What do a scared elven prince that has had his magic stripped from him and a mortal girl sold into a factory at a young age have in common? Nothing, until the threads of fate pull them together. She is looking for a skilled swordsman and he is looking for anonymity. This tale is told in a quiet voice that manages to insinuate itself into our dreams.
After being pulled from the factory where she has spent most of her life laboring over the looms, Aisling is disguised as a boy and sent to find a swordsman to free her people. Terrible prices are paid to give her this opportunity, most of which she doesn’t know. Normally, just leaving the environs of the city would activate the death curse. So will talking about the city, or even telling the name of the city to any outsiders. Because of the life she led in the city, Aisling, most rationally, believes that elves, magic, dragons, dwarves and all manner of magic and wonder are just fantasies best left to small children.
While this is marketed as a romance, it is at such a low level that this would be safe to share with your teen reader. The romance aspect is handled with such a light hand that the story and characters stand on their own. Lynn has won awards (mostly romance) and has placed on the New York Times best sellers list with her previous work. I will have to check out some of her other work, but, if those measure up to this work, I will have a new go-to author for my reading pleasure.
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 peril. Aisling 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 soldier. Powerless and scarred from a long-ago conflict, Rùnach 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 change... Until Rùnach meets Aisling and realizes that she is far more than what she seems, that their alliance has attracted unwelcome notice, and that some battles must be fought.