Rune is moved. He did not expect to hear such contrition from Lord Redley. Still, he fears he is going to regret the decision to trust the kingdom to Redley’s care. On the other hand, he doesn’t have much choice. He needs to leave someone in charge, and Redley has been running the kingdom for years, so choosing him will cause the least disruption.

Interestingly, Rune doesn’t share this conversation with Justin, mostly because Justin doesn’t ask about it. In Wizards and Kings: Sacrifice, we learn that Justin believes that his father has no regrets about disowning him and he continues to believe that until they finally speak to each other again.