With young King Kelson on the throne of Gwynedd, the priesthood of the Eleven Kingdoms felt its control deeply threatened. For Kelson was half Deryni — part of that race of humans gifted with extrasensory powers…a race that had ruled two centuries earlier, but was dethroned and driven underground.
Now, the final battle for ultimate power was about to break into open conflict, led by the Church which equated the supernatural powers of the Deryni with witchcraft and heresy!
The thrilling conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Katherine Kurtz’s epic Childe Morgan trilogy.
Alaric Morgan has one clear purpose in life—to stand alongside the King of Gwynedd. The old king knew that his successor would benefit from having a Deryni at his side, so Alaric and the young Prince Brion Haldane were bound together by magic—a magic to be called upon when Brion was most in need.
Now that eighteen-year-old Brion has ascended to the throne, seven-year-old Alaric has come to court. Through the coming years, as Alaric learns the extent of his powers and faces the ugliest prejudices against the Deryni, he will experience love, loss, and the hard lessons gained from both. And he will be there to unleash the full power of his Deryni magic at Brion’s command.
For Alaric is—and always will be—the king’s Deryni.
“Kurtz’s strengths lie in her patient accumulation of telling detail, well-articulated plots, and believable magics. Should bring the fans flocking, and attract newcomers too.”Kirkus ReviewsSpeculation runs rampant throughout the kingdom of Gwynedd as to when, and to whom, King Kelson will finally be wed. As a rival monarch takes his rightful place on the throne of a nearby land, it becomes more imperative than ever that Kelson produce a long-awaited heir. With the mystical Deryni blood flowing through his veins, Kelson can only hope for a woman whose power and conviction are equal to his own. Love is set aside for dutyand Kelson the king must make the choice that Kelson the man cannot….
In this first book of an all-new Deryni trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Kurtz takes readers back in time–before King Kelson’s bride…before King Kelson’s birth… when the magical Deryni blood was sought by the most powerful men and women in the kingdom of Gwynedd. Back when a man named Donal ruled over all.