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Subject: Kathrine Kurtz or like?
Date Posted: 6/2/2009 5:19 AM ET
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Date Posted: 6/2/2009 5:35 AM ET
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Have you read the ones Kurtz has had published in the last few years?  I don't want to go back and re-read them, but I enjoyed them a lot when I read the first few series.  You might like Juliet Marillier??  If you haven't read any of hers you can try Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Bk 1), ISBN 0765343436.  It's a good trilogy. 

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 4:01 PM ET
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I'd recommend Katharine Kerr's Deverry series.  It's set in an alternate history Celtic kindgom, with elves and dwarves and dragons.  Series is long, and jumps back and forth in time (alternate chapters in most of the books are set in past lives and explain the history).  The final book is supposed to be out this fall. 

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 9:56 AM ET
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Kurtz's books are slow. If you go into them expecting that, I think you'll like them a lot better. I enjoyed them, but was never "fascinated" by them.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 6:07 PM ET
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Jennifer Roberson's Cheysuli series, while much less directly real-world-based than the Deryni books, does draw some on Irish mythology in later books. Patricia Kenneally-Morrison's Keltiad is technically science fiction, but I remember it being fantasy-like, and it's definitely heavily based on Celtic myth (based on fifteen-year-old recollections). Evangeline Walton wrote a (very old) retelling of the Mabinogion, the collection of Welsh legends-- four volumes, I think. Morgan Llywelyn wrote a lot of historical novels set in ancient Ireland-- I don't remember whether any of them qualify as fantasy. A lot of books based on Arthurian legend draw heavily on old Celtic/Gaelic/Welsh settings and influences. The only example I can think of offhand is Mary Stewart's series about Merlin.
Date Posted: 6/13/2009 1:11 AM ET
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I think some of Kurtz's Deryni books are very good. I love the trilogy that focuses on Camber and his family: Camber of Culdi, Saint Camber, and Camber the Heretic. They're a good starting point for the universe, and you can branch out into the other books from there if you like.

I'll second Tess B.'s recommendation for Mary Stewart's Merlin books (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment; I didn't like The Wicked Day as much since it switches to a new main character). If you haven't read T. H. White's The Once and Future King, you definitely should. I also love Catherine Christian's The Pendragon; it's an older book and out of print, but shouldn't be too difficult to find used.

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 6/15/2009 1:18 PM ET
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I have really enjoyed her Deryni serisies quite entertaining.  I agree the Camber ones are very good. The next trilogy isn't as good. My favorite series is marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover, but only the ones she wrote. She died about 10 years and others are carrying on wtth her series but they are not so good.

 

Alice