The Mage’s Daughter: Nine Kingdoms, Book 1

The Mage's DaughterAuthor: Lynn Kurland
Book Name: The Mage’s Daughter
Series: Nine Kingdoms
Order: 2
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Rating:  Really Good

Blurb:  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.

Review:  This is kind of a hard one to review.  I really love the world these books are set in and the characters in the first book were rich and interesting.  There is still lots of that in this book but Morgan’s character almost made it like reading a whole other series all together because she is not the same character that we met in book one.

Initially, it was easy to just write off her character differences to the fact that she was recovering from almost dying, but when those things just kept going, even after she recovered it was like the tough, strong, independent woman we got in book one suddenly becomes a spineless, weepy, weak little thing that is more pitiful than not.  There was no purpose for that and I ended up not liking her nearly as much in this book.

We also went nearly half way through the book where she seemed to barely be able to walk, with little to no sign of her strength coming back or really improving at all and then all of the sudden she is running, fighting with her sword again and even shape shifting into a dragon and flying, almost overnight.  It just didn’t make sense the way it was written how her recovery actually took place and progressed.

Those are the hard parts because I really did enjoy all the rest of the book and the introduction of new characters.


Author: TJ Fox

I am a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife, mom and raging introvert. I have more hobbies than I can count, so it is beyond shocking that I manage to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents I claim, writing wasn’t one of them until my muse dropped the idea for a book on my head.

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