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

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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425219164
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Series: Nine Kingdoms Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 822,014
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lynn Kurland is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels and short stories.

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The Mage's Daughter (Nine Kingdoms Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 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!!!!
DebbieMcCauley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 2 of the Nine Kingdoms series. At the end of the last book Morgan was poisoned, but once she has returned from near death and is able to stand on her own two feets she flees back to Gobhan, home of Scymgeour Weger. When she enters Gobhan, where no magic exists, archmage Miach heand determines to get her out of there, even if it means he has to gain entry himself and earn Weger's mark. Meanwhile the kingdom of Neroche is still under siege by nightmarish creatures and Miach is struggling to maintain his wards which are under constant attack. He must also discover who is behind the attacks before it is too late. A good read.
aterry13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moving on in the Nine Kingdoms series, the best book of the first trilogy is the second one, The Mage's Daughter. In this book, Morgan has to make a choice. To take on her magic and her past, and in exchange have the chance to build a lasting love with Miach, or to run away from her past and her magic and lose Miach in the bargain. But Miach is not willing to let Morgan go quietly into the night. He is willing to fight for her - and fight for her he does! :)This is the best book of the first trilogy for me because it is far and away the most romantic of all the Nine Kingdoms books. The gentle love story that was set up in the first book comes to full life in this book. We see Morgan and Miach come to terms with the quest that they realize is before them and we see Morgan grow into the young woman she was meant to be before circumstances took it away from her.If I had one criticism of this book, which I really don't, it is that this book doesn't have much action til the end. The first 3/4 of the book focuses on the relationship between Miach and Morgan and not much else happens. For me, that was not a problem! :) In fact, I loved that about this book since I came to Nine Kingdoms from Kurland's other books which are romance novels. However, I will warn that it is possible that one could be turned off of the fact that the book doesn't move along much in terms of events until the end.
ReadingFever on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Mage's Daughter picks up with Morgan, back on Melksham Island, trying to recover her strength (and heart) after a near-death experience. Miach has been using his mage powers to check up on her during this time.When Morgan decides to go back to Gobhan, home of Scymgeour Weger, Miach cannot sense her anymore. He goes in search of her, desperate to make sure she is safe. When he learns of where she is he goes after her. He is determined to do anything to get her out of there, even if it means earning Weger's mark. A series of events unfold, leading to the discovery of many important things.--The series just keeps getting better! The relationship between Morgan and Miach is beautiful, and well done. The events that unfold keep you at the edge of your seat. I made the mistake of beginning this book when I had a lot of things to get done. I couldn't put it down! The ending is great and I didn't feel cheated at all. I cannot wait until the third book comes out. Highly recommended! on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was greatly disappointed in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Star of the Morning, but this party two just seemed a completely different writing style. Morgan, the main character contradicts herself all throughout the book. She is constantly insulting the whole idea of love and how she is a fool to even consider liking Miach. Within the next moment, she will be thinking how much she loves Miach. Morgan's thinking goes back and forth so much in this manner that it became irritating and even confusing at times.There was no action. Weger, introduced as a rival/friend of Miach and Morgan never adapts a role in the book despite his important part in it at the beginning of the novel. He goes back and forth between being an "enemy" and being a "friend" to Miach and Morgan. Later in the novel Morgan constantly brings him up which is just awkward.I love Kurland's writing and Morgan the fearless shieldmaiden in Star in the Morning, but she did nothing but cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series immensely.
Katissima on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked the first book in the series, but I loved this one. Interesting characters; interesting world.
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am thuroughly enjoying Lynn Kurlands departure from her usual fare (time traveling romance... really fun and enjoyable time traveling romance...).The Mage's Daughter is the second in her Nine Kingdom's trilogy. The kingdom of Neroche continues to be assulted by a mysterious magic that is sapping the king's powers and confounding the king's brother Miach as he tries to protect the kingdom.As he tries to enforce protective shields - - he is also following his hearts desire - Morgan of Melksham - how turns out to be much more than a wily shieldmaiden. Morgan must make an important decision to accept (or not) her heritage. For she is much more than a simple mercenary. And she is connected to the mysterious black magic that is seeping into Neroche.This book was enjoyable. Kurlands sense of self deprecating humor is remarkable and the banter between the main and secondary characters were definite highlights.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn’t put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never rushed and great character development .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Solid storyline, really likeable characters, sweet romance, a nice touch of humor in the dialogue. It's a good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot put it down and I am wrapped up in the characters .
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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