Monday, December 4, 2017

The Dreamer's Song by Lynn Kurland (Nine Kingdoms #11)

The Dreamer's Song
My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: Lynn Kurland
Series: A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms (Book 11)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
ISBN-10: 0425282198
ISBN-13: 978-0425282199
Genre: Fantasy

The spellbinding Nine Kingdoms saga continues as a mage without magic and a stable maid without a home face the approaching shadows of darkness and choices that will change them both forever...

Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magic of his own. But he never bargained for three maddening complications: attempting to safeguard his beautiful but horse-obsessed companion, Léirsinn; trying not to slay a profoundly irritating prince of Neroche; and slipping in and out of places he knows will spell his doom if he’s caught.

Léirsinn of Sàraichte simply wants to do what needs to be done—find the makers of various spells and rescue her grandfather. But walking side-by-side with Acair brings a terrible revelation about the magic she needs, and what its price will exact from her soul.

Together, Acair and Léirsinn face danger they never could have imagined, culminating in choices that will alter them and the history of the Nine Kingdoms.

The Dreamer's Song (Nine Kingdoms #11)The Dreamer's Song by Lynn Kurland

Acair is the son of a black mage and witch. He is conflicted about his black magic heritage but when a strange shadow shows up and prevents him from performing magic, he is more than a little concerned. On a quest, with companions, is no place to be without your abilities.

Leirsinn is a woman who hopes that Acair can find a cure for her grandfather. Her encounter with the shadow gives her the ability to detect magic.

Acair seems to be captivated by Leirsinn but knows she is completely oblivious and doesn’t seem to mind. He watches her carefully and gives her what she needs to nudge her toward change without forcing it on her.

The Dreamer’s Song is a complex, engaging, fantasy. The journey is as much about self-discovery as it about the quest.

This was a difficult series to jump into on book 11. I highly recommend starting from the beginning. It took awhile for me to connect with the characters which I believe would not have been an issue if I had been reading their plight from the start.

I received this ARC copy of The Dreamer's Song from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. The Dreamer's Song is set for publication December 5, 2017.

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