Alaric Morgan always knew his purpose in life--to stand alongside the king of Gwynedd. The old king knew that whichever of his sons succeeded to the throne would benefit from having a Deryni at his side. 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 eighteen, Brion has ascended to the throne and seven-year-old Alaric has come to court. Through the coming years, both will grow to manhood and come to realize their destinies. Brion will strive to solidify his power and position, seek out a bride to secure his legacy, and ultimately, when faced with an unbeatable foe, call upon Alaric to fulfill his oath.
Meanwhile, Alaric slowly learns the extent of his powers and how to use them, and will face the prejudice that many have against Deryni in its ugliest form. He will experience bittersweet first love, great personal loss, and the hard lessons one gains 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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Kurtz returns to her magical medieval world after an eight-year hiatus to complete the Childe Morgan trilogy (following Childe Morgan) within her long-running Deryni series. Eight-year-old Alaric Morgan is despised by many because of his magical Deryni heritage, but King Brion of Gwynedd sees him as a future protector for himself and his realm, and oversees the boy’s training for knighthood. Alaric also begins to discover his mystical powers with the help of the mysterious Sir Sé Trelawney. As he tries to survive in human society, Alaric witnesses the cruelty that humans can mete out to his kind, and later helps King Brion find his own mystical powers. Although the scope of the story is defined by the events in previous novels, the attention to detail brings the setting and characters alive in a way few authors can manage. The book will thrill existing Deryni fans, although new readers would be better off starting with an earlier novel in the series. (Dec.)