The power-hungry former Regents of the three Haldane princes were pleased. They controlled Gwynedd once more, now that Rhys Michael was king - malleable, wine-loving, and soft. Or so they thought...
Unbeknownst to the Regents, Rhys Michael was coming into his birthright. With secret Deryni aid, he struggled to grasp the magic bequeathed to all anointed kings. And when Marek - heir to Gwynedd's last degenerate deposed Deryni despots - marched into Gwynedd at the head of an army, even the Regents had to admit that Rhys Michael must take to the field himself as king to repel the pretender.
Rhys Michael saw his chance at last. He swore that the power of the throne - from now on and for all time to come - was to be held by Gwynedd's rightful king. For this, for his sons, and for his country, the king would risk all.
Katherine Kurtz (Katherine Irene Kurtz) is an American fantasy author. She was born 1944. She is best known for the Deryni novels.