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5.0 out of 5 stars Camber of Culdi Series, Dec 30 2012
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M. Cook "Ballroomdancer" (Kelowna, BC, Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: King Javan's Year (Mass Market Paperback)
Another great book in a great series. Strong characters and great writing make for an enjoyable read. I am always looking forward to what will happen to the people in the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it, June 20 2000
This review is from: King Javan's Year (Mass Market Paperback)
Kathryn Kurtz takes us back to the world after Camber and before Kelson. Young Prince Javan Haldane was led naively once to trust--or at least underestimate--the Regents who took over government of Gwynedd in the name of his sickly brother Alroy. Now sixteen (and legally of age), Javan is prepared to rule in his own right and determined not to make the same mistake again. Alroy's death sets off a climactic fight for the throne, or at least for the power behind it. The freedom of Javan and his brother Rhys Michael--even their lives--depends on his success. The Regents have had five years to entrench their power. Javan has only his wits, his convictions, and the help of a resourceful but dwindling group of secret Deryni. He is not used to manipulation. But in this kind of a war, the pawns may be the most important players...
I found the premise of this novel thoroughly enjoyable. And frightening. I, like Rhys Michael, was surprised by the sheer viciousness of the Regents' tactics. I can almost believe that Rhys Michael had cause to think them more benign than they were. Javan is an interesting martyr--so rock-solid in his convictions and so coldly calculating at times, mixing these qualities liberally on occasion with great warmth and discretion. I walked away from the book shaken, with a void in me, wondering what went wrong and sent Javan, Revan, Tavis, and so many others to their deaths. That is definitely a mark of good storytelling.
Kurtz may have taken things a little too far, and I still have to wonder if Javan shouldn't have had more control and ability to put the Regents down, no matter what their personal forces might have done. And I wonder, too, if the distinctions between right and wrong, between Javan and his opponants, are so great sometimes. In the end, it all comes down to Rhys Michael's stupidity (gullibility for those of you who feel more sympathetic to him than I do in this book). But Javan's story still packs a welcome punch for all fantasy-lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Noble King, May 8 2000
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Robert Andrews (Austin, TX USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: King Javan's Year (Mass Market Paperback)
Javan held my imagination since I first saw his name on the Table of Gwynedd's Kings in the back of Katherine Kurtz' first Deryni novel. His year and his book do not disappoint. Kurtz does a tremendous job of letting the young King and his Court live. And breathe. And hope. I enjoyed this work more than any other of the Deryni line. Javan's hope surely found its way to Kelson's soul.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a difficult book to read, Jan. 29 2000
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This review is from: King Javan's Year (Mass Market Paperback)
i loved and hated this book. loved it because javan was such a wonderful character. hated it because, well ... take the title literally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best, Dec 22 1999
This review is from: King Javan's Year (Mass Market Paperback)
Katherine Kurtz takes her writing to a new level in this novel. Book two of the heirs of Saint Camber series, she gives the readers the feeling of hope for the characters. She definately takes a sad story and makes it beautiful by showing the true meaning of friendship, loyalty, and love. Again, this is a must read for anyone who is a fantasy fan, or even just someone who loves a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A flame of hope..., May 17 1997
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This review is from: King Javan's Year (Mass Market Paperback)
In King Javan's Year, we see a flame of hope for the Deryni people of overcoming their oppression. Will it be snuffed out is the question, as King Javan faces enemies everywhere and allies few. The King is constantly in danger in this desperate struggle. The enemy is strong and ruthless, and the King cannot show any weakness. He must not make any mistakes either, but his luck and time are running short. What will happen? Read this spell bounding fanatsy triller and find out
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched book by one of my favorite authors, Oct. 4 1996
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This review is from: King Javan's Year (Mass Market Paperback)
The book starts off slowly, as Alroy (Javan's older brother)
becomes victim to what sounds like tuberculosis and the drugs
that the regents had been giving him for years, thereby sealing
Javan's emerging powers when Javan slips on the Ring of Fire.

As the book progressed, I found myself drawn further into the
world of the Deryni; her characterizations are VERY precise, and
the people of the books seem quite real. The treachery of Hubert MacInnis and his cohorts was expected, but that they would stoop
to what finally happened to Javan near the end of the book was an
unpleasant surprise indeed! I had seen that something of the order
was in the making when Rhys Michael was abducted, when the pace of
the story accelerated to high gear. Many things happened in this
book that I do not wish to spoil for the other readers. All in all,
a fine read indeed...
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