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Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms Series #1)

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Neroche's kingdom is threatened by the darkness of an evil Black Mage- and all hope lies in the legend of two magical swords. Miach, the archmage of Neroche, carries one. And he's found a Wielder for the other in Morgan, a young woman and feared mercenary herself. Now, Miach must choose between endangering the woman who has captured his heart, and defending the kingdom he's sworn to protect.

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Overview

Neroche's kingdom is threatened by the darkness of an evil Black Mage- and all hope lies in the legend of two magical swords. Miach, the archmage of Neroche, carries one. And he's found a Wielder for the other in Morgan, a young woman and feared mercenary herself. Now, Miach must choose between endangering the woman who has captured his heart, and defending the kingdom he's sworn to protect.

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Lynn Kurland returns to the world featured in To Weave a Web of Magic for Book One of her Nine Kingdoms trilogy. As her readers would hope, it shines with her signature fusion of humor, fantasy, and romance. Her heroine is the very pragmatic Morgan, a mercenary supremely confident in her fighting skills, with a total abhorrence of magic. Adhémar, the king, has lost his magic; his powerful sword no longer calls to him, and the black mage has begun to wage war on the kingdom of Neroche. His youngest brother, Micah, archmage of the kingdom, suggests that Ademar's only hope is to use the Sword of Angesand, a woman's sword full of magic. Morgan ends up accompanying Micah and Adhémar on their journey, which is filled with danger, hardship, and some wonderfully humorous moments. By story's end, we know that Micah has fallen in love with Morgan, that Morgan herself possesses magic and is destined to wield the Sword, and -- happily -- that there are two more books to look forward to. Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425212127
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/5/2006
  • Series: Nine Kingdoms Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 331,529
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Amazing book written by an amazing author!!!

    This book is for you if you like a little fantasy, magic, romance, paranormalcy and action. Lynn Kurland is one of my all time favorite authors, so if you like this book, then read the rest of the series and then read her other historical romance novels as well because I have never been disappointed by anything written by this author. If you're worried this might be too "romancey" for you then think again because there is very little romance in it. Lynn Kurland can be very subtle when it comes to showing her characters feelings for one another without having the steamy sex scenes that other romance writers of today include. You can't go wrong with Lynn Kurland.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    the story of a strong willed women who cant think of romance without grimacing, falling in love with the most unlikely of souls.

    this book swept me off my feat. i absolutly loved this book to distrction. it is so good for a fun, exciting adventure. its about morgan,a women mercenary who is so tuff she dousnt even think about romance. this book is also about miach, the archmage of the kingdom of neroche. he has a burden bigger than anyone- protect the kingdom from the dark mage from the north lothar. he is to beusy to think about falling in love. but when he meats morgan he is swept off his feat in more ways than one. read this book and go with morgan as she discovers the truth about herself and as miach tries and tries to protect the kingdom from an unordinary sieg that thretens to destroy all nine kingdoms.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

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    First Lynn Kurland novel read

    At first, I was very disappointed with the ending. Nothing was really tied up. However, once I discovered this book was a series, I completely changed my mind. If viewed as the fist book in a series, it does an adequate job of setting up the main characters: Morgan, Miach, Adhemar, and Nicholas. This book as given to be by a friend that knows I like fantasy novels. I found this book to be heavy on the romance and light in the fantasy. Only one of the good guys is a non-human creature. The description of the non-human evil creatures is not very deep. The battles were far between and not very descriptive. I would not classify this book as a fantasy novel just because it has magic in it. Its an OK read for by the pool. Don't think I'll be continuing the series.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    A Fun Escape, Adult Fairy Tale, but nothing (no sex or violence) in these that I wouldn't let my young teenage daughter read!! I really love these stories when I just want to be entertained and escape for an hour or two.

    I have since ordered all of Lynn Kurland's books and I absolutely love them. Yeh, they are romance stories and love always finds a way, but the journey is in the story and Ms. Kurland writes beautiful stories with lots of twists and turns that keep you wondering. You feel like you are there/part of her story in a wonderful, magical, enchanting world of castles, knights in shining armor, damsels in distress, and even a few interfering old ghosts thrown in for good measure here and there (though no ghosts in this story).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Loved this book

    I read this for a book club having borrowed it and immediately bought it along with the other 2 in the trilogy after reading it. I will want to read it over and over again. It is loaded with magic and fantasy. The characters develop withing the story and I found myself drawn to them. I love the strong female character and the relationships that build in it. I am not sure I liked the ending but cannot wait to read the next book. Lynn Kurland does a great job of gripping your attention without using harsh language and conveying romance without sex scenes. I Loved It. My kind of Book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

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    The beginning of an outstanding series!

    I'm not usually a connoisseur of fantasy novels, as I often find them to be either too dark, or too hard to relate to the characters. But, since I love Lynn Kurland's historical novels and characters, I had to try this one out.<BR/><BR/>And it is fabulous.<BR/><BR/>Yes, it is fantasy, with the darkness of evil... yet you are not dragged down with lurid descriptions of the evil. Rather, you experience the emotions and thoughts and feelings of the characters as THEY deal with the evil that is thrown at them. And you share in their victories, just as you share in the conversation and laughter they share when they are warm and safe around the fire.<BR/><BR/>And of course there is magic... but it is a silvery ribbon that winds through characters that are still so human that it is easy to relate to them. They have magic and know spells... but they use them in the same utterly human ways that you or I use our knowledge and skills.<BR/><BR/>And then there's the romance. It is there, running beneath the surface and threatening to spill over any moment... yet it never does. That has been saved for future books. But its sweetness draws you into the story until you, also, have fallen in love with the shieldmaiden and the mage.<BR/><BR/>So read of Morgan, an orphan who has learned to shun magic in favor of the more visible and tangible skills of swordplay... while she slowly begins to find that magic is in her, she cannot run from it, and it does have its uses.<BR/><BR/>Read of Miach, the archmage of the powerful kingdom of Neroche, as he quietly defends the kingdom against far more danger than anyone realizes... as he is tempted the mis-use the power that few know he holds... and as he discovers a love that is more powerful still.<BR/><BR/>And escape to a world where men and women alike answer to the calling that has been laid upon them... to save the innocent masses that are unaware of the danger that threatens them.<BR/><BR/>(Number two in the trilogy, The Mage's Daughter: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, is now out, and it makes this book even better! Don't miss it!)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A superb romantic fantasy

    Ever since the last battle with Lothar the evil black mage, spells by the archmage Miach and the two magical swords keep the Kingdom of Nieroche safe for now. However, Miach¿s brother King Adhemar panics when he realizes his tie to the magic especially one of the swords has abruptly ended as if a spell occurred to sever this link. Miach worries that a new war with Lothar is coming with the kingdom in peril. The royal siblings seek out someone who can use the Sword of Angesand as they know the only way to prevent Lothar from overwhelming Nieroche is with the two magical swords.------------------------------ Lord Nicholas sends his trained mercenary Morgan to deliver a dagger to the king. To their royal surprise the king and the archmage may have found the Sword of Angesand wielder, but the mercenary warrior is a she, who rejects magic as skill and training is the way of combat for Morgan. Still she is the one as Miach and Glides, one of her traveling companions, are falling in love with the female warrior, but first they must save the kingdom. ----------------- STAR OF THE MORNING is a terrific opening return to the Nine Kingdoms as Lynn Kurland provides fantasy readers with a delightful quest tale starring likable heroes. Morgan is fascinating as the focus of the story line (and the men in her life) because she is so guileless yet strong, brave and feisty. Her courage makes for a magical beginning to what looks like will be a superb romantic fantasy trilogy.---------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    I have loved all of Lynn Kurland's books. I have purchased them

    I have loved all of Lynn Kurland's books. I have purchased them all and would rate them all a 5. I keep waiting for more now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Fans of Graceling and Fire should check it out.

    Miach reminds me so much of Po and Morgan of Katza and Fire. Full of fighting and magic. It is a great read.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Not my thing...

    I didn't even finish this, to be honest...and I absolutely love Lynn Kurland's de Piaget et. al. series. This one...eh. Couldn't stay with it.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Excellent!

    I've found a new author! I generally don't like to buy books back to back in a series, but had to have book two right away this time. Perfect balance of good and evil, love and mystery.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

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    One of my favorite books!

    I have read this series so many times and I nevet get tired of it.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    It is neither fantasy nor romance

    How sad I love Lynn Kurland's romance novels based in Scotland. I never connected with this book, the characters are flat as is the romance and the fantasy. Frankly, I did not consider myself a reader of Fantasy until I read Patrick Rothfuss's The Name Of The Wind. Having read that this book leaves me feeling like I'm reading some high schoolers attempt at a novel. I know she can do better, I own most of her books. I hope she gives this up and goes back to what she does well.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    Positivly Loved this Book!

    This was the first Lynn Kurland that I had picked up. I have to say that because of this book I found a new favorite author. Has become part of my permanent library.

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  • Posted March 1, 2010

    One of the best

    This is one of the best books I have read. I could hardly put it down the first time that I read it. I have read it many time since, and I keep coming back for more. I enjoyed the characters, and the magic. It will keep you in suspence for the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    Not up to Kurland's usual standards.

    I am a huge fan of Kurland but this book is not up to her usual standards. I find that it drags (I'm having a hard time finishing it) and does not bode well for the series.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

    Always Looking for a Good Read

    I was looking for something new and interesting when I came across STAR OF THE MORNING. Based on the reviews, I decided to give it a try and read it. I was pleasantly surprised and excited. I couldn't put it down. The characters were very real and I enjoyed getting to know them. My only problem with the book is that the author did not really go into details with the battle scenes. The author talked much about Morgan's skills with a sword, but glossed over the scenes when she was in battle with her opponent(s). A good example is when Miach and Morgan went to Andgesand to purchase horses. I understood and felt Miach's challenge of using his magic and trying to keep his disguise from being blown. However, when it came to Morgan doing her part and fighting Angesand's second best guardsman, I was left wanting more. Kurland befriefly described this in a sentence or two. I wanted to be there with Morgan and experience what she went through even if it wasn't much of a challenge for her. Overall, battles did improve as the book progressed. I think it would have added so much more to a wonderful story. I highly recommend the book. I'm dying to get me hands on the other two books and am looking forward to checking out Kurland's other selections.

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

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    greatest lover of books

    If you like fantasy and romance this is for you...Great mixture of both

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Beats most others of all genres

    The first two books of this series have blown me away. I bought the first one as a bargain and had already gone through both the first and second (The Mage's Daughter) in less than a week and a half (that includes shipping time). Now I'm finding that they started me on a huge book crave, but I can't seem to find any of her magnitude to keep it going.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

    Excellent!

    Quick read, left me drooling for more!

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