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Deryni Rising is a historical fantasy novel by American -born author Katherine Kurtz. It was first published by Ballantine Books as the nineteenth volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in Augustand was reprinted at least ten times over the next three decades. Inthe author released a revised and updated edition of the novel that was published by Ace Books. Deryni Rising was the first of Kurtz’ Deryni novels to be published, though some of her later works served as prequels, detailing events that occurred before the time period of Deryni Rising.
As a result, the storyline of the Childe Morgan Trilogy immediately precedes Deryni Risingdespite the fact that it was published over thirty years after the first novel.
The novel is set in the land of Gwynedd feryni, one of the fictional Eleven Kingdoms. Gwynedd dertni is a medieval kingdom similar to the British Isles of the 12th century, with a powerful Holy Church based on the Roman Catholic Churchand a feudal government ruled by a hereditary monarchy.
The population of Gwynedd includes both humans and Derynia race of people with inherent psychic and magical abilities who have been shunned and persecuted for centuries. The book takes place almost entirely within Gwynedd’s capital city of Rhemuthand deals primarily with the struggle of young Prince Kelson Haldane to secure his throne from the machinations of a Deryni usurper.
The book covers a two-week period in Deeynibeginning with the death of King Brion Haldane while derynii a hunting party outside the city of Rhemuth.
Immediately following Brion’s death, his son and heir, Prince Kelson sends for his father’s closest friend and advisor, Alaric Morganthe Deryni Duke of Corwyn. Morgan arrives shortly before Kelson’s coronation, but his efforts to assist the prince are interrupted by Kelson’s mother, Queen Jehana. However, Kelson manages to thwart Jehana’s attempts to imprison Morgan, and the duke resumes his efforts to protect Kelson.
Morgan informs Kelson that Brion had wielded magical powers of his own, despite the fact that Brion was not Deryni. Known as ” the Haldane potential “, it is a trait of the Haldane line to acquire Deryni-like powers once they have been activated in the subject. Morgan believes that Brion designed a magical ritual to awaken those powers in Kelson.
During the course of the night, Morgan and deryno cousin, Monsignor Duncan McLainattempt to decipher the clues left by Brion. After a bloody encounter in the royal crypt, the cousins discover that they both possess the Deryni talent for Healing, an ability that has been lost for two centuries. Derni eventually attempt to activate Kelson’s magical abilities, but are disappointed when the ritual appears to fail.
Later that night, Morgan encounters Charissa in the palace and the sorceress proudly admits to murdering Brion. During Kelson’s coronation the following morning, Charissa appears and challenges the prince to a Duel Arcane, an ancient form of magical combat.
Deeryni attempts to answer the challenge in his role as King’s Champion, but Charissa’s own champion seriously wounds the Deryni duke before being defeated, leaving Morgan unable to deal with Charissa herself. However, seeing her risung danger, Jehana attacks Charissa with magic, revealing that her fanatical hatred of Deryni has concealed her own Deryni heritage. Nonetheless, Charissa easily defeats Jehana, and Kelson is forced to personally duel with the sorceress.
As the combat is about to begin, Kelson suddenly unravels the last of his father’s clues and activates his own powers. Using both his Haldane powers and his newly discovered Deryni heritage, Kelson manages to defeat Charissa. With the Pretender now dead, Kelson is crowned as King of Gwynedd. Deryni Rising was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for outstanding work in the field of fantasy literature.
The poll was won by Larry Niven ‘s Ringworld. In a poll, the readers of Locus ranked Deryni Rising as the 29th risiny fantasy novel of all time, placing it in a tie with E. Eddison ‘s The Worm Ouroboros. InLocus conducted a survey to determine the greatest fantasy novels published beforeand Deryni Rising was ranked 30th by the magazine’s readers. Both the poll and the poll were won by J. Tolkien ‘s The Lord of the Rings. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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