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Deryni Magic [Mass Market Paperback]

Katherine Kurtz
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In a charming grimoireok/eed , or book of spells, Kurtz tells her fans everything they could wish to know about her creations, the Deryni, a race of people with magical powers who inhabit a medieval Europe-like land. This fictional encyclopedia offers articles on the origins and history of the Deryni, the framework of their church and rituals, explanations of their telepathic and other psychic powers, and of some magical techniques they employ, including shape-changing, dark magic and healing powers. As Kurtz elucidates the skills of the Deryni, she considers the ethical questions involved in, for instance, the ability to read minds (such as the responsibility of a Deryni priest who knows more than he hears in confession), and casts a thoughtful light on our own beliefs about magic and religion. She describes spells, for example, as a trigger to posthypnotic suggestiono, 108 , and she speaks of the Eucharist as "one of the most powerful magical rituals ever devised by humankind." p. 29 Extensive appendices fill in details on the clergy, healing invocations and Deryni esoteric texts, and genealogies, maps and drawings illustrate the book.
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Here, for the first time, the secrets of the Deryni, that mysterious race of wizards and healers blessed with arcane mental powers, are revealed.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not one of her best. Sept. 26 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read every Deryni book out there at least twice and i'll be the first to admit that this one is my least favourite. She was abviously trying to catch the readers up on her visions of the Deryni, and she did that well. It's not a book you want to read if you aren't a Fan already.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Pretentious, Pointless May 26 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really like the Deryni series and I wanted to like this book. Too bad I just couldn't. When the author refers to quotes from her own books as "(a character) entering something into the canon," you know something's not right. Though the book is helpful in compiling most of the instances of magic in the books so far, the overuse of quotes and the dull writing make this a chore to work through. Magic is classified into uses which serve as chapter headings and then doesn't keep to the subject. Not much is "revealed" either, or even clarified. I learned more just re-reading the original books. A definite miss.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not one of her best. Sept. 26 1999
By Brandie L Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read every Deryni book out there at least twice and i'll be the first to admit that this one is my least favourite. She was abviously trying to catch the readers up on her visions of the Deryni, and she did that well. It's not a book you want to read if you aren't a Fan already.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More a Reference Dec 27 2002
By S. K. Leggate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book seems to be more of a reference and informational tool in regards to the Deryni series. It isn't a book to be read and enjoyed from cover to cover.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Pretentious, Pointless May 25 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really like the Deryni series and I wanted to like this book. Too bad I just couldn't. When the author refers to quotes from her own books as "(a character) entering something into the canon," you know something's not right. Though the book is helpful in compiling most of the instances of magic in the books so far, the overuse of quotes and the dull writing make this a chore to work through. Magic is classified into uses which serve as chapter headings and then doesn't keep to the subject. Not much is "revealed" either, or even clarified. I learned more just re-reading the original books. A definite miss.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful exploration April 30 2013
By SilverMoonKitty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I started reading Kurtz as a preteen and was fascinated by the then Unique nature of her world. This book explore the special abilities of the Deryni. Codifying them, these abilities were more unique back in the day. If you love good fantasy literature, or want to explore these ideas.for RPG hobby this is a great tome and grimoire
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Aug. 12 2012
By D. K. Calkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I owned this book years ago but lost it on my move to New York (I think) and I'm intending on replacing it. This book is NOT to be read like a novel but as a reference book. It was intended to be dry reading and the quotes are there for a purpose, not to inflate Kurtz's ego. If you want to know the specifics on Deryni magic that were left out of the novels, this is a good place to start. Additionally, there are some parallels to Gardnerian High Magick tradition and Catholicism within the her novels that might be pursued though this book.
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