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Princess of the Sword (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms)

Princess of the Sword (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms) [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Kurland
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The Nine Kingdoms Trilogy now explodes in the fiercest battle yet as the fate of a kingdom lies with a man and woman bound by love, magic, and a legendary—and perilous—sword.

When darkness falls...

As the mercenary daughter of Gair, the black mage of Ceangail, Morgan is the only one who can stop the terrible sorcery her father unleashed. To do so, she must race against time and find the spell that will allow her to close the well of evil he opened. But that quest will lead her to places she never dreamed existed and into a darkness she would give anything to avoid.

The magic rises.

With the fate of Neroche intertwined with the closing of Gair’s well, the archmage Miach must help Morgan find what she needs, not only because the safety of the Nine Kingdoms hangs in the balance, but because he will do anything to protect her. Now, as they search out the mysteries of Ceangail—and the dangers of Morgan’s own bloodline—Morgan and Miach have only each other to trust, heart and soul…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (6 Jan 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QAP2Y2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Series gets better 26 Jan 2009
By Val Birbeck VINE VOICE
Third in a series, I found it very hard to get into the first book and stuck with the series only because I have enjoyed other books by this author. The 2nd book got better and I waited eagerly for the 3rd and final book (this one). Although the lead is Morgan, I found I identified more with the male lead, Miach, and followed his story more closely, Morgan was a secondary character. A big issue for me is why, in science fiction / fantasy do authors use unpronouncable names for characters and places? There were many in this series and I pictured names rather than attempt to pronounce. A good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Changed character 20 Feb 2010
I enjoyed the first book of this series, Star of the Morning, with the main character clearly marching towards a fate the reader knew she wouldn't want, and slowly falling in love with a man she was deceived over, without really realising it. I read the second book and found it reasonable, though Morgan seemed to accept her newfound magic a little too readily. In this book, her character, and the character of the series itself, has changed substantially since the start of the series. Gathering friends and foes as they go, with a plethora of well-described half-men (elves, trolls etc), and with Morgan and Miach seeming to face no obstacles in either their relationship or their quest - beyond Miach's persistent and clearly useless attempts to leave Morgan behind for her own good - the book has changed so much from the start of the series that what attracted me at the start is no longer there, and half way through the novel I've moved on to reading something else. It's okay, reasonably written, and no doubt I shall finish it at some point. But only when there's nothing else new on my shelf.
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This book like the 2 preceding it was a wonder flight into a fantasy world that took you away from the drudge of everyday. An absolute must and a very definite KEEPER!!

And the love story threaded through the three books is wonderfully gentle and sensitive amongst the horror of the monster they are fighting against.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding ending to a powerful story! 6 Jan 2009
By Katie Mc P - Published on
First, since some confusion exists regarding the progression of the Nine Kingdom's books, here's a current list (updated Jan '14):

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)
To Weave a Web of Magic (The Tale of Two Swords where Mehar and Gilraehen fall in love)

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

Ruith and Sarah's story (which OVERLAPS Miach and Morgan's story in the timeline) is told in:
4- A Tapestry of Spells
5- Spellweaver
6- Gift of Magic

Rùnach and Aisling's story is being told in:
7- Dreamspinner
8- River of Dreams
9- Planned for Jan '15

Princess of the Sword is the finale in the first trilogy's amazing story. These three books tell a story that is so exquisitely told... so powerful and beautiful... that you just get carried away to the Nine Kingdoms the minute you open the book. The world-building is subtle, but masterfully done. The character development is the key to the whole story, for everything hinges on who Miach and Morgan truly are, something which they must both come to understand and accept before they can possibly face what is before them.

Why do I love this book, and this series? Well, in addition to the amazing writing, I love the imagery. I love how much beauty is in the tale, in so many ways, and on so many levels. I love how the character of who Miach has always been unfolds, along with the character of Morgan and who she is becoming. The bond that they forge is something truly special.

Star of the Morning laid the groundwork for the whole story. It showed you the characters for who they used to be and threw them up against things that shook them to the core of who they thought they were. In this first book, Miach and Morgan started to fall in love... and then we were left hanging.

The Mage's Daughter came out a year ago and instantly became my all-time favorite romance book. The relationship between Miach and Morgan really unfolds in this book, becoming something truly beautiful. We start to see that their relationship is integral to the plot, because only together can they defeat the evil that threatens them. We also begin to see that the understanding, support, and refuge they give to each other could not possibly be found anywhere else. By the end of this book, they are a team... two people who finally understand what they must do together, and what they must face to save the Nine Kingdoms... two people who aren't sure they're equal to the task, but who know that there is no one else who can walk the path that has been laid out for them.

And so Princess of the Sword begins. It's the culmination of the first two... the final confrontation between good and evil. The relationship that Morgan and Miach have forged is now the bond that holds them together. They must find strength in who they really are to stand against the evil that threatens them in new places. And all the while, the kings and queen of old are watching them, for the fate of the Nine Kingdoms rests on their shoulders.

They must find the spells needed to undo what Morgan's father began years before. Morgan must find the strength to succeed where her mother failed. And Miach must prepare himself for his ultimate showdown with Lothar, who is now more powerful than ever. And only then does Miach realize that he too must face more than he ever dreamed he would be called upon to provide.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting conclusion to an incredibly magical and action packed fantasy series 7 Jan 2009
By Leslie Tramposch - Published on
No longer a simple shield maiden, Morgan of Melksham is now aware that she is not only the daughter of Gair - the evil black mage of Ceangail, but also the elven princess, Morghain. She must learn to accept as part of herself the powerful magic she has always abhorred for she now realizes that only she can cap the well of dark magic unleashed by her father's spell. It's a race against time for Lothar, the black mage of Wychweald, will do anything he can to stop her and gain the dark power for himself.

With his brother, the king of Neroche and his queen ensconced in Lothar's dungeon, the fate of the Nine Kingdoms is at stake, and with his heart forever bound to the beautiful warrior, Prince Mochriadhemiach, archmage of Neroche, will do anything within his own considerable powers to protect Morgan.

To uncover the spell of closing, Morgan and Miach would brave peril in unlikely places and obtain aid from unlikely beings. The battle would be won with the help of friends, family, and an incredible array of ancestors but most of all with a pair of enchanted swords and the power of love.

What will become of this pair of unlikely lovers? Join them on the conclusion of their journey which began with STAR OF THE MORNING and continued with THE MAGE'S DAUGHTER. Follow them as they soar the skies, steal into dangerous places to uncover spells, and fight for their lives, their kingdoms and their love. Fate has a plethora of surprises in store for the tragically orphaned duo - Morgan, a woman whose only desire was to wield a sword who instead finds herself a princess with a heritage of frightening magic and Miach, a prince whose heritage is magic but whose fondest wish was to be a simple farmer. Victory will force new responsibilities on the pair that they'd neither expected nor welcomed. Is their love strong enough to face the challenge?

I do hope Ms. Kurland will continue to offer us fantasy fare along with her incredibly popular romance novels. She has a knack for this genre that will have the reader longing to know the fate of numerous secondary characters as well as the rest of the Nine Kingdoms long after PRINCESS OF THE SWORD has been put to bed. Cathar is intriguing, Rigaud needs a good thumping and I imagine a child born to Morgan and Miach would be a right handful, no? Ah well, until then I highly recommend this incredibly magical and action packed fantasy series! ~ reviewed for PNR Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I WANT TO MARRY MIACH 21 April 2009
By ROMANTiCA - Published on
Miach is the true draw to this story... Ladies, the reason we read romance is to find a guy like him and have him brought to life from the page. He is truly a rare find. My only advice to readers of this fantasy series is to NOT start with this book - buy, borrow, steal "Star of the Morning" and "The Mage's Daughter", read them and then get started on this book; otherwise you will be lost as to what is going on (this is not one of those series that rehashes entire sequences for you in order to "catch up"). Although I feel this book, the finale, could have been better, the series itself really astounded me in how well-wrought it was; Lynn Kurland is truly one talented lady. This series is going to be a wonderful addition to my 'favorites' bookshelf. Please keep them coming, Lynn!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurlands latest 8 Feb 2009
By J. Gilbert - Published on
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Lynn Kurland is one of my favorite author's and I loved this series. It is quite a bit different from her other stuff which is usually more centered on romance, were as this will appeal to fiction lovers as well. This is the 3rd and conclusion to the series. A great story of good vs. evil with a good balance of love, mystery, action and comedy. Good character development and plot. Strong female lead as the heroine which a good break from all the damsels in distress. All in all a very enjoyable read and a satisfiable conclusion to the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nine Kingdoms Trilogy 17 Jan 2009
By Jay - Published on
This series was fantastic and the final book was perfect. This book draws you in and captures you attention until the final page. Plenty of bad guys, magic, suspense and a touch of romance with well developed characters make this trilogy a must read for fantasy fanatics.
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