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I m a loyal Lynn Kurland fan and I enjoyed reading her latest 9 Kingdoms installment about Runach I was warned not to expect an original plot and I admit the repetitiveness was tedious at times However, I still ejoyed the revisiting the characters and places Lynn has such a wry sense of humor and her writing is always clean and heroes chivalrous No one can ever top Miach, though. Book 7 with a new couple.The formula is getting stale..We rehash the events at the well, where Gair unleashed his magic killing Sarait, and injuring his children.So far we have read about two his progeny Morgahin and Ruath.Now we get the story of their older brother Ruanach.Just like with the last two series, the hero hides his true identity from the heroine.Heroine is naive really almost dumb and stupid naive , and has a hidden magical power.I think I am giving up on this series. READ E-PUB ♭ Dreamspinner ⚖ New York Times Bestselling Author Lynn Kurland S Enthralling Nine Kingdoms Saga Brings Together A Weaver S Apprentice And The Son Of A Mage, Both Fighting To Save The Nine Kingdoms From PerilAisling Of Bruadair Has Lived A Provincial Life, Heedless Of The Evil Creeping Over Her Land That Ordinary Existence Changes Forever, Though, When She Is Sent To The Opposite End Of The World To Find A Master Swordsman If She Fails, Her Life And Her Country S Safety Will Be Forfeit She Just Never Expected That Swordsman To Be A Wounded Elven Prince Masquerading As A Simple SoldierPowerless And Scarred From A Long Ago Conflict, R Nach Of Ceangail Has Spent Years In Obscurity, Ignoing Battles He Can No Longer Fight And Although He Has Been Drawn Back Into The World, He Fully Intends To Live An Unremarkable Life Far Away From Events He Knows He Cannot ChangeUntil R Nach Meets Aisling And Realizes That She Is Far Than What She Seems, That Their Alliance Has Attracted Unwelcome Notice, And That Some Battles Must Be Fought This is the first time that I have read the first book in a Nine Kingdoms trilogy and not had the second one to jump into This is tough for me to handle This means there are TWO years til this story concludes and that is going to be a long time I am already dreading itR nach, the third child of Gair to get the spotlight in a Nine Kingdoms tale, has been hiding away at the wizarding school of Buidseachd under the protection of Soill ir, the powerful mage from Cothromaiche After his siblings Ruithneadh and Mhorghain showed themselves to be alive and well to the world, R nach feels that he can no longer hide away He sets off on a journey to Gobhann to earn from Weger the swordsman the infamous mark and to earn the right to serve an obscure lord for the rest of his very long life as a guardsman.For the full review, please go to 3 starsI ve caught on I know now not to expect originality from this author I know to expect the same characters and the same plot in the Nine Kingdoms books As much as this grieves me, I still love this world and the characters, and I will keep reading If you ve read the other six books starring Morgan Miach and Sarah Ruith, you ve pretty much read this story The main characters remain indistinguishable from each other, especially the men, as they share the same traits and mannerisms The women sound pretty similar across the board as well, but I didn t have as much difficulty remembering that I was reading about Aisling and Runach as I had when I was reading about Sarah and Ruith Having had to adjust my expectations in Sarah s and Ruith s books, I knew what not to expect in this one so I wasn t as disappointed and irritated when it slowly was revealed what Aisling was, especially since I guessed it since the beginning of the book.There are many similarities with this book as with the previous Nine Kingdoms books, but at least the characters remain sweet and courtly, the witty banter is still there, and the world is still familiar even if the rules seemed to have slightly changed for the famed Angestand steeds Given that it s the same story with different names, I wonder why I have to wait a year for the next one Well, I ll be ready anyway. Dreamspinner is the seventh book of the Nine Kingdoms series and the first of the third trilogy I loved it I am totally into this fantasy world and the characters who inhabit it This is definitely romantic fantasy with lots and lots of magic Wonderful elves and mages good and evil mages sprinkled with some mortals in minor roles The Nine Kingdoms are described so they are easy to see from the forests and mountains to the barren deserts Most of the characters are related in some distant way, but as you progress through the books they center on the surviving children of the evil mage, Gair of Ceangail who released terrible evil from a well long ago That magic destroyed him and his family and for years all were thought to be dead The first trilogy is the story of his daughter who was a child and grew up not knowing who she was and the High Mage of Neroch, Miach I have added Miach to my fairly small list of very favorite book heroes The second trilogy is about Gair s son Ruith and Sarah who has a gift of sight Which brings us to this book, Dreamspinner.One other son survived the horror at the well, and that was Runach who we have met in the previous books He is the one who suffered the most from his father s evil as his hands were terribly crippled from his mother s attempt to close the well, and even worse, his father stole all of his magic in an attempt to gain power Runach has decided now that Miach has healed his hands to become a solder and live a life away from the comfort of his family When he encounters a waif of a girl pretending to be a boy he starts down a path that rather appears to have been laid out for him Aisling comes from a small kingdom where the people are poor and oppressed, and she has spent her life as a weaver doing little but working and living in poverty Her apparently wealthy parents sold her into this slavery as a young girl She escapes the kingdom after being given a quest by a peddler and believing she has a curse on herself As this story progressed I found myself again drawn into the lives of these mostly magical people, and I liked this story better so far than the second trilogy Miach is in this one which added to it, and I love he and Morgan, who is now his wife, together This author has created some characters I recognize and welcome as they come in and out of the story There are some ties I did not pick up on until late in the story between Asling and Sarah from the last book or rather ties from the relatively unknown kingdom they came from I may not have mentioned in my previous reviews of these books, but there are magical horses that not only fly and shapeshift but they communicate in a basic way with some of their riders There is quite a bit of shapeshifting throughout these books as I said, lots of magic Now I have to wait for the next book I ve lived in this world for way over a month now so will have to go on withdrawal I also should mention that I don t know if these are considered YA but the romance is clean and could be read by any age. Reading this book after The Alchemist of Souls and The Merchant of Dreams, both by Anne Lyle, was not one of my best ideas It s not that those books were particularly exceptional, but they re a much much better read than this book I found this horribly dull and vague, even duller than Shadowspell, which was mostly about walking At least in Shadowspell the world was interesting, there s a double agent, and there s a promise of character growth in the MC for the next book The main reason I got interested in this book was because I was reminded of Sandry from The Circle of Magic, whose magic was tied to weaving I thought this would be somewhat like that.Anyway, I saw that the author has also written romance books Now, I knew why it was so dull A lot of historical romances I ve tried have been solight on the historical detail Actually, any subgenre of romance is boundbto have hoards of lightly researched titles While I know that this is fantasy, this book is set in your run of the mill medieval Europe fantasy counterpart I expected research, dammit The Irish sounding names may be attempts at uniqueness but they just annoyed the hell out of me. Formula seriously getting old now All lead male female characters interchangeable I would think some effort would be made so that all males 1 Didn t tuck her hair behind her ear or brush braid her hair2 Call her Love 3 Hide his identity power4 Sleep next to her holding her hand near fire5 Embrace her on horse dragonAnd all females 1 Didn t have some mystery birth genealogy power2 Hate disbelieve magic3 Request everyone not to discuss magic or reveal identity or truths4 Get angry when they finally allow people to reveal, then get ticked at what was not revealed earlier5 Both parents dead6 Refuse to fall in love with amazingly handsome wonderful man7 Have quests that morph sometimes seem to dissolve altogetherOk yeah, I m tired of the series I kind of want to know what Aisling can do or who she is but, is it worth 2 books Lynn can write in an engaging manner for sure but all characters should not be basically the same person. If you are familiar with Lynn Kurland you will understand this review If not don t read this book This is a series that will make very little sense if you don t start with Star of Morning which in my opinion is the best 3 books of this series Kurland is a master story teller and she is amazing at making the same story fun to read Unfortunately she doesn t have too many different story lines She adds different elements but the characters are all very similar and their stories are too I still love to read her books even tho it is the same story over and over So this book reminded me a lot of the first three books and the second three books And it didn t have a lot going on or much movement But my gosh I enjoyed reading it and couldn t put it down Very clean 16 and up. After reading the first six books in this series and being quite sick of it since the fourth, I ve elected to not continue with this series Why put myself through the pain when there s so many other great books waiting for me