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Deryni Rising

Initially published in 1970

Publisher's Summary

In the kingdom of Gwynedd, the mysterious forces of magic and the superior power of the Church combine to challenge the rule of young Kelson. Now the fate of the Deryni – a quasi-mortal race of sorcerers – and, indeed, the fate of all the Eleven Kingdoms, rests on Kelson's ability to quash the rebellion by any means necessary…including the prescribed use of magic!

Plot Summary

Chapter 1/Prologue

Lest the hunter become the hunted.

1)Brion Haldane, king of Gwynedd, is out hunting with his lords and son. Blah blah blah.

Chapter 2/Chapter 1

Princes met and talked against me.

yadda yadda yadda

Chapter 3/Chapter 2

Hell hath no fury like the woman scorned, Or the woman mourning.

blah blah blah

Chapter 4/Chapter 3

And I will give him the morning star.

yadda yadda yadda

Chapter 5/Chapter 4

O God, with your judgement endow the King, and with your justice, the King’s son.

Talkity talk talk

Chapter 6/Chapter 5

And a voice shall speak from legend.

Chatty chatty chat chat

Chapter 7/Chapter 6

A Spokesman of the Infinite must guide...

Talkity talk talk

Chapter 8/Chapter 7

Things are not what they seem.

blah blah blah

Chapter 9/Chapter 8

In the unknown lies terror, and in the night, deceit.


Chapter 10/Chapter 9

Whence comes the wonder, whence the miracle?

Chatty chatty chat chat

Chapter 11/Chapter 10

Even as the Father, so the Son.

yadda yadda yadda

Chapter 12/Chapter 11

For surely laughter masks a nervous soul.

Talkity talk talk

Chapter 13/Chapter 12

A gilded silver crucifix--yours, Duncan!

blah blah blah

Chapter 14/Chapter 13

Who, then, is the Defender?

Talkity talk talk

Chapter 15/Chapter 14

Defender's Sign shall seal...

Chatty chatty chat chat

Chapter 16/Chapter 15

You placed on his head, O Lord, a crown of precious stones. He asked life of You, and You gave it to him.

blah blah blah

In 2004, Ms. Kurtz rereleased an updated version of Deryni Rising with Ace Book Publishing. One of the updates including changing the original Chapter One, “Lest the hunter become the hunted,” to a Prologue.