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
6- Gift of Magic
Rùnach and Aisling's story is being told in:
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.