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In this enchanting sequel to Australian author McIntosh's fantasy Myrren's Gift, young Wyl Thirsk finds to his surprise that the "gift" the condemned witch Myrren granted him in the first book wasn't just a one-shot deal—every time he "dies" he takes on the outward appearance of his murderer. Worse yet, the gift has its own goals, chiefly to kill tyrannical King Celimus and put Wyl in Celimus's place as the rightful ruler of Morgravia. Trapped in an ever-growing number of different bodies, Wyl is desperate to stop the gift from continuing its inevitable progress toward King Celimus. Yet the more Wyl learns about Celimus, the more convinced he is that the evil king must die. Despite this being the middle of a trilogy, McIntosh manages to sustain suspense while deftly handling a large cast of characters and an intricate plot.
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“[A] terrific dark fantasy . . . the story line is action-packed . . . . a fabulous saga. (Midwest Book Review)

“Strongly conceived, believable characters and a swift plot.” (Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Series: The Quickening (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060747587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060747589
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
The first book in this trilogy started well with interesting charecters, new ideas for motivating the protagonist, and at least a semi-original plot tool. Every ounce of potential is ruined by this second book. Both the hero and villain become as one dimensional as the paper they are printed on. All characters in the book become both blindingly intuitive and amazingly dense depending on what the author needed for an outcome in a given scene. Someone who can spot a certain trap from miles off in one scene mindlessly falls victim to a second trap in another. The unique plot tool is used once to achieve something that could have been profound or at least interesting but the way the scene is contrived to use it is so ludicrous that it spoils the effect. One can hope that her next book will avoid these pitfalls but this one is doomed to garage sales and remainder piles.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mim on May 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Picked up this book for it's potential from the first book. I finished it, but definately lets say it was a struggle. The main characters seems to fall into the same mistakes that failed them in the first book. Do they ever learn from their mistakes? None of the characters seems to really do anything (besides celimus) other than just talk about their problems and after they talk about it the baddie just comes along knowing everything and makes them have more things to talk about. As I've said earlier, Celimus is sooo annoying in his 1 dimensionality that it makes me sick. I wanted to really like this book for what it could had been!!! Really!! I tried!!

2 1/2 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By April on September 13, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The magic of Myrren's Gift has saved Wyl Thirsk's life again, although not his body... He finds himself now in the body of the female assasin who has killed the last body he inhabited, that of Romen Koreldy. Wyl still needs to try and protect his sister from the evil king Celimus. He also needs to find a way to protect his love, the Queen of Briavel, from having to marry Celimus. Plus find a way to rescue his friends from the northern kingdom. ... And he needs to find out what is behind Myrren's strange gift to him by finding her mysterious father.

Surrounded by an assortment of interesting characters, Wyl proceeds in his various quests--ultimately to save the kingdom he loves from destruction.

Several questions are answered, but many more remain, and I eagerly look forward to reading the next book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Foss Smith III on April 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
After struggling through the first book, I gave this one a chance based on the story's "potential" and the hopes that the second time around the writing could only improve.

It doesn't. I made it about 75 pages in and put it down mid sentence.

I'm just glad I got it from the library and did not shell out any $$ for it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Kept alive by the magic of the Quickening, warrior Wyl Thirsk witnessed ruthless King Celimus of Morgravia kill Myrren the Witch; the person who gave him his paranormal skill to switch bodies. He vows vengeance while he resides inside his third body that of Faryl the female assassin. Romen Koreldy had killed Wyl's body, which due to Myrren's Quickening enabled the deceased to move his soul inside his "conqueror". When Faryl killed Wyl's second body that once belonging to Romen, he moved inside her flesh. In each case he kept his memories expanded by that of the body he uses.

King Celimus plans to conquer neighboring Briavel either by marrying Queen Valentyna or invasion. Concluding that her country will be slaughtered in a war, Valentyna ponders marriage to the insane abusive Celimus, which she believes would be worse than death, but also fears the outcome to her people if the vicious soldiers of Morgravia attacked. Wyl continues his search for his sister, his desire to return to his beloved beleaguered queen, his need to kill Celimus, and finally trying to understand the Quickening.

This terrific dark fantasy will get fans to believe in sorcery especially the Quickening but to better understand what is going on especially with the magic, new readers should start with book one, MYRENN'S GIFT. The story line is action-packed as Celimus puts in motion his scheme to annex his neighbor while Wyl in a female's body (interesting psychological twist) struggles with several potentially conflicting objectives. Readers will question his thinking skills because he makes the same fundamental errors which places him in unnecessary jeopardy, but that cranks up the excitement so that the audience has a fabulous saga to follow.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Nicholson on July 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a fabulous continuation to Book One, "Myrren's Gift".

In my opinion, Fiona McIntosh is quickly becoming one of the best fantasy writers out there; this work ranks up there with the heavy weight authors of the genre such as George Martin ( Fire and Ice), Scott Bakker ( The Prince of Nothing), and Stephen Erikson (The Malazan Book of the Fallen)

This original storyline keeps you turning the pages with its fast pace and unexpected developments. Just when you thinks things are finally settling down...well, another surprise is just around the corner. As with the first book, magic, deceit, love, cruelty and betrayal play a part in telling of this magnificent tale.

All in all, simply great fantasy writing! The final book in this trilogy is due out early next year and I can hardly wait. If you enjoy the fantasy/adventure genre then read "Blood and Memory", you will not be disappointed.
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