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Gift of Magic

(Nine Kingdoms #6)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,222 ratings  ·  77 reviews

Gift of Magic is the latest installment in New York Times bestselling author Lynn Kurland's breathtaking Nine Kingdoms saga, which follows the daughter of a dreamweaver and the son of a mage as they struggle to save the realm from a magic as dark as it is powerful.

Sarah of Doìre knows the pattern of spells is no accident. With each page, each powerful rune, she and R

Paperback, 310 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Berkley
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The Window Seat
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jill Furedy
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I haven't been impressed with the second Nine Kingdoms trilogy, so it was no surprise I didn't care for the final book. I got tired of things being blatantly stated and then two paragraphs later everyone is startled by the same revelation. Or the never ending admiration for everyone's beauty. Or the repeated doubts of overtly stated love. Or the fact that everyone is royalty but no one wants to be. I was excited that Miach and Morgan showed up, but they weren't in it nearly long enough. And I cl ...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Selena Hyon
I have been caught up in this series for awhile now and enjoyed every minute of it. This the third book of the second trilogy, each trilogy featuring a different couple, but they are taking place almost at the same time and in the same world. The characters, both the major and the minor ones are interwoven between the stories. I have read some reviews of these books from people who did not care for them, but they seem to very often just not be their kind of books. This series is a romance but a ...more
Lady Jaye
In one word, this book was a disappointing finish to the story of Ruithneadh and Sarah in particular and the tale of the Nine Kingdoms is general.

It's not that the story wasn't well told. It was. The writing was truly beautiful, and the world sprawled out like only epic fantasy can, and the names were right. It is a pet peeve of mine to read fantasy with names that sound fake - it spoils the whole story. Well, the names of people and places in this series, although unpronounceable, fit perfectly
5 June 2015: $3.79 on Kindle

3.5 Stars I think. Full review to come.

Any questions you had from the first two books - answered. Fear not, all the threads that were hanging are resolved. The characters are, as always, charming and lovable. Great scene, highly anticipated near the beginning of the book that had me tearing up a bit.

Some frustrations though. Sarah's reluctance to accept (and return) Ruith's feelings and love got old fairly quickly in this book. Her desire to keep him at half an arm's
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book just wasn't up to the same standards as the rest of the series. Problems were solved too quickly and easily to be realistic. It was like Lynn Kurland lost the motivation and momentum to finish the series with the same gusto as the rest of the books. I also didn't feel as attached to Ruith and Sarah and their plight as I did in previous books.

That being said, it was still an entertaining story, mostly because of the "guest" appearances and because I LOVED the other books in the series.

Ashley Daviau
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was incredibly pleased that this was heaps better than the last two books in the series! It totally captured my interest from start to finish and I couldn't be happier about it. It was so interesting to finally see both groups merge together and meet each other, it made for some quite interesting situations! And then the chase for the spells and what finally awaited them at the end of the trail was just mind blowing! It was kind of hinted at all along but I honestly didn't see how it could rea ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, fantasy
I had never heard of Lynn Kurland until I came across the first book in the Nine Kingdoms series back in 2009. She writes historical/time travel romance and that's not a genre I read.

This is the last book in this trilogy and the sixth book in this series. I really, really wanted to love it. The first three books--Star of the Morning, The Mage's Daughter, and Princess of the Sword have become three of my favorite books. While they are not as detailed or intricate as most fantasy books I read, I f
Kristen Robison
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Okay, so I really love Lynn Kurland's writing...usually. I had a hard time with this book. Like a lot of people I read her books right when they come out. So I have read tons of books in the meantime and had a really, really hard time keeping track of who was who. The beginning of the book really needs a map to help us keep track of where we are, have been and going. AND, it would have been nice to have some sort of genealogy sheet at the beginning or end to remind us who is who like she has in ...more
4.5 stars!

Slightly disappointed by this book. I was expecting more of Sarah's heritage, as well as Ruith and Sarah's growing romance. Although the book was captivating, something was missing.
AND I totally knew (view spoiler) was evil, it's always the person one tends to like (on the surface). I was also mildly surprised - although not really - that (view spoiler) was alive, talk about annoying! I knew there was a possibility that he was alive, but serio
May 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I liked her fist books in this series, but in her last few she says the same thing over and over, I got really tired of how often the main male characters are belittled and threatened and the same information is given about characters over and over. I mostly just wanted to know how the series ended.
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I have to agree with Beth's review on this one. It was definitely a sad let-down from how I had imagined the conclusion to be. I'm giving it a 3 because I love this series and love so many of the characters, but it did not live up to Lynn Kurland's usually very high standards of writing.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
There was too much repetition in this final book, and it seemed to take forever for anything to happen. I was fighting boredom throughout most of it. I really love the rest of the Nine Kingdoms series; I just wish this book had lived up to the others!
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
#65 of 2017- Ruith and Sarah’s take is more repetitive than Miach and Morgan’s. It reminds me of an elongated encore, where character reprisals happen frequently. It does however set us up nicely for the next trilogy as far as exploration of the Nine Kingdoms.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
My friend, Sarah Grass, wrote up her feelings on this book and I agree 100%. Please see her review. :)
Sharon Hughson
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book kept me riveted and then wrapped things up in what felt "too easy" considering the build up. For this reason, I give it 4.4 out of five stars.
I enjoyed it and didn't like having to put it aside for daily living tasks. Still, I asked myself "what is the problem?" and it was clear the characters didn't know for certain until 2/3 through the book, although it was hinted at early on.
Several battles were fought "for them" rather than letting our characters face off with their foes. This def
Kathy Davie
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Sixth in the Nine Kingdoms fantasy adventure series revolving around the surviving children of a black mage. The focus is on Ruith and Sarah as they quest for the lost spells of Gair of Ceangail and save the Nine Kingdoms.

My Take
It's all in the best style of fairy tales with major characters living a peasant's life who turn out to be princesses and princes, and each has some major baddie after them. The twist is that the princess/prince is perfectly willing to hunt their own food and build the
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A nicely crafted conclusion for this trilogy (the second of three trilogies in the 9 Kingdoms series). Thanks to Kurland's great world building and fun character dialog, this last installment was enjoyable, but I feel Kurland is starting to get into a recycling mode from the first series a bit.

There is just enough difference from the first series, despite the reliable formula, to keep this interesting. While I enjoyed this trilogy, I felt a bit of "been there, done that". Also, everyone is "imp
Katie McP
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: lynn-kurland
I can't believe that I'm actually going to give a Nine Kingdoms story only three stars. I don't WANT to give it three stars. Lynn Kurland is my favorite author, and these Nine Kingdom books are my favorites of her books. Besides, I wanted this book to be fantastic! I suspect some people will rate my review as "Not Helpful" for doing it, too. And yet, when I compare it against other books I've already reviewed (and even others she's written), I realize that it's less satisfying than others I've a ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just to get myself, and other’s who are interested in reading this series up to speed with Ms. Kurland’s phenomenal writing, world building, magic, and characters–I am mixing in content from a review I wrote for a previous installment of this series.

To begin, I must reiterate that Lynn Kurland has a phonetic style of pen that I have seen very rarely in literature, if ever. As a reader coming strictly from the Epic Fantasy genre, having never read romance until about 11 years ago, I can apprecia
Kelly Rhinesmith-klupp
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: para-fantasy
This book was okay. I honestly had a hard time getting hooked on it, but I was desperate to find out what happened to Gair. The hard thing for me was that the characters seemed dull and dim. And the litany of words that ensued gave me a headache at points. This was not a great book, but not the worst and it did close Ruith and Sarah's story well.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels-read
More of a 4.5. I love this series. Such beautifully woven stories.
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Today's post is on Gift of Magic by Lynn Kurland. It is the third book in her second Nine Kingdoms trilogies. It is 310 pages long and is published by Berkley Sensation. The cover has one of the main character's on it looking ready for a fight. There is no sex, no language, but some fantasy action in this book. The story is told from the third person close perspective of the two main character's moving from one chapter to the next. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Sarah of Doir
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lynn Kurland out does herself in this final installment of her second trilogy in the Nine Kingdoms Series. From what I understand she plans on doing three trilogies all intertwining and yet can be read in any order. After reading the first trilogy, I will say it works beautifully with the second one. We get glimpses of what is going on throughout the Nine Kingdoms as we see some favorites from the first trilogy.. but it manages to avoid any confusion.

As Ruithneadh of Ceangail and Sarah of Doire
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
I’m about to launch into a bunch of things that bugged me about this book, so first allow me to say that I really enjoyed most of it. The concept–hunting down a bunch of spells that almost seem to have a mind of their own–is well-executed. Many of the family relationships are enjoyable, and not typical of epic tales. Most of the plot drew me in nicely. Unfortunately, the closer I got to the end of the book, the lower I dipped in my estimation of the book’s quality. I can’t help but wonder if Ms. ...more
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gift of Magic by Lynn Kurland
Paranormal Romance -Jan. 3rd, 2012
4 stars

The Gift of Magic is the sixth full length Nine Kingdoms fantasy novel. This series started with the hero’s sister Morgan for the first three books and has continued with the next three (including this one) concerning the hero, Ruith. This a lovely fantasy series that is lyrical and takes its time quietly unfolding.

Ruith is tortured by the damage his unscrupulous and evil father created. He and his companion Sarah are on a jou
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I absolutely loved the first trilogy of the Nine Kingdoms series, so I immediately picked up the second trilogy as soon as I finished the first. The first two books of that second trilogy were okay (although not nearly as great as the first trilogy), but they kept me interested. Until the third book.

By the second half of the third book I already felt like I had had enough. Someone else was always fighting Ruith's battles and it made me feel like he really couldn't do anything himself. Sarah had
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall, Sarah and Ruith's story was a good one, the best part of it was the middle section of the story (book 2). The beginning of the story felt like a repeat of the first trilogy about Miach and Morgan. I felt like the ending was a bit of a letdown and slightly anti-climactic and unbelievable.

Spoiler Alert: (view spoiler)
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The last installment in the 2nd of the Nine Kingdoms trilogy, this is the ending of Ruith & Sarah's story. Like many of the other reviewers, I was let down a bit by this. I'm firmly in the camp that feels because the build-up to the big bad we all knew was going to be at the end of the journey had so little pay off the rest of the elements of the story were no longer important.

I hate the fact that I didn't like this more, but truth be told...I'm not really a fan of Sarah. The only reason I have
C.E. Cramp
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very imaginative, though believable. Helps you to again look for the good that can come out of not very nice beginnings.
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