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Camber the Heretic [Mass Market Paperback]

Katherine Kurtz
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April 13 1987 Legends of Camber of Culdi
King Cinhil, who had assured peace between the Deryni and humans in Gwynedd, was dying. And the regents who were set to rule in the place of his sickly son were evil men who could very well undo all that Cinhil had accomplished. Once they ruled, no Deryni would be safe. The only hope lay in a discovery that blocked off all Deryni talents, enabling them to go underground and appear as humans. But that meant that the race of Deryni could be saved only by being destroyed as Deryni...!

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By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book is too long. Its lengthy descriptions of magic rituals, official ceremonies and experiments in “blocking Deryni powers” in members of the Deryni race, are likely to detract from most reader’s enjoyment. There are two other negative aspects to the book: 1. The detailed descriptions of the cruelty and gruesomeness of “human” attacks, warfare and persecution, the obliteration of Deryni individuals and organizations. It makes the reader wonder where human goodness can be found in Gwynedd. What is the hope for the establishment of a just, lawful, orderly and peaceful society when its populace is seething with barbaric hatred? In a book as long as this, 470 pages of small print (hardcover), there is nary a faint glimmer of hope for the future. The ending—although it offers a hint of a tiny spark of a revival of Deryni fortunes—is tattered and bleak. 2. It is surprising that a book written by a woman is so devoid of love, romance and affection. There is love mostly based on devotion to responsibility, duty and station, but, with few exceptions, it fails to move the reader’s heart for the characters (albeit there is one exception to that which comes just a few pages from the last page of the book.) So, this is overall a dreary and dark tome that drags the reader along, mostly out of his/her loyalty to follow the Deryni chronicles no matter what.

This book continues the Camber of Culdi/Alister Cullen subterfuge. Cullen had died in the battle against the forces of Ariella—the sister of deposed King Imre I who met his end with suicidal defeat. By magic Camber took on the persona of Cullen. Camber was officially dead and eventually became sainted. A reluctant cleric with noble Haldane ancestry was kidnapped by Camber and eventually installed as the new King Cinhil I.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Dec 31 2012
By M. Cook
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I very much enjoy the Camber Series and have gone back to the beginning to read them all in order.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Katherine Kurtz! Aug. 3 1999
By A Customer
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This book goes into the lives of Cinhil's sons, Alroy, Javan, and Rhys Michael. The power-giving ritual is explored once again, and the excitement and humor is still apparent in this book. I think any fan of Ms. Kurtz will enjoy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval History Meets Magic April 22 1997
By A Customer
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In this book Katherine Kurtz once again makes it clear that her knowledge of the middle ages deserves respect. The accuracy of detail is fantastic. For example her knowledge of the clothing and the way it is worn is unmatched by other authors whether it be that of warriors, princes, or clergy. But the detail is so grand because it never becomes the purpose of the writing, it is always utility to help the reader better relate to the story line. You can tell that Kurtz enjoys writing the book as much as you will enjoy reading it
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the enitre trilogy.... Aug. 2 2005
By Dragon Quill - Published on Amazon.com
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Nothing is overlooked in this delightful (though somewhat depressing) trilogy. The third book had me crying like a baby, which is a sign that the characters are very well developed, and they are indeed.

I do not reccomend any Kurtz book to anyone easily depressed; Ms. Kurtz is easily one of the most ruthless authors on the market. She knows how to pull the reader's heartstrings. Just when one thinks everything is safe, she has something up her sleeve.

Katherine Kurtz is a fabulous author. She is ruthless, but none of her killed-off characters die, um, how to say this....there are no...there are no excessive deaths...Some authors who try to get emotion out of readers by killing main characters over do it. Ms. Kurtz has restraint.....

There is no gore; hardly any profanity (and all in places where it NEEDS to be); and nothing besides violence. An A+ PG-13 rating, rather like the Lord of the Rings movies: so good, and only a few things keeping it from a 'good for all' statement.

As a final note, I'll note that Kurtz is highly original. The little comparison to LOTR was nothing more than something to compare quality to quality; that is the only thing they share, great writing and gret characters.......

What are you waiting for? You could have ordered the first book by now!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woo Hoo! Dec 27 2002
By S. K. Leggate - Published on Amazon.com
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King Cinhil, the monk, but only heir to the throne of Gwynedd, has finally come into his own with three young sons. Upon Cinhil's death however somes the long feared chain of events caused by the fear of the Deryni race the Cinhil has protected thus far. A small group of well-connected humans who will now be regents to the future king of Gwynedd will do anything to seize power, and destroy the Deryni the fear so much. Can Camber and his family stop them yet again and spare their magical race from destruction?

Ms. Kurtz has an amazing way of putting all human emotion, into words that will make any reader feel exactally what her character's endure. She can take a magical race of humans and make everything they do seem real and beleivable. One can grow attached to her charaters to a point that you could actaully picture them in detail, and possibly guess how they would react to a situation. Ms. Kurtz leaves nothing out. Her attention to detail is astonishing.

This is a fantastic sequel to this series, and that is hard to say as I don't want the series to end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Aug. 8 2003
By S. Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Had to add a review for this one, since so few have been posted (and none good enough!)
Camber of Culdi has been masquerading (or not?) as Bishop Alister Cullen for a number of years now--long enough to see both his hopes and fears for the human Haldane line of Gwynedd kings he restored coming to fruition. King Cinhil, the displaced would be monk, has finally come into his own with three young sons and a distressingly independent mind of his own. But Cinhil's death sets off the chain reaction of fear and oppression Camber feared all along, led by a small, cynical, well-connected band of human Regents that will do anything to seize power. Will any of what Camber sacrificed everything for survive the coming fire?
Much of what shines most brightly in Kurtz's work is present here: her grasp of history and power politics in a medieval realm, her eye for detail, and a human touch that is most affecting when Kurtz refuses to pull punches. The death of one particular character in this book is haunting, and Camber's trials of conscience make him one of my favorite Kurtz characters ever. Kurtz brought a world full of human frailties, heartbreaking misfortunes and miscalculations, and innocent tragedies so deeply close to home.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Saint Camber/Deryni books by Katherine Kurtz Sept. 21 2013
By Sydney Lee Harmer - Published on Amazon.com
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Kaherine Kurtz's depiction the midevil church is very clear. I love the loyalty of the main characters...I have read these books about 5 times over the years.
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST of the Deryni books May 24 2001
By Steve Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
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Camber, a man torn between his sense of duty and his sense of right and wrong, the Deryni lord who led the war to end the tyranny of his kind and restore a human king to the throne of Gwynedd. Now he must witness the consequences of his moral act as the humans, now in control of the kingdom and the church, systematically strip all Deryni of power, title, land, and humanity. This may be a fantasy novel, but it brilliantly and starkly illustrates the horrors of fanaticism, intolerance, and oppression. It is a dark and tragic book(no escapism here!), and its emotional impact will stay with the reader forever. If you've ever longed for a fantasy with REAL depth, then read this series.
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