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The Mage's Daughter (Nine Kingdoms #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,221 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
In the kingdom of Neroche, nightmarish creatures have been unleashed as weapons in a war of evil. Morgan the mercenary, daughter of a treacherous black mage, must fight against them-as well as for her very life. Miach of Neroche would risk his own life to save Morgan's, but he must do so at the peril of the realm, forcing dangerous choices in the deadliest of quests.
Paperback, First Edition, 378 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Berkley Sensation
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Ashley Daviau
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's official, I've fallen totally and completely in love with this series! Kurland writes with the perfect balance of romance and fantasy and it is absolutely spectacular. The world that she has created is beautifully magical and just so detailed, I've become enthralled by it. I love the growth we've seen in the characters from the first book to this one, it's really quite astonishing! The storyline is quite intricate and it really makes for an excellent story. There were so many twists and rev ...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
This is the second book in the first trilogy and I have to say I am disappointed.

First, there is a huge change of pace when you compare the first book and this one. In the first it's full of adventure and humor and just stuff happening. This one is focused mainly on romance (and don't get me wrong, I love romance), but there is too much of it here and almost none in the first book.
This one is simply boring. Nothing much happening through out the book.

Second, the heroine had a massive change of
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
In this second book, Morgan goes from a strong-willed, very capable sword-bearing girl to a conflicted weak-willed girl relying on others to lead her. I wasn't happy with how weak she was. She may have started the book physically close to death, but I don't think her character should have taken so long to bounce back emotionally. I hope in book three she regains her backbone and becomes a beautiful, strong-willed, elven princess instead of one racked by indecision and doubt.
What started out as a fluffy fantasy romance with a fierce, stubborn, sword-wielding heroine turned into a soggy romance with a blubbering, weak-kneed heroine. I lost count of the number of times that Morgan blinked away hot tears or realized her cheeks were wet, or dissolved into uncontrollable weeping, or felt like weeping but managed not to. She was a completely different person from the first book. I can understand that she had some difficult changes to become used to, but I would have expec ...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Mage's Daughter is even better than its predecessor, to my surprise. Without a doubt, this is the most romantic novel of the trilogy. After Kurland's painful cliffhanger ending, wherein the entire realm as we knew it was in utter chaos, The Mage's Daughter is an emotional and difficult tale. Miach must repair the damage he has caused Morgan by concealing his true identity as the archmage of Tor Neroche, Morgan must face the truth about her past and true parentage, and the tw
Jan 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten how into the first book in the Nine Kingdoms series I was until I got five pages into this second volume and instantly remembered. Oh, right. This story totally rocks. The first volume, Star of the Morning, ends in utter chaos. Nothing is resolved, everyone's in peril, and I remember closing the book in disbelief at the audacity of ending a book in such a way when the sequel would not be out for another year. I wasn't too upset, of course, because the book had been so dang enjoy ...more
If The Mage's Daughter was a first book in a series I would say 'The Nine Kingdom' series was not for me. It was too boring with too much character development and not enough adventure.
But let's hope it's just the usual second-book-in-series syndrome. And the fact that Miach's brother joined the quest gives me hope. I love sibling rivalry and banter. I missed Adhemar from first book so much in second one. (Just don't let Miach and Morgan hear me.)

Morgan also didn't help. She was lost, sad, confu
I'm really loving this series. The only reason The Mage’s Daughter doesn't get 4 stars like the last book is that I felt that Morgan became a little too needy. I understand this was a life changing experience for her, but her constant crying and weeping was a bit too much.

This one also needed a bit more adventure in it to balance out the romance. It seemed like there were things that were repeated over and over as well. I do love the main characters of this series and enjoyed watching as they f
Jacob Proffitt
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, owned
Warning: this includes spoilers for book one without hiding them under a tag. Proceed at your own risk.

So I was right about Morgan needing to make a huge adjustment. Like most second books in a proposed trilogy, this book had a lot of place holding. Progress is made on the central plotline, but a lot of things need to happen before our heroes are ready to move on to the big leagues. It doesn't help that the ending of the first book left Morgan so shattered. Indeed, it's more than halfway through
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

Similar to book 1 but I enjoyed the characters even more.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series, it's just really, really good. I'm happy there are many books still left to read in it. The characters, story and world building are strong and it's quickly becoming a favorite.
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! I can't believe I waited so long to read it! On to book 3!
Gundega (aka Rouzmary)
Before I started reading The Mage's Daughter I had a glance at reviews and saw some who had given it 3 stars or lower and so I was all - but why? whatever for? - and so took a second glance. Turns out people weren't pleased that Morgan wasn't all kick-ass, springly & the mouthy self she was in 1st book, instead it seems that she was moping around and being not as cool as she was.

heh. Seriously?
LOL. well ok. For sure, I understand what they're moping being sad about, but...ahahahahaha.
Sigh, a
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Selena Hyon
I love this series. It's hard to review books in a series because soon it's the characters and the story entirely that has kind of taken over my mind. This is definitely a romance that I would consider a love story rather than the torrid romances that I often think of when someone refers to a book in that genre. Other than the world this takes place in is complex and might be difficult for a young teen to follow, there is nothing in it that is inappropriate. Personally I found it kind of refresh ...more
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In Book 2 of the Nine Kingdoms, Neroche is still under siege by nightmarish creatures and Miach feels no closer to finding a worthy combatant against the unknown magic. Meanwhile Morgan is back on her home island of Melksham on a long road to recovery after nearly escaping death. Miach's responsibilities as archmage keep him at Tor Neroche but not without his constant sensing of Morgan's presence. However when she's finally well enough to stand on her own two feet, Morgan flees to her second hom ...more
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book and the first one were SO good I could barely stop reading to feed my kids =)! I haven't been so involved in books in a while and it was so nice. I love a good fantasy romance and these were excellent and clean too amazingly enough! Pretty much everyone I know on goodreads will love these so do read them! I just can't wait to read the last one!
Jan 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish it! Book annoyed me so badly I couldn't see the point. The main character, besides for being poisoned managed to get slapped with the stick of stupidity. Maybe I'm not in the mood to read this right now. Best as a Sunday on the couch read where you can finish it in a day, but to draw it out over several days is just painful.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Terrible book, only one of the characters were likable, it was awful, etc, etc. Enjoyed the hell out of it. Would read again.
Bambi Unbridled

I was somewhat confused for most of this book, because I simply couldn't remember what happened in Star of the Morning, and it drove me crazy. I wish I had the time to go back and listen to the first book before I started this one. I remembered the gist, that Morgan of Melksham and Miach of Neroche met up as they journeyed across the Nine Kingdoms and started to fall in love. Only Miach had told Morgan that he was a simple farmer's son, and not the Archmage of the realm. When Morgan learned the
Homefront Honey
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I sort of liked the first book and sort of didn't so I gave the second book a chance. Although the first few chapters were okay, I found myself quickly getting bored. Just like the first book, I felt like this one dragged on in somewhat of a repetitive circle. I would liken it to an easier-to-read Hobbit.

Unless you are totally into mages and don't mind a slower-to-get-into book, I wouldn't recommend reading this book. It took me months to push myself through it where most books take me a week o
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book just because I was mildly interested in finishing the story of Micha and Morgan, but mostly because I couldn't understand why I thought these books were so bad, when they should have been everything I love in a novel. I kept thinking if I forced myself to keep reading, I would love it by the end, and sadly, that never happened.

Most of the frustrations I expressed in my review of #1 carry over to this book, but there was one particularly annoying development that really dragged t
Ronda  Tutt
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fantacy
Captivating but disappointing.

I totally couldn't put this book down however I was disappointed that the story leaves you with no ending and in order to find out the climax of the story or even understand the plot that has begun you have to buy all the books in the series. I usually do not mind buying series but usually each book in a series ends one plot or part of a plot leaving the reader with some satisfaction of an happy ever after but this series leaves the reader in a "What?" State as thei
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This story contains more romance than anything else, but it's a very sweet romance. There's no sex, no teenage backbiting and grudge-holding, and it's refreshingly free of the "which hot, perfect guy should I choose?" trend that is so annoyingly popular these days. Miach and Morgan's relationship is based on love, trust, and teamwork. It's so nice to be able to read about a functioning, adult relationship.

This book doesn't fall into the trap many middle books fall into: we're given a lot of new
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy, magic
I enjoyed this book as much as the first. The characters are very likable and it is an easy read. A lot of times in fantasy novels I wish there would be more romance; well this book has plenty of that. I often felt it was more of a romance than a fantasy. I did enjoy that the characters really got to know each other, and were not kept apart for the majority of the story. However, it is nice in a story to have that tension of not knowing if they would be together or not and the book was lacking s ...more
The Window Seat
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Blodeuedd Finland
Oct 16, 2014 marked it as dnf
I am sure I would have enjoyed this one much more if I had read it 3,5 years ago after book 1. Now..SIGH.

Now I was confused, no idea who these people were, what they were doing, why I should care about them. It was like I had started the series with book 2.

Read book 1 again? HA, as if. I have a LOT of books, no way I am gonna re-read a book when it might just be that book 2 actually is boring.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
It happens that whenever the fierce warrior falls in love they turn into soft sponge.

ans where's exactly the peak of the story? did Lynn wrote all the trilogy in one session and then chopped it into 4, 7 books?
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
3.5 out of 5 stars
Rashika (is tired)
And this is officially the last book I read in the year 2013.
*wipes tears from eye*
a good year comes to an end with a damned good book.
DNF. I will not give a rating since I did not finish the novel. However, I will list some of my reasons for abandoning it.

WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING? Seriously, the plot has not progressed at all. It started picking up around the 50% mark, but I had lost all interest.

Morgan's progression so far is to cry, sleep, and run away from her problems. Listen, I get her worldview has completely and totally shifted. I respect the author is showing the character reacting to her changing circumsta
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"There is too bloody much romance in it," she said curtly.
Ah, well, here was the crux of it, apparently. "Don't you like romance?" he ventured.
She looked as though she were trying to decide if she should weep or, as he had earlier predicted, stick him with whatever blade she could lay her, hand on. "I don't know," she said briskly.
"I see," he said, though he didn't. He wished, absently, that he'd had at least one sister. He was very well versed in what constituted courtly behavior and appropriate formal wooing practices, thanks to his father's insistence on many such lectures delivered by a dour man whose only acquaintance with women had likely come from reading about them in a book, but he had absolutely no idea how to proceed with a woman whose first instinct when faced with something that made her uncomfortable was to draw her sword.
"I'll stop provoking you, but I will have the answer to a question. Why do you think most men woo?"
"Because they have no sword skill and need something with which to occupy their time?”
“He walked down the passageway with her and cursed silently. Obviously, he'd grossly overestimated his appeal. Perhaps he should have taken her at her word at Gobhann when she reminded him that she had no use for mages. Perhaps he should have realized sooner that she - ...had reached behind his back and taken his hand.” 8 likes
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