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Bridge of Souls (The Quickening #3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  2,645 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Time is short. The proposed marriage of Valentyna and Celimus draws ever closer, but Wyl's latest guise leaves him powerless to intervene. His plans in ruins, the former General of the Legion becomes more and more reckless in his attempts to prevent the union of his mortal enemy and the woman he loves.
Mass Market Paperback, 688 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Orbit (first published 2004)
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Jul 15, 2012 Seán rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bridge of Souls will sadly forever be the book that 'turned me off fantasy'.

Or so I thought upon finishing it. I was so utterly and completely jaded from the series as a whole, so disappointed by such a lacklustre finish to what had already been a 'maybe it will pick up again soon' journey that I couldn't stomach another fantasy novel for a good three years. That's a pretty major impact for a single book.

The Quickening series itself is a rollercoaster of ups and downs. As the series entered its
Mily Lou
Mar 10, 2010 Mily Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-books
I loved the first book, was still fascinated by the second book, but by the start of the third book I thought I know what to expect. After all, Wyl Stark had the curse of Myrren's Gift, which caused him to switch bodies with whomever kills him. Crazy twists had already happened because of this. I assumed more would. But the ending had to be predictable, right? I mean, all he had to do was get killed by the evil King Celimus who was to marry Wyl's true love, Valentyna, and all would be right, yes ...more
May 31, 2017 Kylie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. I enjoyed the first book, but should have stopped there. Everything became repetitive and annoying.
Dec 15, 2009 Hope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Myrren's Gift, I immediately hit the library to grab the two final installments of The Quickening. I love fantasy/scifi. This series was so much fun to read. It wasn't one that was easily put down (lost some sleep with poor Wyl's story.) If you don't read reviews and don't read ahead (including the next book covers) there are some nice surprising moments. All in all, a very enjoyable series that I would recommend.
Angela R.
Mar 18, 2011 Angela R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fantasy
A wonderful ending to a delightful series. The author employs many conventional fantasy conventions, but skillfully weaves in some unexpected and unique elements which heighten the suspense and really kept me reading well into the night. So often I'm disappointed at the ending with a series like this, but not this time. I'll definitely be looking for other books by this author!
Aug 04, 2011 Lowed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm Done! I'm Done!! Not only that it's action-packed. It's also peppered with deceit, betrayal, and hmmm.. forbidden love.

And what was that famous line from Kung Fu Panda again? That damn line just kept on popping up in my head halfway through the book.

Dec 14, 2010 Drake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The secondary plot introduced in the second book diverges almost entirely from the main storyline here, confirming impressions that it should really have been a separate series.

Worth borrowing, not buying.
Liz Cozens
Nov 23, 2008 Liz Cozens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fantasy
Sad it's all over. Loved the ending, not what I expected which was good as I would have been disappointed if it had ended the way it seemed like it would. That may not make sense but I'm sure it will if you read it.
Michael Harry
Nov 17, 2009 Michael Harry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well it didn't end it quite the predictable way I thought it would and that was a good thing. Be warned though, the author likes killing off characters even more than George RR Martin though if you've made it this far (book 3) then you probably know this already.
De péripéties en péripéties, toujours autant de plaisir à suivre Wyl pour ce dernier tome à la hauteur du reste!
Dec 04, 2016 Loren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series. The writing style isn't my favourite, but the plot is fresh and the characters enjoyable.
Heather S
May 07, 2017 Heather S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
until the last few chapters, the story is solid. the finale is a bit weak. the twist was good but not explained well at all. "because magic!" is not really enough.
Dec 18, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having learned much of the gift he bears, Wyl sets off to do whatever he can to prevent the marriage between Queen Valentyna and King Celimus. At the moment, in his current state, he's still trying to figure out what. The best he can hope for is to provoke Celimus into killing him, thereby becoming the sovereign of Morgravia and ending Wyl's curse. It isn't an end that particularly appeals to him---Wyl's spent too much of his life hating Celimus to want to become him. But time fast trickles away ...more
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Jan 30, 2011 Jane rated it did not like it
Shelves: charity-shop
Having read all three books with dogged determination, several issues became apparent to me by book three.

Firstly character viewpoint. Sloppy and badly executed, we are pitched from head to head as the author seeks to enlighten us on the feelings of every bit player from start to finish. Enough already. I had hoped that it would be cured by the final book, but alas it appears her editors are either very poor, or that she has some kind of hold over them.

High and low swings: the violence can be q
Jan 20, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
A fairly predictable conclusion to a decent story. Despite the author's attempts to throw some doubt into the outcome, it was hard to see this coming out almost any other way. (ok, it wasn't exactly the way I predicted, or had been forecast by the author, but the result was close enough that I think my complaint rings true)

The use of magic as deus ex machina was a consistent problem throughout this series, and some of the actions of secondary characters to screw up the plans of the major player
"En résumé, un tome 3 qui, parfois, traînait en longueur pour moi, avec des passages assez longs qui manquaient d'action. Néanmoins, on a nos réponses aux questions, et la fin me plaît beaucoup (bon, on s'y attendait aussi, il faut le dire!). Je n'ai malheureusement pas su retrouver l'attachement que j'avais des personnages dans les tomes précédents, ce qui m'a un peu déçue, je dois bien l'avouer. Cependant, c'est une très bonne série que je conseille à ceux qui ont le cœur bien accroché, car l' ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this triology more than I expected to. Never really read fantasy before, the kind with names and places you're not sure you are pronouncing right!, so was something new for me. It wasn't something to prompt deep thinking but was a good escape and an interesting plot and characters. Magic, plots, murder, treachery and love, you can't really go wrong! The end seemed a bit too neat and tidy but that's probably just me being picky. Also she suddenly started having the characters swearing i ...more
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Christel Mirassou
Ça-y-est c'est fini, malheureusement. En effet on s'attache facilement à Wyl Thirsk, notre héros, et on se demande à chaque chapitre dans quel corps son âme va se réincarner. On se prend d'amitié aussi pour le petit Fynch, et on se surprend à pleurer de peur pour lui. Par contre on se réjouit du sort du roi Celimus... Ce dernier tome est plein de rebondissements, et la fin que l'on pense si évidente ne l'est pas autant. Cette histoire est à la fois terrible et fantastique dans tous les sens du t ...more
Neill Smith
May 31, 2012 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
As Wil as Ylena works his way to Briavel to see Queen Valentyna, Celimus consolidates his hold on Morgravia by eliminating noble families and continuing his suit to marry Valentyna. Rashlyn refines his powers of transforming Cailech’s enemies into beasts but Fynch is coming to realize his powers and responsibilities to combat Rashlyn’s magic. Cailech is convinced to seek an alliance with Celimus and Valentyna. As the Quickening plays out Wil finds his roles complicated as events beyond his contr ...more
Un scénario bateau et des personnages un brin clichés, sauvés par une écriture agréable. La grâce de ce dernier tome, c'est d'arriver à semer le doute sur laquelle des fins clichées sera effectivement utilisée. Mais la situation n'est jamais aussi désespérée que le héros veut bien le croire. L'arc narratif où (view spoiler). Pour ce dernier tome comme pour la série entière, je ne recommanderai ...more
Fin de la trilogie. De nouveau plein de morts et beaucoup de suspense. Celimus est toujours plus méchant (est-ce possible ?) mais ça finira par le rattraper. J'ai quand même trouvé la fin très happy ending pour tout le monde ou presque et quelque part un peu décevante vu la noirceur générale de la série. Quelque chose ne va pas bien chez moi ?

Je conseille la lecture de cette série car assez originale sur le concept et pas mal ficelée et surprenante.
Jan 02, 2010 Audeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'histoire est rondement menée pour nous faire bouillonner d'impatience et l'auteur nous emmène uniquement là où elle l'a décidé! J'ai trouvé plus de répétitions dans les expressions dans ce livre-ci que dans les autres - peut-être parce que je l'ai lu plus vite, je ne sais pas - mais cela n'entache rien au style sublime de l'auteur. Après une si longue aventure, j'ai ressenti la peur que la fin me déçoive mais elle m'a beaucoup plu, au contraire. Une vraie bonne surprise que cette trilogie!
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
c2004. Nice end to the trilogy but I am sure it was much longer than the plot deserved. And then the end seemed to come rushing in the last 50 pages or so. Satisfying conclusion for all the characters with the exclusion of Fynch's story line and I am not quite sure whether or not I really understood it. I read the words and the explanation given but it just didn't gel. Perhaps it was a last minute reprieve. Still recommended though.
Jan 31, 2013 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The ending was very lame resulting in me lowering my review by a star. I mean, come on! All his problems are just suddenly solved by by a magic that no one could predict. This series overall was way too slow - too much buildup to finally overthrowing the kings. More needed to happen in the first two books. a very disappointing series overall.
Monica Hall
Apr 22, 2013 Monica Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry a lot of people didn't enjoy this series. I did. I've read a lot of crappy fantasy... This isn't it. This is actually good story telling with a lot of interesting twists turns. I think the point worth noting is this-- you know where the story ends up, the surprises are in the journey there. I enjoyed it.
Jul 28, 2011 Suzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this series down - really loved it.

A satisfying ending too, which also turned out to be a slight surprise.

Likeable characters, although how they could endure SO much incessant tragedy without going completely bonkers is a testament to Morgravian stoicism ....

Enjoyed the whole scenario of butch hero enduring monthly cramps too!
Mar 02, 2016 Debi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I have completed the series I am able to say it was worth every minute I spent agonizing over Wil 's fate. I truly enjoyed this series and my only complaint is that it was a bit contrived. But other than that it was wonderful. Good guys won and the bad guys paid for their crmes. Magic, fighting ,horses , magical dogs and a Dragon. What could be better?
Nov 22, 2011 Carolynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this trilogy (the 5 stars really are for the whole thing). I could not put it down! There were so many twists and turns and it always kept me thinking about what might happen next. It was truly a unique plot line, but I'm hesitant to write much more here because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read it.
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