Speculation 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 place on the throne of a nearby land, it becomes more imperative than ever that Kelson produce a long-awaited heir.
Friends and enemies alike have a candidate for queen. Some put forth their ideas with passion; some with cold calculation. But while his councilors are busy trotting out potential possibilities, Kelson's heart is heavy. Two women have already been taken from his grasp - one by death and one by duplicity. Now, he must choose with his head, not his heart, for he is wed to his beloved Gwynedd by oaths far more binding than any marriage vows.
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 duty - and Kelson the king must make the choice that Kelson the man cannot.
"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 Reviews)
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Wraps up King Kelson's story
- Katherine "I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!"
Almost as good as the book!
Definitely! It's an easy way to immerse yourself into the land of Gwynedd.
The entire story line is fantastic. I think the best part of the entire story is not Kelson and his bride but the ceremony to in Torenth to really put Liam on the throne. The magic and politics involved in that scene are just out of this world.
He does attempt to give different "voices" for the different characters which is not easy for him with the female voices.
The one detriment to an audio book is that the pronunciation of the character names, especially when they are not common names, may not be the same as you have always thought of them as you read.
For example, I have always thought of Meraude (Kelson's Aunt) as "mer-awd" where it is pronounced in the audio book as "mer-od" (long "o"). It may be technically correct but with a fiction book, I still think of her the way I have always done before and that pronunciation just catches at my ear!
- Occasional Customer