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Deryni Checkmate [Mass Market Paperback]

Katherine Kurtz
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Nov. 25 2008
More than thirty years ago, Katherine Kurtz changed the face of fantasy with the Deryni Chronicles. In 2005, Ace published a newly revised and expanded Deryni Checkmate in hardcover. Now, that edition is available in mass market for the first time.


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The late Lester del Rey had a theory about the biological seat of Deryni power, a theory that he could have related in astonishing specificity. I just remember that he said it must come from somewhere in the nose, something related to the olfactory senses. I always thought that wa snot a very glamourous way to look at an exciting, epic sweep of fantasy. But after all, magic has to come from somewhere.

--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Katherine Kurtz has been writing fantasy for well over twenty-five years. She is married and lives in a renovated castle in the south of Ireland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Branching into Series April 3 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
With this book, Kurts takes Deryni Rising, and transitions it from stand alone novel to introduction to a series, and she does a good job of it as well. There are many possible threads left over from the first book, and she picked them up adeptly.
Since there exists in Gwynned a race of Sorcerers known as the Deryni, there would exist people who hate and/or fear them. In this world they are found largely in the church. This sets up a conflict between the King and his Archbishop, the two single most powerful individuals in the kingdom. That all of this happens on the eve of war makes it more stressful for King Kelson, and Archbishop Loris would rather go down in flames than compromise.
The allegories that can be made for racism are abundant and clear, as the status of Deryni is inherited, so can one be held responsible for an accident of birth?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vast improvement! Sept. 11 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really didn't enjoy the first book in the series much, because it was so narrow in scope. In this book, however, Kurtz adventures out into the world she created and has multiple conflicts happening at once. A fantasy book that focuses on three characters (I'm referring to Deryni Rising) is such a bore to read, especially when they aren't well-developed!
I'm hoping the 3rd book will also be an improvement on this one, as many of the characters are still too shallow, and the shifting point of view gives away the thoughts of some characters whose thoughts should be more of a surprise (for example, the Morgan's would-be assassin on the boat, and Rimmell the architecht).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic March 29 2000
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This was a wonderful book, and I also must disagree with the low ratings. While not as good as the first book, the book was still good. A lot of new characters were introduced, and Kelson becomes a more interesting character.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Phew--a stinker March 10 2000
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I just read this series because I had picked up "The Harrowing of Gwynnedd" in a second-hand store and really enjoyed it. Boy, is it obvious that this was written by a much younger writer. The plot is interesting, the action fast-paced, but the writing is pretty awful. Let's face it, having the villain stand on a hill and shake his fist at the escaping hero is so cliched as to be embarrassing. Read it only to fill in the background for the other books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Phew--a stinker March 10 2000
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I just read this series because I had picked up "The Harrowing of Gwynnedd" in a second-hand store and really enjoyed it. Boy, is it obvious that this was written by a much younger writer. The plot is interesting, the action fast-paced, but the writing is pretty awful. Let's face it, having the villain stand on a hill and shake his fist at the escaping hero is so cliched as to be embarrassing. Read it only to fill in the background for the other books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation of the story. Dec 22 1999
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I'm am sitting here wondering if those people who gave this book such a bad review even read it; or perhaps they didn't understand it. I will be the first to admit that it is not her best work ever done, but it is far from the worst book ever written either. This novel has quite a few unpleasant moments in it, but that is part of the story the author is trying to portray. how true to life would it seem if everything in all of the novels was always peaches and cream? I think Mrs. Kurtz is an amazing author because she is willing to write the bad events with the good. This novel is definately worth the read and highly recommended.
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I think part of the reason the other people here give it such a low rating is because so many tragic incidents occur and that disagrees with them. It's not as fast-moving as Deryni Rising, and they expected it to be so. I agree, it's not the best book in the series, but there are some very good scenes in it, and it is necessary to read this book to understand what happens in the final book, High Deryni. Now, that book is really worth reading, and you can't appreciate it as well if you haven't read this book. There are some new characters in Deryni Checkmate that become very important later on, and some of the characters from Deryni Rising are elaborated on. I find it very entertaining to read the development of these characters. They can easily become favorites (as they have for me) if you can appreciate the trials they go through in this book.
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