Author : Jeff Wheeler
Category : Fantasy,Subjects,Action & Adventure,Literature & Fiction
Formats : Paperback,Audio CD,Kindle Edition,MP3 CD,Audible Audiobook,Audio Cassette
Languages : English
Pages : 466
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PublishDate : 2013-01-15
ReleaseDate : 2013-01-15
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But I needed a book to listen to while I am in the kitchen, and the deal with being able to listen to this book for free with Audible when you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber is just terrific. The story is easy to listen to both in narration (the narrator in the Audible book is terrific) and in overall feeling and tone. The idea of the medium is not unlike the Christian holy spirit or Chinese qi (chi) or Star Wars The Force, for that matter, or other life force/spiritual energy ideas. I enjoy the idea of this, and it actually makes the book more fantasy than religious. But there are some cringe-worthy moments where the LDS (Mormon) teachings come through, like the idea that the scholars wont be able to concentrate because of the mere presence of a young woman at the abbey in a very low cut dress.
All in all I do recommend this series if you like clean fantasy with likable characters. But I needed a book to listen to while I am in the kitchen, and the deal with being able to listen to this book for free with Audible when you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber is just terrific. The story is easy to listen to both in narration (the narrator in the Audible book is terrific) and in overall feeling and tone. The idea of the medium is not unlike the Christian holy spirit or Chinese qi (chi) or Star Wars The Force, for that matter, or other life force/spiritual energy ideas. I enjoy the idea of this, and it actually makes the book more fantasy than religious. But there are some cringe-worthy moments where the LDS (Mormon) teachings come through, like the idea that the scholars wont be able to concentrate because of the mere presence of a young woman at the abbey in a very low cut dress.
All in all I do recommend this series if you like clean fantasy with likable characters. I purchase very few books in a rush, and especially not in the same night as I finish one. While I read in excess of 200 books a year, I seldom go from one to the next in a series without jumping genres or authors in between. I often read several books simultaneously and for Mr. Wheelers books I set aside other books. These books deserve a five star rating, but I see a room for growth. I give out very few five star ratings for books, but Im certain the next series I read will have a five star rating. The stories are gripping;* The Blight of Muirwood finally fell out of my sleepy hands this morning at around 6 am. I remember enjoying the first book of Legends of Muirwood but not being blown away by it. I’m glad that I finally did, because this second book really stepped it up, both in world and in characters.
I was so pleasantly surprised by “The Wretched of Muirwood” that I eagerly checked out “The Blight of Muirwood” almost as soon as my Amazon Prime borrowing privileges recycled for the new month. But the big reveal about halfway through “Blight” describes the metaphysical nature of the Medium as a direct translation of Mormonism, and it became difficult for me to even finish the book. My 2-star rating reflects the fact that the first half and very end of the book were fine, and I think Wheeler did a much better job of spreading the action out over the length of the book while keeping the events tightly focused and driven to the very end. The only other time I remember feeling this way was when I decided to drop Terry Goodkind’s “Sword of Truth” series when Goodkind felt it necessary to illustrate in detail the awesomeness and pure truth of Libertarianism.
This is the second book of the trilogy, but it does not suffer the normal mid-way blues that affect most 3 book series. Jeff Wheeler has carefully crafted a book that both expands on the first book, and second sets up the conclusion without feeling like a cookie cutter. The cool thing is after I finished this book, I loved that Wheeler identified this book as his favorite and telling us whybravo. There is a great deal of action in this book as well as some really fantastic plot twists. The chapters with Lia and Colvin are the obvious strengths of this book. Lia is such a fabulous character and main protagonist, and I loved how she adapts and rolls with the punches as life throws her so many curve ballsThis is a very satisfying book that makes me want to quickly move on to the final installment.
As the characters in this book discover, what to feed and what to starve are hard choices, and are not made easily. Executive Summary: Mr. Wheeler ramps things up second book of his Muirwood trilogy, and I found myself enjoying this one more than the first. Audio book: Ms. Rudd is once again the narrator (not surprising since the whole trilogy was released at the same time as audio books). This book is nearly twice as long as the first book (14 hours vs. 8 hours in audio form). I find that a nice change of pace from the Epic Fantasy multi-book series I tend to read. The story picks up right where The Wretched of Muirwood left off, then skips ahead about a year. During that time Lia has been trained to be the new hunter of Muirwood Abbey. Most of the characters from the first novel return in the second, and Mr. Wheeler gives us more depth and insight into their characters.
Lia is tasked to help the two mastons protect Ellowyn from various threats of kidnapping and murder throughout the realm. There are also some new threats to the Abbey including Colvin’s rival Earl of Dieyre and the King’s Widow, the Queen Dowager. Signs start to appear of a blight threatening the Abbey, and once again Lia must leave the safety of Muirwood in an effort to protect it. As this is book 2 of a trilogy, it does suffer from middle book syndrome, and ends at a very annoying place. The Blight of Muirwood is the second book in Jeff Wheelers LEGENDS OF MUIRWOOD trilogy which was originally self-published and then picked up by Amazons 47North imprint. I thought the first book, The Wretched of Muirwood, lacked inventiveness but was generally a pleasant fantasy with agreeable characters who would most likely appeal to young adults.
Her job gets harder, but more interesting, when Colvin arrives with Ellowyn Demont, the princess of Pry-Ree who was being hidden as a wretched at another abbey. Lia struggles with her jealousy as Ellowyn gets to learn to read and becomes close to Colvin. Lia learns that throughout the lands history, the Medium has used a blight to cleanse the land of evil and it seems to the Aldermaston that another season of blight is coming. The Blight of Muirwood successfully avoids the Middle Book Syndrome; the fast-paced action continues and the story is fairly exciting, though often predictable. As just one small example: The Aldermaston says he thinks someone will try to kidnap Ellowyn, so he needs Lia and the Orb (which can track people) to stay at the abbey instead of going to find the bad guy who started the blight (something Lia and the Orb could have done quickly and easily).
The reason is obviously that it puts Lia where the author wants her to be (at the abbey watching Ellowyn and Colvin) and allows for a kidnapping, the eventual betrayal of the abbey, and Lias later encounter with the bad guy. A related problem, as I mentioned in my review of the first book, is the magic system which is based on a sort of Holy Spirit-like force called the Medium (there are many allusions to Biblical stories and LDS theology). The Medium happens to leaves Lia ignorant of the facts or plans that, if told or explained, would diminish tension for the reader. These small but pervasive issues kept me from feeling completely immersed in the world of Muirwood, but I enjoyed the story nonetheless. Readers who come to the series with a less critical eye will be pleased with The Blight of Muirwood.
Whereas in the 1st book, it was rather fun to pick up the parallels to certain BOM stories in this 2nd book it wasn’t just stories, but doctrine and temple experiences. Once again . . . I found I highlighted a LOT of little quotes, words of wisdom (not sure if they are from the author, the characters, or snippets the author has picked up from various religions and philosophies) . . . This one ~The first line however, was in the first book, attributed to Cuthbert Renwden of Billerback Abby. I eagerly downloaded this book as soon as I had finished ‘ The Wretched of Muirwood’, I loved that book, it was truly one of the most beautiful things I’ve read, and I went into ‘The blight of Muirwood’ with such high expectations, which were happily met and even went above and beyond in places. This book starts shortly after the previous one left off – although it quickly skips a year.
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There are two kinds of books in the world–the boring kind they make you read in school and the interesting kind that they won’t let you read in school because then they would have to talk about real stuff like sex and divorce and is there a God and if there isn’t then what happens when you die, and how come the history books have so many lies in them.
This leads Lia to be in charge of the protection of a guest of the Abbey, Ellowyn Dermot – a girl Lia can’t help but be jealous of because she has all the opportunities she wishes she had – and none of the gratitude, however this does bring back the return of Colvin and we get to explore that relationship once more. Unfortunately the Abbey is seriously under threat, on one side from a vengeful queen who wants to get her hands on Ellowyn, and on the other, a blight – a plague that threatens the land and all the magic in it. It wasn’t just any night either, it was a night me and my husband were child free, and I didn’t even want to take the opportunity to go out as I was just so caught up in this book. The first book was not without slight criticisms, but it seems like everything that was touched upon has been corrected and worked through within in this book.
I loved all the battle scenes in this book, and the way we got to finally understand why all this is happening. I’m not religious, and neither is this book, but her feelings and trust in the medium is something I imagine people with strong religious beliefs feel towards their faith, and again Wheeler has written this just beautifully. Overall I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone, it is a true fantasy novel and undeniably hard to put down. Finished this in two days- am loving this series, and as others have written, I actually think the second book was even better than the first!I didn’t find the new characters too difficult to follow, and admittedly, figured out the “twist” early on. . . . I know many reviews are discussing the various religious tones and such, but I actually find the familiarity of the concepts enjoyable.
I finished it and immediately downloaded the 3rd book of the trilogy. . . but forced myself to go to sleep prior to starting the third. . . I have a job I have to go to every morning!The plot and characters in this book are pretty good and I do enjoy a good fantasy read. The big reveal at the end also sets the story up quite nicely for the final book in the trilogy, even if it is a little predictable. The heavy religious symbolism that was just background in the first book The Wretched of Muirwood is out in full force here and has put me off completely. Most of the characters were same but few very important characters made entry in this installment like Ellowyn Demont, Marciana who was Colvin’s sister, Earl of Dieyre and Queen Dowager, King’s widow. So story starts with Lia as the new hunter of the Muirwood Abbey after the demise of Jon Hunter, Abbey’s previous hunter.
A blight starts making its appearance and Lia find herself on the journey to save ones whom she loves dearly. I hated Colvin for how he rejects Lia’s feeling but also loved him when he confess how much he loves and care for her. Following the battle of Winterrowd in book one, the Queen Dowager visits the Abbey but she has sinister plans. Meanwhile Whilst out hunting, Lia discovers an outbreak of the Blight which has struck some of the vegetation and infected one of the leering stones, what is this blight and is it spreading?Book two is as compelling a read as book one, reuniting all of the characters and giving you more back story and world building, there is also a shattering cliff hanger to this book that defies you not to read book three!I can’t wait to read book three but I think this one might be my favorite in the series even if it ends the way I hope it does.
Lia is a wretched an orphan she lives her life at the Abbey but now she has taken the role of HunterThe story has a wicked Queen who tries to kill the Aldermaston and those of the Muirwood abbey in her quest to destroy all of the abbies. Colvin returns with the lost daughter of an important family trying to protect her from the wicked Queen and it is up to Lia to help protect them. Though this second book in the series was good, I felt a disconnect with the characters I havent felt in any of this authors books so far. The book still had beautiful messages, it was just really slow at times and I would become distracted. We start with Lia awaiting her Whitsunday dance with Colvin who has promised to return however Colvin doesnt show. It really sets the mood for the whole first 2/3 of the book her constant depression and fighting off her fears.
The plot is obviously steering Colvin towards this girl, and Lia is devastated, but more problems arise from the late Dowager Queen, and slowly. . . ever so slowly Lia starts getting answers about her past and more than answers about her future. This series in particular is just a lot slower to build than the other series that I have read of this authors which gives my OCD time for distractions. Continuing with the saga, this book picks up neatly where the Wretched of Muirwood left off: Lia has grown and is facing increasingly difficult challenges as befits her experience and her learning. You don’t need to have read the first in the series ( although I do recommend it ) to be engaged and understand this story, the writing is engaging and clear.
As a middle book, it stands alone with few editing or writing issues: something uncommon in a self-published author in the kindle realm. Reading other reviews, there is apparently some sort of connection to Mormonism and this book. I start reading and then it gets all “blah blah blah” and this book was no exception. I don’t know anything much about Mormonism so this book didn’t take away from the story for me anymore than the CS Lewis religious references took away from the Chronicles of Narnia. I don’t care that Aslan is symbolic of Jesus and I don’t care that this book has some sort of Mormon temple references. I thought for being a middle book this was very strong, I usually don’t care very much for the middle in a trilogy, it always feels like a filler book, but this wasn’t anything like that.
Blight of Muirwood is the second book in the series and the main character, Lia, continues to mature and grow in her abilities. She is now the hunter for Muirwood Abbey which faces destruction by the forces of the evil Queen. Find out more about Lia as she grows and enjoy the action and romance/teenage angst in this second book. I give this book a four out of five stars and can say that even at 14 hours or 453 pages that it moves very quickly. I’m not one too interested in teenage angst or romance in general but this book also had plenty of action and interesting mysteries that are uncovered. I also liked the deepening of relationships in this book, especially that of Lia and Colvin. It made me really happy that they didn’t promptly fall in love and get married at the end of book 1, but that their relationship is still growing slowly, realistically.
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