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The Mage's Daughter (Nine Kingdoms #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,467 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
In the kingdom of Neroche, nightmarish creatures have been unleashed as weapons in a war of evil. Morgan the mercenary, daughter of a treacherous black mage, must fight against them-as well as for her very life. Miach of Neroche would risk his own life to save Morgan's, but he must do so at the peril of the realm, forcing dangerous choices in the deadliest of quests.
Trade Paperback, First Edition, 378 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Berkley Sensation
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Mar 16, 2008 Kristin rated it it was ok
In this second book, Morgan goes from a strong-willed, very capable sword-bearing girl to a conflicted weak-willed girl relying on others to lead her. I wasn't happy with how weak she was. She may have started the book physically close to death, but I don't think her character should have taken so long to bounce back emotionally. I hope in book three she regains her backbone and becomes a beautiful, strong-willed, elven princess instead of one racked by indecision and doubt.
What started out as a fluffy fantasy romance with a fierce, stubborn, sword-wielding heroine turned into a soggy romance with a blubbering, weak-kneed heroine. I lost count of the number of times that Morgan blinked away hot tears or realized her cheeks were wet, or dissolved into uncontrollable weeping, or felt like weeping but managed not to. She was a completely different person from the first book. I can understand that she had some difficult changes to become used to, but I would have expec ...more
Jan 22, 2008 Angie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: belovedbookshelf
I had forgotten how into the first book in the Nine Kingdoms series I was until I got five pages into this second volume and instantly remembered. Oh, right. This story totally rocks. The first volume, Star of the Morning, ends in utter chaos. Nothing is resolved, everyone's in peril, and I remember closing the book in disbelief at the audacity of ending a book in such a way when the sequel would not be out for another year. I wasn't too upset, of course, because the book had been so dang enjoy ...more
Jun 13, 2016 Tammie rated it liked it
I'm really loving this series. The only reason The Mage’s Daughter doesn't get 4 stars like the last book is that I felt that Morgan became a little too needy. I understand this was a life changing experience for her, but her constant crying and weeping was a bit too much.

This one also needed a bit more adventure in it to balance out the romance. It seemed like there were things that were repeated over and over as well. I do love the main characters of this series and enjoyed watching as they f
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 15, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, owned, fantasy
Warning: this includes spoilers for book one without hiding them under a tag. Proceed at your own risk.

So I was right about Morgan needing to make a huge adjustment. Like most second books in a proposed trilogy, this book had a lot of place holding. Progress is made on the central plotline, but a lot of things need to happen before our heroes are ready to move on to the big leagues. It doesn't help that the ending of the first book left Morgan so shattered. Indeed, it's more than halfway through
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Apr 07, 2013 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Selena Hyon
I love this series. It's hard to review books in a series because soon it's the characters and the story entirely that has kind of taken over my mind. This is definitely a romance that I would consider a love story rather than the torrid romances that I often think of when someone refers to a book in that genre. Other than the world this takes place in is complex and might be difficult for a young teen to follow, there is nothing in it that is inappropriate. Personally I found it kind of refresh ...more
Oct 08, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In Book 2 of the Nine Kingdoms, Neroche is still under siege by nightmarish creatures and Miach feels no closer to finding a worthy combatant against the unknown magic. Meanwhile Morgan is back on her home island of Melksham on a long road to recovery after nearly escaping death. Miach's responsibilities as archmage keep him at Tor Neroche but not without his constant sensing of Morgan's presence. However when she's finally well enough to stand on her own two feet, Morgan flees to her second hom ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Kelsey rated it liked it
Terrible book, only one of the characters were likable, it was awful, etc, etc. Enjoyed the hell out of it. Would read again.
Jan 22, 2011 Kara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book and the first one were SO good I could barely stop reading to feed my kids =)! I haven't been so involved in books in a while and it was so nice. I love a good fantasy romance and these were excellent and clean too amazingly enough! Pretty much everyone I know on goodreads will love these so do read them! I just can't wait to read the last one!
Oct 31, 2011 Jenn rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it! Book annoyed me so badly I couldn't see the point. The main character, besides for being poisoned managed to get slapped with the stick of stupidity. Maybe I'm not in the mood to read this right now. Best as a Sunday on the couch read where you can finish it in a day, but to draw it out over several days is just painful.
Apr 16, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
This story contains more romance than anything else, but it's a very sweet romance. There's no sex, no teenage backbiting and grudge-holding, and it's refreshingly free of the "which hot, perfect guy should I choose?" trend that is so annoyingly popular these days. Miach and Morgan's relationship is based on love, trust, and teamwork. It's so nice to be able to read about a functioning, adult relationship.

This book doesn't fall into the trap many middle books fall into: we're given a lot of new
Ronda  Tutt
Jan 27, 2014 Ronda Tutt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantacy, romance
Captivating but disappointing.

I totally couldn't put this book down however I was disappointed that the story leaves you with no ending and in order to find out the climax of the story or even understand the plot that has begun you have to buy all the books in the series. I usually do not mind buying series but usually each book in a series ends one plot or part of a plot leaving the reader with some satisfaction of an happy ever after but this series leaves the reader in a "What?" State as thei
Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation
Sep 14, 2008 Kathy ~ Bookworm Nation rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, high-fantasy
I enjoyed this book as much as the first. The characters are very likable and it is an easy read. A lot of times in fantasy novels I wish there would be more romance; well this book has plenty of that. I often felt it was more of a romance than a fantasy. I did enjoy that the characters really got to know each other, and were not kept apart for the majority of the story. However, it is nice in a story to have that tension of not knowing if they would be together or not and the book was lacking s ...more
The Window Seat
Apr 07, 2012 The Window Seat rated it it was amazing
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Oct 11, 2015 Alaa rated it did not like it
It happens that whenever the fierce warrior falls in love they turn into soft sponge.

ans where's exactly the peak of the story? did Lynn wrote all the trilogy in one session and then chopped it into 4, 7 books?
Dec 26, 2015 Gerrie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
3.5 out of 5 stars
Feb 08, 2015 Cogito_ergo_sum rated it it was ok
Sigh... where to begin.

The main problem was that this book was even more slow paced than book 1. It dragged.
The author spend an absurd amount of time dragging out events and revelations.

Another thing that bothered me was that Morgan's and Miach's love for each other was so sweet and perfect. Yep. Perfect. And there lies the problem. When authors start waxing poetic about how perfect something is (even if she did write in some obstacles to their relationship--it still sings perfection) is when
Jan 12, 2015 Spoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
There were tears.

I don't think there was one chapter where a sob wasn't held back, released, choked back, or tears silently streaked down Morgans face. But Morgan wasn't the only one, there were tears all around, which may have been why it was easier to bear this emotional onslaught.

I really enjoyed this. Though it was more romance than anything else and a (long) bridge between books. I love the world Kurland created and I absolutely love Morgan as a character, especially in the first book. And
Jun 08, 2014 Scander rated it really liked it
The was a good follow-up to Star of the Morning. Kurland is an exceptional writer of dialogue and the interaction between the characters is excellent. I also really like the world build she has created - simple, uncomplicated. Magic consists of "schools" or "styles" similar to martial arts.

Overall, this series is a good fantasy series with such a light sprinkling of romance that is makes for a great read. And while there is indeed a strong romance influence, it is nicely woven into the rest of
Jun 21, 2015 Carolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Really more like 2.5 stars. I found this second book of the trilogy a bit disappointing after the first. I enjoy the world that the author has built and it seems like there is an intriguing history to it, but by halfway through this book I felt like it became mostly about how in love the two main characters were and much less about what was happening in that world. A few too many "Whatchya thinking about?", "Oh, just how beautiful you are" scenes for my taste. Poor Morgan loses nearly all her bi ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Jul 11, 2015 Blodeuedd Finland marked it as dnf
I am sure I would have enjoyed this one much more if I had read it 3,5 years ago after book 1. Now..SIGH.

Now I was confused, no idea who these people were, what they were doing, why I should care about them. It was like I had started the series with book 2.

Read book 1 again? HA, as if. I have a LOT of books, no way I am gonna re-read a book when it might just be that book 2 actually is boring.
Jan 20, 2016 Tjfox rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-fae, fantasy
This is kind of a hard one to review. I really love the world these books are set in and the characters in the first book were rich and interesting. There is still lots of that in this book but Morgan’s character almost made it like reading a whole other series all together because she is not the same character that we met in book one.

Initially, it was easy to just write off her character differences to the fact that she was recovering from almost dying, but when those things just kept going, ev
Teresa Rosenberg
Apr 26, 2016 Teresa Rosenberg rated it liked it
As other reviewers have said, this book turned Morgan from a badass, kickass shieldmaiden into a weepy wussy wishy-washy mess, and that was not what I signed up for when I started this series. That being said, I still enjoyed the other elements of this story. Especially considering that this was the middle book of a trilogy, this kept the romance and the action moving along pretty well. Miach continued to be lovely and strong and intelligent and wise and interesting (IMO out of Morgan's league i ...more
May 02, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok
No, no, no! You don't just let a story fizzle. You don't dump your momentum down a well with so much repetition. This is their wooing:
"I love you." "How could you love me?" " We'll talk about this later."
"I love you. I want… we'll talk about it later."
"I love you. I want to m… we'll talk about it in 20 pages."

Interesting people who can't seem to hold a conversation! Inconsistencies left and right. Stupid battles in which the game plan is this: "I really shouldn't be doing this by myself. Oh, we
Rashika (is tired)
And this is officially the last book I read in the year 2013.
*wipes tears from eye*
a good year comes to an end with a damned good book.
Nov 03, 2014 Boyana rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first book. I started the series with some reservation as I read that it was more of a romance than a fantasy story. While the romantic elements indeed shined through, I was nevertheless immersed into a very magical world. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and the witty comments, as well as the various characters. This second book, however is a bit monotonous and the storyline is somewhat lacking. I also found Morgan to have become too weepy and Miach just too much like ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Lobug rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Very pleasantly surprised! Was a bit annoyed with the predictability of the 1st one and almost didn't read this one. I'm glad I did. While the heroine did a pretty serious 180 degree character change, the reasons are believable- and I think I like her better for it. Still tough, but realizing that she can't hold up the world on her shoulders and survive better on her own makes her much more endearing to me. I get that other people think she's just sappy now, but I think her character is more rou ...more
K Stockdale
Jan 15, 2016 K Stockdale rated it liked it
There wasn't more than a handful of weeks between my finishing book one and picking up book two; but in that time I forgot the spell the story had woven over me and was reluctant to read a book outside of my normal genre. Once I did begin reading, it didn't take long for me to become lost in another world and completely caught up in the story again.
One of the things that really works for this series is that it focuses on Morgan AND Miach as dominant characters and lets you get to know both rathe
I said in my review of the first book that I have a hard time reviewing these. And I do. I think this one may be even harder for me.

There are flaws - these books would not pass a Bechdel test by any stretch of the imagination. Miach tries to make decisions for Morgan, which nearly results in tragedy (thankfully she quickly puts him in his place). And it's a transition book - there are things happening, but really it's all about getting to the final act of the story.

That all being said, I still
Apr 30, 2014 Vanessa rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

While I had some misgivings after reading The Star of the Morning, I decided to still read The Mage's Daughter. I hoped the world would be more flushed out, and I hoped the romance wouldn't get so much in the way of the plot....not to mention the book was sitting on my counter. In some ways my hopes were realized. Almost the first third of the book Miach and Morgan do not spend much time together, so while they think about each other the plot actually progresses. With Kurland flushing o
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Lynn began her writing career at the tender age of five with a series of illustrated novellas entitled Clinton’s Troubles in which the compelling hero found himself in all sorts of . . . well, trouble. She was living in Hawaii at the time and the scope for her imagination (poisoned fish, tropical cliffs, large spiders) was great and poor Clinton bore the brunt of it. After returning to the mainlan ...more
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Nine Kingdoms (10 books)
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  • A Tapestry of Spells (Nine Kingdoms #4)
  • Spellweaver (Nine Kingdoms #5)
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“What is wrong with the [tale of] Two Swords?" he asked, even more surprised. "Don't you care for it?"
"There is too bloody much romance in it," she said curtly.
Ah, well, here was the crux of it, apparently. "Don't you like romance?" he ventured.
She looked as though she were trying to decide if she should weep or, as he had earlier predicted, stick him with whatever blade she could lay her, hand on. "I don't know," she said briskly.
"I see," he said, though he didn't. He wished, absently, that he'd had at least one sister. He was very well versed in what constituted courtly behavior and appropriate formal wooing practices, thanks to his father's insistence on many such lectures delivered by a dour man whose only acquaintance with women had likely come from reading about them in a book, but he had absolutely no idea how to proceed with a woman whose first instinct when faced with something that made her uncomfortable was to draw her sword.
"I'll stop provoking you, but I will have the answer to a question. Why do you think most men woo?"
"Because they have no sword skill and need something with which to occupy their time?”
“He walked down the passageway with her and cursed silently. Obviously, he'd grossly overestimated his appeal. Perhaps he should have taken her at her word at Gobhann when she reminded him that she had no use for mages. Perhaps he should have realized sooner that she - ...had reached behind his back and taken his hand.” 7 likes
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