A couple of years ago, I had the absolute pleasure of sharing a signing table with Author Mindy Klasky at the RWA Indie Book Signing in Denver. Here’s a little-known tidbit: Mindy can do magic. No, seriously! She uttered “Katherine Kurtz” and “Deryni” in the same incantation and Boom! Forever friendship bond was sealed.
Shortly thereafter, I discovered the word “Deryni” on the GoodReads page of another online author friend, Daniel Sullivan, which led to a fun PM discussion on this epic book series we both love.
Are you scratching your head and thinking, “Who is Katherine Kurtz, and what the heck is a Deryni?” Well, I am so happy to tell you about them!
I first “met” Katherine Kurtz’s Camber of Culdi, Camber’s family, Alaric Morgan, and King Kelson in late 1970/early 1980, and my young teenage mind was captivated well into adulthood. I grew up with King Kelson much the way kids a decade later grew up with Harry Potter—only, this was better. And I say that as a Harry Potter fan too.
What was better about Katherine Kurtz’s medieval fantasy series? Setting and plot, of course. Exploring an alternate Earth history, definitely. And the magic of the Deryni, a race of humans with preternatural powers who co-existed peacefully with regular humans--until they didn’t. A man named Camber and his family try to avert the coming persecution of the Deryni. Desperate to save their people, they uncover a way to live covertly among humans for centuries. Still, witch hunts for their kind continued, and the monarchy was controlled by those who served their own self-interests.
The fallout of the persecutions finally land square on the shoulders of a young prince who finds himself abruptly wearing his beloved father’s crown. Kelson faces adversaries who wish him dead, or under their control. He is forced to grow up fast. Some of the lessons he learns are harsh, including the heartbreaking prejudices of a close family member. Still, he is determined to be king to all his subjects, human and Deryni.
I just can’t recommend these books highly enough! Sadly, finding them in paperback is challenging these days, however they’re all available on Kindle and many have an audio-book version. I’ve listed them below, with links and in chronological reading order. Once you’ve read them, be sure to let me know what you think!
Are you already familiar with this fantastic universe? Tell me how you discovered the Deryni in the comments.
Happy reading…or listening!
USA Today Bestselling Author, Lea Kirk, loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her sci-fi romances.
When she’s not busy writing about the blue and green aliens of her Prophecy series, she’s hanging out with her hubby, five kids (the nerd herd), and a spoiled Dobie mix pup.
She is currently working on the fourth book in her Prophecy series, and three new books for her Silverstar Mates series featuring age 50+ protagonists coming this fall. (The Intergalactic Dating Agency)
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