Off the Shelf
Blood and Memory
By Marcus Pan
By this time in Fiona McIntoshs
The Quickening trilogy, the politics and intrigue heat up. New
Morgravian king, Celimus, is ramping up his attempts at wrenching control of
not only his own Legion from the hands of his murdered general Wyl Thirsk, but
extends his eyes to Briavel in an attempt to achieve a marriage with the
lovely, and again new, monarch of that realm, Queen Valentyna. With movements
of his troops on Briavels border pressuring the lovely young queen she
agrees, giving Celimus what he believes will be the rights to most of the
mainland south of the Razor Mountains.
Not being enough, his eyes wander to the Razors themselves
as well, as he covets an empire. But King Cailech of the mountain people is a
wily one, with conniving intelligence where he lacks in resources. Still King
Celimus chases down the last of the Thirsk line, Wyls young sister Ylena,
and in the process razes the quiet town of Rittylworth as well as slaughtering
some of his own nobles more havoc being created for the young king as
the web of deceit and lies begins to overflow.
Our hero this time, Wyl in his fourth body due to the
Quicking gift of Myrren from years ago, shares his secret with a select few who
find themselves trying to slowly maneuver against the barbarous King Celimus
without drawing outward attention to themselves knowing his cruel ways.
Scattered to the wind with Fynch and Knave going in search of the secretive
Manwitch, Aremys and Ylena (Wyl) heading to the Wild. Other friends of
Wyls are locked in Cailechs mountain dungeons where they are
terrorized by black magic and loneliness and still more are scattered to
Briavel and elsewhere as Celimus terrible axe of might comes down on
their homes and villages.
Fiona still maintains a smooth, yet just-descriptive-enough,
style as we move through Blood and Memory. The three book series picks
up pace and rushes to what Im expecting to be a huge conclusion, and
while I devised some of the paths Wyl could take I am unable to come up with a
how and I cant wait for it. Other smaller plots open up,
involving the same people of course as they get mired in other matters
throughout Fionas milieu. The surprising role that young Fynch takes on,
for example, was totally unexpected and sure to be a thrilling road to follow.
The closing of Blood and Memory concerns itself with this development
and leaves you ready to dive right into book 3, Bridge of Souls, to
follow the thread which is exactly what I did.
"Blood and Memory" by Fiona McIntosh
by Jeffrey Pennington
Copyright © 2003, 2005 by Fiona McIntosh
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