A Tapestry of Spells (Nine Kingdoms Series #4)

A Tapestry of Spells (Nine Kingdoms Series #4)

by Lynn Kurland


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ISBN-13: 9780425232132
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Series: Nine Kingdoms Series , #4
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 217,310
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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A Tapestry of Spells (Nine Kingdoms Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Kathleen_MacIver More than 1 year ago
Ruithneadh, called Ruith, is the youngest of Morgan's older brothers. (Morgan being the heroes in Star of the Morning, The Mage's Daughter, and Princess of the Sword.) A Tapestry of Spells is the first in a new trilogy telling his story. After the terrible events at the well, Ruith was so horrified by what his father did and so mistrustful of himself, his temper, and his own power that he buried all three near Diore, a village which "lay to the south in the county of Shettlestoune, which found itself comfortably to the south of anywhere else." And there they stayed buried...until the very pretty and fiery and mysterious Sarah comes along. Sarah has been carefully hiding both secrets and gold toward the day when she can escape Doire and make a life somewhere without thieves and thorns and everything else that Doire is filled with. She'd rather weave her patterns of beauty elsewhere and hopefully leave before her brother brings his evil magic home again. But Daniel arrives with more than she'd bargained for, forcing her to abandon her carefully laid plans and set out to stop him instead. The result is a quest led by a woman who doesn't seem to have magic, though she does have the steadily-increasing ability to see magic that others have wrought...guarded by a mage hiding vast amounts of elvin power and his past behind a heavy cloak and every non-magical weapon available...and accompanied by the extremely odd assortment of companions they pick up along the way. Their aim at first is merely to stop Sarah's brother, but it isn't too long before we discover that Gair of Caingail's reach extends beyond the grave, and only Sarah's sight and Ruith's knowledge of his father are capable of stopping the evil that Gair's spells have planted. Why do I love it? Well, though some might call it a bit slow in places, it is (as all of Lynn Kurland's books are) a beautiful unfolding of characters and relationships, as well as a careful weaving of a tale that must have all of it's anchoring threads in place for the beauty and power of it to be shown. It's intriguing to discover that this story actually takes place WHILE Star of the Morning and The Mage's Daughter are happening. A Tapestry of Spells is also nicely different from the first trilogy. Ruith is not just another Miach, Sosar, Turah, or whatever other mage or elvin prince you care to name. His fear of what he might do is very real, and his weaknesses and what holds him back are very justified. Sarah is also quite different, possessing a gift that seems to be quite rare in the Nine Kingdoms...a gift that even mages with vast amounts of power do not have. Her past is still a mystery, and at this point in the story, we do not even know if she, herself, knows why she has the gift she does. She is fiery and independent without being irritatingly so, and she still has a soft heart. The romance between Ruith and Sarah has only just begun. In fact, you will not find even so much as a kiss between these pages. You WILL, however, be swept into their hearts as those magical first moments of love keep weaving themselves into their quest. Finally, I'll warn that this book leaves off with a cliffhanger, just like Star of the Morning did. But like that one, this is the first in a trilogy (the next two are set to be released in January of '11 and '12), and I am confident that together, they'll be another story that we can't help but love.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When his family died (see the Nine Kingdoms trilogy), Ruithneadh of Ceangail vanishes behind a shroud of being a fierce raging wizard; ironically he personally vowed to never use magic again. His reputation enables him to be left alone to wallow in self pity and grief as he fears being an offspring of the evil Gair might mean going dark. His hermit like existence ends when the daughter of a witch Sarah of Doire arrives. She has no paranormal skills whatsoever, but demands Ruith act to stop her brother Daniel who has turned to the darkest magic, threatening to destroy the Nine Kingdoms. Ruith wants to ignore his unwanted visitor but concludes Daniel is using his father's magic. As they search for Daniel, others stalk them. Starting a new trilogy that focuses on the youngest son of the evil Gair, Lynn Kurland takes her audience back to the Nine Kingdoms with a strong opening act. Fans will feel the author magically transported them to her realm as Ruith now fights against what his father wrought while concealing secrets from his new ally who does likewise. Fantasy fans will enjoy Ruith's quest to prevent another catastrophe tied to his father's legacy. Harriet Klausner
redcat9 More than 1 year ago
Kurland writes with the same humor and emotional impact that lives in all her books. A good romance story, and a good fantasy tale. I cared about the characters and was engaged in the plot from the begining.
WyomingFan More than 1 year ago
Lynn Kurland, while she writes wonderfully enjoyable time-travel romance, has hit the jackpot with the Nine Kingdoms novels. A Tapestry of Spells gives us new characters and a new adventure which promise to be just as exciting as the previous series. The characters are rich with a hero who is flawed but still heroic and a damsel who deserves to be rescued and loved. There are mysterious men and evil men, and, of course, Kurland makes the magic seem very real. I especially enjoyed the collection of wounded mages who provide just the right touch of humor. I impatiently await the continuation of the tale!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This is another GREAT book in the Nine Kingdoms realm. I love the tail that parallels the first trilogy giving some other insights. I love Lynn Kurland's writing style, the character development and the world in which they live, their values and desires. I find myself continually looking up words for a greater understanding (very fun). I can not wait for the next one. And yes, she loves to leave you hanging at then end of the book. I am glad I had the next one waiting for me, which I have delved in as well. I like learning about Morgan's youngest brother. I was wondering about him after the first trilogy. I find the similarities in the two stories intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the series and while the cliff-hanger ending is frustrating, it is so exciting to have something to look forward to! I have re-read the first three books in the series numerous times and everyone I have recommended them to loves them as well. You can't go wrong with a Kurland novel!
FantasyPirate1586 More than 1 year ago
Lynn Kurland has done it again. I loved this book from about the first paragraph. She has once again created a great world with wonderful characters that you love from the start. Since, this is the first book in probably another series, there a few loose ends but that only makes the story more wonderful. This book is great for a rainy, snowy, dreay cold days. Rutih and Sarah will make you feel so warm inside with their simple yet heartfelt romance. There are many other great characters as well. If you enjoyed Star of Morning, The Mage's Daughter and Princess of the Sword, A Tapestry of Spells is a must read.
DebbieMcCauley on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Ruithneadh, or Ruith as he is known by, was ten years of age when his father deliberately opened a well of evil. The evil erupted and was thought to have slaughtered the entire family. Youngest son Ruith somehow survived and crawled to an abandoned cottage deep within the mountains where, determined to not follow in his father's footsteps, he buried every last bit of the magic he possessed deep within himself. The brother of Sarah of Doìre, daughter of the village witchwoman, has embraced the dark arts and vowed to destroy the Nine Kingdoms. On a quest to stop him before it is too late, Sarah comes knocking on Ruith's door begging for help. The journey that follows uncovers her secret and causes Ruith to face up to his heritage as he tries to protect the woman he is becoming infatuated with. Aa entertaining fantasy romance, nicely told and part of a compelling series.
arrr on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I was disappointed in this one as compared to the first 2 books. I couldn't get the timeline figured out. It was somewhat repetitious and I hated the ending so much I might not read any more that may be published. I got the feeling that this was a previously rejected novel, but the subsequent 2 did ok, so the publisher pushed this one out.
VirginiaGill on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Absolutely hated where this book ended but did love everything else about it. Lynn Kurland never disappoints when in need of a book to utterly transport you. I'm looking forward to the next book.
ractatma on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I agree with Arrr. I enjoyed The Mage's Daughter and Star of the Morning, but this was certainly not Kurland's best work. Her characters were wooden, her plot poorly constructed at best and her pacing less consistent than a bipolar chameleon. This book could have done with an edit or three before hitting the presses. A disappointing effort from an author who is capable of much, much more.
aterry13 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
The first book in Lynn Kurland's second Nine Kingdoms trilogy is A Tapestry of Spells. In this book, we now get to see the quest of Morgan's (the heroine from the first trilogy) brother, Ruithneadh. Ruith has been hiding away on a secluded mountain since the tragedy that killed his family and separated him from his sister. Afraid that no one but himself made it out alive, Ruith is traumatized by the events he witnessed and is convinced that his father's evil lives on in himself. As such, he has vowed never to use his magic so that he will never be a threat.All was going fine in Ruith's carefully constructed plan, until Sarah of Doire knocks on his door and begs for his help. Though he sends her away, she takes his confidence in the safety of the Nine Kingdoms, and a piece of his heart. Soon the two are off on a quest, determined to save the Nine Kingdoms from the very real threat of evil that begins to mix her brother's viscous ambitions with his father's evil power.To me, it is the second trilogy that is the best of the two in the Nine Kingdoms series. I don't know if this is because the third book is not yet out, and the fact that I don't know the ending yet is keeping me guessing and engaged or if it is that I just plain like it better! :) I won't know for sure, I guess until the third one comes out and the two trilogies can be on equal footing. Until then, much as I love the story of Ruith's sister Morgan, it is this trilogy that really keeps me reading and rereading it, just for the pleasure of it.
davep More than 1 year ago
Lynn Kurland has a wonderful way of generating a spellbinding story that combines adventure, magic, and romance in a great way. Love her books.
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sandyqw More than 1 year ago
I love all of Lynn Kurland's books. I didn't think anything could be better than time travel but the fantasy books are great
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