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Harrowing of Gwynedd [Mass Market Paperback]

Katherine Kurtz
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Sept. 13 1989 Kurtz, Katherine
Evil times had come for rthe Deryni, the humans with strange, magical powers. The Regents of the boy-king Alroy sought their destruction. And now Bishop Alister Cullen was dead, depriving the Deryni of their greatest friend. But no one could be sure he was really dead. His body lay unchanged and incorruptible. As those questions remained unanswered, the effort to save Deryni had to continue. In the meanwhile, Camber's daughter Evaine pursued the most perilous quest of all--to find among ancient foribidden scrolls the spell that might release Camber. The price to fail--or to succeed--was unthinkable.....

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The death of King Cinhil Haldane gives rise to the rule of a corrupt group of Regents who plan to exterminate the Deryni sorcerers. Against this backdrop of witch-hunts and treachery, a young woman, the daughter of the enigmatic Camber of Culdi, searches for a way to free her father's spirit from the threshhold of death. Fans of the author's previous Deryni series titles will enjoy this latest excursion into the history of the lands of Gwynedd. Recommended for readers of medieval fantasy.-- JC
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another book of courage and tragedy........ May 17 1997
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The Harrowing of Gwynedd sees the Deryni people on the verge of extinction, as a small group of them attempt to make stand. The story centers on Evaine, daughter of Camber, as she leads the struggle. She is a mother, a soceress, and a warrior, whose skills are tested to the limit. Her success or failure will determine the fate of her people. Read this book and see what happens. Her character is both strong and believeable, as her presence dominates this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Harrowing Of Gwynedd Dec 22 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I applaud Katherine Kurtz's ability to introduce her characters to all readers so that they feel like family. I was moved to tears by the ending of this novel, yet was left with a smile on my face. I can only say that this is a MUST read for deryni fans, and everyone else on the planet as well. The heirs of Saint Camber is a stunning example of a fantasy series that, in another time, could be true.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too dry Feb. 5 2014
By S Svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Much like “Camber the Heretic,” which chronologically comes before this one, this is not an attention-keeping tome but even worse. I suppose readers who are not fascinated by the ritualistic episodes, which can go on for ten or twelve pages, will have to endure those elements in the narrative or just scan through them as I do. Kurtz revels in their magical mysticism but only sometimes does she conjure up the unexpected.

These are some of the events played out or brought into play in this volume: The “blocking of Deryni powers” to conceal members of the Deryni race becomes a strategy to fool the Regents who now rule Gwynedd after the death of King Cinhil. The Regents, headed by Archbishop Hubert MacInnis, are bent on cruelly decimating the Deryni race. A new religious order, Custodum Fidei, is established to entrench the demonization of all things Deryni. Evaine and Joram, the children of Camber, and Dom Queron, a healer-priest, go underground where they establish a new Camberian Council to undermine the Regents’ power.

Prince Javan has gained Deryni powers from the ritual performed in the presence of his father Cinhil before his death. His older brother, King Alroy, is just a puppet in the Regents’ power base, following their dictates. Javan comes on side with the Camberian Council to help them counteract his brother’s complicity with the Regents. The prophet Revan, with the support of the Camberian Council, continues his subterfuge as a Willimite cult leader, baptizing Deryni and those who have had close contact with Deryni, to divest them of magical powers and influence. This is a scheme to deceive the Regents to allow the cult to gain followers because it supposedly fulfills their objective to disempower Deryni.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Camber of Culdi Series Dec 30 2012
By M. Cook
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I thank the person who recommended Katherine Kurtz to me. I am working my way through the whole series, always looking forward to what will happen next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better of the Deryni series Sept. 25 2002
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I have mixed feelings about the Deryni series. At it's best it is very authentic, mixing a very detailed pseudo-pagan medievalism with a well thought out magical system. It fails sometimes though in the characterizations and motivations and gets rather gimmicky and embarrassingly self-imitative at times. But this book is not one of those. The books featuring St Camber and his children and the beginning of the Haldane line are generally quite fun and illustrate medieval religious issues in a fantasy format. I haven't come across too many books that deal with the issue of Sainthood in an almost physical way, which is odd because there are so many medieval based fantasy characters out there. Or if I have come across fantasy books featuring the issue of Sainthood they must have been so bad I can't remember any of them. This one is good. All the more so since it studies a character who was both admirable and interesting. And as I remember it, it's been awhile, the plot has some surprising quirks. You might want to read the three previous books that feature Camber himself, or you might want to let this story introduce you to the legend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More to come? Dec 27 2002
By S. K. Leggate - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an excellent book. I hope that this won't be the end of this generation of characters in the Deryni series. All of Ms. Kurtz novels feature main characters of strong moral value, and this is not an exception. This is a novel full of the usual well written and thought out scenes, and strong charaters. It is, as are of her Ms. Kurtz books enjoyable and believable. It has a good number of surprises as well, and it's own fair share of suspense and intrigue. The charaters struggle and risk all they have for what the feel is the greater good. They stop at nothing to do what is right, and accomplish it while attempting to hurt as few others along the way as possible. this is a page turner of a book. It won't dissapoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Harrowing Of Gwynedd Dec 22 1999
By Brandie L Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I applaud Katherine Kurtz's ability to introduce her characters to all readers so that they feel like family. I was moved to tears by the ending of this novel, yet was left with a smile on my face. I can only say that this is a MUST read for deryni fans, and everyone else on the planet as well. The heirs of Saint Camber is a stunning example of a fantasy series that, in another time, could be true.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats! Feb. 11 2014
By RowanGolightly - Published on Amazon.com
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The Deryni Series by Katherine Kurtz is one of my all-time favorites and "The Harrowing of Gwynedd" is no exception. The characters are so well-rounded and three dimensional and the story-line, as continued directly from the previous trilogy, is gripping and while tragic in places, proceeds logically along the story-line. I truly believe her when she says that the stories and characters often tell her where they intend to go. I hope she keeps writing to fill in the rest of the gaps in Gwynedd's history.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbed Dec 9 2011
By Rebecca R. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I began reading the Deryni books by Kurtz last spring and was immediately drawn in. I enjoy fantasy and found this book to be especially engaging. I feel as though I am living in the story. Can't wait to read more.
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