Gift of Magic
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 Rui...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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)[Thoir (hide 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)[Gair (hide spoiler)] was alive, talk about annoying! I knew there was a possibility that he was alive, but serio ...more
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 ...more
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 thei ...more
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 ...more
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 appreciat ...more
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 ...more
As Ruithneadh of Ceangail and Sarah of Doire ...more
Paranormal Romance -Jan. 3rd, 2012
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 ...more
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 ...more
Spoiler Alert: (view spoiler)[ There was all this buildup to Gair still being alive and then Ruith just hands over the book of spells and the ring with no protest at all and seemingly no plan. It seemed ...more
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 ...more
I always enjoy the lyrical style of writing, the humor, and the characters in ...more