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Blood and Memory (The Quickening, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – June 27, 2006
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as a young soldier urgently
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sinister blessing . . .
General Wyl Thirsk of Morgravia has seen his best friend slain, his sister tortured, and his mentor consigned to a certain death -- all at the sadistic whim of his sovereign, King Celimus. Now Celimus hungrily eyes the neighboring realm, Briavel, and its inexperienced Queen Valentyna, pressuring her into a doomed political marriage -- and thereby forcing Wyl's hand toward confrontation and treason, for only he can save the woman he loves from her hideous fate.
But destiny will send Wyl far from the evil machinations of the despicable king. And as war threatens from the north, where the hated King of the Barbarians plots against the south, Wyl must find the mysterious bestower of Myrren's gift in a bid to control the curse that has thrown his life into chaos . . . and is intricately and terrifyingly woven into the future of three realms.
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We discussed at book club how it kept us on the edge of our seat, and there were so many twists and angles that kept you guessing. Looking back, some things we would have changed because it maybe didn't seem so realistic or it wasn't what we would have preferred, but we were still such fans.
So happy with Greg Iles and Blood Memory that we decided to choose another Iles book for May. We're reading Dead Sleep next; please feel free to read along this month, and maybe we can chat about it too. Wouldn't that be fun?
Over the course of 800 pages, Greg Iles takes us back and forth between the two cities: to murder scenes, repressed dreams, visits with Cat’s Grandpapa (a pillar of the community), an eccentric psychiatrist who knows Cat more intimately than anyone should, and a list of savory and unsavory locals. Is there a connection between Cat’s abuse and the murders? Is Cat involved?
I expected a lot of red herrings, dead ends and filler in these 800 pages. I was pleasantly surprised that the novel held my interest throughout. Greg Iles is a master storyteller. Though Blood Memory is not my favorite book by the author, I give it a solid 4-stars. I downloaded and read the novel on my Kindle for Android phone.