Monday, May 10, 2010
Princess of the Sword by Lynn Kurland
I felt a compulsive need to finish the Nine Kingdoms trilogy right away after reading book 2 (see my review of The Mage's Daughter). In this book Miach and Morgan race to the finish to stop the well of evil pouring out over the Nine Kingdoms and to defeat the evil black mage before he destroys Miach's kingdom. The King has been king-napped along with the queen, and the kingdom is undefended. Miach and Moragn have to hurry and finish their quest and return home before there isn't a home left to return to.
This is a good end to the series, but it wasn't great. There was a great deal more action than book 2 and the plot moved a lot quicker, which was good, but what left me unsettled was having too many loose ends not tied up at the end. It just didn't seem finished enough for me. If there were a fourth book that would make me feel better. But there isn't. So the book loses points for not finishing up tight and clean.
For information about the author and other books to consider, please see The Mage's Daughter review.