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Lynn Kurland - Nine Kingdoms 05 - Spellweaver

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Lynn Kurland - Nine Kingdoms 05 - Spellweaver

    Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page

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Praise for the novels of the Nine Kingdoms

    A Tapestry of Spells

    “Charming, romantic, and verging on the wistfully sweet, Kurland’s paranormal serves as astrong start to a new series ... Kurland deftly mixes innocent romance with adventure in a talethat will leave readers eager for the next installment.” —Publishers Weekly

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    “Ruith and Sarah captured my interest from the very first page ... Lynn Kurland’s time travelseries might occupy a favored place on my shelves, but I think she truly shines in the NineKingdom books. I am beside myself with anticipation of the next book—it’s going to be a longand agonizing wait.” —Night Owl Romance

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    “Lynn Kurland takes her audience back to the Nine Kingdoms with a strong opening act. Fanswill feel the author magically transported them to her realm.” —Midwest Book Review

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    “Once again [Kurland] uses her gift for place and character to weave an adventurous tale thatwill have readers breathlessly awaiting the next chapter. Good stuff indeed!” —Romantic

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    Princess of the Sword

    “Packed with enchantment, adventure, terrifying battles, and a love so strong that no wizardor mage can affect it ... Beautifully written, with an intricately detailed society born of Ms.Kurland’s remarkable imagination, this is an extraordinary tale for fantasy readers as well asthose who just want to read a good love story.” —Romance Reviews Today

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    “Over the course of this splendid trilogy, Kurland has provided an action-packed fantasy aswell as a beautiful love story between characters who respect each other’s talents.” —Romantic Times

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

    “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

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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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     , like its predecessor, , is the best work LynnThe Mage’s DaughterStar of the Morning

    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 ... The fantasy world, drawn so beautifully, is too wonderfulto miss any of it. I highly recommend this book, the series, and all of Ms. Kurland’s otherworks. 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

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    Star of the Morning

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

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    “Terrific ... Lynn Kurland provides fantasy readers with a delightful quest tale starringlikable heroes ... A magical beginning to what looks like will be a superb romantic fantasytrilogy.” —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

    More praise for the novels of Lynn Kurland

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    Till There Was You

    “Expertly mixes past with present to prove that love endures all things and outlasts almosteverything, including time itself ... Spellbinding and lovely, this is one story readers won’twant to miss.” —Romance Reader at Heart

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With Every Breath

    “Kurland is a skilled enchantress ... is breathtaking in its magnificentWith Every Breath

    scope, a true invitation to the delights of romance.”

    —Night Owl Romance

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    When I Fall in Love

    “Kurland infuses her polished writing with a deliciously dry wit, and her latest time travel

    love story is sweetly romantic and thoroughly satisfying.”

    —Booklist

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    Much Ado in the Moonlight

    “A consummate storyteller ... Will keep the reader on the edge of their seat, unable to put

    the book down until the very last word.”

    —Para Normal Romance Reviews

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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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    A Garden in the Rain

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

    one.” —The Oakland (MI) Press

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    From This Moment On

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

    at its best.” —Publishers Weekly

    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 SPELLW EAVER

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 Maggie Shayne, 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 Patricia Potter, Deborah Simmons, and Glynnis Campbell)

    TAPESTRY

    (with Madeline Hunter, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Karen Marie Moning)

    TO WEAVE A WEB OF MAGIC

    (with Patricia A. McKillip, Sharon Shinn, and Claire Delacroix)

    THE QUEEN IN WINTER

    (with Sharon Shinn, Claire Delacroix, and Sarah Monette)

    A TIME FOR LOVE

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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 ? 2011 by Lynn Curland.

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    PRINTING HISTORY

    Berkley Sensation trade paperback edition / January 2011

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    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

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Kurland, Lynn.

Spellweaver / Lynn Kurland.—Berkley Sensation trade pbk. ed. p. cm.

    eISBN : 978-1-101-47836-3

1. Magic—Fiction. I. Title.

    PS3561.U645S64 2011 813’.54—dc22 2010038743

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    The magic was a mighty wave that rose with terrifying swiftness toward the sky, hovered therefor an eternal moment, then crashed down again to earth, washing over everything in its path.

    The lad who had been standing at the edge of a glade watched with horror as the wave rushedtoward him. He started forward to save his mother from being washed away only to remember thathe had another task laid to his charge. He took hold of his younger sister’s hand only to feelher fingers slip through his grasp despite his efforts to hold onto her. He shouted for her,but his calls were lost in the roaring of the evil as it engulfed him, sending him tumbling

    along with it. He groped blindly for his sister in that uncontrollable wave—

    Only to realize he wasn’t a lad of ten winters, but a man of a score-and-ten, and it wasn’this younger sister Mhorghain he was so desperately seeking.

    It was Sarah of Doìre.

    And it wasn’t a wave of evil from a well he was running from, it was a terrible storm washingdown the hill from the castle that had collapsed in on itself, the castle at Ceangail wherehis sire had lived for centuries, endlessly honing spells that never should have been created...

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    Ruith woke with a gasp.

    He forced himself to remain motionless and breathe shallowly, simply because it was his habit.When one had to rely on more pedestrian means of protecting himself than magic, one learnedearly on to not give an attacker any more advantage than necessary.

    It took him longer than it might have otherwise simply because he was still fighting againstthe memories that flooded back in a rush that was unpleasantly similar to the wave of spellthat had overcome him in his dream, and, it would seem, in his waking life. He kept his eyesclosed and felt for Sarah’s hand—

    Only to realize that he couldn’t move.

    But that could have been because he was sitting with his hands tied tightly around the treebehind him. He opened his eyes a slit, then fully when he found that no one was watching him.His companions were none but a trio of rough-looking lads who stood twenty paces away, arguingnot over the best way to put him to death, but the quality of his weapons and how they mightreasonably poach the same without harm to themselves. He prayed their discussion might go onfor quite some time so he might determine where he was and why he seemed to be the only onewithin earshot who wasn’t talking about his knives. He took another slow, careful breath, thenlooked around himself.

    There was no one else there.

    Sarah .

    He suppressed the urge to panic. Anything could have happened to her. She could have been lyingwhere he couldn’t see her, or been slain, or carried off beyond his reach. There were any

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