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The Blight of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 2) Kindle Edition
An evil queen and a deadly plague threaten to destroy the kingdom of Muirwood.
Rising from her humble beginnings as a lost orphan of Muirwood Abbey, Lia is summoned to return as the Abbey’s protector and special guardian for Ellowyn Demont, the lost heir of the fallen kingdom of Pry-Ree. After the death of the ruthless king at the battle of Winterrowd, the great Aldermaston and Abbey leader calls on Lia to use her mystical talents to save Muirwood from two new threats—a vengeful queen accusing the Aldermaston of her husband’s death, and a deadly plague threatening to destroy the land. Amidst the turmoil, a battle ensues, and soon Lia learns the world’s magic has begun to falter. As a blanket of dread envelops the Abbey, hopes are tested and Lia will be forced to come to terms with a secret that will change her life forever.
Revised edition: This edition of The Blight of Muirwood includes editorial revisions.
About the Author
Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state's majestic redwood groves.
- ASIN : B008EYULE4
- Publisher : 47North (January 15, 2013)
- Publication date : January 15, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 4476 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 466 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1456406272
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,268 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Blight of Muirwood is a somewhat complicated story. It is the middle book of a trilogy, so that doesn’t help. To understand it better, it helps to have read the first book in the series, The Wretched of Muirwood first.
Muirwood Abbey is a school where scholars learn to read and write and to wield the phenomenon known as the Medium. Part magic, part mystical knowledge, and part Higher Power, The Medium is intimately intertwined with everything at Muirwood and the lands around it. It is sort of like the Force in Star Wars.
Lia is what is known as a Wretched – an orphan with no discernable family. At least that is how it appears. As such, she was never allowed to join the learners at the Abbey and never allowed to learn to read or write. Yet, in the first book, we learned that she has an unusually strong connection to the Medium. This is the driving force for her adventures this time, as it was in the previous book. This time, she is given the position of the Abbey’s Hunter, replacing Jon Hunter, who was killed in the previous book. It is her job to protect the Abbey and important people and things belonging to it.
Also, in the previous book, Lia fell in love with Colvin Price, the young Earl of Forshee, who accompanied her on her adventures at that time. He had promised to dance with her at the village festival on the next Whitsunday.
Unfortunately, Colvin’s duties prevent him from keeping his promise, and Lia is heartbroken despite her own new duties. When he does finally show up again, it is in the company of a young lady, also a Wretched, who, it has been determined is not a Wretched but a princess and who, for reasons of policy, it looks like Colvin will need to eventually marry. In the meantime, he is to be in charge of protecting her on the next stage of her journey.
Naturally, Lia is jealous. I was impressed that she resolutely recognized not only her jealousy but also that it could have the effect of eroding her connection to the Medium. She resolves to overcome the feeling and to help guard the other girl when she needs to as well.
There follows a long, complicated journey to another Abbey, during which Lia learns that all the Abbeys in the country are in danger. She also learns just enough of her own origins to enable her to begin to guess at the truth of them.
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I enjoyed Lia’s character very much, though literally every other character had more dimensions than Colvin, who does nothing other than clench his jaw, over and over again. The author keeps the adventure going at a fast pace, and I’m hoping the third book in this trilogy has Colvin do more than clench his jaw. At least Lia is bound to do something meaningful.
This books aims to answer some these questions.
Reasonbly compelling sequel will go and get the third.
The writing is reasonable, nothing too amazing. The fantasy world is not described in any great evocative detail - it's just a competently written and structured novel, which is a fairly good read. It's strong points are again the spiritual, Christian inspired content, and Lia's honourable motivations - a character you can actually root for, which is sadly too rare in modern fiction.