Childe Morgan Review
by Katherine Kurtz
Jakob’s Goodreads Rating: (3) of 5 Stars – “Liked It”
Recommended for: Fantasy Readers
Alaric Morgan has been pledged to the king’s service. His Deryni blood makes him ideal to safeguard the Haldane kings and ensure that Prince Brion shall have the protection of his hereditary magic.
This is the second book in this set prequel novels titled Childe Morgan now. It continues where In the King’s Service left off giving back story and fleshing out the history of characters we became familiar with in Kurtz’s King Kelson novels. The novel follows the early youth of Alaric Morgan, though we also see a couple of other characters we recognize. Most of the novel is spent following Alaric’s parents and how they contributed to his development and personality.
I am a long time fan of the Deryni series. Alaric is one of my favorite characters from the Deryni world. Kurtz has been giving us new tales in this world for a long time. This book does indeed add to it, but while I enjoyed it, it really isn’t a stand-alone novel. The novels are placed in a 13th century European setting. It is an interesting blend of feudal society, church politics, and a magical segment of society. I would highly recommend reading some of the original novels before approaching this one.
Even as a fan I felt it was lacking in a solid direction. It felt more like one long back story that would have worked just as well as flashbacks in an active plot of a longer novel. (This one was rather short.) That being said, as long as this novel is read in conjunction with older novels, it will be enjoyable for other fans. Kurtz typically writes trilogies, so we can probably expect a third at some point in the future. Perhaps reading all three at once would make it stand alone, though I highly recommend starting with the original trilogy: Deryni Rising; Deryni Checkmate; and High Deryni. Those are some of my favorite fantasy novels of all time which I tend to re-read them every few years.