"The Dreamer's Song" is book 11 in the Nine Kingdom series and it really doesn't stand alone. There are characters mentioned, plotlines references, and events spoken of that will be much more clear if previous books were read.
That said. It's a beautifully written story, with Kurland's signature humor, banter, and lush prose. I have to wonder about all of these heroines who loathe the very concept of magic and yet get swept up in them though...
I love how Kurland manages to write sweeping epic stories, yet still somehow managing to focus on the lovely homely details of boots, food, the love of family, and the necessity of a friendly steed. There's magic, but it's also anchored solidly in all that's earthy.
"The Dreamer's Song" is lovely, and even better, it's prompting me to go back and reread all the past books and fall in love all over again.
THE SPELLBINDING NINE KINGDOMS SAGA CONTINUES AS A MAGE WITHOUT MAGIC AND A STABLE MAID WITHOUT A HOME FACE THE APPROACHING SHADOWS OF DARKNESS—AND CHOICES THAT WILL CHANGE THEM BOTH FOREVER...
Acair of Ceangail, still dodging his reputation as a notorious black mage, has undertaken the ultimate quest: ridding the world of a mysterious, terrible dark magic while using no magic of his own. But he never bargained for three maddening complications: attempting to safeguard his beautiful but horse-obsessed companion, Léirsinn; trying not to slay a profoundly irritating prince of Neroche; and slipping in and out of places he knows will spell his doom if he’s caught.
Léirsinn of Sàraichte simply wants to do what needs to be done—find the makers of various spells and rescue her grandfather. But walking side by side with Acair brings a terrible revelation about the magic she needs, and what its price will exact from her soul.
Together, Acair and Léirsinn face danger they never could have imagined, culminating in choices that will alter them and the history of the Nine Kingdoms forever.