Camber of Culdi, Volume 1: In the Legends of Camber of Culdi [Katherine Kurtz] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Camber was the. Three fantasy novels of intrigue, betrayal, and magic in medieval Gwynedd by the New York Times–bestselling author of the Deryni series—bonus story also. Welcome to the weekly reread of Camber of Culdi! We’ve traveled back in time from the days of King Kelson to the Deryni Interregnum. There’s.

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Now it’s not an action-packed story, so if you’re looking for epic battles and sword fights, this isn’t it. This does not happen. For longtime lovers of the Deryni novels, it will be a joyful return to a familiar home, replete with iconic characters and an easily followed tale told in Katherine Kurtz memorable style. This is a great book for all ages. So I picked them up, took them home, read them a few times during my high school years, and never kind of went any further than that.

Granted, the books are a bit dated, but they’re from the 70s, not the 30s. I’d hold off on the short story if you haven’t yet read the later books, because it may not make as much sense to you.

It was good coming back to this after so many years. Realizing he cannot win, Imre commits suicide rather than submit to imprisonment. I suppose I’ll put a view spoiler [ here just in case If you want an alternate history stuffed with the ecclesiastical trappings, political machinations, and just the faintest bit of magic, this is for you.

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Now the latest Deryni king, Imre, came to the throne too young and is casually cruel and brutal, especially to non-Deryni. The Legends trilogy serves as prequels to The Chronicles of the Deryni series that Kurtz wrote from toand it details the events that occurred two centuries before the Chronicles trilogy. These unrelated events setting off a chain reaction which forces Camber of Culdi to contemplate betraying his ruling monarch and, perhaps, the Deryni race itself!

That being said, I really got into it, and by the climax, would even venture to say I enjoyed it. The characters in this first book of the “second” trilogy were as friendly to get to know as those of the first trilogy. Read culei preview to see how the overall plot continues though! I’ve been reading books by Katherine Kurtz since I was in the 6th grade.


This book, the first culdk the series, sets the scene for rebellion and the transformation of the ruling class during the hunt for the last true Haldane king. Convinced that Cathan has betrayed him, Imre murders his friend.

Not much meat in this sandwich. As I said in my review of Deryni Rising, I think these books are clearly in the lineage that led to Game of Thrones, although they may not always get the credit that they should. On the disappointed side, I have to acknowledge this group of characters were a bit of a letdown for me though, to be completely honest, I never loved them as much as I did Kelson, Morgan, and oof.

The Legends of Camber of Culdi Trilogy

But the characters are well done, the world building is deep, and the read is satisfying. The plot dragged in some places, but not impossibly.

It has the perfect amount of mystery, magic and medieval. His dream of justice and amicable relations between the races had turned to ashes in his mind. It’s well written, but almost all of the writing is about things I don’t care about.

I have to say that I cxmber not necessarily morally on board with the main character, Camber, as he has some pretty high handed ideals when it comes to how to deal with huma Definitely a fantasy story that withstands the oof of time.

I have to say that I am not necessarily morally on board with the main character, Camber, as he has some pretty high handed ideals when it comes to how to deal with humans. The books had devolved into purely fantasy-political stories. The original one was released on June 12, Camber always seemed more a saint than a real person. See 1 question about Camber of Culdi….

In thi 3 stars – Metaphorosis Reviews King Imre is a Deryni, a magic-using descendant of the race that overthrew human kings some generations back. Camber and his family are wealthy and powerful yet have a finely honed sense of justice.


The Legends of Camber of Culdi Series by Katherine Kurtz

In other words, read this one first. I’m happy to say that although I notice the problems over 40 years later with a few rereads betweenthey don’t impinge on my enjoyment Every once in a while I get the urge to revisit old favourites and Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni novels are definitely faves of mine. The novel is set in the land of Gwyneddone of the fictional Eleven Kingdoms.

May 04, Stacie rated it really liked it Shelves: Evil illegitimate king oppressing the people.

nerds of a feather, flock together: Reading Deryni: Camber of Culdi

I don’t think I’m personally going to be continuing the trilogy, but I did feel it was deserving of 4-stars, if you’re a fan of high fantasy, and a nice coup d’etat this book is for you. This is a well camner book by a lady who really knows her medieval culture. Mar 30, Edie rated it it was amazing. On this re-read, Le Guin’s if came sharply back into focus. Time to go kill the evil king and the good guys Came into this completely cold – had never heard of it or the author it was part of a Humble Bundle.

Cover illustration by Ted Coconia for the first edition of Camber of Culdi. Perhaps this is because these themes are never really dealt with in a direct manner but are seen through the prism of the story itself. There are a few females involved – the evil temptress, the innocent maiden, the sympathetic friend.

When Camber learned that Cinhil Haldane, a descendant of the previous kings, still lived, he realized that the only hope for the kingdom lay cyldi overthrowing Imre and restoring Cinhil to the throne. Kurtz has this ability to create characters you really get attached to — cajber then kill them off in horrible ways.

I mean, he’s really whiny.