on April 19, 2001
With this novel, the initial trilogy of the Deryni comes to a close, and in ways that are ultimately unexpected.
The previous volume left quite a mess for King Kelson to clean up, with a civil war to the south, an invading army to the north, a treasonous Earl, an adamantly opposed Archbishop, all lining up for various reasons against Kelson. His internal opponents are so blinded by their own dogmatic resistance to be able to comprehend that they are making their own situation worse by their opposition. They are convinced of the evil of the Deryni, and will oppose a Deryni Duke, even if it means that an evil Deryni warlord will invade and conquer.
King Wencit of Torenth already has the upper hand by his trechary, having slaughtered the armies in the north, the Cassini and Kheldish armies and is ready for pitched battle against a divided Gwynned. But even then, he has plans to skip the battle, a new plot and counterplot, a master schemer he is, pitting himself against both Gwynned and the Camberian Council.
There are a few interesting twists and a rather unsatisfying ending, but it does work out for the best, with no small amount of pain on the part of the victors. War is hell, and it is difficult to be king.
on December 22, 1999
I thought this novel found a way to wrap everything up nicely from the preceedeing novels, yet still leave the readers wanting more. Mrs. Kurtz delved into her characters lives masterfully again, and it payed off completely. I loved the way everything came together, and the heroes were able to overcome. I also liked the way she accurately showed the "villains" points of view, so they seemed less "evil", then just simply prejudiced and wrong.
on March 3, 1997
High Deryni is the conclusion to the cliffhanger of Deryni Checkmate. You must read the latter to understand this book, because everything is set up in that book. The suspense is unbelieveable as King Kelson and Company faces one challenge after another, finding both enemies and allies in unexpected places. This book leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat. There is also a surprise ending. No more talk, read the book, and its prequel
on December 20, 2000
The ending was a great surprise, and not the usual happy ending that we get thrown (I won't give it away). As a whole, the book was alright- much better than the other two. However, compared to most of the epic fantasies out there, this was weak. The characters were not nearly developed enough, and the dialogue was not a strong point. I'd say the series is worth your time, though.