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Lynn Kurland - Nine Kingdoms 04 - A Tapestry of Spells

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Lynn Kurland - Nine Kingdoms 04 - A Tapestry of Spells

Table of Contents

    Title Page

    Copyright Page

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    One

    Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve Thirteen Fourteen Fifteen Sixteen Seventeen Eighteen Nineteen Twenty Twenty-one Twenty-two Twenty-three

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“Kurland out-writes romance fiction’s top authors by a mile.”

     Publishers Weekly

    Praise for the novels of the Nine Kingdoms

    Princess of the Sword

    “Beautifully written, with an intricately detailed society born of Ms. Kurland’s remarkableimagination, this is an extraordinary tale for fantasy readers as well as those who just wantto read a good love story.”

     Romance Reviews Today

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    “An excellent finish to a great romantic quest fantasy ... Readers will relish Ms. Kurland’ssuperb trilogy.”

     Genre Go RoundReviews

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    “An intelligent, involving tale full of love and adventure ... If you enjoy vast worlds, quietlove stories, and especially fantasy, I would suggest you give this trilogy a try.”

    —All About Romance

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    The Mage’s Daughter

    “Engaging characters—family, friends, and enemies—keep the story hopping along with readersrelishing every word and hungering for the next installment. [A] perfect ten.”

     Romance Reviews Today

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    “Lynn Kurland has become one of my favorite fantasy authors; I can hardly wait to see whathappens next.”

     Huntress Reviews

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    “The Mage’s Daughter, like its predecessor, Star of the Morning, is the best work Lynn

    Kurland has ever done. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”

     Fresh Fiction

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    “I couldn’t put the book down ... I highly recommend this book, the series, and all of Ms.Kurland’s other works. Brilliant!”

     ParaNormal Romance Reviews

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    “This is a terrific romantic fantasy. Lynn Kurland provides a fabulous ... tale that sets thestage for an incredible finish.”

     Midwest Book Review

    Star ofthe Morning

“Kurland launches a stunning, rich, and poetic new trilogy. The quest is on!”

     Romantic Times

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    “Terrific ... Lynn Kurland provides fantasy readers with a delightful quest tale starring

    likable heroes ... A magical beginning to what looks like will be a superb romantic fantasy

    trilogy”

     Midwest Book Review

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    “Entertaining fantasy”

     Romance Reviews Today

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    “An enchanting writer.”

     The Eternal Night

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    “A superbly crafted, sweetly romantic tale of adventure and magic.”

     Booklist

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    More praise for the novels of Lynn Kurland

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    Dreams of Stardust

    “Kurland weaves another fabulous read with just the right amounts of laughter, romance, and

    fantasy”

     Affaire de Coeur

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    “Kurland crafts some of the most ingenious time-travel romances readers can find. Wonderfully

    clever and completely enchanting.”

     Romantic Times

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    “A masterful storyteller ... [A] mesmerizing novel.”

     Romance Junkies

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    “One of our most beloved time-travel authors and deservedly so. Each new book is cause for

    celebration!”

     Fresh Fiction

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    A Garden in the Rain

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    “Kurland laces her exquisitely romantic, utterly bewitching blend of contemporary romance and

    time travel with a delectable touch of tart wit, leaving readers savoring every word of this

    superbly written romance.”

    —Booklist

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    “Kurland ... consistently delivers the kind of stories readers dream about. Don’t miss this

    one.”

     The Oakland (MI) Press

    From This Moment On

    “A disarming blend of romance, suspense, and heartwarming humor, this book is romantic comedy

    at its best.”

     Publishers Weekly

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    “A deftly plotted delight.”

    —Booklist

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    My Heart Stood Still

    “The essence of pure romance. Sweet, poignant, and truly magical, this is a rare treat.”

     Booklist

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    If I Had You

    “Kurland brings history to life ... in this tender medieval romance.”

     Booklist

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    The More I See You

    “Blends history with spellbinding passion and impressive characterization, not to mention a

    magnificent plot.”

     Rendezvous

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    Another Chance to Dream

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    “Kurland creates a special romance.”

     Publishers Weekly

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    The Very Thought of You

    “[A] masterpiece ... This fabulous tale will enchant anyone who reads it.”

     Painted Rock Reviews

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    This Is All I Ask

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    “Both powerful and sensitive ... A wonderfully rich and rewarding book.”

    —Susan Wiggs

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    A Dance Through Time

    “An irresistibly fast and funny romp across time.”

    —Stella Cameron

    Titles by Lynn Kurland

    STARDUST OF YESTERDAY A DANCE THROUGH TIME THIS IS ALL I ASK THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU ANOTHER CHANCE TO DREAM THE MORE I SEE YOU IF I HAD YOU

    MY HEART STOOD STILL FROM THIS MOMENT ON A GARDEN IN THE RAIN DREAMS OF STARDUST MUCH ADO IN THE MOONLIGHT

    WHEN I FALL IN LOVE WITH EVERY BREATH TILL THERE WAS YOU

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    The Novels of the Nine Kingdoms

    STAR OF THE MORNING THE MAGE’S DAUGHTER PRINCESS OF THE SWORD A TAPESTRY OF SPELLS

    Anthologies THE CHRISTMAS CAT (with Julie Beard, Barbara Bretton, and Jo Beverley) CHRISTMAS SPIRITS (with Casey Claybourne, Elizabeth Bevarly, and Jenny Lykins) VEILS OF TIME (with MaggieSbayne, Angie Ray, and Ingrid Weaver) OPPOSITES ATTRACT (with Elizabeth Bevarly, Emily Carmichael, and Elda Minger) LOVE CAME JUST IN TIME A KNIGHT’S VOW (with PatriciaPotter, DeborahSimmons),and Glynnis Campbell) TAPESTRY (with MadelineHunter) Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Karen MarieMoning) TO WEAVE A WEB OF MAGIC (with PatriciaA. McKillip,Sharon Shinn, and Claire Delacroix) THE OUEEN IN WINTER (with Sharon Sbinn, Claire Delacroix, and SarahMonette)

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    This book is an original publication of The Berkley Publishing Group.

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    This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product ofthe author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons,living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Thepublisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author orthird-party websites or their content.

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    Copyright ? 2010 by Lynn Curland.

    Excerpt from Star of the Morning by Lynn Kurland.

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    All rights reserved.

    No part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronicform without permission. Please do not participate in or encourage piracy of copyrightedmaterials in violation of the author’s rights. Purchase only authorized editions. BERKLEY?SENSATION and the “B” design are trademarks of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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    PRINTING HISTORY

    Berkley Sensation trade paperback edition / January 2010

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    Library of Congess Cataloging-in-Publication Data

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    Kurland, Lynn.

    A tapestry of spells / Lynn Kurland.—Berkley Sensation trade pbk ed.

    p. cm.

    eISBN : 978-1-101-19551-2

    1. Magic—Fiction. I. Title.

    PS3561.U645T37 2010

    813’.54-dc22 2009038221

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    Prologue

T he evil leapt up like a geyser,cascaded down, and washed the boy away with it.

    It wasn’t unexpected, that eruption from the well, but it was terrifying in its quickness and

    horrifying in its ferocity. The lad wouldhave stopped that spewing, or mitigated its effects,orreached out but a moment sooner to take his younger sister‘shand if he could have managed it,but events happened too guickiy for him to do aught but struggle frantically to find hisfooting on top of that wave so he wasn’t pulled beneath it and drowned.

    Yet even with all his efforts,he was dent tumbling over and over again through the forest

    until,bruised and battered, he came to rest against a mighty oak.

    Time padded withouthis having any sense of it until he came to himself and realized he wasalive. He pushed himself up to his knees but couldrise no farther. After many moments of simplytrying to gain his bearings he managed to turn and crawl painfully back through the trees, backthe way he’d come. He knelt at the edge of a particular glade and looked at what anothermight have considered to be the remains of a great battle.

    He knew better.

    It had been a slaughter,a hopeless,unforgiving slaughter.He sought frantically for signs oflife, but saw none. No doubt the force of the eruption had been enough to wash away all the

    save his mother who was still there, lying motionless by the well. He watched her forothers

    several minutes, hoping beyond hope that. . .

    He looked away quickly. Obviously, he was the only one left alive. He pulled himself up bymeans of an obliging tree, then staggered from trunk to trunk, forcing himself to scour thesurrounding area for any sign that he had judged amiss.But nay, there was none moving save him.He realized suddenly, with a certainty that left him cold, that he wouldjoin the slain if hedidn’t flee.

    The evil was still there, alive and seeking.

    The thought of leaving hiskin behind was a hot dagger thrust without mercy into his chest,sopainfui that he could hardly bear it, but he knew he woulddie if he didn’t run, so run hewould have to. He had failed that day to stop the destruction, but if he could stay alive longenough to regroup to fight another day, to avenge his mother, and his brothers, and his weesister. . .

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