In the King's Service

In the King's Service

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
In this first book of an all-new Deryni trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Kurtz takes readers back in time-before King Kelson's bride...before King Kelson's birth...when the magical Deryni blood was sought by the most powerful men and women in the kingdom of Gwynedd. Back when a man named Donal ruled over all...

Baker & Taylor
The first volume in a new Deryni trilogy journeys back in time to a world ruled by a man named Donal, in which the magical Deryni blood was sought by the most powerful men and women in the kingdom of Gwynedd.

Blackwell North Amer
This is the tale of an earlier time in Gwynedd, a time before the Deryni were persecuted as evil beings, before they were hounded nearly out of existence, before those of Deryni blood feared to let it be known.
In those days, the Deryni Council took a hand in the affairs of state, albeit secretly. There were Deryni at court and some of the lords of the land claimed Deryni heritage.
But the king, Donal Haldane, ruled over all - human and Deryni alike - with a casual ruthlessness. He expected much of himself, as a ruler, as a warrior, and as a father of future kings. And he expected the same of all in his service.
Like the Lady Jessamy, wife to one of Donal's trusted aides. She bore the king a half-Deryni son, to be a companion, bound by blood and magic, to the young Prince Brion.
Like Sir Kenneth Morgan, loyal retainer to the House of Haldane, who married where his king directed, whatever his reservations.
And like the Lady Alyce de Corwyn, the orphaned heiress to a great estate. Though her magical powers were far greater than anyone knew, she was to learn that, under the reign of Donal Haldane, even Deryni were expected to bow to the will of the king.

Baker
& Taylor

The first volume in a new Deryni trilogy jurneys back in time to a world ruled by a man named Donal in which the magical Deryni blood was sought by the most powerful men and women in the kingdom of Gwynedd. By the author of King Kelson's Bride.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441010608
0441010601
Branch Call Number: F KUR
Characteristics: 359 p. ; 24 cm

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BRUCE PILCHER
Dec 27, 2010

It was great to read a Deryni novel again; however, this was not as much fun to read as I remember the previous books being. It is a must read for fans of the series but should be avoided by anyone not already dedicated to the series. This novel covers a long time period. Various interesting and at times exciting things happen to the characters. However, the tims between the exciting events are not well presented. In fact I found the book got boring at times. If this had been the first of the Deryni books, I would not have become a fan.

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