The third book in the Novel of the Nine Kingdoms series, published January 2009. I so love the covers of those books!
Born out of a "fantasy world...too wonderful to miss"* the Nine Kingdoms trilogy now explodes in the fiercest battle yet as the fate of a kingdom lies with a man and a woman bound by love, magic, and a legendary sword.
As the mercenary daughter of Gair, the black mage of Ceangail, Morgan is the only one who can stop the terrible sorcery her father unleashed. To do so, she must race against time and find the spell that will allow her to close the well of evil he opened. But that quest will lead her to places she never dreamed existed and into a darkness she would give anything to avoid…
The fate of the kingdom of Neroche is intertwined with the closing of Gair's well. Miach, the archmage of Neroche, is determined to help Morgan find what she needs, not only because the safety of the Nine Kingdoms hangs in the balance, but because he will do anything to protect her. Together they must search out the mysteries of Ceangail, and the dangers of Morgan's own bloodline.
Now, to rescue the kingdom from total ruin, Morgan and Miach have only each other to trust, heart and soul...
In this third book, Morgan is finally back to her own self, her own strength. She is accepting her own magic, learning spells, and most important: meeting the family she never knew she had. Her grandfather the Elven King is very opposed to her marrying a mage, and a minor prince. Even though he is the Archmage of Neroche. But he relents in time, when he sees their love for each other is true, and betrothes them officially. Giving them gifts they never would have expected, binding them together in the process.
One thing that kept confusing me, the previous rulers, mentioned in the legends and stuff, are all still alive. So strange to meet the greatgrandparents of the hero, and their ancestors, and then have them all together in one place, helping out. It sure is not easy keeping all those names straight.
And they meet and fight evil. Evil in many forms, evil Morgan is helpless against, even with her weapons and her new found powers. But she is not alone, and with the help of her mercenary friends, her family and most especially Miach, they manage to defeat evil. But at a very high price, and a not-foreseen ending.
I liked this book, it was somewhat faster paced than the previous one, but I am also happy I have finally finished with the tale.