The Mage's Daughter (Nine Kingdoms Series #2)

The Mage's Daughter (Nine Kingdoms Series #2)

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by Lynn Kurland

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Lynn Kurland’s trilogy of love, intrigue, and fantastic destiny continues as a female mercenary fights for her life, her future, and the one man who can save her…

Darkness in the kingdom…

Neroche is under assault by a magic that has stripped its king of his powers and unleashed nightmarish creatures in a war of evil in


Lynn Kurland’s trilogy of love, intrigue, and fantastic destiny continues as a female mercenary fights for her life, her future, and the one man who can save her…

Darkness in the kingdom…

Neroche is under assault by a magic that has stripped its king of his powers and unleashed nightmarish creatures in a war of evil in which Morgan of Melksham is fighting for her life. Recovering from a near-fatal attack, Morgan realizes that she must decide between two fates: that of being a simple shieldmaiden or accepting her heritage as an elven princess. If only she could ignore that she was the daughter of the perilous black mage of Ceangail…

Magic in the blood…

Duty bound to aid his king, Miach of Neroche is torn between what his responsibilities demand and what his heart desires. He is willing to risk his life to rescue Morgan from the darkness that haunts her, but he must do so at the peril of his realm. Forced to choose between love and the burden of his mantle, Miach sets out on his most deadly quest ever.

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The poisonous magic that began its insidious attack on the kingdom of Neroche in Star of the Morning, the first book in Kurland's "Nine Kingdoms" trilogy, is growing stronger. Shieldmaiden Morgan of Melksham struggles to recover from a near miss with death and come to terms with her unexpected-and unwanted-magical heritage, and Archmage Miach of Neroche is hard-pressed to keep the evil at bay long enough to find its source and the means to destroy it. Powerful magic, ancient spells, old enmities, and dangerous secrets underpin the intricate plot of this engrossing, lyrically descriptive tale that contrasts hideous evil with tender, heart-wrenching love, tempers it with gentle humor, and serves it up with an adventurous flair. Although Miach and Morgan make progress in their quest to dispel the evil, it is the depth of their love-the romantic scenes are magical-that is the highlight of this exceptionally well-done novel. However, as part of a series and with too many threads left unresolved, the story might disappoint some readers who would prefer that it stand on its own. Kurland is a multipublished author in various romance subgenres.

—Kristin Ramsdell
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"[Kurland] consistently delivers the kind of stories readers dream about."—The Oakland Press

"Kurland deftly mixes innocent romance with adventure.”—Publishers Weekly

"Poetic grace and a wickedly subtle sense of humor."—Booklist

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Nine Kingdoms Series , #2
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Meet the Author

Lynn Kurland is the USA Today bestselling author of Stardust of Yesterday, A Dance Through Time, This Is All I Ask, The Very Thought of You, Another Chance to Dream, The More I See You, and If I Had You. She is also a contributor to The Christmas Cat, Christmas Spirits, Veils of Time, Opposites Attract, and A Knight’s Vow anthologies. A full-time writer, she lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Mage's Daughter (Nine Kingdoms Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Part of the first 3 books in the Nine Kingdoms series. Full of action, suspense, magic and much more. I've read all of Kurland's books and by far these three are my favorite. Finally a little romance and not all sex (not a bad thing but sometimes it takes over the story line). Loved the characters.
Daughter-of-a-King More than 1 year ago
This book is the second in a trilogy about Morgan and Miach. (I would suggest reading the first book first so you understand everything). It was a wonderful escape to an exquisite land that was fully devoloped and well written. The characters were extremely well rounded and dynamic. They all seem to have a slight mysteriousness about them and it makes you want to keep reading to see what happens and what that mysteriousness is. The plot, although spread across three books, is fully thought out and flows beautifully between books. One of my favorite things about Lynn Kurland's writing style is the way she alternates point of view every chapter or so. It goes from focusing on Miach to Morgan to whoever else needs to be discussed. It gives you real insight into the well drawn characters- their thoughts, actions, and how they deal with each other. It has little innuendo or other similiar discussion. I would suggest this book to anyone.This is definitely one of my favorite books/series of all time!
Kathleen_MacIver More than 1 year ago
The Mage's Daughter continues what is turning out to be, in my opinion, one of the greatest and most romantic fantasy trilogies of all time. For me, what makes it so wonderful is the way Morgan and Miach's relationship grows stronger and more beautiful, even when you thought it couldn't get much more perfect. They are truly on their way to becoming the perfect couple - two people who have every reason in the Nine Kingdoms to want the other for reasons less than romantic, yet they love each other for the person behind the skills and power and birthright... two people who love each other for what they are together... and I have the feeling that they don't yet have a clue how powerful that will be! Having read this novel, Star of the Morning: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms (the first in the trilogy) is now even more perfect. This past year, as I've waited for this novel to come out, I've warned myself that I might end up disappointed... that this book might be another one of those books where the hero and heroine spend the entire time misunderstanding each other... frustrating me in the process.

It's not.

Not in the slightest.

Rather, the story continually presents surprises, and each is more satisfying than the last, telling a story that is totally different from any story I've ever read.

So!.... If you've read Star of the Morning: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms already and are just looking for a review before you buy, read away! If you HAVEN'T read it, please take a moment and read my review for that book first (it's the first review there), and then buy both and get ready to be whisked away to the Nine Kingdoms for days. Also, be aware that, although it is not required that you read Lynn's Nine Kingdom Novellas in the anthologies The Queen in Winter and To Weave a Web of Magic first, they do tie into these stories in a way that you won't want to miss!

And now on to my teaser, in which I will endeavor not to ruin any of the surprises that await you...

Morgan, weak in body from Lothar's poison and sore in heart from the treachery she thinks Miach dealt her, runs back to Weger's tower to regain her strength for swordplay and to be free from the unwelcome magic that now rages through her veins. But when Miach sets the fate of the realm aside to follow her inside the magicless Gobhann, she begins to realize that even here, things aren't as they've always seemed.

She must face the fact that the man she loves is not only the simple man who prefers to be underestimated, he is also the archmage of the realm who spends his weary nights shoring up the spells that keep the evil in the north from overrunning the Nine Kingdoms... he is not only her Miach, he is the man of whom it is said, "I have lived centuries and seen mage after mage walk across the world's stage, and Prince Mochriadhemiach stands alone before them all,"... and he is not only willing to go to almost any length to protect the realm, he is willing to go even farther to have her - and not as a wielder for the Sword of Angesand.

Join them as Morgan finally sets her feet on the path that is her destiny, and as her life and future become forever entwined with the man who is now her love, her friend, her protector... and her teacher.

(And now I just have to make it 'till January '09 for the final book!)
Angieville More than 1 year ago
I had forgotten how into the first book in the Nine Kingdoms series I was until I got five pages into this second volume and instantly remembered. Oh, right. This story totally rocks. The first volume, STAR OF THE MORNING, ends in utter chaos. Nothing is resolved, everyone's in peril, and I remember closing the book in disbelief at the audacity of ending a book in such a way when the sequel would not be out for another year. I wasn't too upset, of course, because the book had been so dang enjoyable.

Fortunately, THE MAGE'S DAUGHTER picks up right where its predecessor left off. The chapters alternate between Morgan of Melksham's story as she struggles to survive after destroying the Sword of Angesand and fleeing the Archmage of Neroche, and Miach of Neroche's story as he struggles to keep the realm intact and find Morgan at the same time. Morgan and Miach are both such sympathetic characters. You desperately want them to work out their differences and accept who they are because they deserve a measure of happiness after all they've been through. That and the fact that you want them to join their awesome forces to defeat the perfidious Lothar and figure out just what kind of ubercrap is creeping out of Bain's Well. I enjoyed this book so much I unconsciously dragged it out, savoring every chapter. It's terrifically entertaining and I love Lynn Kurland's writing style. Highly recommended to anyone who loves a good adventure. But make sure you grab STAR OF THE MORNING first!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm very picky about my books. This series is perfect! I love how strong Morgan is and the woman she becomes with Miach. I love the epic fantasy,magic and sword play. This was sooooo hard to put down. Now my only problem is finding another book to read til the next one comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lynn Kurland's talent knows no bounds! This book was amazingly written, where I felt I 'knew' Morgan and Miach! I have read hundreds of books, and I can rate this one up there with what I call my 'take me away' books. I loved the first book in the trilogy as soon as it came out, and was so upset to have to wait a year for the second one but, it was well worth the wait!! Way to go, Lynn! Thank you for 'taking me away' just when I needed it!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The archmage of the Kingdom of Neroche, Miach, knows he thought he did right when he hid his identity from Morgan (see STAR OF THE MORNING). Now he regrets his choice as he has learned the hard way that without her the Black Mage would have won. Loathing anything pertaining to magic, Morgan flees from him and the war to heal at the non magical Gobhann Castle.---------- Lothar continues his assault on the kingdom while Miach must decide how to prevent his imminent victory. His only hope rests with the woman he loves but betrayed. Somehow he must earn Morgan's trust as he knows he has her love, but that is not enough any longer as she feels he used her to get at her magic. Without her help Neroche will die, but the cost may be his heart.--------- This is a terrific romantic fantasy in which a desperate Miach tries to woo the woman he loves to help him stop the enemy. The story line is fast-paced yet the lead duo seems real as the beleaguered hero struggles to open his heart and soul to a distrusting Morgan who knows ten things she hates about him yet in spite of that loves him. Lynn Kurland provides a fabulous second tale that sets the stage for an incredible finish.------- Harriet Klausner
RNdoodles More than 1 year ago
If you love magic, a little romance, and a great adventure, then this is the book for you. I have read all 6 books in this series and I completely enjoyed each one.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the trilogy. This 2nd book focuses on the romance between Morgan and Miach. I love how it develops and what is given to secure it from both of them. He is so honorable and likable. I love how he is able to win everyone over. I think they are so good for each other. I love each new piece of information that is unfolded. I could not put it down. Recommend to anyone.
Mrs-Smith More than 1 year ago
Book two of three. Love Miach and Morgan. This book is just as fun as the first with a few new twists. Must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not read any books in years and I found Star of the Morning and could not put it down! The book left me hanging wanting more... I read the Mages Daughter and still wanted more, I can not get enough...I can not wait to see the third book of the series. Lynn Kurland is a very talented author, I am very interested to read more of her books. I am very picky when it comes to what I read, the author has to keep me interested, or I lose interest. Lynn Kurland is one of those rare authours that is a one of a kind!!!!
ReaderWriterEditor More than 1 year ago
A keeper: a wonderful tale of sorcery swordplay, and romance, told with humor and heart. Morgan wields a sword better than anyone in the Nine Kingdoms, and hates magic and mages as much as she loves swordplay and soldiering. Miach is the Archmage of the kingdom of Neroche, and the mantle of his magic protects the kingdom from a creeping evil that is insidiously nibbling at his spells of protection. In the first book of this trilogy, The Star of the Morning, Miach is incognito when he meets Morgan and grows to love her. To Morgan he can admit to knowing only a few small spells as he watches her struggle with horrible dreams that are actually memories of the destruction of her family at the hands of the evil mage who was her father. When the truth about Miach is revealed, Morgan flees into danger. In The Mage's Daughter she must come to terms with her heritage of magic, and Miach must redeem himself and earn her forgiveness before he can hope for her love. Only then can they work together to contain and defeat the powerful evil that threatens all that is good in the Nine Kingdoms. This is a good tale, one I have enjoyed reading again and again.
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ljas More than 1 year ago
While it was enjoyable, I have mixed feelings about this book. In the first book I found the ineffectiveness of the male lead a bit annoying. The heroine is always saving the day and there seemed little balance, but it was easy to read and has some fun dialogue and quick moving action. This book developed the hero at the expense of the heroine. While she is in recovery most of the book, she seems to become whiny and full of doubt. All of her strengths from the first book are gone--a complete about face. It made me uncomfortable. Also, I wish the main characters could get past this constant protecting of each other from difficult situations. She is one of the best warriors in the world and has magical power to boot. He is also an excellent fighter with strong magical training. They know this but act as though they believe the other is fragile. Since I do like the characters, I'm likely to read the third book, but am not in a tearing hurry.