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Deryni Checkmate Mass Market Paperback – Nov 25 2008
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aAn incredible historical tapestry.a
An incredible historical tapestry.
?An incredible historical tapestry.?
From the Publisher
The late Lester del Rey had a theory about the biological seat of Deryni power, a theory that he could have related in astonishing specificity. I just remember that he said it must come from somewhere in the nose, something related to the olfactory senses. I always thought that wa snot a very glamourous way to look at an exciting, epic sweep of fantasy. But after all, magic has to come from somewhere.
--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Since there exists in Gwynned a race of Sorcerers known as the Deryni, there would exist people who hate and/or fear them. In this world they are found largely in the church. This sets up a conflict between the King and his Archbishop, the two single most powerful individuals in the kingdom. That all of this happens on the eve of war makes it more stressful for King Kelson, and Archbishop Loris would rather go down in flames than compromise.
The allegories that can be made for racism are abundant and clear, as the status of Deryni is inherited, so can one be held responsible for an accident of birth?
I'm hoping the 3rd book will also be an improvement on this one, as many of the characters are still too shallow, and the shifting point of view gives away the thoughts of some characters whose thoughts should be more of a surprise (for example, the Morgan's would-be assassin on the boat, and Rimmell the architecht).
Most recent customer reviews
This was a wonderful book, and I also must disagree with the low ratings. While not as good as the first book, the book was still good. Read morePublished on March 29 2000 by Revelations2:email@example.com
A well-done, suspenseful, entertaining book. I must disagree with the reviewers who gave it a low rating. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 1999
Not to say anything personal to the author, but this book is really bad! Nothing compared to Harry Potter.Published on April 29 1999