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Well, I was warned. Starts with Irish coastguards discovering a long-wrecked Nazi submarine and being promptly murdered by sinister Asian monks. Then we shift across the water to Scotland where the police are aided by a psychic order of nobility linked to the Templars (and white so therefore not sinister). The first line of page 72 is, "At the heart of the Inner Planes lay the Akashic Records" - and at that point I decided I could read no further. Sorry, life is too short.


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Sep. 17th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Katherine Kurtz is the only author who can make magical shenanigans during the Battle of Britain and the American Revolution seem boring as hell...
Sep. 17th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
I remember her Deryni novels fondly, at least the early ones. Maybe it's collaboration with Harris that does the damage? It often is...
Sep. 17th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
The later Deryni novels are in some ways more technically proficient than the early ones but otherwise less good, and even the early ones are not quite as good as one's memories of them (there was far less other heroic fantasy around for comparison when they were first published) - though Deryni Rising at least is still well worth reading, for any reader who finds that an intricate and fast-placed plot compensates for somewhat inexperienced writing and a view of medieval society that seems to be primarily derived from the early days of the SCA, and the later Deryni novels, while getting tied up in rather complex infodumps and some rather lengthy descriptions of rituals, keep at least a flavour of the earlier ones.

But, after a first quick glance at the Harris collaborations, I always steered clear of them, and I'm almost certain that there is nothing in Kurtz's solo work that is as bad as the line quoted by Nicholas.

Of Kurtz's non-Deryni solo work, I rather enjoyed St. Patrick's Gargoyle, a standalone novel published about a dozen years ago and set in modern Dublin - though, for Nicholas's sake, I'd better note that the two main characters are the aforesaid gargoyle and an elderly Knight of Malta (and the Templars do get a look in). But the gargoyles are fun characters, the Knight of Malta is a rather lonely and fairly ordinary old man, and she has an obvious affection for Dublin.
Sep. 18th, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)
Sounds like it would make a fun comic book movie from that description - Hellboy 3 kind of thing...
Sep. 18th, 2012 11:23 am (UTC)
Like some of the previous commentators I have a soft spot for the Deryni novels (well, I haven't read the more recent ones) but even they aren't all that - I re-read them recently (the original trilogy was republished in a new edition with some mild retrofitting, and I picked up the others in a CharingXRd second hand shop) and was a bit disappointed by their failure to measure up to my recollections.
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