King Javan's Year Social Concerns

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Among the darkest of Kurtz's works, King Javan's Year tells of the brief reign of the second of King Cinhil's surviving sons. In Gwynedd's history it occurs just after the events of The Harrowing of Gwynedd, as reactionary forces are consolidating their power. Fear and hatred of Deryni have driven most members of the race into hiding. When Javan's sickly twin, Alroy, dies, Javan inherits the crown.

Although Javan is only sixteen years old and has spent the past three years in a monastery, he does not intend to be a puppet king like his brother. Surrounded by treacherous nobles, he has to move carefully. But he has been tutored in statecraft and magic by members of Camber's inner circle, including Joram MacRorie, the saint's son. He believes that with caution and the help of open and hidden supporters, he can hold onto his throne and...

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