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Publisher's Summary

Neroche is under assault by a magic that has stripped its king of his powers and unleashed nightmarish creatures in a war of evil in which Morgan of Melksham is fighting for her life. Recovering from a near-fatal attack, Morgan realizes that she must decide between two fates: that of being a simple shieldmaiden or accepting her heritage as an elven princess. If only she could ignore that she was the daughter of the perilous black mage of Ceangail....

Duty bound to aid his king, Miach of Neroche is torn between what his responsibilities demand and what his heart desires. He is willing to risk his life to rescue Morgan from the darkness that haunts her, but he must do so at the peril of his realm. Forced to choose between love and the burden of his mantle, Miach sets out on his most deadly quest ever.

©2008 Lynn Curland (P)2017 Tantor

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Poor narration damages a solid story.

I love the Nine Kingdoms books, and those with Miach and Acair (not yet available in audiobook format) are my favorites. So, I know THE MAGE'S DAUGHTER well and have read it many times. That said, the narrator nearly ruins the book. There are two main problems with Laura Jenning's reading. One is that she over-emphasizes the weepiness of the heroine, so that instead of coming across as a strong women dealing with tough emotional issues, she instead comes across as a total cry baby and wimp, which is NOT how the character was written. Her voice for Morgan is weak and whispery and sounds either tearful or like a shrew. This is probably why other reviewers speak about the narration often being difficult to hear. My other main objection to the narrator has to do with Laura's extremely limited ability to create distinguishable voices and accents. Other than the whispery tearful sound for Morgan, and her more normal voice for Miach, she only does an Irish accent that came across the same for nearly EVERY other character. This made it difficult to figure out which of the other characters were speaking and created unnecessary confusion. Maybe I've been spoiled by James Marsters who reads Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books with an astonishing range of voices and accents, but if narrators can't make it clear which character is speaking then they're not doing their job. I hope that Lynn Kurland finds a better narrator for her other books, as her stories deserve more skillful narration.

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Good, sort of..

The reader's voice is too whispery, which makes it difficult to hear at low volumes. The way she reads Morgan depicts her as weak and whiney. The same lines read well would show a strong warrior complaining of an unexpected weakness. Think of K. Hepburn in her movies. The proper names...I thought "sean..." would give us "shawn..." Sean Connery? Seanagarra? Oh, well.

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Love the story... wish all were available

This was a great read... loved the story. I listen to all types of books but it's nice to read a good, clean story! Can't wait for the next one to be available on Audible!

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Great story poor narration

I have to agree with the other reviews. I have always loved these stories and I thought I would love then in audiobooks as well. The narrator makes no distinction between Morgan and Morghain. She over does the pronunciations of all the names but does nothing with the main character's name. Some of the lines don't make sense because of this.
She makes a very strong character sound weak because of her timid voice and she leaves out the humor in other characters. I laughed out loud when I read about the King but hearing about him didn't even get a smile.
Overall a really great story and very poor narration.

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Smashing book! Narrater best ever!

The first book in this trilogy was just as good. Lynn used the same narrater for all three books and she is marvelous. I recommend this trilogy to people who love romantic fantasy without the totally unnecessary graphic sex . Another slam dunk Lynn! Thank you!

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Would you try another book from Lynn Kurland and/or Laura Jennings?

I have loved this story for years. I absolutely hated the narrator. Please, please, please don't let her butcher any more of your stories!

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Morgan and Miach are wonderful

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Her pronunciations are horrible and her voices even worse.

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Simple and sweet live story. The world isn't very well developed. Main female character can come acrosa as weepy/bratty.