Had to add a review for this one, since so few have been posted (and none good enough!)
Camber of Culdi has been masquerading (or not?) as Bishop Alister Cullen for a number of years now--long enough to see both his hopes and fears for the human Haldane line of Gwynedd kings he restored coming to fruition. King Cinhil, the displaced would be monk, has finally come into his own with three young sons and a distressingly independent mind of his own. But Cinhil's death sets off the chain reaction of fear and oppression Camber feared all along, led by a small, cynical, well-connected band of human Regents that will do anything to seize power. Will any of what Camber sacrificed everything for survive the coming fire?
Much of what shines most brightly in Kurtz's work is present here: her grasp of history and power politics in a medieval realm, her eye for detail, and a human touch that is most affecting when Kurtz refuses to pull punches. The death of one particular character in this book is haunting, and Camber's trials of conscience make him one of my favorite Kurtz characters ever. Kurtz brought a world full of human frailties, heartbreaking misfortunes and miscalculations, and innocent tragedies so deeply close to home.