on 1 January 1998
This book continues the fine tradition of the Deryni Saga of Katherine Kurtz. Having been hooked on Ms. Kurtz's books for some time, this one was not a disappointment. Although I do not always agree with turns of the plot, Ms. Kurtz always has a surprise waiting for the reader. It is this suspense, and bringing of the characters to life, that makes her books special and The Bastard Prince continues in this tradition. Rhys Michael has been king for eight years, under the tight control of the regents which ruled during his childhood. Faced with a challenge from Miklos, a prince of Torenth, and claimant to his crown, Rhys Michael accepts his challenge. Not only must the young king contend with his rival, but also his domineering regents, and newfound Deryni powers of the Haldane legacy, which must be kept a secret until the time is right. A very good continuation of the Deryni saga. Can't wait for the next one to be published.
on 2 March 1997
The Bastard Prince is a story about King Rhys Michael Haldane, who is king of Gwynedd in name only, a puppet of the evil and corrupt regents. When another enemy invades Gwynedd, an opportunity arises for Rhys Michael to free himself and his line. To accomplish this, he needs the help of his Deryni allies (a race of people with magical powers who are exiled and presecuted by the regents). Will he suceed or die?
This is a wonderful conclusion to The Heirs of Saint Camber trilogy. It is full of action, adventure, and intrigue. It is a must read for anyone who loves fantasy adventure novels, and has trouble putting down a good book. Here is the class good verus evil theme done to perfection. This is Miss Kurtz's best work to date.
on 17 May 1997
The Bastard Prince is my favorite of Katherine
Kurtz's novels dealing with her earlier time
frame of history and characters. Until this book,
the Haldane Royal family and the Deryni who sup-
ported them appeared to be doomed and also isola-
ted from contact with one another. In Bastard
Prince, they re-establish contact through Rhys and
Evaine's daughter Rhysel, posing as a maid to
Queen Michaela. Once Rhys Michael regains the
Haldane power, he uses his magic to temporarily defeat a threat from the Festillic pretender, and later the former regents who hold him and his family hostage. He gains the support of the Kheldourlords and drafs a new will naming them as regents for his underage son and unborn baby should he die. Which, unfortunately, he does. Wounded in his battle, Rhys Michael becomes ill, and is ultimately murdered by his enemies. In the last three chapters they too meet their ends in
satisfying ways, and the Haldane crown is free