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Product Details

  • Series: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425262820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425262825
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Magic exists only in stories, or at least that’s what Aisling of Bruadair grew up believing. Thrown into a world full of elves and mages, she is close to completing her quest. With the help of Rùnach of Ceangail, a scarred elven prince who lost his magic, her task of finding a swordsman to save her country is almost complete. Rùnach desires a simple life, but the more time he spends with Aisling, the more he realizes that the future is more uncertain than ever. Aisling is human, so how does she manage to control the elements and speak in languages she never learned? How did a spell book he crafted wind up full of mysterious markings? Aisling and Rùnach must solve these mysteries before the answers wind up in the wrong hands, and time is running out. This story continues Dreamspinner (2012), and contributes to Kurland’s many-titled Nine Kingdoms saga. Here Kurland crafts a beautifully detailed world full of magic and steeped in a rich history that paranormal romance and fantasy readers will get lost in. --Patricia Smith

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Praise for the Novels of the Nine Kingdoms

“Fascinating…[An] enchanting narrative.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully written.”—Romance Reviews Today

“Lynn Kurland spins another fabulous fantasy.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

“Kurland deftly mixes innocent romance with adventure in a tale that will leave readers eager for the next installment.”—Publishers Weekly

“This is a terrific romantic fantasy.”—Midwest Book Review

“A superbly crafted, sweetly romantic tale of adventure and magic.”—Booklist

Customer Reviews

Her characters are very interesting & the stories keep you turning pages.
lorre
While I like fantasy and sci-fi, I usually prefer a lot more romance in it than in this book.
The Book Reading Gals
The plot is underdeveloped and what little foreshadowing there is is poor.
Joseph J Yusko

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katie Mc P VINE VOICE on January 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
We are now up to Book 8 in the Nine Kingdoms series. My review is below, but first, here's the list of books in the somewhat-confusing timeline of the Nine Kingdoms and a bit of explanation regarding how they fit together.

As of Jan '15:
Two Prelude short stories, found in anthologies with other authors:
- The Queen in Winter ("A Whisper of Spring" when Symon, the first king of Neroche, woos and wins Iolaire, princess of Ainneamh)
- To Weave a Web of Magic ("The Tale of Two Swords" where Mehar of Angesand and Gilraehen, --th king of Neroche, fall in love and the legendary sword of Angesand is forged.)

Miach and Morgan's story is told in:
1- Star of the Morning (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 1)
2- The Mage's Daughter (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 2)
3- Princess of the Sword (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 3)

Ruith and Sarah's story (which OVERLAPS Miach and Morgan's story in the timeline) is told in:
4- A Tapestry of Spells (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 4)
5-
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SD Bookworm on January 17, 2014
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I am a Lynn Kurland fan and I like fantasy more than romance so Lynn Kurland writing a fantasy series seemed awesome to me. This whole series has aggravated me, at times, with the long drawn out adventures needed to learn basic facts about the main players, but this book was the worst. I was ready to throw it at one point due to questions and responses like "Do you know who Aisling is or what she is?" With the standard answer being "Don't you know?" Then a statement would follow from one of the main characters about not being ready to hear the answer or they will think about whatever was said later. Drove me nuts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J Yusko on January 17, 2014
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I would read her other books first. If you like those then read this book but know it is not her best. Honestly, I was expecting a lot more from this book. It does not feel the same as the other books. The story in essence drags, I could skip about 150 pages at the beginning and not miss anything. The plot is underdeveloped and what little foreshadowing there is is poor. Questions are answered but not the important ones and the courtship seems rushed compared to the other books. The next book will either be crammed with info and answers or the reader with be left with a lot of unanswered questions. I was really hoping for juicy answers in this book that would pose even bigger questions to be answered in the next. She is a good author and I will read every one of her books but I am tried of the poor sappy women who don't have a clue. Morgan (BK1) was strong and brave but still clueless. If anything I really hope Kurland proves me wrong and outdoes herself in her next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Raye on April 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have never read a Lynn Kurland novel but decided to try this book because I enjoy fantasies that have a romantic element. To be clear, I did not read the previous books in the series and thought that this was a stand alone book within her Nine Kingdoms series (the cover and backcover do not give an unfamiliar reader any indication that it is not a stand alone unless it was in the section that was covered by the library barcode, lol). I realized fairly quickly, however, that this was a sequel. And it wasn't all that difficult to catch up to the story since there seemed to be a lot of rehashing.

I think, in some ways, I can offer a more unbiased few of the author's writing and story than some other reviewers since I am not familiar with this author or her series and therefore I am not inclined to be forgiving towards the book. Because, honestly, this story, which had potential, was very frustrating to read. The heroine is clueless (about her looks, about her abilities, about her background, about...well, just about everything) and is always doing things (at the drop of a hat, bytheway) that are unusual or special or interesting to the other characters but SHE doesn't seem to think it requires more contemplation about herself and what she does. And since the hero, Runach, witnesses all of her abilities unfolding but still continues to think she is without magic, it really just makes him look as clueless as her. He kept saying he would give himself time to think it through "later" when he had time. What? You don't have time to think? Unlikely. Neither one of the main characters were very believable and thus I didn't connect to them.

As for the writing itself...had clumsy foreshadowing, a shallow plot and was sorely lacking in descriptiveness.
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