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Aisling of Bruadair is frantic to find both the truth about her future and a mercenary to save her country. When an offer of aid comes from an unexpected direction, she is relieved her quest is almost complete. But she soon realizes her task is far from over . . . and will include perils she never dreamed she would ever face.
Runach of Ceangail has offered to help Aisling with her quest, then he fully intends to take up his life as a simple swordsman far from magic and evil mages. Unfortunately, a chance finding of a book of indecipherable spells tells him that an ordinary life is never going to be his--especially when he realizes that the book he has in his hands belongs to a black mage who will stop at nothing to have it back.
With time running out, Runach and Aisling must solve what seem to be unrelated mysteries before others find those answers first and plunge the Nine Kingdoms into a darkness it will never recover from . . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-11-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Kurland’s eighth novel of the Nine Kingdoms (after Dreamspinner) continues the adventures of Aisling of Bruadair, who was raised in a weavers’ guild in a stark country that one must not speak of for fear of being cursed with death. Having dared to leave home, Aisling is starting to realize that there is bountiful legend, magic, and beauty in the Nine Kingdoms. Aisling is traveling from haven to haven with her brave elfin prince companion, Rùnach of Ceangail, on a quest to save her dying country and restore Rùnach’s stolen magic. Despite not understanding Aisling’s unusual talent for spinning air, fire, and water, Rùnach devotes himself to the reserved, humble weaver who doesn’t recognize his persistent (and artless) wooing. Aisling and Runach’s tender romance sweetly ratchets up as they take turns saving each other from perilous danger, and series fans will be left eager to read about their future adventures. (Jan.)