Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms Series #1)

Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms Series #1)

by Lynn Kurland

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Overview

Darkness covers the north, since the black mage has begun his assault on the kingdom of Neroche. Legend has it that only the two magical swords held by Neroche's king can defeat the mage. Now the fate of the Nine Kingdoms rests in the hands of a woman destined to wield one of those blades...

In this land of dragons and mages, warrior maids and magical swords, nothing is as it seems. And Morgan will find that the magic in her blood brings her troubles she cannot face with a sword-and a love more powerful than she has ever imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425238226
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/07/2010
Series: Nine Kingdoms Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 329,130
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lynn Kurland is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of dozens of historical, time travel, and fantasy romance novels. Her books include the MacLeod Family series, the de Piaget Family series, and the Nine Kingdoms series.

Having graduated with an MFA in creative writing, Laura Jennings has an intrinsic appreciation of the mechanisms and techniques which comprise the art of the tale. A skilled narrator, she is adept at analyzing the underlying moods and currents of a book and bringing these into her interpretation of the author's work.

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Star of the Morning (Nine Kingdoms Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 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
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DebbieMcCauley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An entertaining fantasy novel for adults full of romance, adventure and magic. Set in a land of dragons and mages, warrior women and magical swords, nothing is as it seems. Female warrior, Morgan of Melksham, can't stand magic but whilst on a quest finds it stirring within her. As a favor to her mentor, she has agreeed to deliver a magical blade to the King of Neroche (one of the nine kingdoms) who has lost his magical abilities. Joining her along the way is a stranger, Adhemar, also three old friends, and later Miach, who claims to be Adhemar's brother. Adhemar (who is the king of Neroche in disguise), and Miach (actually the archmage of Neroche), are searching for a person that the sword of Neroche will chose to weild it against the tide of black magic threatening their kingdom.
ReadingFever on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story begins with Adhémar, King of Neroche, and his magic sword. His magical powers - the ones that help keep the evil lurking in the Northern borders at bay - have left him and his sword. In an effort to save the kingdom and find an answer to why his powers have left him, he goes in search of someone who can wield the Sword of Angesand and use its magic powers for the good of the Kingdom.Enter Morgan; a highly trained mercenary who hates magic in all forms and sees no purpose for it. When she is sent on a mission, carrying and protecting the one thing she despises most, she encounters people and situations that will change her life.--There is so much more to the story, but I don't want to give too much away. I really liked the book. I think it was very well put together, and it captured my attention completely. I gave it only three stars, because I fell as if the book lacked a proper ending. It had a beginning, and middle. Unfortunately, it seemed to me as if the book ended in the middle. Fortunately, there are two more books to read, so I cannot wait to get to those!
coffee.is.yum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The quote on the back cover that says, "Kurland out-writes romance fiction's top authors by a mile" is a truth I have witnessed. The story is not overly romantic, and bland but pure and refreshing.The novel allows the readers to learn about Morgan, the lead female character, and consider what an interesting character she is--and how unlikely it would be for her to fall in love. She is tougher than the company she travels with, and is quicker to anger. Not to mention she hates anything to do with magic and yet is entrusted on a journey to deliver a magical sword. This delivery keeps her up at night and plagues her with nightmares.Miach soon joins the company under a false disguise. He is a mage whose reliance is on magic and does not necessarily care for a sword. Already the pair seems unlikely. However, there is no bickering or "I'm going to be mean to you and end the end love you" which readers fall victim to in many romances.Instead, the circumstances cause confusion in the two and obscures their priorities--such as their tasks, duties, and in Miach's case, saving the kingdom. But no, love is more important and that is what keeps them up at night.The two main characters travel with a host of men which are Morgan's friends and Miach's brother. This makes the story much more interesting and humorous. There are also serious tasks they must attend that drives at them constantly. This causes the story to be constantly in motion, not for a single second is there anything that isn't happening! It's constant action, action, suspense and more action. It's was a surprising fast read, and although Kurland's writing took a couple of chapters to get used to I thoroughly enjoyed it because it made the story progressive and seamless.The best part of the story? The love the two main character share is pure, and the two characters are noble and above anyone else in the world deserve to be loved...but can they survive all that deters them from achieving their dreams with one another?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great world-building, terrific characters, and a slow build romance. Highly recommended. -- lyradora
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.