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A Tapestry of Spells

(Nine Kingdoms #4)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,711 ratings  ·  118 reviews
The compelling start of a new fantasy romance trilogy set in the world of the Nine Kingdoms, from New York Times bestselling author Lynn Kurland

Return to the world of the Nine Kingdoms with New York Times bestselling author Lynn Kurland as a new evil, and a new passion, emerges.

Sarah's brother has embraced the dark arts, vowing to destroy the Nine Kingdoms, and she
Kindle Edition, 371 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Berkley
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Ashley Daviau
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was slightly disappointed when I started this and realized it wasn't a continuation of the third book and that there was not even a glimpse of Miach or Morgan. But I quickly began to enjoy this story and these characters just as much as the first three books and their characters. I was initially confused and thought this was about the same brother featured in the first books but after going back and realizing this is a different brother, I was so intrigued! It really adds a whole new spoke on ...more
Feb 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was a little confused when I first started reading, thinking this was the brother I read about in Princess of the Sword (Runach), so I had to go back to re-read and discover that this story is about another brother (Ruith). I liked the revelations of Ruith's survival of the well and also the storyline of his "quest". I was disappointed in his interactions with Sarah, like, is it common for all guys to like to brush and braid a girl's hair? Miach did this for Morgan in the previous Nine ...more
Wendy Palmer
May 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, fiction
There's a strange sort of illogic underlying this book; I spent a lot of the early parts of it wondering why characters were saying or doing certain things because it made such little sense. The biggest example is Ruith's refusal to use magic to heal Sarah's arm for a long time: he uses it to unnecessarily heal horses, for crying out loud, but he's perfectly content to let her suffer?

There's also absolutely no warning that you needed to have read the first series of the Nine Kingdoms to
Kathy Davie
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fourth in the Nine Kingdoms fantasy series and revolving around Gair of Ceangail's dead children. The couple focus is on Sarah and Ruith of Ceangail.

My Take
I swear, I am so confused over which book actually starts this series. I'm not sure if it matters, for the first four or five books, if you read them in order.

A Tapestry of Spells is a bit soap opera-ish with its fairy tale style, and it and Sarah and Ruith's quest pulls me right in.

Sarah's burn is a plot voucher that must be resolved while
Jill Furedy
I knew this wasn't a Morgan and Miach story, but hoped they would make an appearance. No luck there, but this started off promisingly. The witchwoman's daughter with no magic of her own, a brother with delusions of grandeur, and the horse turned dog. I thought she would have learned about potions, etc, even if she had no magic, which is fine since there was plenty of magic in the other books, but other than some teas, that doesn't seem to be the case. I knew Ruith wasn't going to be the scary ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All my friends!
I must start my review by saying I am a big fan of Kurland. I have read everything she has published. I like her writing styles and her characters and even the repetitive things she puts in all her books because I know exactly what to expect from her. I waited till all three books were out in this trilogy before I began it because I knew I would throw a huge temper tantrum if I didn't because she likes to leave you hanging at the end of her Nine Kingdoms books. I liked that this book went side ...more
Ruith is the son of an evil mage and after witnessing the death of his family because of his father's arrogance, Ruith has vowed to never use magic again. He hides himself away in the mountains under the guise of an old mage. When Sarah's brother gets a hold of spells that could destroy the world, she seeks out Ruith in the hope that he will help stop her brother. Ruith initally refuses, but then he discovers that the spell Sarah's brother has gotten a hold of is one of his father's. Reluctantly ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with this book. It had a terrible end, or rather a non end. It left the main characters in major trouble and just stopped. Ugh! So maybe I will look for whichever book takes it from here, but maybe not. I loved the last three books of the Nine Kingdoms, but then I had all three of them ,so I had an outcome. This is definitely not a stand alone book.
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is more a culmination of my own personal navigation through the Nine Kingdoms series so far, rather than that of the novel Tapestry of Spells in general. That being said, I became an instant fan of Lynn Kurland upon discovering the first trilogy in this series a few months ago. Being a long time lover of the Fantasy genre, I picked up the works; Star of the Morning, Mage's Daughter, and Princess of Swords to add to my repitoire. I typically do extensive research before spending hard ...more
Anne Hamilton
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, spec-fic
Since I hadn't read any of the other books in this series, I wasn't disappointed by the non-appearance of favourite characters, as other reviewers have been. The opening was a bit disjointed (I realise now it was getting me up to speed with other events in this universe) but, that aside, the only other grumble I have is that it ended on a cliffhanger.

Ruith has witnessed the destruction of his family because of his father's arrogant use of magical power. Burying his own talent deep within
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurland continues the excellent 9 Kingdoms series with this next installment. Kurland proves to be a rather skilled fantasy writer and her character development and dialog is quite engaging. The 9 Kingdoms is an interesting world and I found the book and the two following for this trilogy to be enjoyable.

Yes, Kurland is using a familiar formula here. Male protagonist meets female protagonist. They don't like each other at first, but eventually fall in love, etc. Same ol' same ol'! But it works
Katie McP
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.)

Kendra Vasquez
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Repetitive internal thoughts detracted from story's pace, but I still love the strong world-building. It took a few chapters for me to personally connect with the characters but then they matched what I was used to with this author's writing. The sudden ending left me seeking the next book immediately.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this almost as much as the first series. I love how the stories are woven together and I can’t believe I waited this long to continue the series! ...more
Danette Hamburger
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this author, she writes beautifully and I can’t put the books down.
Disappointing. After reading about Morgan this was kind of a let down.
Rhonda Soukup
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little disappointed that this storyline was before the other trilogy, but maybe there is a reason. Still a good read.
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Sarah of Doire has been burying gold for months, hoping to leave the small, bland village of Doire behind. When her mother, who also happens to be the local witchwoman, dies, it's finally her chance. The visits from the aspiring nobles who will pay handsomely for her mother's last drops of beautifying potions or pages from her spellbook have become tedious, however beneficial. Then of course there's her brother Daniel, who has a little bit of magic himself and stays away from her for the most ...more
Today’s post is on A Tapestry of Spells by Lynn Kurland. It is the first in a new Nine Kingdoms trilogy. It is 343 pages long and is published by Berkley. The cover has one of the main characters on it. There is no sex, some mild language, and action violence in this book. The intended reader is someone who likes high fantasy, sweeping storylines, and some romance in it. Adults will enjoy this book and series more because of the writing style but teenagers could read it and enjoy it. There Be ...more
Lynn Kurland returns to the world of the Nine Kingdoms in this spin-off series. Sarah of Doire is a likeable new heroine, independent and ambitious, but oppressed by her brother, Daniel. Daniel manages to get his hands on half a page of Gair of Ceangall's book, containing a spell Gair created to strip magic away from other mages, thereby increasing his own formidable power. Daniel sets out with the spell, intent on stealing magic and becoming the most powerful magician the world has ever known. ...more
I think this is my least favorite book in the series so far and that's mainly for two reasons.

1) There were too many characters and most of them didn't need to be there. I can think of at least three that didn't add to the story at all and mostly served to take up space and - when Kurland spent time on them - detracted from the characters who the story was actually about. I think these characters were added in for a comedic aspect, but they would've been far more enjoyable if they played any
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Selena Hyon
This is the fourth book of a series, and I am afraid I am rating it compared to the others (hard not to do that). I gave them all five stars. I was totally caught up in the story of Miach and Morgan in the first three books, and had a little trouble getting into new characters although they are in the same world and time frame. I loved the book - just not as much as the first three. Ruith is a very interesting man as he has hidden his magic for 20 years and lived pretty much as a hermit. I knew ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I was excited when I found A Tapestry of Spells, since I enjoyed the Nine Kingdoms trilogy I had read before. I knew it was set in the same place, following new characters. After I began reading I realized it wasn’t only the same place but the same time. The story runs concurrently with the Nine Kingdoms trilogy. To be honest, I didn’t like that it was almost the same story, just told from a completely different perspective. It kind of felt like a lot of re-hash and some of the mystery was gone ...more
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Girl who hates magic, dude who has magic...

There are a lot of similarities to the relationship between Sarah/Ruith and Morgan/Miach.

I, however, am a sucker for romance and fantasy. So, I don't mind this series at all. It is a bit repetitive and the start of this book was a bit clumsy. Otherwise, I'd recommend it to those who like long series and romance in their fantasy.
I devoured the first arc of Nine Kingdoms stories (Morgan & Miach's story) so it was with great eagerness that I delved into this one.

The first time I read it, it took me a bit to get into. I think because I was really busy trying to put it into a timeline with the first trilogy. They occur concurrently, and I think at some point I'll go back and re-read Morgan & Miach's story so I can accurately put that together.

The second time I read it, the timeline came a bit more easily to me, and
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book... well at least most of the characters! I love Ruith and his struggle with who he is and was and his ability or maybe inability to come to terms with it. I also like Master Franciscus and all of the mystery that surrounds him :)I think I will really enjoy watching how his character unfolds in future books. I also adore the wand waving mage who produces flowers and unicorns. I don't have a problem with the evil characters. Why? They are evil. They started out evil, they ...more
4.5 stars!

I was really confused throughout the novel, thinking that Ruith was actually Runach from the previous trilogy, asking myself questions of:
wasn't he with Sollier? as well as, isn't he burned?
Having names starting with R just threw me off.

Also, Ruith and Sarah's romance has no originality whatsoever -
1. Ruith lied to Sarah about who he was and she found out who he was at an awkward moment.
2. Ruith also brushes Sarah's hair, like Miach brushes Morgan's hair (is that normal to have a man
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I must admit I was expecting a continuation of Morgain and Miach's story since this was labeled as Nine Kingdoms #4. I did not realize that the Nine Kingdoms series is a set of three trilogies. I felt like I was reading their story though since we still had the mysterious handsome powerful mage hiding his powers from the girl he loves- a girl he just met on a quest to stop evil magic from Gair's well. And this powerful mage happens to love just braiding her hair and brushing it. There is a ...more
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This is the start of a companion trilogy to the first trilogy of the Nine Kingdoms. Light, romantic (safe, clean, etc - which does get redundant in how she describes the looks), and good paced story. Lynn Kurland does have quirks have repetition - a comment which I'm repeating (ie. all her main characters seem to get teary eyed or "distracted" by the beauty of the handsome/beautiful love interest...I could go on). I enjoyed the read despite the lack of originality in some areas. Overall its ...more
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