Friday, January 9, 2015

Gift of Magic


Today's post is on Gift of Magic by Lynn Kurland. It is the third book in her second Nine Kingdoms trilogies. It is 310 pages long and is published by Berkley Sensation. The cover has one of the main character's on it looking ready for a fight. There is no sex, no language, but some fantasy action in this book. The story is told from the third person close perspective of the two main character's moving from one chapter to the next. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Sarah of Doire knows the pattern of spells is no accident. With each page, each powerful rune, she and Ruith are being led somewhere, to someone- but by whom, she cannot tell. Sarah's gift of sight only allows her to see the spells themselves, not the person behind them.
A reluctant sorcerer still earning to trust his own magic, Ruithneadh of Ceangail knows he's woefully unprepared for the adversaries they'll face. But he and Sarah must collect and destroy his father's Gair's spells soon. Many mages seek their power, and in the wrong hands, Gair's magic would plunge the Nine Kingdoms into an eternity of darkness.
But as they purse the final spells- acquiring strange companions, welcome allies, and unexpected foes along the way- Sarah and Ruith realize that their true quest has only just begun. The real enemy is closer, darker, and more power hungry than they every imagined, and until he is defeated, the fate of the Nine Kingdoms hands in dire peril.

Review- This was a great way to end the second trilogy. Ruith and Sarah get their happy ending and threads for the next trilogy are in place. The action is very fast paced in this one. With all questions answered the answers are interesting. I think that the only one who died at the well was Ruith's mother. Ruith makes peace with himself. He realizes that just because he is his father's son, he is not his father. Sarah does not get as much comfort in this volume. I think that she is just is going to do her best and dim her sight when she can. The only thing that we still do not know is what a dreamweaver is. But we do get to see some of what Sarah can do. She is the one who stopped Gair from winning in the end. She unleashed the light inside her and stopped him. The writing is so imaginative. The magic is powerful and at times scary. The setting is so fun and beautiful. I look forward to reading the next trilogy.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.