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Dreamspinner (Nine Kingdoms #7)

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New York Times bestselling author Lynn Kurland’s enthralling Nine Kingdoms saga brings together a weaver’s apprentice and the son of a mage, both fighting to save the Nine Kingdoms from peril.

Aisling of Bruadair has lived a provincial life, heedless of the evil creeping over her land. That ordinary existence changes forever, though, when she is sent to the opposite end of
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Berkley
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Jan 01, 2013 Miranda rated it it was amazing
DreamSpinner, written by Lynn Kurland; is the first installment of the third trilogy of the Nine Kingdoms series. It is the long awaited beginning of Runach of Ceingail’s story. The oldest of only three survivors of a long ago tragedy, that had been thought to wipe out an entire family. Runach is the only one who crawled away from this terrifying day, with more than emotional scars….

Horribly crippled with the use of his hands, and rendered ungifted due to the thievery of his very own father, Run
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Dec 17, 2012 The Window Seat rated it really liked it
This is the first time that I have read the first book in a Nine Kingdoms trilogy and not had the second one to jump into. This is tough for me to handle! This means there are TWO years til this story concludes and that is going to be a long time... I am already dreading it...

Rùnach, the third child of Gair to get the spotlight in a Nine Kingdoms tale, has been hiding away at the wizarding school of Buidseachd under the protection of Soilléir, the powerful mage from Cothromaiche. After his sibli
If you are familiar with Lynn Kurland you will understand this review. If not don't read this book. This is a series that will make very little sense if you don't start with Star of Morning which in my opinion is the best 3 books of this series. Kurland is a master story teller and she is amazing at making the same story fun to read. Unfortunately she doesn't have too many different story lines. She adds different elements but the characters are all very similar and their stories are too:{ I sti ...more
Jun 28, 2013 Angélica rated it it was ok
Reading this book after The Alchemist of Souls and The Merchant of Dreams, both by Anne Lyle, was not one of my best ideas. It's not that those books were particularly exceptional, but they're a much much better read than this book. I found this horribly dull and vague, even duller than Shadowspell, which was mostly about walking. At least in Shadowspell the world was interesting, there's a double agent, and there's a promise of character growth in the MC for the next book. The main reason I got ...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
May 31, 2013 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Selena Hyon
Dreamspinner is the seventh book of the Nine Kingdoms series and the first of the third trilogy. I loved it. I am totally into this fantasy world and the characters who inhabit it. This is definitely romantic fantasy with lots and lots of magic. Wonderful elves and mages (good and evil mages) sprinkled with some mortals in minor roles. The Nine Kingdoms are described so they are easy to "see" from the forests and mountains to the barren deserts. Most of the characters are related in some distant ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Hafiza rated it liked it
Book 7- with a new couple.
The formula is getting stale..
We rehash the events at the well, where Gair unleashed his magic killing Sarait, and injuring his children.
So far we have read about two his progeny- Morgahin and Ruath.
Now we get the story of their older brother Ruanach.
Just like with the last two series, the hero hides his true identity from the heroine.
Heroine is naive ( really almost dumb and stupid naive), and has a hidden magical power.
I think I am giving up on this series.
Sarah Grass
Jan 11, 2013 Sarah Grass rated it liked it
I'm a loyal Lynn Kurland fan and I enjoyed reading her latest 9 Kingdoms installment about Runach. I was warned not to expect an original plot and I admit the repetitiveness was tedious at times. However, I still ejoyed the revisiting the characters and places. Lynn has such a wry sense of humor and her writing is always clean and heroes chivalrous. No one can ever top Miach, though. :)
Feb 09, 2015 Caitlin rated it it was ok
This book was so so frustrating. After researching the author and seeing that she has written romance books in the past this makes more sense to me, as when I expected an action packed fantasy/adventure novel I received a book where almost nothing is resolved or really happens, other than a slight and slow progression of a relationship. I read the first chapter and that was what hooked me in, Aisling's escape and everything seemed very promising, everything was set up and I was really looking fo ...more
Alisa Hedden
Dec 31, 2012 Alisa Hedden rated it really liked it
What do a scared elven prince that has had his magic stripped from him and a mortal girl sold into a factory at a young age have in common? Nothing, until the threads of fate pull them together. She is looking for a skilled swordsman and he is looking for anonymity. This tale is told in a quiet voice that manages to insinuate itself into our dreams.
After being pulled from the factory where she has spent most of her life laboring over the looms, Aisling is disguised as a boy and sent to find a s
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I've caught on. I know now not to expect originality from this author. I know to expect the same characters and the same plot in the Nine Kingdoms books. As much as this grieves me, I still love this world and the characters, and I will keep reading.

If you've read the other six books starring Morgan/Miach and Sarah/Ruith, you've pretty much read this story. The main characters remain indistinguishable from each other, especially the men, as they share the same traits and mannerisms. The
Aug 28, 2013 Megan rated it liked it
Formula seriously getting old now. All lead male & female characters interchangeable. I would think some effort would be made so that all males:
1. Didn't tuck her hair behind her ear or brush/braid her hair
2. Call her "Love"
3. Hide his identity/power
4. Sleep next to her holding her hand near fire
5. Embrace her on horse/dragon
And all females:
1. Didn't have some mystery birth/genealogy/power
2. Hate/disbelieve magic
3. Request everyone not to discuss magic or reveal identity or truths
4. Get angr
Jan 05, 2013 Coral rated it really liked it
There's a certain formula that goes into each trilogy of the Nine Kingdom series. Some might get bored with it. Others might find it comforting. My main gripe is the fact that the story is split into three which means I would have to wait two years for the ending. Aside from that Runach and Aisling is fast becoming my favourite couple of the series. Their story is much better than that of Ruith and Sarah.
Jan 05, 2014 Sheryl rated it really liked it
Love Lynn Kurland books. They are clean and adventurous. The heroine thinks she is ordinary but obviously has a gift that she learns along the journey. Our hero has his own obstacles to overcome and doesn't want to get involved but continues to be drawn to her. Good story line. I am looking forward to the next book
Jan 07, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Another good one. I like that we've met, and know a bit more, about our Hero as the story starts in this one.
Jun 27, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok
This book felt a little slow to start and it seemed as if there wasn't going to be enough time to reach the climax of the book before the pages ended for the bulk of the book. Hopes sprouted as Runach went off after Aisling but there were so few pages to complete it in! Turned out that this must simply be a prequel to the next book because the last 20 pages are a preview for the start of the series. Not happy. This book is probably great if you've joined the fandom but there is no climax to this ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Terri rated it liked it
While I still think the spin-off series aren't as strong as the original Miach and Morgan series, I loved getting to see more of Runach. This particular trilogy is Runach's story - turns out he's not dead and also, he has no magic. This sets him apart from his siblings, who either had magic and were learning to use it, or had it and were suppressing it. I liked his gruff, stubborn personality and his protectiveness of Aisling. She was so clearly naive, though she didn't THINK she was naive. As i ...more
Jill Furedy
May 17, 2014 Jill Furedy rated it liked it
Hey look, it's the same story as the previous two incarnations in this series, but starring protagonists who have different names! Oddly, I forgave this more than the second round of the story, hence the unexpected three stars. Maybe I took long enough away from the series to not care that it was the same plot rehashed a third time. I think the thing that made me laugh and feel more forgiving was that while reading the last book, I was annoyed by how many times the characters were astonished by ...more
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
When I was looking for a new fantasy romance to read, I stumbled upon Lynn Kurland's Nine Kingdoms series and simply could not believe I hadn't heard of Dreamspinner sooner! In a world filled with elves, dwarves, powerful mages and more, how could I possibly not fall in love with the series? Dreamspinner is the first in a trilogy, but the seventh novel to be set within the Nine Kingdoms. You don't need to have read the previous books, but if you're already a fan of the series, then I'm sure you' ...more
Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
Oct 15, 2015 Britney (BookDrunkSloth) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Readers, and Romantic Fantasy Readers
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Dreamspinner starts the third subtrilogy of the Nine Kingdoms series. Our hero is Rùnach, a man who suffered a terrible tragedy twenty or so years in the past. It left him without his family, crippled, and drained of magic. Aisling is our heroine, and she hails from Bruadair where she's been a worker for a Weaver's Guild since she was eight. Her parents exchanged her labor for wealth.

Soon before Aisling'
Aug 12, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it
Today’s post is on Dreamspinner by Lynn Kurland and is the seventh in her Nine Kingdoms Series; to understand much of what is going on you will need to have read at least one of the first two trilogies but not both. The cover has the main female character, Aisling, aiming a bow at the reader looking fierce. The intended reader is adult but young adults who love well written high fantasy will enjoy this series. There is no sex, no language, some violence but no gore; nothing to worry parents or w ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Jaye rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I have always enjoyed Kurland's Nine Kingdom series. While none of them can compare to that of Morgan and Miach, I find myself delighted with the author's follow-up novels. I have to say, I wasn't particularly excited about Runach's story only because I never found him intriguing in my past encounters. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in a state of delight while reading this.

Although my connection with Runach started out a little shaky (I'm still mourning the loss of Miach), he had
Feb 06, 2013 Shauni rated it it was amazing
Lynn Kurland continues her adventures in the Nine Kingdoms with book 7. Or book 1 of the third trilogy.. It is a powerful saga of epic proportions.. Where trilogies 1 and 2 overlapped. Their stories taking place at the same time and seldom intersecting Dreamspinner begins at the end of the other two. We find that the great evil has been conquered, that things should be quiet for a while. Yeah, like that is going to happen.

Rùnach of Ceangail's entire family was destroyed when his father attempted
At first I was like "Why do I have the seventh book of a series in my to read list and not the six before?" then I remembered Goodreads had suggested it, and it usually suggests only books that you can understand without needing to read another book.
So I read it.
And indeed, it was easy to understand. Or maybe I'm just not as curious as I thought I was...
Anyway. It is a good book, really. I loved it. The characters are interesting, the pace is odd at times but never in a bad way and I liked what
Oct 19, 2013 Charty rated it liked it
If you've read her first book set in the Nine Kingdoms (Star of the Morning) you have essentially already read this book. The main characters, Aisling and Runach are different, but this might as well be Morgan and Miach's story told with slight variations. They study swordsmanship at Weger's, visit Nicholas at the University and end up Tor Neroche. Yawn. Instead of magic-hating Morgan, we have magic and myth disbelieving Aisling. Instead of the magical prince Miach masquerading as a farmer, we h ...more
Apr 03, 2014 Katherine rated it really liked it
So apparently this is part of a chronological series. That would explain why I didn't understand half of what they were referring to. Nice of the publishers to mention this.

I do like the book. I have read another of the Nine Kingdoms books, also out of order. I like the author's writing style, but find it so frustrating that the book only offers more questions than answers. I guess that's why I can't put it down. I will definitely look for the other books... In order, I think.
Feb 20, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This trio of Lynn Kurland' s Nine Kingdoms is, so far, my favorite! I appreciate that we find a woman with an average to homely appearance. Our hero is not a man of perfect visage, but rather one who is scarred and hard to look upon without pity or hesitancy. I see Runach representing those w e look down upon due to birth defects or scarring or whatever else people find repulsive or revolting. They are all people who merely want someone to be able to look past what their eyes see and look at the ...more
Brian Palmer
Feb 23, 2013 Brian Palmer rated it liked it
It took me a bit to get into , but then read quickly. The world reminds me of _The Harp of Imach Thyssel_ or perhaps _The Riddlemaster of Hed_: friendly mages underfoot in various guises, and a main character who knows most of them (of course, surprisingly frequent appearance of dark mages, also known to the male lead). The naive and mysterious female lead, who can't take more than a few hours journey without being beaten and robbed, runs across his path and they happen to stay together, learnin ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. This whole series is a nice fantasy romance with a bit of action thrown into the mix.

This particular book in the Nine Kingdoms series, I thought at least, was one of the better ones. There was more going on behind the scenes, things the reader was to flow with or figure out. There were also points where I was caught off guard, which is a good thing! It was not predictable in the details at all. Yes, the author has a theme with this series, but that is what dra
Jan 09, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing
I was instantly captured by this book and couldn't put it down until I finished it. Loved this fantastic world and everything about it all the characters how they grew and learned through out the story. A good fantasy book and can't wait to keep reading the story of Aisling and Runach and their journey. A must read!
Feb 04, 2013 L.W. rated it it was ok
I love this series, I love the characters. What I don't like is reading a book to get the back ground and having the book just end, leaving one In the middle of the story, with nothing resolved. I think sequels should be a complete stand alone.

Okay, to date, we have another couple, they have a quest, it certainly sounds similar to other quests in this series, yet it gets no where. This is very frustrating to me to have to wait. I have been a very loyal fan of this author and have loved her work
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“Ah, never," Nicholas said, rubbing his hands together. "Such an interesting word."
"You know, Your Majesty, the only reason I'm not swearing at you right now is because I was taught to be kind to old men."
Nicholas laughed merrily. "Cheeky whelp."
"Does that mean you won't slay me for telling you that you're a thoroughly obnoxious, interefering, exasperating..." Runach took a deep breath. "Good breeding prevents me from saying more."
Nicholas smiled. "Runach, my dearest boy, you are truly your mother's son.”
“Runach didn't consider himself particularly dull, but he had to admit he was baffled. "Then what now?"
"What do you mean, what now?" Weger echoed in disbelief. "Do what is necessary! Bloody hell, man, must I instruct you in every bloody step? Take your mighty magic and heal her!"
Runach blinked. "What in the world are you talking about?"
Weger threw up his hands in frustration. "Heal her, you fool! Use Fadaire or whatever elvish rot comes first to mind."
"I have no magic."
"Of course you have magic--" Weger stopped suddenly. "You what?"
"I have no magic," Runach repeated, through gritted teeth. "My father took it at the well."
Weger looked suddenly as if he needed to sit down. "Bloody hell," he said faintly. He sagged back against the door. "I had no idea"
Weger rubbed his hands over his face and indulged in a selection of very vile curses. "Damn it," he said, finally. He looked at Runach. "What are we to do now?"
"If magic will work here" Runach said, "why don't you use yours?"
Weger folded his arms over his chest. "I haven't used a word of magic in over three hundred years!"
"No time like the present to dust it off then, is there?"
Weger hesitated. Runach suspected it was the first time in those same three centuries the man had done so. He considered, then looked at Runach.
"I could," he said, sounding as if the words had been dragged from him by a thousand irresistible spells, "but I have no elegant magic."
Runach shrugged. "Then use Wexham."
"It will leave a scar."
"I don't think she'll care."
"It will leave a very large, ugly scar," Weger amended.
"Then use Camanae or Fadaire," Runach suggested.
"And have my mouth catch on fire? You ask too much."
Runach looked at him seriously. "I honestly don't care what you use, as long as you save her life. Whilst you still can."
Weger looked as if his fondest wish was to turn and flee. But he apparently wasn't the master of Gobhann because he was a coward. He took a deep breath, cursed fluently, then knelt down. Runach listened to him spit out an eminently useful spell of Croxteth, then follow that bit of healing with a very long string of curses in which Lothar of Wychweald and Runach's own father figured prominently.”
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