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Spellweaver (Nine Kingdoms #5)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  1,254 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
The "New York Times" bestselling author returns to the Nine Kingdoms for another spellbinding story of magical romance.
Ruith had long managed to ignore the magic in his veins, until aiding Sarah with her ill-fated quest forced him into places where his heritage was impossible to deny. Faced with an ever-increasing number of enemies who covet his power, Ruith must accept
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ebook, 416 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Berkley Books (first published November 23rd 2010)
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Ashley Daviau
The beginning of this series was absolutely stellar, but as it goes on it's getting kind of old and a bit stale. The same themes keep popping up, a person thought to be dead for years has really been in hiding and keeping their identity secret. Or person thought to be dead is actually alive but has no knowledge of who they are and then their identity is revealed and they turn out to be long lost royalty. Despite that I did still find some aspects of this book very interesting! I loved learning a ...more
Jill Furedy
Can't believe this book was rated so well by so many people. I was so annoyed by the repetition in this book. First off, by the exact same relationship between Sarah and Ruith as there was between Miach and Morgan...except I liked it better in the first trilogy. How many times can they be dazzled by one another's beauty, terrified beyond anything they've experienced before (yes, terrified more than they were 20 pages ago, but give them ten more pages and it gets EVEN worse), encountering magic t ...more
The UHQ Nasanta
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Bookaholics
Dec 19, 2010 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spellweaver by Lynn Kurland
Paranormal Romance- Jan. 4th, 2011
4 stars


Spellweaver is a part of a spellbinding saga and the 5th in the fantasy series by Lynn Kurland. Spellweaver is the 2nd story concerning Sarah of Doire and Ruithneadh of Ceangail. The 1st three book concerned Ruith's sister Morgan.

Ruith is a powerful mage with elvish magic. Handsome and talented, he hides his magic because he is haunted by his father’s evil use of magic and wants none to taint him. But there are dangerous people
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Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
May 05, 2013 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Selena Hyon
I've made the mistake of not reviewing this book when I finished it because I put it down and picked up Gift of Magic (the 6t and last book in the series) the next minute. I have been totally into this series since I began reading it five weeks ago. I probably have rated them against each other in a way, ending up with giving four of them five stars and two of them four. Loved the world, the characters, and the story.

This fifth book continues with Sarah and Ruith's quest to find all of his evil
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Lara
Aug 06, 2015 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
It's been a couple of years since I read the previous book, so I had forgotten some of the details. About midway through the book I realized that this series is actually three trilogies about siblings who share a tragic past and became separated for at least a decade. Each book is written so that the action comes to a pause by the end, but nothing is fully resolved until the end of the corresponding trilogy. However, I think the entire series revolves around the fallout of the tragic event that ...more
Brenda
Nyeh. I've read better. She's written better. I enjoy the pace and overall charm of the author's work, but it was yet another story about making friends with the author's favorite characters.
Kathy Davie
Jan 30, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, homey, fantasy
Fifth in the Nine Kingdoms fantasy series revolving around the surviving siblings of the blackest mage known in the history of the Nine Kingdoms; it's also a bridge story continuing the adventures of Ruith of Ceangail and Sarah of Doìre. (I also believe it takes place during or shortly after the adventures in Princess of the Sword .

My Take
Part of what I enjoy about the Nine Kingdoms is the casual manners of its good royals and mages. The mischievousness of the main characters as children and th
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Maggie.
Jun 10, 2017 Maggie. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to finish the next one in the second trilogy here, but I'm just not feeling these characters/plot. Honestly if I wasn't a completionist I'd quit them.
Lynn
Dec 25, 2013 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today's post is on Spellweaver by Lynn Kurland. It is the second novel in her second Nine Kingdoms trilogy and as such you need to have read the first books to understand what is going on. It is 385 and is published by Berkley Sensation. The cover has the main character on it looking determined. The intended reader is someone who like epic fantasy, thick plots, and just a little romance. There is no language, no sex, and some violence in this book. The story is told from the third person close p ...more
Kimterest
Jun 28, 2012 Kimterest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Final feeling: Beautiful character building; Not much action

This novel is the sequel to A Tapestry of Spells (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 4), and the second part of Ruith and Sarah's trilogy. It's a slow-moving novel, but every page is beautiful. The characters do much thinking and self-discovery. I usually prefer more action, but found at the end that I was very satisfied that I took the day and a half to read it. It was tenderly written, and the ending might bring a tear to your eye.

The main objec
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Susie Carson
Jul 11, 2010 Susie Carson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
OK, really closer to 4 stars, but I have to round down because of the things that bug me. Kurland has a tendency to use a lot of consonants in her names, making it impossible to figure out how to pronounce them (or remember them). Many of the names are similar as well - Runach and Ruith, for example. I wish there was some sort of map so I could visualize Sarah and Ruith's journey. It would also be nice to be able to put together which families come from where - so I had a better idea of who has ...more
Michelle
This story picks up right where Tapestry of Spells left off, with Ruith tied to a tree and Sarah kidnapped. After freeing himself from the tree and his half-brothers, Ruith takes off to rescue Sarah. Dark forces continue to follow them, so Ruith takes Sarah to the nearest safe place, the Wizard’s School. They find refuge with the the mage Soilleir, an old family friend. This gives Ruith time to face his inner demons about magic and puts Sarah on the path to discover her heritage as well. They ca ...more
Lydia
Dec 05, 2012 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, chik-lit
I continue to enjoy each of Kurland's books that I read. This was a great continuation to the story. I am starting to get amused by how many supposedly dead people turn up alive and how many supposedly ordinary people turn out to be long lost/hiding members of ancient royal families. However, since most of the royal families in this book seem to possess magic and consists of people who lives for centuries and have many children...I suppose it's not too surprising, and even when it starts to feel ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This is the latest book in this series by Lynn Kurland.

In this book we follow Sarah and Ruith around the countryside in search of his evil father's spells so he can destroy them before they fall into the wrong hands. Of course, Ruith loves Sarah and is quite sweet and attentive but Sarah does her best to put him off because he is, after all, a mighty and magical prince. Neither one can accomplish their tasks alone and so together they face the challenges and surprises that come their way.

What I
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Megan
Jul 05, 2013 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. Virtuous characters who are likeable, twists of identity & plot, I like it all. Having said that i also feel some major editing might have helped this story move along at a better pace. Even tho there are 9 Kingdoms, everyone knows everyone else! After 6 books, the pattern of unrequited love is getting a bit old & unbelievable. Come on, an amazingly gorgeous prince who is a gentleman that treats & protects you like a gem loves you and you refuse it?? For the whole b ...more
Anna
Jul 14, 2010 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
These books for me, I admit, are a bit of a guilty pleasure. The fantasy is so so, and the romantic cheese factor alone is enough to even embarrass me a little. However this one didn’t stand out like the rest. The first trilogy in the Nine Kingdom series is wonderful and satisfying. My objection is that this second trilogy seems a bit too much like the first. The heroine is opposed to magic. The hero is kind and caring. All fun and good things, just too much like the original. This story was jus ...more
The Window Seat
Jul 30, 2011 The Window Seat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Vj Parker
Dec 02, 2011 Vj Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me spell bound from the start, it was opposite to the first three, this one being one of the brothers, believing he is the only one to survive the well, trying to hide himself and deny his own magic, not wanting to be with people or should I say the responsibility of having friends, and a woman who tries to deny her own self because of her upbringing (a world of lies and of course) slowly learning she has magic as well, the inevitable beginning of love and trust.
always enjoy Lynn'
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L.W.
Jan 16, 2011 L.W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this continued the saga well enough and the new characters and the direction were fresh and interesting. What I hated was where the book ended. I think if we're being asked to shell out the kind of money they want for a book these days that it should stand on it's own. This leaving us dangling so we HAVE to buy the next book is crap. One of the things I live about Ms. Kurland's other books is they are stand alones even though the characters intersect.

I did like the story...hated the c
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Betty
May 14, 2015 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I lost track of exactly where I was in this series. I knew I had read the first book in this trilogy so I picked up the second on spec. Now that I've read it I'm pretty sure it was my first time, and I already have book 3 out of the library, because I am familiar with Ms. Kurland's cliffhanger ways.

I enjoyed this but you should definitely start with the first book if you are new to the series. That's Star of the Morning. There are also a couple of anthologized novellas which Kurland started out
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Elizabeth
Oct 02, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is my favorite series by far that Lynn has written. Magic, elves, and evil sorcers abound. Each story follows one of the prodeginy of two great elves, one evil beyond comparison, one good elf with the courage to end her life to save thousands. I was hoping to see sara explore her family history a bit more and maybe learn more about her craft. definately will be watching for future novels and reading them as they become available. I am in love with this series and definately recomend it for ...more
Sarah
Jan 18, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Personally, I do not find Ruith, as pictured on the covers, even remotely handsome or breathtaking. BUT, I do understand that every person has their own opinion and sees beauty in their own eyes. As far as the character in the book goes, Ruith tries very hard to be the chivalrous man his mother always dreamed he would be. Tis a pity Sarah is so headstrong she has to decline much of what he wants when it comes to her protection. But then, what else can you expect from a Sarah? We are stubborn and ...more
Melanie
I was actually disappointed in this book. I was expecting something exciting but instead I felt I was reading the first book with different character names. Surely the author could have explained Sarah's background without being so utterly predictable. I was hoping Miach & Morgan would make an appearance to save the story. No such luck. And now another year wait for the next installment. I hope the plot devices stop being reused.
Cayenne
Dec 12, 2012 Cayenne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I love these books. Clean, interesting, exciting, well-written, characters I care about, delightful. I am glad I didn't find them until now because having to wait for the last two will drive me crazy as it is. I think I will finish through number 6 and wait to read Dreamspinner until the last two are out. Otherwise I'll forget everything. I'll be confused anyway, having to wait two years to finish, but I'll manage. Or maybe at that point I'll just start at the beginning again...
Mariana
I don't know what it is about these books that I like so much, because there is quite a bit I don't like. I like the plot lines and different types of magic, etc. I don't like the way the author repeats the same sentiment, phrase or piece of information a billion times. I also like the characters, but dislike that the books keep stopping at huge cliff hangers. I will keep reading this series though, cause I have to know how it ends, if it ever does.
Ruman
That ending! So Sarah actually has a background besides not being "related" to that witch woman. Is she a princess then?!?! Sarah can actually find herself worthy of marrying an Elvin prince if she's royalty (yay!). And she's a distant cousin to (view spoiler), who would've thought? Sarah's heritage is fascinating, hopefully her dreamweaving magic will help her in some epic way the next book.
Patricia
Feb 10, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
another fabulous installment in this series. Kurland did a wonderful job of refreshing the story line without feeling redundant and making every piece of information interesting and relevant to the story. wonderfully adventurous, and with the perfect amount of humor, the story takes you further along on this exciting journey. and i just adore the kind of courtship and romance she includes throughout. makes a girl want to live in the time of courting and propriety...
Kelly Aley
This book gets a three from me because it was a little to much of a character building book. I mean, this is a quest series and we got to wait at too many Rivendells of safety. The story moved forward with some twists, but I wanted things to get a little clearer a little faster. I'll read the next one as the pace has to pick up. I don't like too much sex in a romance, but I was almost done with this before we even got a kiss. Two books is a little long to wait for that.
Melissa
I must start by saying I am a huge Kurland fan and love everything she does so it's doesn't surprise me I liked this so much. There were some repetitive things and there are many similarities between this and the first trilogy. I could give you a list but it would spoil the book for you, so it doesn't get 5 stars. But the romance, danger, mystery these books will go on my shelf and be re-read over and over! Now where is the next book?
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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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