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Camber the Heretic Mass Market Paperback – Apr 13 1987

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (April 13 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345347544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345347541
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #720,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is too long. Its lengthy descriptions of magic rituals, official ceremonies and experiments in “blocking Deryni powers” in members of the Deryni race, are likely to detract from most reader’s enjoyment. There are two other negative aspects to the book: 1. The detailed descriptions of the cruelty and gruesomeness of “human” attacks, warfare and persecution, the obliteration of Deryni individuals and organizations. It makes the reader wonder where human goodness can be found in Gwynedd. What is the hope for the establishment of a just, lawful, orderly and peaceful society when its populace is seething with barbaric hatred? In a book as long as this, 470 pages of small print (hardcover), there is nary a faint glimmer of hope for the future. The ending—although it offers a hint of a tiny spark of a revival of Deryni fortunes—is tattered and bleak. 2. It is surprising that a book written by a woman is so devoid of love, romance and affection. There is love mostly based on devotion to responsibility, duty and station, but, with few exceptions, it fails to move the reader’s heart for the characters (albeit there is one exception to that which comes just a few pages from the last page of the book.) So, this is overall a dreary and dark tome that drags the reader along, mostly out of his/her loyalty to follow the Deryni chronicles no matter what.

This book continues the Camber of Culdi/Alister Cullen subterfuge. Cullen had died in the battle against the forces of Ariella—the sister of deposed King Imre I who met his end with suicidal defeat. By magic Camber took on the persona of Cullen. Camber was officially dead and eventually became sainted. A reluctant cleric with noble Haldane ancestry was kidnapped by Camber and eventually installed as the new King Cinhil I.
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By A Customer on April 22 1997
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In this book Katherine Kurtz once again makes it clear that her knowledge of the middle ages deserves respect. The accuracy of detail is fantastic. For example her knowledge of the clothing and the way it is worn is unmatched by other authors whether it be that of warriors, princes, or clergy. But the detail is so grand because it never becomes the purpose of the writing, it is always utility to help the reader better relate to the story line. You can tell that Kurtz enjoys writing the book as much as you will enjoy reading it
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This book goes into the lives of Cinhil's sons, Alroy, Javan, and Rhys Michael. The power-giving ritual is explored once again, and the excitement and humor is still apparent in this book. I think any fan of Ms. Kurtz will enjoy this book.
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I very much enjoy the Camber Series and have gone back to the beginning to read them all in order.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9e194468) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1bc138) out of 5 stars For the enitre trilogy.... Aug. 2 2005
By Dragon Quill - Published on
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Nothing is overlooked in this delightful (though somewhat depressing) trilogy. The third book had me crying like a baby, which is a sign that the characters are very well developed, and they are indeed.

I do not reccomend any Kurtz book to anyone easily depressed; Ms. Kurtz is easily one of the most ruthless authors on the market. She knows how to pull the reader's heartstrings. Just when one thinks everything is safe, she has something up her sleeve.

Katherine Kurtz is a fabulous author. She is ruthless, but none of her killed-off characters die, um, how to say this....there are no...there are no excessive deaths...Some authors who try to get emotion out of readers by killing main characters over do it. Ms. Kurtz has restraint.....

There is no gore; hardly any profanity (and all in places where it NEEDS to be); and nothing besides violence. An A+ PG-13 rating, rather like the Lord of the Rings movies: so good, and only a few things keeping it from a 'good for all' statement.

As a final note, I'll note that Kurtz is highly original. The little comparison to LOTR was nothing more than something to compare quality to quality; that is the only thing they share, great writing and gret characters.......

What are you waiting for? You could have ordered the first book by now!!!!
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By S. K. Leggate - Published on
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King Cinhil, the monk, but only heir to the throne of Gwynedd, has finally come into his own with three young sons. Upon Cinhil's death however somes the long feared chain of events caused by the fear of the Deryni race the Cinhil has protected thus far. A small group of well-connected humans who will now be regents to the future king of Gwynedd will do anything to seize power, and destroy the Deryni the fear so much. Can Camber and his family stop them yet again and spare their magical race from destruction?

Ms. Kurtz has an amazing way of putting all human emotion, into words that will make any reader feel exactally what her character's endure. She can take a magical race of humans and make everything they do seem real and beleivable. One can grow attached to her charaters to a point that you could actaully picture them in detail, and possibly guess how they would react to a situation. Ms. Kurtz leaves nothing out. Her attention to detail is astonishing.

This is a fantastic sequel to this series, and that is hard to say as I don't want the series to end.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1bc468) out of 5 stars Memorable Aug. 8 2003
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Had to add a review for this one, since so few have been posted (and none good enough!)
Camber of Culdi has been masquerading (or not?) as Bishop Alister Cullen for a number of years now--long enough to see both his hopes and fears for the human Haldane line of Gwynedd kings he restored coming to fruition. King Cinhil, the displaced would be monk, has finally come into his own with three young sons and a distressingly independent mind of his own. But Cinhil's death sets off the chain reaction of fear and oppression Camber feared all along, led by a small, cynical, well-connected band of human Regents that will do anything to seize power. Will any of what Camber sacrificed everything for survive the coming fire?
Much of what shines most brightly in Kurtz's work is present here: her grasp of history and power politics in a medieval realm, her eye for detail, and a human touch that is most affecting when Kurtz refuses to pull punches. The death of one particular character in this book is haunting, and Camber's trials of conscience make him one of my favorite Kurtz characters ever. Kurtz brought a world full of human frailties, heartbreaking misfortunes and miscalculations, and innocent tragedies so deeply close to home.
HASH(0x9e1bc984) out of 5 stars Fantastic, challenging read Jan. 23 2016
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I read the Camber series as a kid, and loved the books. Over the years I lost a few of them, or lent them out never to be returned. I now have a 13 yr old son who reads voraciously. He was looking for a more challenging read. I remembered these from my childhood, and bought the Legends of Camber of Culdi series for him. Of course I get to read them first. There is a heavy religious overtone to these books, but not in a bad way. The books combine priests and bishops with earls, nobles, and kings, all in a setting reminiscent of the middle ages. There is political intrigue, strong character development, and a dash of magic thrown in. My son has already told me they are what he was looking for, definitely a more challenging read. For anyone who loves fantasy books with great character development, I highly recommend the Legends of Camber of Culdi series.
HASH(0x9e1bc24c) out of 5 stars Gwenyedd and the Deryni are both Familiar and Mysterious. Great to Immerse Yourself in for Awhile, and Return to Again. Aug. 16 2015
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I have been a fan of the Deryni series of books since the late 1970's, when the first one appeared. Now, forty years later, I am thoroughly enjoying rereading the entire series from start to most current. I love mysteries but more so science fiction. The author creates an alternative world with 2 primary races of being, one human and one human with some magical abilities. All is set in a Middle Ages style time period complete with Kings, Knights, Bishops and pawns. The books are the story of the royal Haldane family, their highs and lows and how the land they ruled was effected by both human and Deryni personages throughout their history. The author develops a wonderful realm that is both familiar and a little mysterious due to the magical abilities of the Deryni characters. A wonderful read.