The Deryni Books
by Katherine Kurtz

Book review by Jaye
Copyright © 2005 by Jaye

          High fantasy in an alternate medieval universe. This is a wonderful series about normal humans and the race of psychically gifted people who live together in medieval Wales  (renamed Gwynedd.) It's a big, complex series organized in several Trilogies.  If you start reading them, don't make up your mind until you've read at least one of the Trilogies, possibly two from different ends.  If you only read one book, you won't get a fair idea of whether the series is for you are not.  I read one book several years ago, and didn't like it at all -- didn't dislike it -- it just didn't speak to me.  The that the one I read was the most action-adventure of the lot -- rest of them are much more relationship oriented.  It was also the first trilogy she wrote, and it was where she was getting her feet wet as an author. We're talking a series of books that has been written over the last 30 plus years.  That gives an author A LOT of time to develop!

          This whole series centers around the relationship of a family of Deryni (the psychically gifted race) and a family of the kings of the human race, whom the family of Deryni help in order to keep on the throne because these kings want to keep peace between the two races.

          The medieval Catholic Church plays a large part in the series.  And it's not "the good church" or "the bad church." It's "some of the people in this church are good decent people, and some of them are bad people, and most of them are indifferent" -- a lot like real life.  Of course, to have a good plot, just like people outside the church, the people who get dealt with in the story tend to be either very good or very bad.  The indifferent ones tend to have support roles at best.  Messengers or scribes or what ever.

If you want to learn about how mistakes affect generations over time, Check out the Deryni series.

          Blessings on you, and on your house.


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