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Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  4,045 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Neroche's kingdom is threatened by the darkness of an evil Black Mage- and all hope lies in the legend of two magical swords. Miach, the archmage of Neroche, carries one. And he's found a Wielder for the other in Morgan, a young woman and feared mercenary herself. Now, Miach must choose between endangering the woman who has captured his heart, and defending the kingdom he' ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Berkley (first published December 5th 2006)
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Angela
It's so hard for me to review the books in this series, it's one of my favorites and has been since the first moment I started reading them. The year wait between books was, at times, truly awful...and always worth it. This is the first book, in the first trilogy set in the Nine Kingdoms and it really centers around Morgan, and Miach (MEE-ach).

Morgan's spent a good portion of her life learning to be the best of the best, at sword-play. She had no time for soft sentiments, or nearly anything but
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Amerydbaker
AGHHHH! I really wanted to like this book. In fact it took me until 3/4ths the way through to put it down. But only because the person who recommended it to me has recommended so many other amazing books. I started gagging at about 1/2 the way through. Okay, okay, they were going on a quest (I hate quests!) But I was going to overlook that, but the romance was "stick my finger down my throat"...blahhh. I normally love romance in fantasy books. I have tried to discover why it was so unrealistic t ...more
Angie
I had never read anything by Lynn Kurland prior to picking up STAR OF THE MORNING. I had never even heard of her before, due to the fact that she writes primarily historical romance and I just rarely find myself reading in that genre. But my eye caught on the cover as I walked through the romance aisle at Borders to get to the fantasy/scifi section. And something made me pause. It's always that dangerous pause that gets you, isn't it? If the book can just get a toehold on my attention, I'm so of ...more
Teea
Alright, I was looking over the reviews for this one and I'm surprised at how high it was rated. It was repetitive, unoriginal, cheesy, and so sllllooowww. The battles were glossed over and hard to follow. The characters seemed flat. The heroine for example was suppose to be strong, an extraordinary fighter and witty. I'm afraid I found her whiny, over confident, and judgmental. She was so sure of herself that she couldn't see what was right in front of her. *sigh. Don't judge me but I read half ...more
Debbie
This is a "romance fantasy," where the book has a strong romance in a fantasy setting. The world-building is fairly good, and the characters are engaging. The pacing is good, and every scene serves a purpose. There are no explicit sex scenes, but the hero and heroine do kiss. The magic is of the typical fantasy sort, allowing a man to shape-change or be "invisible" or such.

As primarily a fantasy reader, I've always been disappointed that romance authors who try their hand at writing fantasy inev
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Jacob Proffitt
I really enjoyed this book. When making the decision to buy it, I noticed that a number of reviewers were dismissive of it because of the heavy romance influence. They felt it was a fantasy-flavored romance novel rather than a romance-flavored fantasy. I pulled the trigger on purchasing largely because this intrigued me. I mean, I like both genres and couldn't care less which dominates.

If you're curious, I disagree with those dismissing the novel—at least for my own tastes. Yes, like the force i
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Ronda  Tutt
Archmage's are more than fantasy they are romantic!

What an awesome read, I totally loved this fantasy read. The story starts off the story with the introduction about a king with magical powers who suddenly loses power and therefore leaving the reader thinking that the story is going to be about a king looking to restore his powers and will probably have to find a mate to regain his powers but NO NO NO - PSYCH! LOL

In the end yes the story in around about way is about the king's power but the Kin
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Allison
This is an enjoyable Romantic Fantasy series, but it's definitely more on the Romance end of the scale so you have to be in the right mood for it. I found myself wishing the world and secondary characters were a bit more defined, and that the magic and adventure were more prominent. But the huge focus is definitely the relationship.

To illustrate the lack of detail, at one point I was reminded that one of the characters is a dwarf, and only because he was referred to as a dwarf. Even now I can't
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Michelle
With the loss of King Adhemar's magic and ability to wield his enchanted sword in one fell swoop, the entire defense of the kingdom of Neroche now rests solely upon the shoulders of the royal archmage - and Adhemar's brother - Miach. Even though he is extremely talented, Miach knows this strain will quickly drain him (and Neroche) of all it's defenses if something is not done to augment the realms' magical power.

Trained as a ruthless mercenary, Morgan is quick to mistrust anything that stinks of
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Meagan
This book was absolutely amazing. As someone who loves fantasy and was looking for a romance that was not based solely on sex, this book fit the bill perfectly.

What I loved most about this book were the characters. Morgan and Miach are so richly developed and so strong that I felt I really knew them. Their love story was tender and set at a perfect pace for two who had never given much thought to love before. I love the moments of interaction between them because each one was precious.

Not only i
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Anne
I thought this was kind of a fun book and I really enjoyed reading it!

What I did Like:

* likable characters
* cute (and clean) love story...the best part of the book I might add =)
* fun story line
* kept me interested, I love books that keep me up reading (ha, like it is the books fault!)

What I didn't Like:

It was a tad bit predictable. I am not a big fan (as I have said before) of authors who feel they have to foreshadow upcoming events. And this book had some major foreshadowing that I felt coul
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Chrissy
This was a fun book. I love Miach and Morgan, such great characters! There was some mild swearing (the d and h word mostly). I am new to this author but I can't wait to read the next one!
Tammie
I love this writer. I loved the humor that was woven into the story as well as the adventure and romance. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
Blodeuedd Finland
review posted over at alternative read

Star of the Morning is the first book in a romantic fantasy trilogy. It centers on Miach and Morgan. Miach is the archmage of Neroche and brother to the king. He spends most of the time doing magic and seeing to that the border is protected, as dark powers from the north wants in. Morgan on the other hand is a shieldmaiden who was raised by mercenaries and then left at an orphanage. She can use a sword better than any man and she hates magic. It actually tak
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Alyssa
I found this book on a 'clean romance' recommendation forum and thought that I would be reading a romance novel without gratuitous smut. As it turned out, this book was more like a straight fantasy novel with very mild and tame romance, to the point that it could have been written for junior school kids.

Morgan, a ruthless mercenary is sent on a quest to deliver a magically infused dagger to the king of Neroche who is rumoured to have lost his magic. Along the way, she encounters the king in dis
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Sally Linford
I ran into this book on Angieville blog (lit review). Around the same time, I was complaining to my VERY literate sister-in-law, Diane, that I'm sick of reading pathetic men. For the last 60 years, our lit has been overrun by white men who beat their children and drink themselves stupid.

She recommended Lynn Kurland for real men, behaving well. That was 2 independent recommendations.

So, it caught me off-guard when it came with our library's "Romance" label on the spine. I had a moment of shame, a
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Curiosity
This is probably really a two-point-something. It had its good points. Sort of. And in the end I liked it more than I would have thought starting out.

All the same, avid fantasy readers should maybe avoid this one. I think I can safely give a few warnings without spoiling anything. I will say that it has an orphan girl of mysterious and possibly important heritage. It has a magic sword. It has a nation of elves and a nation of dwarves and a nation of horse-loving people. It uses the word "quest"
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Pamela
(Review also published at Tea & Fangirling.)

Have you ever started a book, couldn't get into it, but still came back to it every couple of days just to see if just a few more pages would be all it took to finally grab your attention?

That was Star of the Morning for me. And I really wanted to like it. It's the beginning of a fantasy series with what I assumed would be a heavy romance element, and if there's anything I think the book world needs more of, it's romances in fantasy settings.

But ho
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Natalie
When I first borrowed this book from the library, I figured it would be a silly, cheesy, overly romantic fantasy novel that might be fun. After reading it, I had much the same idea, with some slight adjustments. Kind of silly, a little cheesy, perfectly romantic and a lot of fun. In short, I loved this book.

For just a little bit at the beginning, I was worried that Adhemar might be the main love-interest, and that would have been awful. Adhemar is a fun character in his own idiotic, ridiculous w
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Alyssa
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Janice (Janicu)
This is a straight fantasy, with a little romance (not really in your face). Adhémar, king of Neroche has suddenly lost his magic powers, his magical sword doesn't work anymore, and he's very put out by it. His youngest brother Miach, who is also the archmage, suggests that he travel to the most unlikely place to find someone who can wield the sword. The book started out amusing - I really liked the beginning, the author's voice has little half-teasing tilt to it, especially when the characters ...more
Holly
Oct 03, 2009 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of clean romance and light fantasy
Recommended to Holly by: Angie - thanks!
Shelves: fantasy
As much as I want to attempt it, I won't go into why I'm becoming a real fan of fantasy but hesitate to read so-called high fantasy books written by DH's favorites such as Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind (much to his dismay). Judging a book by its cover however Star of the Morning is fantasy through and through much to the delight of DH. It reminded me not unpleasantly of my recent and short-lived stint role-playing. It also didn't help that this is romantic fantasy. And, well ... I'm not sure ...more
Anna
Lynn Kurland couldn't write an action scene to save her life! I was so surprised to find that with very good story telling, Kurland just couldn't conjure up a single sword fight. Lots of talking about swords and knives, and how Morgan is the best fighter the world has ever seen, whoo hoo, but NO ACTION! It’s almost as if you run into an invisible fence, and the author throws out the subliminal thought: “Insert Battle Sequence Here.” I would have thought it was funny, except I was so surprised. V ...more
Dee
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Gilles
I read the first three of the Nine Kingdoms before I attempted to write a review so I am not going to be able to separate them. I loved this trilogy. I would categorize this as a light and easy fairy tale fantasy. It just made me happy. Magic, dragons, princes and princesses. The romance between Morgan and Miach was sweet, sometimes downright mushy. One of the things I enjoyed the most was that there were so many fantastic supporting characters - Nicholas, Weger, Hearne and so many more.
Breanna Causey
None of these books have maps, so the entire time I'm reading it my thought process was something like this:
*Where is that in relation to that other place?
*Is it STRAIGHT north or north-west, or something else?
*This is a 'nine kingdoms' book, so what are the nine kingdoms? Don't ask me, 'cause I could only tell you one for sure and guess at about two or three more.
*WHERE IS THE MAP? This is the only fantasy novel I've ever read that didn't have one.
Other than this and how she used the 'Tempting
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Lyndi
Trying to read this was an exercise in frustration. The reviews make it sound amazing, and maybe it is. But not at the beginning.

Our hero is sexist, rude, entitled and clueless. Our heroine is stubborn, cruel, and intolerant. I honestly preferred the secondary characters.

I was under the impression that this would be somewhat similarly themed as the Tairen Soul series, which is one of my favorites. And it's totally possible that the story gets better. I just can't stand our H/h enough to find out
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CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater
While slow, and at times frustrating (for different reasons other than pace), it really was a book that was made to build up the characters, the world and the inter-personal relationships of the characters. After about 80 pages I realized that the book wasn't slow but very detailed.

There were a few things that I just didn't understand and mainly it was all the secrecy. I understand Adhemar's subterfuge and in that sense, Miach's but .... then I didn't.

It was light on the romance that I've come
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Emily
More like 4.5 stars, and I might later make it a 5. This is the first time I've read a romantic fantasy book that was NOT young adult, yet was still clean. The characters were cussing throughout the entire book, but usually the specific cuss words weren't a part of it. I usually am weary of books full of journeys, but this book was less about the journey and more about the relationships. Being a sucker for romance, I loved that! I'm itching to get the next book!
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“He can occasionally see to an enemy," she conceded. "If he manages to get his sword pointed in the right direction and the enemy does him the favor of falling upon it in precisely the right way.” 25 likes
“(Background: Morgan is a female warrior looking for a fight. Adhémar is your garden variety male.)

A man near the door leered at her. Adhémar immediately stepped in front of her, but Morgan pushed him aside. She looked at the man and smiled pleasantly. Ah, something to take her mind off her coming journey.
"Did you say something?" she asked.
"Aye," he said, "I asked it you were occupied tonight, but I can see you have a collection of lads here to keep you busy—"
Adhémar apparently couldn't control his chivalry. He took the man by the front of the shirt and threw him out the door. The man crawled to his feet and started bellowing. Adhémar planted his fist into the man's face.
The stranger slumped to the ground, senseless. Morgan glared at Adhémar.
"You owe me a brawl," she said.
"What?" he asked incredulously.
"A brawl," Morgan said. "And it had best be a good one."
"With me?" he asked, blinking in surprise.
"I'd prefer someone with more skill, that I might not sleep through it, but you'll do."
Paien laughed out loud and pulled him away.
"Adhémar, my friend, you cannot win this one. Next time, allow Morgan her little pleasures. She cannot help the attention her face attracts, and thus she has opportunities to teach ignorant men manners. In truth, it is a service she offers, bettering our kind wherever she goes.”
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