Lynn Kurland continues her adventures in the Nine Kingdoms with book 7. Or book 1 of the third trilogy.. It is a powerful saga of epic proportions.. Where trilogies 1 and 2 overlapped. Their stories taking place at the same time and seldom intersecting Dreamspinner begins at the end of the other two. We find that the great evil has been conquered, that things should be quiet for a while. Yeah, like that is going to happen.
Rùnach of Ceangail's entire family was destroyed when his father attempted to open a well of great evil and his mother tried to stop him. His powers had been stripped and he has been in hiding researching everything he could in order to correct the evil done. Fortunately for Runach, his sister and one brother also survived and twenty years later they were able to live their own destinies and have found their HEA's. Now it's his turn and all he wants is a normal unexciting life. He has no power and what is left to him is his amazing memory and his knowledge of swordfighting. His hands have been healed and only time will tell if he can once again become the swordmaster he was as a youth.
Aisling of Bruadair cracks me up. She lives in reality, total and complete reality. The legends and stories are just that stories. No way does magic exist. The only existence she can claim is the one where she was sold by her parents to the weavers guild. That she lived in drudgery and near slavery with no escape insight. Until a series of interesting coincidences changes all that. If you know anything at all about Ms Kurland you will know that NOTHING is ever a mere coincidence this woman's conspiracy theories have conspiracy theories. Her escape seems to come from these random events but they send her off to find an assassin . and where are the assassins found? At Weger's stronghold.. which by coincidence *grins* is just where Runach is headed.
It was great watching Aisling discover that well, um.. magic is real! Her reactions are very similar to what I firmly believe many of us would have. Well those of us with a logic based mind. I can so see some of my family members.. All in all, she does handle it well as her discovery comes in increments.
As these two battle their separate unbelief and lack of faith, together they form a quest. They travel from one end of the Nine Kingdoms to the other, discovering who and what they are battling and just what they have to work with. Finding both allies and enemies along the way. As we are reintroduced to old friends and new enemies it is hard to not be captivated once again by Ms Kurland's Nine Kingdoms..
I am so excited about this rich fantasy. Ms Kurland relies upon lush, intricate characters and scenes. This is a sensual rather than sexual delight. The promise of what if and what can be rather than immersion in sexual antics. This series is fantasy, pure fantasy.. a wonderful saga of epic proportions.. and I seriously do not want to have to wait an entire year for her next installment. *sigh* I tried, I really tried to hold off. To read the entire trilogy when they were all out. Yeah, like that was going to happen. This is one of my favorite series.. a delightful fantasy bringing back some of my major childhood favorites..
Enjoy this book, I know I did!!