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The Impossible Saint Time after time, the legendary Camber--one-time Saint of the half-magic race of Deryni--had intervened in the affairs of young Kelson, King of Gwynedd. Yet Camber was known to have died two hundred years before! Now Kelson set forth with his blood brother Dhugal to search out relics of this mysterious patron of his, leaving his uncle Nigel to rule in his The Impossible Saint Time after time, the legendary Camber--one-time Saint of the half-magic race of Deryni--had intervened in the affairs of young Kelson, King of Gwynedd. Yet Camber was known to have died two hundred years before! Now Kelson set forth with his blood brother Dhugal to search out relics of this mysterious patron of his, leaving his uncle Nigel to rule in his absence. Then word came that Kelson and Dhugal had fallen from a crumbling cliff during a storm. No trace of their bodies could be found int he raging waters below. The king was dead and Nigel must become king. But to Conall, son of Nigel, the temptation of the throne was too great. In rage, he struck down his father with secretly gained Deryni power. Now he would be king! But Conall had overlooked Saint Camber...


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The Impossible Saint Time after time, the legendary Camber--one-time Saint of the half-magic race of Deryni--had intervened in the affairs of young Kelson, King of Gwynedd. Yet Camber was known to have died two hundred years before! Now Kelson set forth with his blood brother Dhugal to search out relics of this mysterious patron of his, leaving his uncle Nigel to rule in his The Impossible Saint Time after time, the legendary Camber--one-time Saint of the half-magic race of Deryni--had intervened in the affairs of young Kelson, King of Gwynedd. Yet Camber was known to have died two hundred years before! Now Kelson set forth with his blood brother Dhugal to search out relics of this mysterious patron of his, leaving his uncle Nigel to rule in his absence. Then word came that Kelson and Dhugal had fallen from a crumbling cliff during a storm. No trace of their bodies could be found int he raging waters below. The king was dead and Nigel must become king. But to Conall, son of Nigel, the temptation of the throne was too great. In rage, he struck down his father with secretly gained Deryni power. Now he would be king! But Conall had overlooked Saint Camber...

30 review for The Quest for Saint Camber

  1. 5 out of 5

    Altivo Overo

    Katherine Kurtz is a very fine writer, with detailed knowledge of medieval settings and cultures. This book is yet another good example of her work. I will not drop spoilers, as the summary description is enough. There is a lot of background wanted in order for this to make sense, so read the series in order. I will, however, say that this is one of her darker and more depressing novels. To call it a tragedy is almost an understatement, as the events told here end lives as well as destroying the Katherine Kurtz is a very fine writer, with detailed knowledge of medieval settings and cultures. This book is yet another good example of her work. I will not drop spoilers, as the summary description is enough. There is a lot of background wanted in order for this to make sense, so read the series in order. I will, however, say that this is one of her darker and more depressing novels. To call it a tragedy is almost an understatement, as the events told here end lives as well as destroying the lives and happiness of some who survive. The final denouement is pretty horrifying in my opinion. I had read this once before, years ago, and probably would have done better to leave it alone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This book was a nostalgia read; I read it multiple times in my teens. It is well-written and entertaining, although I think the original Camber of Culdi trilogy was the best of the whole series of Gwynedd books. As in my teens, I don't think the character arc of the "villain" was well done. The shift from his depiction in earlier books is too extreme, and the premeditation assumed by other characters isn't supported by how events actually unfolded. Those characters also come to conclusions about This book was a nostalgia read; I read it multiple times in my teens. It is well-written and entertaining, although I think the original Camber of Culdi trilogy was the best of the whole series of Gwynedd books. As in my teens, I don't think the character arc of the "villain" was well done. The shift from his depiction in earlier books is too extreme, and the premeditation assumed by other characters isn't supported by how events actually unfolded. Those characters also come to conclusions about the villain with amazing rapidity. Further, the "charm" that the character supposedly possessed was never apparent; he was petty, greedy, and egotistical. All characters, including his parents, recognized his flaws, yet were still completely snowed. It didn't make sense. Another thing that bothers me about this book is how weak the main female characters are. In particular, although other characters describe Richenda and Rothana as strong-willed, intelligent, and powerful, they rarely show any agency. They mostly take their cues from the male characters and meekly fall into line. The resolution of a long-standing problem between Richenda and Morgan was particularly unbelievable (view spoiler)[(good heavens, that tantrum!) (hide spoiler)] —surely, if the impasse was that easily overcome, they would have done it ages ago. Overall, Richenda and Rothana are little more than plot devices, yet it's not like Kurtz doesn't know how to write strong female characters. In previous books, Camber's daughter Evaine and Evaine's daughter are in the thick of the action, and they're no slouches about demonstrating their intelligence, scholarship, and wherewithal to rationally and independently tackle critical threats. The women of the Camberian Council hold their own as well. And catch Morag, Charrissa, and the other Torenthi women sitting around with nothing more challenging than embroidery and pretty poetry!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike Habiby

    I have loved all of Katherine's characters and books, until I slogged through this one. So as not to spoil the plot, my issue was the characterization of the "villain" of this particular tome. This individual was so annoyingly predicable and shallow that I literally flipped pages scanning the parts he was in, missing her great writing style, to avoid the cringe I had from this horridly predictable characterization. Definitely NOT her best work in those parts. This character's deed's resolution, I have loved all of Katherine's characters and books, until I slogged through this one. So as not to spoil the plot, my issue was the characterization of the "villain" of this particular tome. This individual was so annoyingly predicable and shallow that I literally flipped pages scanning the parts he was in, missing her great writing style, to avoid the cringe I had from this horridly predictable characterization. Definitely NOT her best work in those parts. This character's deed's resolution, though satisfying, did not negate the page after page endured to get to this character's final "comeupance". You can't skip this one, but feel free to flip pages during the parts with this book's villain, you will already know what this character will do and what end this character will meet. See NO spoilers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sunni

    I find it hard to objectively review this book. I found that it was very well written, and presented, and I truly had a hard time putting it down. I did have trouble however trying to figure out why Katherine Kurtz went this direction with the characters. I found all that happened very interesting and captivating, but the events seemed so out of place when compared to the path taken in earlier books. I am not disappointed, just surprised. It felt as if the characters left their usual way of life I find it hard to objectively review this book. I found that it was very well written, and presented, and I truly had a hard time putting it down. I did have trouble however trying to figure out why Katherine Kurtz went this direction with the characters. I found all that happened very interesting and captivating, but the events seemed so out of place when compared to the path taken in earlier books. I am not disappointed, just surprised. It felt as if the characters left their usual way of life and went on an African safari postponing everything else. Even taking all of that into consideration Ms. Kurtz has kept her amazing ability to write intact. Her characters are still believable, and her development of them and the plot are captivating. I guess I will read the next and see what direction the story moves in next.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paca Sad

    Its been a long and somewhat trying journey, but I am now engrossed with this magical world, of priestly goings on, interspersed with Deryni magic and the kings Haldanes magic to boot. This is a world of chivalry and knights, a political and challenging realm of intrigue. Again the ability of Kurtz to never indulge the reader in pre-determined "soft" "safe" or "happy" endings continues but I get the impression it has softened somewhat!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Norreida

    This would be a great movie! One's quest for power, and another's quest for a saint. Surviving a waterfall plunge only to be trapped in miles of cave carved by an underground river. A murder. A missing king. An attempted patricide. A royal wedding. A magical duel. Simply written for a young audience, it's nevertheless rich with visuals, action, and themes of honor, faith, loyalty, tolerance, and consequences.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I really liked this one. For the first time ever I actually read the last page to make sure which characters were still around. It felt like a more intense less history intense version. I'm starting the Bride of Kelson next.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matt Pepple

    Kind of a surprising ending! I admit, I got halfway through this book and wasn't too happy with the direction it was going; but almost at the ending; there is quite a surprise awaiting the reader! The Quest for Saint Camber has just begun!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liz C

    Good This is a great series of books. I had never heard of the author before they popped up as a freebie and hope they decide to release the first trilogy of books on kindle to give you the back story about Kelson becoming king. They seem to be only available as pricey American mass market books at the moment. It has all the classic fantasy stuff, quests, villains, magic and a bit of romance and I would recommend them to anyone.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Zerangue

    This the 9th book in the Deryni world setting that I have read. The storyline is enjoyable, but there are some elements that need to be dispensed with. For example, for 9 books I have had to endure the 'setting of the wards' ritual approximately two times per book (simple math; 18 times). Once it has been described, there really is no need to repeat. In this case, it is repeated 17 times too many. There is also the tendency to write a bunch of Latin verses only to translate them a bit later. Tha This the 9th book in the Deryni world setting that I have read. The storyline is enjoyable, but there are some elements that need to be dispensed with. For example, for 9 books I have had to endure the 'setting of the wards' ritual approximately two times per book (simple math; 18 times). Once it has been described, there really is no need to repeat. In this case, it is repeated 17 times too many. There is also the tendency to write a bunch of Latin verses only to translate them a bit later. That is a minor annoyance that adds length to the book with not a lot of added value. The other thing with this particular book is that the dust jacket gave way too much away. So much should have been left unsaid because there were some really shocking moments to be told that were no longer surprises. Bad marketing is all I can say. Those issues aside, Ms. Kurtz has created a very interesting world that I have enjoyed immersing myself in. I will continue to read more of this world and enjoy the stories to be told.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kat Hooper

    3.5 stars Even though The Quest for Saint Camber is the third novel in Katherine Kurtz’s THE HISTORIES OF KING KELSON trilogy, it’s actually the sixth novel about King Kelson and it’s part of her larger DERYNI CHRONICLES. You should read the books about Kelson in this order: Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate, High Deryni, The Bishop’s Heir, The King’s Justice, and then The Quest for Saint Camber. You might also like to know that this is NOT the last novel about Kelson. There is one more novel calle 3.5 stars Even though The Quest for Saint Camber is the third novel in Katherine Kurtz’s THE HISTORIES OF KING KELSON trilogy, it’s actually the sixth novel about King Kelson and it’s part of her larger DERYNI CHRONICLES. You should read the books about Kelson in this order: Deryni Rising, Deryni Checkmate, High Deryni, The Bishop’s Heir, The King’s Justice, and then The Quest for Saint Camber. You might also like to know that this is NOT the last novel about Kelson. There is one more novel called King Kelson’s Bride that wraps up some loose ends from this story. At this point in the story, young King Kelson has finally put down the Mearan ... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

  12. 5 out of 5

    David Bird

    This book was, in retrospect, one that moved me away from fantasy as a genre. Its world is interesting, and the stories of the Deryni had been compelling. But Kurtz painted herself into a corner: her characters have 20th century personalities, and become increasingly awkward as denizens of a quasi-medieval world. This becomes particularly difficult because the books, in their emphasis on Catholicism put a great deal of emphasis on good and evil. As Peter Jackson showed with his reluctant king Ar This book was, in retrospect, one that moved me away from fantasy as a genre. Its world is interesting, and the stories of the Deryni had been compelling. But Kurtz painted herself into a corner: her characters have 20th century personalities, and become increasingly awkward as denizens of a quasi-medieval world. This becomes particularly difficult because the books, in their emphasis on Catholicism put a great deal of emphasis on good and evil. As Peter Jackson showed with his reluctant king Aragorn, these sorts of contradiction are no bar to popularity. But they vitiate any sense of the intellectual respectability for which I think Kurtz was striving.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This was another great read. I really enjoyed the entire trilogy. Ms Kurtz really stepped up the story content from her original trilogy. Even though The Quest for Saint Camber was a long novel it kept me engaged. I know there is one additional novel set a few years in the future, but not sure if it wraps up all the loose ends which were left at the conclusion of this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Martin

    The best of her work! This was the best of the Kelson novels. Very engaging and hard to put down. As good as the Camber novels. Good story and characters. One of my favorite all time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    When young Kelson, King of Gwynedd is reported drowned in a search for the legendary Saint Camber, Nigel was deemed to be king. But his son, Conoll, was too jealous and struck down his own father. Conoll had forgotten Saint Camber...this was just an okay story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Sometimes family really sucks.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    A very well realised world, where our heroes must always suffer.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arlene Allen

    I never wanted the series to end....took way to long for King Kelson's Bride to come out!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lavenia Otts

    Full of drama This book is full of knights seeking adventure, but also of a king,SKelton, seeking some evidence of Camber of Culdi. Recommend highly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    The Histories of King Kelson is an excellent trilogy in the Deryni world. These are some of my favorite books. Love the setting and the psychic abilities.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Drew Patrick

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joe Haase

  23. 5 out of 5

    Robert Van

  24. 4 out of 5

    Skarg

  25. 5 out of 5

    Salvador

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alison

  27. 4 out of 5

    William Whalen

  28. 4 out of 5

    C. W.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynette Jones

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Boockoff

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