Blood and Memory
The Quickening Book Two
By Fiona McIntosh
Harper Voyager, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060747596, 448pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2006
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The fate of nations hangs
in precarious balance
as a young soldier urgently
seeks answers to a
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.
“[A] terrific dark fantasy . . . the story line is action-packed . . . . a fabulous saga.
-Midwest Book Review
“Strongly conceived, believable characters and a swift plot.”