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The Dreamer's Song

(Nine Kingdoms #11)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  287 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The spellbinding Nine Kingdoms saga continues as a mage without magic and a stable maid without a home face the approaching shadows of darkness and choices that will change them both forever...

Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magi
Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Acair is the son of a black mage and witch. He is conflicted about his black magic heritage but when a strange shadow shows up and prevents him from performing magic, he is more than a little concerned. On a quest, with companions, is no place to be without your abilities.

Leirsinn is a woman who hopes that Acair can find a cure for her grandfather. Her encounter with the shadow gives her the ability to detect magic.

Acair seems to be captivated by Leirsinn but knows she is completely oblivious a
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Acair. Who knew that could happen. He's not nearly as bad as he purports to be - which I think one had to expect when he became the 'hero' in this series. But he's just wicked enough to make me fall in love. His snarky and sarcastic comments and conversations kept me smiling throughout this book.

I can easily see why Léirsinn is smitten. Léirsinn surprised me. A lot, in this book. I didn't expect what happened to happen. Considering that I've become comfortable with these books, this world
Visionary Druid
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Acair of Ceangail is the son of an infamous black mage and a witchwoman. He reluctantly sets off to search for the enigmatic source of the strange shadows cropping up throughout the Nine Kingdoms. A weird, humanoid-shaped spell follows Acair and prevents him from performing any magic. He worries about his beautiful companion’s safety during their perilous quest. Acair revisits the places of his past misdeeds to collect the remnants of himself left behind. Will Acair manage to gather the figments ...more
Sylvia McIvers
What a beautiful cover, but you know the old adage about judging books...
Serena Chase
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
For any individual book to carry its weight within a series, it needs its own strong, identifiable, individual plot apart from the overarching series plot that works to move the series plot forward, but it must also hold its own for that individual book. This novel did not supply that necessary, separate plot, in my opinion.

I spent quite a lot of time reading this novel--over several days--because I was having a hard time keeping my interest in it alive--but by the time I did finish? It didn't
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I LOVE this series, but this is not a favorite book. However, I will read these as long as the author keeps writing them and they have a front and center place on my bookshelf (one of my bookshelves). This is book #11 in the series and they all take place in the Nine Kingdoms which is a land of magic and fantasy. I love being there! The way the series is written, three books feature one couple and their adventures. The next three books feature a different couple in the same world and the same ad ...more
Elizabeth H.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Review written by Marie for Ever After Book Reviews!

Okay, I have to be honest. I had never read a book by Ms. Kurland until picking this one up. I know, I know… picking up the eleventh book in the series, am I crazy?! Yeah, probably. But I just had to see what all of the hype was about.

To be honest, it was confusing. I felt like I had been thrown in to a world I didn’t understand, with characters that I knew nothing about… you know, the usual, when you’re beginning something in the middle. There
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I’ve never read Lynn Kurland but I’ve heard a lot of good things about her, and her books seem right up my alley. However, I should not have started with her book The Dreamer’s Song. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley. I was intrigued by the description (“Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as a notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magic of his own. But he never bargained for three ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
When I chose to read this novel I will admit I choose it by the gorgeous cover and because I misread and thought it was the First book in the series by a favorite author. Unfortunately I misread the #11 as ONE and thus I started into this series without a bit of background and in the middle of a saga. And I again confess that I didn’t know what was going on - so right off the bat I must say that this is not a stand-alone book. And because I have been a huge fan of author Lynn Kurland for many ye ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own-nook
I have to admit that this one did not keep my attention like the others did.

I reread all the books ahead of this one to make sure I was up to date on everything that was happening. I found that to be a fantastic experience but I think I might have been a bit burned out with it when I started this one. (there are many similarities between each trilogy)

Though I enjoyed some of the exploits in this middle book, not a lot happens over all. It seems to be a lot of the same thing over and over again.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lynn is one of my most favorite authors and the Nine Kingdoms is a world that never dissapoints. The Dreamer's Song was no exception to this. As much as I didn't want to like Acair I can't help but be fascinated with the way he is changing throughout his and Leirsinn's story. Of course that is perhaps one of the most powerful gifts of Lynn's writing. She has a way of wrapping you up in this subtle and yet wonderful romance that makes you feel the characters without being smoothered in lust. I ca ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in Acair and Leirsinn's story, which began with "The White Spell". I particularly enjoyed the clever repartee between the characters and the blossoming love story between the two protagonists. I also enjoyed getting a bit more of a look at Sollier, a mage who has figured in and out of all of the Nine Kingdom adventures. I found myself being just a bit frustrated, however, because this is an 'interim' book. The overall plot doesn't really move forward much and the reader doesn't le ...more
Nancy Sutton
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful read

Lynn Kurland has written a delightful installment in her Nine Kingdoms series. I'll be honest and say the first in this series wasn't my favorite because Acair was so insufferable. However, in this second book of the trilogy, circumstances and other characters combine to show why he has good reason for being the way he is, and allow him to exhibit more of his redeeming qualities (all the while denying he has any). In this book, Acair became surprisingly likeable. There are also
2.25 Stars

I don’t know why I keep reading these books... I always really enjoy the first book in each installment, but then the series always goes downhill. :(

I love the Nine Kingdoms, and I thought the first book was finally something different and unique. But here we go again, the female protagonist always in disbelief of magic, blah blah blah. Please, please come up with some new inner dialogue in the next book, Ms. Kurland!

I do have to say I am happy (so far at least), that there is no “SURP
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
while i usually love kurland's books, these last few with Acair and Leirsinn have been just 'meh.' there is FAR too much that gives acair "aha" if he is just the most dim-witted of mages. but this just cannot be true given who kurland has written to be. therefore it just isn't believable. particularly when these 'brilliant' epiphanies are SO OBVIOUS it hurts. i usually can breeze through these books, but this one was a drag. and, unfortunately, their storyline isn't over yet.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I still love this series but the story could be told with a lot less repetition. For example, the number of times she’s tempted to swoon at his good looks is absolutely unnecessary. A lot of things are stated repeatedly and it made the story drag on a bit in places. Maybe because we have to listen to the inner monologues of both the main characters? After two whole books of that I just want to know what happens next.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Book is well written in the typical style of fast clipped sarcastic comments within the characters, It does not disappoint to that end. Although the plot seems to drag on with the same story line, the same in counters and no new real surprise till the very end. Hopefully, the next book will have some surprises throughout the plot and have an extraordinary ending.
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I love this series. Acair is such a complex character. His confusion as he starts to question his black mage status is endearing. I suspect he will be a grey mage, always up to mischief and mayham but not murder. I have read it 3 times already. I wish we knew if we get the third book this year.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve read all of Lynn Kurland’s books. This one she seemed to struggle to get it started. The first 4 chapters were painful for me to get through, then it picked up and finally got going. I had intended to give this a 2 star, since the story line picked up and there was a story to read. Slowly but eventually it got better. Now I’ll have to be patient for the next book in the series.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-ordered
I felt like the book was just getting good then I turned the page on my kindle and it was the end. Too disappointing! I don’t know if I’ll read more of this series of books.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always finish these novels way before the next is set to hit shelves. Why must I wait!!!! I need to find out who she is and where she will end up with acair!!!
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
That ending, wheres the next book??
Sandra Wilsak
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love the way Lynn Kirk and has grown these two characters. I was surprised to see how well developed the story line and characters are.
Melissa Goodall
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slow starting but once it got going it was the usual fun of the Nine Kingdoms series.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit too prosy
Such an intriguing addition to the Nine Kingdom’s series. Acair is undoubtedly a villain throughout the series and yet in this book (and the previous one) we begin to see something of a transformation in him, albeit unwillingly and with regret initially. We also have small windows into his “soul” and parts he may have lost of it along the way.

Leirsinn joins Acair on his quest with her own goal of having Acair’s aid in healing her grandfather. Along the way Leirsinn begins to “see” more than is
Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
Originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

The Dreamer's Song by Lynn Kurland is the 11th book in her Nine Kingdoms series, but it is the 2nd in the trilogy starring Acair and Leirsinn. I was saddened by how much this book bored me.

The story line picks up right where The White Spell left off, and I don't really feel like the plot advanced at all in this book. As with I think all of these books (if my memory serves) the characters travel from place to pl
rated it really liked it
Dec 17, 2017
Katie McP
rated it it was ok
Dec 27, 2017
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Lynn began her writing career at the tender age of five with a series of illustrated novellas entitled Clinton’s Troubles in which the compelling hero found himself in all sorts of . . . well, trouble. She was living in Hawaii at the time and the scope for her imagination (poisoned fish, tropical cliffs, large spiders) was great and poor Clinton bore the brunt of it. After returning to the mainlan ...more

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