Plot introduction[ edit ] The novel is set in the land of Gwynedd, one of the fictional Eleven Kingdoms. Gwynedd itself is a medieval kingdom similar to the British Isles of the 12th century, with a powerful Holy Church based on the Roman Catholic Church , and a feudal government ruled by a hereditary monarchy. The population of Gwynedd includes both humans and Deryni , a race of people with inherent physic and magical abilities who have been shunned and persecuted for centuries. The novel begins three months after the events of Deryni Checkmate, as young King Kelson Haldane struggles to resolve an internal ecclesiastical schism on the eve of an invasion by a powerful Deryni sorcerer.
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Originally posted at Fantasy Literature. In the first novel, Deryni Rising, young Prince Kelson, who has inherited some Deryni magic, took his dead fathers throne after fighting an evil sorceress. In the second novel, Deryni Checkmate, tensions rose after the Church obviously based on the medieval Catholic 3.
As the third novel starts, the Church has just split over the Deryni issue. Traditionally the clergy has viewed any sort of magic as evil, akin to the witchcraft which their Holy Scriptures clearly forbids. But, unfortunately, the Church has dealt with their fear by persecuting anyone who has any Deryni blood.
Recently a more progressive minority of Church leaders has split off. This ecclesiastical unrest threatens to cause civil war at a time when Gwynedd needs to unite against outside enemies. We also discover a secret council of Deryni that works behind the scenes and only for its own good. In fact, I thought these instances seemed more realistic than if Kurtz had staged showy sword fights. He had the power and plenty of opportunity.
He could have saved a lot of trouble, not to mention lives, if he had done so. What will happen with Morgan and the lady he fell in love with at first sight yuck? How will the Church deal with the Deryni issue from now on? I want to know. It just happened way to fast, he helped push her carriage out of a ditch and she fell in love with him.
The other thing I had issue with the the Duel This was the most complex book of the trilogy and I liked it the best. The other thing I had issue with the the Duel Arcane, after all the planning and talk about it I was sorely let down when it was resolved the way it was.