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On a perfectly ordinary spring day, a perfectly ordinary young soldier set out on a perfectly ordinary task: to gain a place in an as-yet-unknown, but surely ordinary, lord’s troop or household guard… It’s funny, really, how perfectly ordinary dreams turn sour.

Lured into treason and only narrowly escaping the gallows, Keridwen was desperate to build some kind of life for h
Published June 15th 2015 by Smashwords
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She was trained to be a strong soldier by her father. She doesn’t have supernatural abilities, but she does have a keen sense of right and wrong, honor and duty, a knack for trying not to overlook the smallest details. Keridwen is sent out into the word to receive further training and battel experience form a prominent lord, but black magic will cloud events and leave her an unintended survivor in the hands of a prince, facing charges of treason. Saved from death, along with many of her troops, ...more
D.R. Oestreicher
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Keridwen's father raised her to know something about fighting and politics. This was a good thing because she really didn't want to marry some minor prince as would have been expected from someone in her position.

A Spell in the Country by Morgan Smith opens with Keridwen sent into battle as a Troop Captain instead of simple soldier. As we'll see, Keridwen's attitude, training, and luck regularly presents her with such beneficial opportunities.

Keridwen's adventure leads her through battles, life
Will Greenway
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A Spell in the Country by Morgan Smith is a fantasy narrative in the first person style. Author Smith immediately pulled me into the character Keridwen of Orliegh. The voice of Keridwen is clear and clipped with a worldly attitude and a sense of irony. The story opens with our heroine in a pinch that only gets worse with a prelude to her being hanged as a traitor. The immediate backstory is given to us in a trial and because there's tension (she's being judged),

Cameron Kobes
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book is written in first person and is stylistically similar to Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series or George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, though much smaller in scope and ambition.
The narrative follows Keridwen, a soldier and a young woman in the army of Keraine, a land caught in a long and arduous war against the neighboring land of Camrhys. Keridwen—or Keri, as she is more often called—is a tough and capable soldier, initially accused of treason against the kingdom b
N.W. Moors
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Spell in the Country is another story in the Averraine Cycle. I had already read (and reviewed) Casting in Stone and enjoyed it very much. This book is much the same.
Keridwen is the youngest of a large family. She would have been expected to marry a young lordling but she is interested in fighting and swordplay so she enters the army instead. Despite her young age, she is put in command of a troop whose leader commits treason against his overlord. Keridwen is captured by Prince Tirais and is l
John Morris
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Spell in the Country is a fantasy novel written in the first person. For me, first person style could be compared to having your main character sword fight with one hand tied behind her back. However, Morgan Smith manages to handle it quite well. She kept me solidly in Keridwen's head, without sacrificing any of the other criteria that makes a story good.

Her character begins her story expecting to be hung for treason. (Not a spoiler) As the story continues, the character Keridwen is constantly
Dan Melson
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Good:

This is an enjoyable little story

I like the characters, the dialog and the narration are good, and it kept me reading and interested. As jaded as I sometimes get about books, that's not a trivial feat. If what you're after is a fun little read with some intelligent plotting, a good story. It doesn't put me in mind of any great, well-known stories - the closest in mood I can come is the moderately obscure Curse of Sagamore by Kara Dalkey. I would say it's most appropriate for a pre-teen
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Started out a bit slow, but really picked up around Chapter 3! I loved the artistic subtlety employed in this book. Magic is usually commonplace in a fantasy setting such as this one... or some big quest for the Chosen One to set upon. But not here. We come to get acquainted with young Keridwen, a lord's daughter whose father thought the "manly" skills of battle and strategy were every bit as important as etiquette and diplomacy (though Kerri fares not too well in her diplomatic skills—too brusq ...more
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After emerging from this book, dazed and blinking, the first order of action was to find out if there was a sequel or series. Because one book is not enough.

First person is hard to get sucked in by, but this book does it beautifully, with the same level of magnetism the first reading of Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce held for me. Intriguing medieval-magic settings. Likable, ordinary characters. Sword wielding main character with skills based on years of training. (None of that magically hidden hei
Stan Faryna
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like when I enjoy a large glass of my favorites on rare occasion, perchance a Cabernet Sauvignon, Thracians' Mystery Reserve, from the Todoroff Wine Cellar in Bulgaria, I enjoyed Morgan Smith's A Spell in the Country. It's fit for YA but this epic fantasy is best enjoyed by intelligent adults that do not lack for good taste, know good writing and appreciate strong prose. The author writes a compelling sword fight as easily as she writes an elegant courtly scene. Her imagination and words do not ...more
Tina Farmilo
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I just finished galloping through these three books by Morgan Freeman: A Spell in the Country; Casting In Stone; and The Shades of Winter. These are very loosely linked novels of the Averraine Cycle - an alternate world with a long and complicated history that provides a context for these adventure tales, without overwhelming the reader with too much backstory. Freeman is good at world building. What I enjoyed the most were her stellar heroines and the satisfying, unexpected plots. The prota ...more
Kate Atonic
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about a 17 year old woman who, lacking scholarly brains, inspiring beauty, or any dowry, opts to make her living as a sword-for-hire. (It’s not entirely clear why a book about a female warrior has a male Hobbit on the cover, but if it’s meant to Keridwyn it does her a great disservice.) She doesn’t land on her feet so much as falls with style, tumbling from one disaster to another. She has no special powers, no favor of the Gods, just skill earned from sweaty practice, a protectiv ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really excellent

This story reminds me most of Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion series, not at all because it imitates her book, but rather in the main character's obdurate honesty, humility and clarity that she's meant to be a soldier. It's a rewarding story that's very well written and has good grammar and editing. There was one sentence that worried me on the first page, a sentence in which Smith used the word 'lands' twice and it felt awkward, but nothing else in it set off any editor's alarms a
Julie D'Arcy
I could not get into this story. It was well written but I could not finish it.
There was nothing of any intent to me. But another person could love it.
Originally Reviewed at West Coast Book Reviews.

I had such a good time reading A Spell in the Country. I'm currently reading Casting in Stone: A Novel of the Averraine Cycle, also by Morgan Smith, and I adore her heroines. In spite of their circumstances, engagement in vivid and gory battles, and struggles, they display a sturdy, forthright and almost (shall I say) cheery disposition against all they face.

In A Spell in the Country, Keridwen quickly finds herself bounced from facing the noose to a
Adriaan Brae
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, womens
Shades of old-school Mercedes Lackey

A young soldier from a small town thrown into the heart of battle against supernatural evil threatening her country. Which incidentally puts her in close company with top scholars, nobility and of course the gorgeous prince :)

The story generally flows quickly across a landscape with detailed history. There's a slow part in the middle where I was wondering if there was going to be any more action, but rest assured, the ending delivered some real tension.

Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected and funny.

A Spell in the Country: A Novel of the Averraine Cycle by Morgan Smith. This book is written in a style which is reminiscent of the era in which it is set. The protagonist, Keridwen, is a feisty young girl - the youngest of a large family- who would have been expected to marry a respectable noble. However she is more interested in doing battle and ends up in trouble after being set up and tried for treason. She is banned to the most distant and dull fortress imaginable where
C.D. Samuda
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The prose is dramatic and captivating. Which female reader does not love a spunky heroine?

If you are a fan of old magic, this is for you. A Spell In The Country will cast on a spell on you. It's a quick read, even though it has over 200 pages. You wont want to stop once you've started.

This is one of those books you save to read twice...maybe more.
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