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The Quest for Saint Camber: The Histories of King Kelson, Book 3 | [Katherine Kurtz]

The Quest for Saint Camber: The Histories of King Kelson, Book 3

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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....

©1987 Katherine Kurtz; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"[T]he persecution of the witch-like Deryni race is only gradually relenting as the group's members attain high positions in court and in the rigid, established Church. As part of this rehabilitation, young King Kelson, himself Deryni, hopes to restore the place of the Deryni Saint Camber. Reflecting and commenting on these central themes of ignorance and superstition moving toward knowledge and faith are suspenseful subplots of secret magical tutelage, a king's courtship, ecclesiastical elections, a murder case, etc....Kurtz's version of a triple-decker Victorian novel [is] teeming with distinctive characters, fascinated by theology and genealogy...a rare craftsmanship with narrative exposition that is also dramatic and moving." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer 02-28-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Good story but a little predictable."
    What did you love best about The Quest for Saint Camber?

    The quest itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dugal


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    He was able to lend to the story with different voice characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile,even laugh, in many places. It also brought disgust with the description of the more seedier side of humans.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. S. Leigh reading a science book :-) 11-25-12
    J. S. Leigh reading a science book :-) 11-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "WTF is with this cult of virginity?"

    ************************ Spoiler Alert! *************************

    *************** Do not read this review of you haven't listened to or read this book yet, but intend to. ******************

    **************** You have been warned. ********************


    I'm very put off by the seeming cult of virginity Kurtz has created around King Kelson. Kurtz decided to make Kelson finally getting laid (first married, of course, righteous Christian that he is) a continuing plot theme in this series. He comes oh-so-close in the first book, then in this one the theme is continued, as he all but proposes to Princess Rothanna. In fact, he lusts after he so much that he almost screws her without even waiting for marriage - and she was so horny she would have let him.

    I'll cut to the chase. Kelson never marries Rothanna in this book. She ends up marrying Collonn instead. Kurtz keeps jumping back and forth between Collonn trying to arrange this marriage, and then it getting closer and closer, meanwhile Kelson is well on his way to safety and it becoming known that he's still alive, which would put the kibosh on Collonn's plan to marry and f**k Rothanna, after whom he has lusted since he saw Kelson liking her.

    Well it's all in vain. Despite the reader thinking somehow Kurtz is going to pull it off and Kelson will show up in the nick of time and stop the wedding, in the end she chooses not to. Collon marries Rothanna, f**ks her (twice) on her wedding night, and knocks her up.

    She's now unmarryable by Kelson, even after Collon is executed. Kurtz has already let it be known in the book that nothing short of a virginal bride will be acceptable for King Kelson (a demand enforced by others even if not by the King himself). So even though Rothanna loves Kelson, and Kelson loves Rothanna, Collon put an end to all that by f**king Rothanna himself.

    And then there's the inexplicable, creepy, and gratuitous scene where on Rothanna's wedding night, while she is literally in the act of f**king Collon for the second time, Kelson has a vivid dream where he's f**king Rothanna, a dream so real he cums all over his sleeping furs, and has to go clean himself up after he wakes up. WTF Kurtz? Did that scene really need to make it into this book? Given how the book eventually ends, with Rothanna recommitting to a life as a nun, and Kelson lamenting that he can not marry her, what did Kelson j*zzing himself in a wet dream about Rothanna actually contribute to the storyline? I kept imagining that somehow St. Camber arranged it, and magically somehow Rothanna was impregnated by Kelson's semen instead of Collon's, and he marries her and she bears him the son Collon would have thought was his. Or something. Nope. Turns out Katherine Kurtz just wanted to let us know that King Kelson fell asleep, had a wet dream about Rothanna while she was f**king her newly wed husband, and j*zzed himself.

    Sorry, but I thought this book sucked. I nearly gave up on this series due to the narrator in book 1. In the end I was glad I stuck with it, because the narrator improved marginally, and I felt the story was worth it enough. I liked book 2. This book, book 3 of the series, IMHO sucks.

    I'm going to listen to something else, from another author, before I make a final decision whether to spend my precious credits listening to "King Kelson's Bride", where presumably she finally lets our virginal yet horny-as-hell king finally get married and score. I'm not convinced it's going to be worth it.

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