Magic-filled adventure meets historical fantasy in Childe Morgan, the long-awaited sequel to Katherine Kurtz's In the King's Service (2003). Heartrending tragedy is the crux of the two converging story lines. In one, King Donal Blaine Haldane of Gwynedd still grieves over the death of his second-born son, Blaine, and strives to protect his heir, Prince Brion, from harm; in the other, Bishop Oliver de Nore is obsessed with avenging the murder of his brother, who was executed following the testimony of Lady Alyce de Morgan. The drastic measures each man takes to attain his objectives will have severe repercussions for countless innocents standing in the crossfire. The focal point of both men's machinations is Alaric Morgan, the young half-Deryni son of Lady Alyce and Sir Kenneth Morgan. With magical Deryni blood flowing in his veins, Alaric is being groomed as Brion's protector, but his mixed ancestry makes him an outcast among both groups and puts not only his own life in jeopardy but also the future of the royal Haldane bloodline….
Taking place after the events of the Camber of Culdi and Heirs of Saint Camber trilogies but before the Chronicles of the Deryni, this novel (featuring Donal Haldane, the grandfather of the legendary King Kelson, a primary character featured in numerous Deryni stories) will thrill longtime fans of Kurtz's lengthy fantasy saga. Newcomers to the series, however, are strongly advised to begin their adventures in the extensive Eleven Kingdoms at the very beginning, which chronologically is Camber of Culdi (1976). Paul Goat Allen