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River of Dreams

(Nine Kingdoms #8)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  836 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Aisling of Bruadair is frantic to find both the truth about her future and a mercenary to save her country. When an offer of aid comes from an unexpected direction, she is relieved her quest is almost complete. But she soon realizes her task is far from over . . . and will include perils she never dreamed she would ever face.

Rùnach of Ceangail has offered to help Aisling
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Berkley
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Ashley Daviau
Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
After reading the first six books in this series and being quite sick of it since the fourth, I've elected to not continue with this series. Why put myself through the pain when there's so many other great books waiting for me?
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
River of Dreams, written by Lynn Kurland, is the highly anticipated 8th installment into the fantastic Nine Kingdom’s series. It is Book # 2 of the third trilogy; following the quest of Runach of Ceingail and Aisling of Bruadair. If I could describe this caliber of writing in only one sentence, I would state that these books are like music…a rhapsody not for the ears, but for the eyes. Lynn Kurland is perhaps the only author I have ever contemplated buying the audio version, over the written– ...more
Alexia Chantel
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
River of Dreams will sweep you away with its flowing plot line and deep characters. This is one fantasy book that will take you for an entertaining journey along side Aisling and Rùnach.

What began in Dreamspinner (or if you want to get technical: Book One, Star of the Morning) continues on in River of Dreams. Aisling has escaped Bruadaiar and is traveling in search of a hero. Rùnach is playing valiant knight and sticking around to help the pretty damsel. Every now and then he really is helpful,
The Window Seat
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I have to admit, I really love each foray into the Nine Kingdoms world... even if the story isn't unique or special, I love the trip to a world where men have lovely manners and magic is in the very air around the characters. That is an addictive quality that keeps bringing me back.

Runach of Torr Dorain is an elven prince who has lost his magic and is scarred from a terrible experience that caused the deaths of half of his family. Despite these devastating blows, he knows he has many centuries
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lynn Kurland is one of my favorite authors for many reasons. She writes a story that keeps you coming back for more without foul language and inappropriate material. River of Dreams is the 8th book in the 9 kingdoms series. The first 3 were about Morgan and Miach, the next 3 were about Morgans brother Riutneadh & Sarah and this next trio is about their brother Runach and Aisling. This book didn't have as much action, but their quest leads them from place to place learning more and more about ...more
The first two-thirds of the book made me want to rate this one a 2, but then something happened that made the story better and made it worthy of a 3.

This one took me a lot longer to get through than her Nine Kingdom books usually do. I have to say, Runach was kind of poorly written in this one. He just kept doing/saying the same things over and over and over and over again... nothing original there. And his going on and on about how Aisling is just a girl/weaver, she couldn't possibly be
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
WHAAAAT happened in this book? I can't wait for #9, although I don't want the series to end. I've fallen in love with all the characters, and how intricately everything has fit together. Despite not passing the Bechtel test (although maybe Runach's grandma talks to Aisling about her country instead of just a boy, once), the leads are always strong feminists who don't let no man stop them, but also get a little weak in the knees after a good kiss. As one should.
Kelly J
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series

I Love all of Lynn Kurland's books but this series grabbed me from the beginning. I am waiting patiently (sort of) for book 12 and however many more she writes
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels-read
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Katie McP
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

We are now up to Book 8 in the Nine Kingdoms series. My review is below, but first, here's the list of books in the confusing and a bit of explanation regarding how they fit together leading up to where we're at right now:

Two Prelude short stories, found in anthologies with other authors:
The Queen in Winter ("A Whisper of Spring" When Symon, the first king of Neroche, woos and wins Iolaire)
To Weave a Web of Magic (The Tale of Two Swords where Mehar and Gilraehen fall in love)

Miach and
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
kurland's nine kingdoms novels continue with Aisling and her quest for a mercenary to help her on her mysterious quest to save her land. overall, i thoroughly enjoyed this book (as i pretty much do any of kurland's novels), however there were a few issues. once again, the continued denial of the obvious (she just *can't* have magic!), as well as the self-deprecating internal dialogue of why the one can't possibly be attracted to the other, and vice versa. outside of this typical repetition that ...more
Debbie Lester
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Author Lynn Kurland continues her Nine Kingdoms series with her latest book, River of Dreams. This is a fantasy novel that will draw readers in with Kurland's phenomenal powers of description and superb world building skills. A mix of both romance and magic, this is a tale of woman trying desperately to save her kingdom and an elven prince who joins her quest. It is a journey of self-discovery and most of the weaving and welding of magic in a magical land.
A great addition to the series!

What I
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of fantasy romance and you haven't read Lynn Kurland's Nine Kingdoms Series.. what are you waiting for? Lynn writes wonderful, rich, descriptive books with multi level characters. Her books have a lush sensual feel to them and do not rely on sex to sell them. These books could easily slip into the YA category (except they are about adults) and yet they are timeless. A great read for any age (well toddlers may not get it).

The Nine Kingdoms Series is a collection of three
Book Reading Gals
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: River of Dreams

Series: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms Book #8

Author: Lynn Kurland

Genre: Fantasy/Romance, Sci-Fi

Blurb: Aisling of Bruadair is frantic to find both the truth about her future and a mercenary to save her country. When an offer of aid comes from an unexpected direction, she is relieved her quest is almost complete. But she soon realizes her task is far from over . . . and will include perils she never dreamed she would ever face.
Rùnach of Ceangail has offered to help Aisling
Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy Romance Readers
Review Originally Posted at Ramblings From This Chick

River of Dreams is the second book for Rùnach and Aisling, and the eighth book of the Nine Kingdom series. It begins with the two inside the library at Diarmailt with swords pointed at them. They are both trying to find answers to the mysteries that surround them. Unfortunately, they don’t get to spend too much time researching at the library because one of Rùnach’s bastard brothers arrives.

The pair ends
Jani Brooks
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Nine Kingdoms

Tasked by her countrymen to find a warrior to save her land, Aisling of Bruadair has traveled many a weary, magical, and sometimes terrifying mile. She has her mercenary, the elven Prince Runach of Ceangail, although his magic was stripped by his evil mage father. Still, Aisling wants to know why she, a simple weaver, was chosen for this quest? Finally convinced that magic, mages, elves, and shape-shifters exist, still Aisling is unaware of the mystical power she keeps
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
First read January 2014
Second read January 2015

I first read this book a year ago right in the middle of my move. I only made a few comments, not having time to write a review. I just re-read it as I have the newly released next book in the series in hand. I love this fun fantasy series! it takes place in a fantasy world and is filled with magic, elves, dwarves, shape shifting horses, evil of course, and heroes and heroines. There is humor in the conversations and a lightness about these stories
River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland is the second book in her third trilogy, so basically it's the 8th book in this world. I have loved reading all the books within this series, and I will continue to read books within this series on principle, but this book feels like it's missing a certain something.

Pros: The characters had flaws, Aisling and Runach were both afraid to face their destinies (ha ha ha, face, when you read the book you'll get it.) The writing flowed very well. The descriptions of
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Having waited for this book for some time I intended to sit down and burn through it but just a few pages in I was reminded why I love this series so much. Lynn Kurland's world building and character development is so exquisit that one shouldn't rush a reading or else you miss many small details. I have yet to read any in this series that did not engage my sesnses fully and River of Dreams is no exception.

Aisling and Runach are continuing their journey and along the way we encounter many
This is the second book of Aslings story but the 8th book in the Nine Kingdoms series. Lynn Kurland has a very distinct way of writing, lots of details involving people and the same characters in her books. It is impossible to jump into a middle of a series and understand anything that is going on. So a lot gets forgotten over a year of waiting for the next book and this is a huge source of frustration for me. I felt like I had to get to know these two all over again. But I did enjoy the journey ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic
I was not sure about Runach going into this series but River of Dreams sold him for me. He is probably now my second favorite guy (behind Miach of course). I just really enjoyed this entry- we got some solid info about Aisling, we got to meet the Witchwoman of Fas (who is delightful), and spend a little time with Sollier (always makes me happy). For a middle book it moved the plot along accordingly, set up our expectations for the next one, and made the Nine Kingdoms that much bigger. Obviously ...more
Annette Summerfield
I'm still reading this book at the moment. I love it, but the constant avoidance. Aisling doesn't want to know this. Aisling doesn't want to know that. She doesn't want to face knowing anything. Rinach is a lot the same. I understand they are torn about what to do over and over about many things. I'd want to know. Show me the book. Teach me. It's scary so they hesitate but they keep avoiding everything over and over. They'll never know or so anything at this am enjoying the ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Continuing the story of Runach and Aisling. As another reviewer said, it gets a bit old that Runach repeatedly says that Aisling doesn't have magic, when obviously she has some sort of magic that is just different from what Runach is used to.
I liked the time they spent in Sile's kingdom. It was interesting to learn more about Runach's mother's family.
Interesting concept of a river flowing under the land carrying magic both good and evil.

I really wish someone would just take care of the Gair's
I did not initially write a review of River of Dreams but it has stayed in such a warm, safe place in my heart (as with every book thus far in the Nine Kingdoms) that I am now almost afraid to begin the last book of the series, Dreamer's Daughter, and thus reach the end. Ms Kurland's writing has been described as unique and lyrical and poetic and, without a doubt, it truly is. The sweetness of the love, the beauty of the world (despite the ever opposing evil), and the depth of her characters ...more
4.5 **Sigh** Is there anything better than a beautiful fantasy world with heroic knights and strong, fearless ladies. Especially if they are elves and have wonderful magic, and magical libraries and have to fight dark mages and work to earn the love of the strong and fearless lady. No there is nothing better. Number 8 in the Nine Kingdoms series is one of my favorites so far. Everything that is good about this series, it has in abundance. My only quibble is the cliffhanger ending - but it does ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Better. There was a bit more action to this one and I think I am starting to get sucked into the story as much as I don't want to admit it. The focus was still mainly plot-line and I really do wish that these were giant books published together but I'm guessing that this is an editorial decision??? Oh well. Debating whether or not to read the next one to see if how Bruardaire's problems are solved. Resolution is such a lovely thing and I'm still waiting for it after reading a second book...
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have been anxiously anticipating this book for a year and stopped everything else I was reading when it arrived on my e-reader. Another good, clean, fantasy romance by Lynn Kurland. This story takes Runach and Aisling to many locations as they travel together to find answers about Aisling's quest and country's political situation. Not as action packed as the first book, this story's focus is on the developing relationship between the elf-prince, Runach, and mysterious weaver, Aisling. There ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much. I started with the short story of Mehr and have fallen in love with all the Elven princes. This is the second book that details the life of Runach. I have fallen in love With aislin and Runach through out the last novel and now this one. I cant wait to read the third book of their story. After that, where will we head? will it be the ending of the 9 kingdoms novels, or will another relative pop up to fall in love all over again. I am dancing around waiting for the ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This series is fantasy with totally clean romance and engaging characters. The Nine Kingdoms series is diveded (so far) into 3 trilogies starring 3 siblings seperated 20 years ago and presumed dead. Each sibling sets off on a quest with a companion who becomes the romantic interest. The couples are accompanied by magical horses who can turn into dragons, cats or other creatures. There are evil mages, elven relatives, mercenaries and dwarves.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love these books so much, the characters are so amazingly written and the twists and turns of the plot...I fall in love with the world all over again when I open the covers and this one is no exception. I have so many questions still but learning who Aisling really is and who sent her to find a mercenary was really cool, plus watching their romantic relationship develop was beautiful and I can't wait to see what they have to deal with next.
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“Runach took the book in hand and went to look for that Bruadarian lass, who was likely having a conversation with the flora and fauna of his grandfather's garden...
He just hadn't expected her to be singing.
It wasn't loud singing, though he could hear it once he'd wandered the garden long enough to catch sight of her, standing beneath a flowering linden tree, holding a blossom in her hand. Runach came to a skidding halt and gaped at her.
Very well, so he had ceased to think of her as plain directly after Gobhann, and he had been struggling to come up with a worthy adjective ever since. He supposed he might spend the rest of his life trying, and never manage it.
It was difficult to describe a dream.
He had to sit down on the first bench he found, because he couldn't stand any longer. He wondered if the day would come where she ceased to surprise him with the things she did.
Her song was nothing he had ever heard before, but for some reason it seemed familiar in a way he couldn't divine. It was enough for the moment to simply sit there and watch as she and the tree--and several of the flowers, it had to be said--engaged in an ethereal bit of music making. It was truthfully the most beautiful thing he had ever heard, and that was saying something, because the musicians who graced his grandfather's hall were unequalled in any Elvish hall he'd ever visited.
And then Runach realized why what she was doing sounded so familiar.
She was singing in Fadaire.
He grasped for the rapidly disappearing shreds of anything resembling coherent thought, but it was useless. All he could do was sit on that very cold bench and listen to a woman who had hardly set foot past her place of incarceration, sing a song in his mother's native tongue, that would have brought any elf in the vicinity to tears if they had heard it. He knew because it was nigh onto bringing him to that place in spite of his sorry, jaded self.”
“Sile looked momentarily stymied, then shook his head sharply. "You wont go alone."
"I can't ask anyone--"
"You aren't asking," Sile said firmly. "I'm insisting--"
"Grandfather, nay," Runach said, stunned. "I couldn't allow it."
"Allow it?" Sile repeated, looking as if the gale were readying for another good blow. "Who do you think you are, whelp, to tell me what to do?"
"I believe, your Majesty," Aisling said quietly, "he's someone who loves you..."
Runach didn't dare smile, because his grandfather would have made the effort to get up out of his chair so he could deliver a brisk blow to the back of a grandson's head, of that he was certain.
"Besides, I'm going to go along to keep him safe."
Sile closed his eyes briefly before he leaned forward and looked at Aisling seriously. "You, my gel?"
"Me, Your Majesty."
Runach watched his grandfather look at his wife in consternation.
"Are you listening to this?" he asked in disbelief. "She isn't even spawn of mine, and yet she exhibits this unsettling 'independence'."
"I find it quite admirable, husband."
Runach pushed away from the wall and walked over to squat down by Aisling's chair. He looked up at her.
"I want you to stay here."
She looked at him for a moment or two, then reached out and touched his scarred cheek. "This is my quest, and I must see it through to the end, wherever that end might lie."
"I'll think about it," he said, and by that he meant not a chance in hell. He rose and glanced at his grandfather.
"I appreciate your concern, but I'm going alone."
Sile rubbed his hands over his face. "Breagha?"
"Aye, my love?"
"When did I lose control over my progeny?"
"Several centuries ago, I believe, dear."
"It seems more recent than that."
"I don't think so, darling.”
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