By the end of the book I was gobbling up the words anxious to find out what was going to happen, and shocked [...]


  • Commento alla Trilogia Unico erede di Re Brion, avvelenato dalla maga Charissa durante una battuta di caccia, il Principe Kelson, ormai maggiorenne, si prepara a governare sugli Undici Regni Ma Charissa, assetata di potere e vendetta, non gli concede tregua, e perch Kelson la possa affrontare in un duello di magia necessario che un grande potere osteggiato dalla Chiesa il potere Deryni gli venga tramandato dal padre defunto la notte che precede l incoronazione Ma il rito di trapasso complesso, e [...]


  • Well, I don t know if it s the book or me but I kind of didn t like it A bit Maybe it s because the book has some plots tropes that I don t really care about the jealous character that just has to have an other character who is in love with someone else and the jealous one not only kills the one they love but the other lover too the church being so awfully evil I see enough of that in RL no matter which religion church that I m not that fond of it showing up in my books the character that tries [...]


  • These comments apply to all 3 books of the original Deryni Trilogy, Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate, and High Deryni I really enjoyed this series I liked Kurtz s writing style, and she did a great job creating and describing the fantasy world of Gwynnedd I could see a lot of Welsh influence in the world she created I think the series teaches a good lesson about tolerance of minorities and overcoming ignorance However, the story line seemed to have some anti religious undertones which I wasn t cr [...]


  • This was the second installment of The Chronicles of the Deryni There were plenty of people who did not care for this book as much as the first one and I can only imagine it was due to a lack of real action, magic casting, etc However, as I suspected, Ms Kurtz uses her books to build her world so this installment was great in explaining of the world we find ourselves in I thought it was a good read There was one segment within the novel that I felt was just fluff almost a tangential storyline t [...]


  • Carrying on with my High Fantasy binge this continues 4 months after the previous book, where Alaric Morgan and Duncan McLain fall foul of the Archbishops of Gwynedd Because Alaric has never denied his Deryni ancestry, the religious heirarchy denounce him as evil and manipulative, and ultimately excommunicate him and his Duchy from the Church.I must admit I never realised how steeped in religion this book is was it takes Christianity as a given, and uses its precepts as a base for the actions of [...]


  • I enjoyed reading Deryni Checkmate, Book 2 in the Deryni series, than I had enjoyed Book 1 which I had already found engaging There is suspense and action, dramatic tension, the plotlines get intricate and complex, and of course we get to know better the main characters, who become familiar I found the final climaxes note the plural form also much captivating and emotional than the climax in Deryni Rising.Religious extremism remains a central theme in this second novel, and Katherine Kurtz [...]


  • Not as good as the first book It doesn t deserve a 2 star, but maybe 2.5My review of the first book applies to the second also.Even less female influence in this one, though I can easily imagine much of the dialogue occuring between two women rather than two men I suppose I can excuse it by accepting that the magic bond between certain male figures creates an intimacy that would not exist otherwise But seriously, the male characters don t hide anything They really lay there feelings right out th [...]


  • I was between three and four stars on this one I loved the first one Dernyi Rising and love each of the characters They are fun and interesting The plot of the book is nice, but follows typical trilogy format book 1 introduce characters include provincial victory Book 2 broaden the scope and make a big mess Book 3 clean up the mess, kill one main character and good triumphs over evil Fun, playful, great religious faith overtones that give the book a fun distinguishing factor Heavy on discriminat [...]


  • Miscellaneous comments While I still like Morgan, I m all about Duncan this reread.It s the church stuff threats of excommunication etc that really felt like danger than the physical danger did And the ritual description of said excommunication was very spooky and threatening.Considering the things I remember that still haven t happened, there must be a lot about to go on in High Deryni.I ll be off to dig the rest of the series out of their storage box now, and or save up for the new ebook vers [...]


  • This is the second book in the first series of the Deryni books With this one we start to see Katherine Kurtz growing as an author we also see the story and the plot evolving from a simple fantasy to a richer novel with political intrigue Katherine Kurtz no longer feels it necessary to hide the fact that the powerful church is the Catholic church and this adds a richness to the story Her knowledge of medieval history and the working of the priesthood lends a realism to the novel Unlike a lot of [...]


  • The first Chronicle, Deryni rising, didn t quite live up to my memories I was delighted this one did The first one had a small focus, Kelson s struggles to step into his role as king Here we have, let s see, the church placing Kelson s Deryni ally Morgan under excommunication, power struggles in the church, a religious fanatic starting a holy war, a would be conqueror starting a regular war, the mysterious appearances of a dead Deryni saint It s the Everything Is Going Wrong point of the trilogy [...]


  • Standard I read this, but damned if I can remember exactly when or why or enough about it to make detail comments disclaimer My rating is based solely on my memory of how much or little I enjoyed the book at that time In some cases, at that time might mean before most users were born Then again, it could mean a couple years ago and that I have a lousy memory Your mileage may vary Heck, given how all our tastes change over the years and the fickle nature of memory, my own mileage might vary if I [...]


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