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