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by Katherine Kurtz

  • ISBN: 0345347676
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Katherine Kurtz
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Del Rey (August 12, 1987)
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Katherine Kurtz has penned many fine novels in her Deryni/Culdi world.

Katherine Kurtz has penned many fine novels in her Deryni/Culdi world

Camber was the greatest of the Deryni who wanted to retire.

Camber was the greatest of the Deryni who wanted to retire. But it was not to be. The kingdom of Gwynedd groaned under the tyranny of Imre and his sister and mistress, Ariella.

I loved Katherine Kurtz' Deryni books when I first read them back in the seventies. While I recalled Kurtz as being focused on religion, a lot of the book is what these days people would likely call ecclesiastical porn - lots of details of vestments and monasteries and priestly devotion; certainly far more than there is about magic. The books are also heavily male-centric.

Volume I in The Legends of Camber of Culdi. Evaine remembered the long months her father had spent at Court, when he had been in the old king’s service. chapter one. In the multitude of people is the kings honour; but in the want of the people is the destruction of the prince. Though it was but late September, a wintry wind howled and battered at the ramparts of Tor Caerrorie, rattling the narrow, glazed windows in their frames and snapping to tatters the gules/azure MacRorie standard atop the tower keep.

The Legends of Camber of Culdi, Volume One. Katherine Kurtz. But even repudiated saints were human once-or Deryni, in the case of Camber. For. Fredrick Harry Kurtz. Written records may be lost or destroyed, and oral traditions garbled in the telling, and the passage of years may leave a larger-than-life composite of fact and myth and outright lie. Yet there is a truth about Camber of Culdi; and the man is far more and far less than his many legends. Camber’s world was, in many respects, a land less graceful and less refined than the world of Kelson Haldane and Alaric Morgan; but it was a study in contrasts and, perhaps, contradictions.

CAMBER OF CULDI Volume I in The Legends of Camber of Culdi Katherine Kurtz Contents chapter one In the multitude of peop. Kurtz, Katherine - Camber 1 - Camber Of Culdi. Camber of Culdi 02 - Saint Camber. Camber of Culdi 03 - Camber the Heretic. Report "Camber of Culdi 01 - Camber of Culdi".

Camber of Culdi is fantasy novel by American-born author Katherine Kurtz. It was first published by Ballantine Books on June 12, 1976. It was the fourth novel in Kurtz' Deryni novels to be published, and the first book in her second Deryni trilogy, The Legends of Camber of Culdi. The Legends trilogy serves as prequels to The Chronicles of the Deryni series that Kurtz wrote from 1970 to 1973, and it details the events that occurred two centuries before the Chronicles trilogy

Katherine Kurtz writes the most beautiful, touching and mystical rituals. I've sometimes wondered if they are as moving to someone who doesn't have the experience of Roman Catholic rites (especially in Latin). On the other hand, are they as thrilling to someone who hasn't studied magical ritual?

Katherine Kurtz writes the most beautiful, touching and mystical rituals. On the other hand, are they as thrilling to someone who hasn't studied magical ritual? Kurtz' blending of the two just feels so right.

Camber of Culdi: Long before Camber was revered as a saint . Books related to The Legends of Camber of Culdi Trilogy.

Camber of Culdi: Long before Camber was revered as a saint, he was a Deryni noble, one of the most respected of the magical race whose arcane skills set them apart from ordinary humans in the kingdom of Gwynedd. Suddenly, the future of Gwynedd hangs in the balance, and Camber-once adored as a saint, but now reviled as a heretic-must find a way to protect his people before everything and everyone he loves is destroyed in the all-consuming flames of intolerance and hate. Now, the land suffers under the tyranny of King Imre, whose savage oppression of the human population weighs heavily on Camber’s heart-a heart that is about to be shattered by a tragic loss that will lead him to confront the usurpers whose dark magic haunts the realm. Saint Camber: The yoke of tyranny has finally been lifted in Gwynedd, but Camber’s job remains unfinished.

Camber was the greatest of the Deryni who wanted to retire. But it was not to be. The kingdom of Gwynedd groaned under the tyranny of Imre and his sister and mistress, Ariella. And when Camber learned that Cinhil Haldane, a descendant of the previous kings, still lived, he was determined to set him on the throne in place of the evil ones....
Reviews about Camber of Culdi, Volume 1: In the Legends of Camber of Culdi (7):
VAZGINO
It's been many years since I've read the Deryni books. They were some of my first fantasy stories, and while I remember that I enjoyed reading all of them, the plots have been forgotten.

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. Kurtz developed so fully.

Camber and his family are wealthy and powerful yet have a finely honed sense of justice. The magic system is well developed and the social constricts of Gwynedd honed to a very sharp point.

This is not to say that Camber and his Deryni are moral in our sense of the word. In this day of social media, AR, and VR, it's easy to see what happens when people are allowed to mess with the minds of others.

I have decided to continue reading the Deryni novels as I can afford to buy the e-book versions. I'm reading them for world-building and characterization, not for any sense of allegory. They are fictional and enjoyable escapism for me.
Kulalas
Set in the earlier timeperiod in Kurtz's Deryni universe, this tells the story of the beginnings of the Deryni persecutions in Gwynedd (the Kelson-era books set 200 years later tell how the persecutions end).

Camber MacRorie is the Earl of Culdi, and masterful member of the magical Deryni race that has ruled in Gwynedd since a coup toppled the old human royal line 80 years earlier. After a lifetime of royal service, Camber has retired to his estates to a life of scholarship. But that life is interrupted when his younger son and his son-in-law come to him with an astounding story: a single member of the old human ruling dynasty had survived the coup (and had only just died) and that man's grandson is still alive. With the new young Deryni king, Imre, being unpopular and a narcissist at very least, what should the MacRorie's do? Support a king they can't stand just because he's of their race? Or break racial lines and launch a coup to restore the old human monarchy despite what that candidate might want?
Flash_back
I read the Camber series as a kid, and loved the books. Over the years I lost a few of them, or lent them out never to be returned. I now have a 13 yr old son who reads voraciously. He was looking for a more challenging read. I remembered these from my childhood, and bought the Legends of Camber of Culdi series for him. Of course I get to read them first. There is a heavy religious overtone to these books, but not in a bad way. The books combine priests and bishops with earls, nobles, and kings, all in a setting reminiscent of the middle ages. There is political intrigue, strong character development, and a dash of magic thrown in. My son has already told me they are what he was looking for, definitely a more challenging read. For anyone who loves fantasy books with great character development, I highly recommend the Legends of Camber of Culdi series.
Sarin
I was more than merely delighted to see the Deryni books available on Kindle. I first read this series in my late teens and they are in my top 5 of fantasy novels. The Deryni practice magic and telepathy which makes the humans fearful. The series delves into the lives of each race as they sink and rise in power over the centuries and how they treat each other. Kurtz does a masterful job portraying the world of Gwennyd, from the mundane, the religious, and the magical. Please, please do yourself the favor of entering the world of Camber the Deryni Lord and his descendants. You will not be sorry.
Zyangup
Kathrine Kurtz writes a brilliant manifesto on racism and discrimination into an ancient England setting. The only difference is the "discriminies", called derini, have lots of arcane power. It isn't just this one book but this book is the beginning of the chronological journey through 5 trilogies and stand alone novel. Her eye for detail in all of the settings, clothing and functions of a pre renaissance feudal kingdom is remarkable. Even the inner workings of the church and its place in the society is very accurate. About my only issue with her writing is the description of the ritual arcane magic workings that can get tedious though out the novels but that is a minor complaint. Highly recommended.
Gavirus
Another Kindle daily deal, one I knew had been around for many years, yet never read. It took a while to get into the story, but once I did, I enjoyed it. The plot dragged in some places, but not impossibly. Overall, a decent book, but I'm not really interested enough to read the rest of the series. Worth the $1.99 deal, though! ????
Voodoolkree
Katherine Kurtz has penned many fine novels in her Deryni/Culdi world. Most present excellent sword-and-sorcery intrigue in a setting that moderately parallels our actual Christian Medieval Catholic era -- yet, in a strongly Celtic-British centered way.

But, in addition to very finely balanced interwoven psionic-magic usage [like "The Faith" plus-or-minus "The Force"], her world is like a compressed fantastic Occident -- as if Celtic-Britain was in direct landscape continuum with Western, Northern and Eastern Europe -- as well as Saracen desert -- with a strong focus on various Dark Age Celtic Christian [Culdi] aspects.

These finely interwoven sword-and-sorcery intrigues are vivid, lively and colorful -- as one enters the times of deep challenge, dark tragedy and fair victory of the believable easy-to-like heros and heroines. "Camber of Culdi" [and Camber of Culdi] is one of the best +++
Finally, after waiting a long time, the earlier books in the Camber saga are released on Kindle. These stories take you back to medeival Wales (in fiction form). The stories show the connection between religion and magic and explore that theme. It's also a good story as to what happens when people are frightened of those who are different from them. I loved this whole series and consider it a real classic. Recommend highly.

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