Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Princess of the Sword

Princess of the Sword (The Nine Kingdoms, Book 3) Princess of the Sword by Lynn Kurland

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
What I liked: I really enjoy this fantasy world that LK has created. This book had a better plot than the other books in the series - I was taken by surprise several times.

What I didn't like: The hero is a marshmallow. There were a few times I wanted to tell him to quite his snivelling and be a man already. Some (okay, all) of the romance scenes dragged on about three pages longer than they really needed to - and considering that LK's books are PG/PG-13ish, that's a lot of mushy crap to read through. And LK did the usual bogging down of the book by adding the entire cast of characters from all 3 of the books (and two of the short stories) in addition to a few new characters so that it was one big muddled mess and I couldn't remember who was who.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed this story. LK has fine writing skills and really makes this fantasy world come alive. I recommend this series for anyone looking for a quick escape, but nothing deeper.

Pub. Date: January 2009
Series: Nine Kingdoms Book 3

Synopsis: As the mercenary daughter of Gair, the black mage of Ceangail, Morgan is the only one who can stop the terrible sorcery her father unleashed. To do so, she must race against time and find the spell that will allow her to close the well of evil he opened. But that quest will lead her to places she never dreamed existed and into a darkness she would give anyting to avoid.

The fate of the kingdom of Neroche is intertwined with the closing of Gair's well. Miach, the archmage of Neroche, is determined to help Morgan find what she needs, not only because the safety of the Nine Kingdoms hangs in the balance but also because he will do anything to protect her. Together they must search out the mysteries of Ceangail, and the dangers of Morgan's own bloodline.

Recommended Reading:
The Mage's Daughter (Nine Kingdoms Book 2) by Lynn Kurland
Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms Book 1) by Lynn Kurland
A Tapestry of Spells (Nine Kingdoms Book 4) by Lynn Kurland
Till There Was You by Lynn Kurland

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