Series: Nine Kingdoms #11
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
Rating: 4 Stars
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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.
Okay, I have to be honest. I had never read a book by Ms. Kurland until picking this one up. I know, I know… picking up the eleventh book in the series, am I crazy?! Yeah, probably. But I just had to see what all of the hype was about.
To be honest, it was confusing. I felt like I had been thrown in to a world I didn’t understand, with characters that I knew nothing about… you know, the usual, when you’re beginning something in the middle. There were so many references to what I can only assume was previous books, and I felt really… lost.
However, having been the odd man out, so to speak, I have to give the author some serious kudos. These characters, and this world, while unfamiliar to me, were extremely well-written. Even to the point where I found myself transitioning from completely lost in the forest, to lost in the plot… and in an extremely good way.
The story of Acair and Leirsinn was remarkable. It was full of energy and magic, keeping me on the edge of my seat. I sped through this book a lot quicker than I anticipated, and I was eager to complete it. It’s a journey of fantasy that’s engaging and full of… hope.
Had I not begun this series with book eleven, I’m not sure I would have been all in like I am now. Now, I have gone back and read the first two books and am getting ready to read the third. I am hooked, and honestly, can’t wait for what’s to come next.