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(Nine Kingdoms #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,474 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author returns to the Nine Kingdoms for another spellbinding story of magical romance.

Ruith had long managed to ignore the magic in his veins, until aiding Sarah with her ill-fated quest forced him into places where his heritage was impossible to deny. Faced with an ever-increasing number of enemies who covet his power, Ruith must accept his
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Berkley Books (first published November 23rd 2010)
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Jill Furedy
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Can't believe this book was rated so well by so many people. I was so annoyed by the repetition in this book. First off, by the exact same relationship between Sarah and Ruith as there was between Miach and Morgan...except I liked it better in the first trilogy. How many times can they be dazzled by one another's beauty, terrified beyond anything they've experienced before (yes, terrified more than they were 20 pages ago, but give them ten more pages and it gets EVEN worse), encountering magic t ...more
Ashley Daviau
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The beginning of this series was absolutely stellar, but as it goes on it's getting kind of old and a bit stale. The same themes keep popping up, a person thought to be dead for years has really been in hiding and keeping their identity secret. Or person thought to be dead is actually alive but has no knowledge of who they are and then their identity is revealed and they turn out to be long lost royalty. Despite that I did still find some aspects of this book very interesting! I loved learning a ...more
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Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Spellweaver by Lynn Kurland
Paranormal Romance- Jan. 4th, 2011
4 ½ stars

Spellweaver is a part of a spellbinding saga and the 5th in the fantasy series by Lynn Kurland. Spellweaver is the 2nd story concerning Sarah of Doire and Ruithneadh of Ceangail. The 1st three book concerned Ruith's sister Morgan.

Ruith is a powerful mage with elvish magic. Handsome and talented, he hides his magic because he is haunted by his father’s evil use of magic and wants none to taint him. But there are dangerous peopl
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2015
It's been a couple of years since I read the previous book, so I had forgotten some of the details. About midway through the book I realized that this series is actually three trilogies about siblings who share a tragic past and became separated for at least a decade. Each book is written so that the action comes to a pause by the end, but nothing is fully resolved until the end of the corresponding trilogy. However, I think the entire series revolves around the fallout of the tragic event that ...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Selena Hyon
I've made the mistake of not reviewing this book when I finished it because I put it down and picked up Gift of Magic (the 6t and last book in the series) the next minute. I have been totally into this series since I began reading it five weeks ago. I probably have rated them against each other in a way, ending up with giving four of them five stars and two of them four. Loved the world, the characters, and the story.

This fifth book continues with Sarah and Ruith's quest to find all of his evil
Anne Marsh
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The Nine Kingdom novels had me riveted from the first pages-- the romance is lushly sweet and the Nine Kingdoms themselves are a magical spot. My only complaint is that Kurland appears to be on a one-book-per-year schedule... so I have another year to wait for the conclusion of Ruith and Sarah's romance.
Jan 05, 2012 added it
Nyeh. I've read better. She's written better. I enjoy the pace and overall charm of the author's work, but it was yet another story about making friends with the author's favorite characters.
Kathy Davie
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance, homey
Fifth in the Nine Kingdoms fantasy series revolving around the surviving siblings of the blackest mage known in the history of the Nine Kingdoms; it's also a bridge story continuing the adventures of Ruith of Ceangail and Sarah of Doìre. (I also believe it takes place during or shortly after the adventures in Princess of the Sword .

My Take
Part of what I enjoy about the Nine Kingdoms is the casual manners of its good royals and mages. The mischievousness of the main characters as children and
Anne Hamilton
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, secret-names
I loved the idea of names woven into the soul. It's so ... right.

The romance between elven prince Ruith and the weavergirl Sarah started to get a bit tedious, since it round and round in the same circles. Ruith realises that, if he wants to protect those he loves, he's going to have to make the choice to face his own demons and start using the magic he'd give up twenty years previously. He's become besotted by Sarah and would dearly like to leave her tucked away in a magical garden full of endl
Sharon Hughson
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Part two of this trilogy within a series takes us a little further on the quest. It earns 4.4 stars from me.
I love the characters, so I had a hard time putting the book down. They keep getting into trouble, but things are looking up because of some decisions they've made.
Lots of fighting with magic in this book which I enjoyed. Still not positive how the magic system works, but I am a firm believer that some things are better when NOT explained.
If you wondered, like I did, what the mystery behi
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Not too shabby, but the endless courtship does get a bit tiresome. I like Kurland's writing and world building. The endless chivalry and admiring each other from afar stuff does get old. Which is unfortunate because this series is otherwise quite engaging.

Kurland is a great writer, but leans too heavily on the romance, which is her go-to thing. I understand that, but this series could be so much more than a light fantasy-romance. This version two of the original trilogy is good, but not as good
Katie McP
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First, since some confusion exists regarding the progression of the Nine Kingdom's books, here's a current list (as of Jan '15):

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, princess of Ainneamh)
- To Weave a Web of Magic ("The Tale of Two Swords" where Mehar of Angesand and Gilraehen, --th king of Neroche, fall in love and the legendary sword of Angesand is forged.)

Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-fantasy
The story was almost all internal for both the characters with very little external antagonist driving the characters forward. The book seemed pure bridge between the previous book & the next. Not an unpleasant ready but a bit too repeditive. ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 20, 2020 added it
As much as I like this author and the genre, I just couldn’t get into this book. I read 50% of the book before I stopped. The story line was slower than mud and I grew tired of the main characters tip-toeing around each other. The other books by this author are amazing though!
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm going to finish the next one in the second trilogy here, but I'm just not feeling these characters/plot. Honestly if I wasn't a completionist I'd quit them.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels-read
More like 4.5 stars! I love these books!
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Today's post is on Spellweaver by Lynn Kurland. It is the second novel in her second Nine Kingdoms trilogy and as such you need to have read the first books to understand what is going on. It is 385 and is published by Berkley Sensation. The cover has the main character on it looking determined. The intended reader is someone who like epic fantasy, thick plots, and just a little romance. There is no language, no sex, and some violence in this book. The story is told from the third person close p ...more
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Final feeling: Beautiful character building; Not much action

This novel is the sequel to A Tapestry of Spells (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 4), and the second part of Ruith and Sarah's trilogy. It's a slow-moving novel, but every page is beautiful. The characters do much thinking and self-discovery. I usually prefer more action, but found at the end that I was very satisfied that I took the day and a half to read it. It was tenderly written, and the ending might bring a tear to your eye.

The main objec
Susie Carson
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
OK, really closer to 4 stars, but I have to round down because of the things that bug me. Kurland has a tendency to use a lot of consonants in her names, making it impossible to figure out how to pronounce them (or remember them). Many of the names are similar as well - Runach and Ruith, for example. I wish there was some sort of map so I could visualize Sarah and Ruith's journey. It would also be nice to be able to put together which families come from where - so I had a better idea of who has ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This story picks up right where Tapestry of Spells left off, with Ruith tied to a tree and Sarah kidnapped. After freeing himself from the tree and his half-brothers, Ruith takes off to rescue Sarah. Dark forces continue to follow them, so Ruith takes Sarah to the nearest safe place, the Wizard’s School. They find refuge with the the mage Soilleir, an old family friend. This gives Ruith time to face his inner demons about magic and puts Sarah on the path to discover her heritage as well. They ca ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
This is the latest book in this series by Lynn Kurland.

In this book we follow Sarah and Ruith around the countryside in search of his evil father's spells so he can destroy them before they fall into the wrong hands. Of course, Ruith loves Sarah and is quite sweet and attentive but Sarah does her best to put him off because he is, after all, a mighty and magical prince. Neither one can accomplish their tasks alone and so together they face the challenges and surprises that come their way.

What I
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, chik-lit
I continue to enjoy each of Kurland's books that I read. This was a great continuation to the story. I am starting to get amused by how many supposedly dead people turn up alive and how many supposedly ordinary people turn out to be long lost/hiding members of ancient royal families. However, since most of the royal families in this book seem to possess magic and consists of people who lives for centuries and have many children...I suppose it's not too surprising, and even when it starts to feel ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Love this series. Virtuous characters who are likeable, twists of identity & plot, I like it all. Having said that i also feel some major editing might have helped this story move along at a better pace. Even tho there are 9 Kingdoms, everyone knows everyone else! After 6 books, the pattern of unrequited love is getting a bit old & unbelievable. Come on, an amazingly gorgeous prince who is a gentleman that treats & protects you like a gem loves you and you refuse it?? For the whole book? Come on ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
These books for me, I admit, are a bit of a guilty pleasure. The fantasy is so so, and the romantic cheese factor alone is enough to even embarrass me a little. However this one didn’t stand out like the rest. The first trilogy in the Nine Kingdom series is wonderful and satisfying. My objection is that this second trilogy seems a bit too much like the first. The heroine is opposed to magic. The hero is kind and caring. All fun and good things, just too much like the original. This story was jus ...more
The Window Seat
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this continued the saga well enough and the new characters and the direction were fresh and interesting. What I hated was where the book ended. I think if we're being asked to shell out the kind of money they want for a book these days that it should stand on it's own. This leaving us dangling so we HAVE to buy the next book is crap. One of the things I live about Ms. Kurland's other books is they are stand alones even though the characters intersect.

I did like the story...hated the c
Vj Parker
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book had me spell bound from the start, it was opposite to the first three, this one being one of the brothers, believing he is the only one to survive the well, trying to hide himself and deny his own magic, not wanting to be with people or should I say the responsibility of having friends, and a woman who tries to deny her own self because of her upbringing (a world of lies and of course) slowly learning she has magic as well, the inevitable beginning of love and trust.
always enjoy Lynn'
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is my favorite series by far that Lynn has written. Magic, elves, and evil sorcers abound. Each story follows one of the prodeginy of two great elves, one evil beyond comparison, one good elf with the courage to end her life to save thousands. I was hoping to see sara explore her family history a bit more and maybe learn more about her craft. definately will be watching for future novels and reading them as they become available. I am in love with this series and definately recomend it for ...more
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“She was sitting in a garden more beautiful than even her rampaging imagination could ever have conjured up, and she was being serenaded by trees.” 36 likes
“The trees sang their approval.
Ruith cocked an ear and listened to them for a moment or two, smiled faintly, then continued on his way toward her. Sarah felt her breath catch, again. She wondered if there would ever come a day when she could look at him and yawn.”
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