Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms Series #1)

Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms Series #1)

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by Lynn Kurland
     
 

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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

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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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425212127
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/05/2006
Series:
Nine Kingdoms Series, #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,245,378
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
HappyCrossStitcher More than 1 year ago
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).
Tucson_Girl More than 1 year ago
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.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
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.
Kathleen_MacIver More than 1 year ago
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.

And it is fabulous.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

(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!)
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
This series first started in 2006.  The ninth novel came out in January of this year.  I fell in love with these books, and every time a new one came out I went back and reread the previous books in the series.  I have enjoyed all the books, and yes you do have to read them in order, but my favorite by far are the first three. These are classified as Fantasy Romance and I would agree…the romance in these novels is not the beat all end all of the story and that is what makes these novels a good fantasy read. I highly recommend. As a matter of fact I’m going to read the latest in the series, so I might just have to start over at book one again. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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firesidereader2 More than 1 year ago
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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Beccalouise More than 1 year ago
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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