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Blood and Memory (The Quickening #2)

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A gift of life ...or a curse beyond death? The machinations of King Celimus have robbed Wyl Thirsk of almost everyone he held dear, and those few who have survived will bear the scars forever. Myrren's gift offers Wyl the opportunity to strike back, but at what price? His best friend is murdered, mercenaries pillage the land in the name of his beloved Legion, and now the m ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 530 pages
Published July 7th 2005 by Orbit (first published 2003)
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Lowed
Jul 29, 2011 Lowed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy genre
Shelves: books-read-2011
This was way better than I have anticipated. I gave this a four for killing the SISTER! THE DAMN SISTER who became a victim of the quickening.

Well, half goes to the sister. And half goes to that hideous father of Myrren.

Am emotionally distraught right now. But am still willing to read the last book to find out about Celimus. May his soul rot in hell!. =)
Carolynn
Nov 22, 2011 Carolynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's books like this that make me enjoy reading so much. I don't think I wanted to put it down from the beginning. It was not your typical second part of a trilogy. There was plenty of action along with exposition. I just started the final book and can't wait to see how the story ends.
Shayne
Sep 17, 2013 Shayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked the first book of this series, Myrrens Gift, then you know you felt obligated to buy this almost immediately after. Fiona Macintosh keeps surprises hidden for what's either best or worse to come. I thoroughly enjoyed how easily it picked up from the first book as well rather than the usual explaining of what happened in the first book for the first 50 something odd pages. She took no hesitation as to jumping straight back into the seriousness of the series.

I had a hard time putting
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Ruth
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
c2005. Oddly, for a second book of a series, quite a lot happened whilst setting up for the forthcoming book. Had some unusual twists that I was not expecting. The style of writing was even better than the first book. Loving it......Poor old Wyl (and Faryl and Ylena) and what about Lothryn? Fynch and Knave - a wonderful partnership and the new character of Aremys (reminiscent of The Three Musketeers) Who would have thought something like this could have happened to Lothryn? ? All the characters ...more
Aelvana
Dec 18, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having discovered Myrren's gift keeps on giving, Wyl is determined to get some answers. Now a woman, he finds the world a stranger place than he imagined---and like before, he ends up crossing Celimus. Wyl is desperate to protect Ylena and Vanlentyna, yet all of his plans keep twisting up on themselves. And Celimus is hardly idle: though he hasn't begun to suspect Wyl's true identity, he has no problem identifying Wyl's current identities are dead set against him.

Wyl might not need to wait for C
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Drake
Dec 14, 2010 Drake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The first book really should have ended the series; there was a point at which the plot converged so strongly towards a resolution that it almost feels that the story was damaged to prevent it from ending. This book introduces a number of new elements that almost feel as if they belonged in a different series.

Again, worth borrowing, but not buying.
Amelia
Jul 15, 2015 Amelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual McIntosh's writing is superb, however unlike her Trinity series by the second book (this book) in The Quickening you can kind of tell where the story is going. No spoilers, however there is really only one avenue for the story to take for it to end well for the characters. That's not to say it isn't worth reading because the story itself is a magnificent bold tale that root for the underdog as he faces multiple adversaries, with a truly evil, and powerful nemesis to round out the story. ...more
Leslea
Mar 14, 2016 Leslea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #2 of The Quickening Series. Picked up right where Myrren's Gift left off which was great. Once again fantastic writing and loved being so invested in the characters. Could hardly bear to put it down, I just wanted to keep reading to find out what Wyl and his friends were going to do next. The only down side was that I thought there was just a tad too much violence and unnecessary killing and torture. I know it is set in the dark ages where that kinda stuff went on but when you love certain ...more
Lire-une-passion
Dec 02, 2014 Lire-une-passion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ATTENTION SPOILERS DU PREMIER TOME !!!

"En somme, même si j'ai mis du temps à lire ce second tome, j'en ressors très satisfaite, triste, écœurée, en colère contre certains personnages. J'ai aussi été surprise du revirement de certains (surtout un personnage côtoyant de près Celimus, pour ne pas citer son nom) et ai été ravie d'en retrouver d'autres, bien qu'ils soient touchés au plus profond d'eux-mêmes. Je suis curieuse de lire le tome 3 qui m'attend sagement dans ma PAL (merci Binomette ), mais
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Swiftsea
Sep 21, 2011 Swiftsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've read the first book of the Quickening, Myrren's Gift, you would indefinitely proceed with reading Blood and Memory. The 2nd book of the Quickening definitely tests the capability of readers with withstanding the cruel tortures of innocents and near impression of the insignificance of human lives. Myrren's Gift was a chariot ride in comparison, with far less innocent deaths than in Blood and Memory; although most would already presume this was the case from the title of the novel. Fynch ...more
Mily Lou
Mar 29, 2010 Mily Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To all fantasy readers
Recommended to Mily by: no one
BLOOD MEMORY BOOK TWO BY: FIONA MCINTOSH

I love the Fiona Mcintosh books. This book is about a man and a queen. The main character of the book is named Wyl. He falls in love with a queen. He realizes that he is no match for her, because she is a queen and he is not. Not only that, but he is not the most attractive man in the world. To make the story short, Wyl dies and then takes a body of another man. He does not know how he ended up in another mans body. He realizes that a few years before a gi
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Deathburst
Un scénario bateau et des personnages un brin clichés, sauvés par une écriture agréable. Dans la lignée du tome 1, mais les personnages s'enferment dans leurs automatismes et le scénario se répète. Je ne recommanderai pas la série dans son ensemble, et ce tome-ci est bien le moins intéressant des 3.
T J
Apr 03, 2015 T J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The continuing story of Wyl Thirsk has it more twist and turns than a roller coaster. His fate has been set by magic and it will take all his courage to see it through to the end. This is an Epic fantasy at it's best and I for one am looking forward to what the next book brings.
Aaron
Jan 12, 2013 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too bad I have this thing about finishing series...Very average fantasy novel - too be honest I'm kind of skimming my way through this one after reading the first book. Kind of annoying all the body switching that goes on - you'd think the best fighter in the land would be able to do a better job of defending himself and keeping himself alive. Although, it is kind of humorous to watch Celimus try to keep up with all of his unwitting double crossing of Wyl.

Wyl (in the guise of the woman assassin
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Annemieke
Aug 13, 2012 Annemieke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Read this book if you:
+ like a book full of action / betrayal / intrigues / honesty / loyalty
+ interested in middle/old ages, knights, kings and queens
+ never know where the story is heading too
+ when you think you know what's going to happen, half of the time it is going to happen and half of the time you think: "huh, what just happened???"


Don't read this book if you:
- don't like magic / paranormal subjects
- don't like series (it's the second book that prepares for the third and last book)
Even
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Kermit19
Apr 05, 2016 Kermit19 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really pleased the second in the trilogy was as good as the first. It leaves you wondering how everthing is going to turn out.
Hopefully certain characters get what they deserve.
Daniel Berthiaume
Mar 01, 2016 Daniel Berthiaume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent second book in this trilogy (The quickening). It kept me going and looking forward to the third book.
Ashley
Mar 10, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really surprised about the twist at the end of this book for Wyl and Fynch. I can't wait to find out if it will be a happily ever after for both of them.
Mj
Apr 09, 2016 Mj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good series so far, well written, interesting characters. Can't wait for the 3rd book.
Matt Joslin
Dec 12, 2014 Matt Joslin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the first book of the series. It is becoming quite the page turner.
Christel Mirassou
Un deuxième tome dans la lignée du premier, alors qu'on aurait pu craindre une petite baisse de régime comme bien souvent dans les sagas. Mise à part une certaine obsession de l'auteur pour le viol, vu que la plus part des protagonistes féminins se font violer, ce qui a tendance à vous laisser avec un certain malaise, l'intrigue est toujours aussi prenante. Notre cher bon Wyl a toujours autant la poisse voire même plus si c'est possible!! Même si l'on se doute de la fin, vu le tournant pris au d ...more
Neill Smith
Mar 16, 2012 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
In Book Two of The Quickening Wyl has learned from Romen’s death that Myrren’s gift is continuing and he is now in the body of Romen’s assassin. He still must protect his sister, Ylena, from Celimus and rescue Lothryn from Cailech and as he moves to do so he discovers new strengths and new knowledge in his new body. Celimus is still moving forward in his suit of Valentyna in order to control Briavel but complications arise when Wyl finds Myrren’s father and comes to understand the intertwining o ...more
Debi
Mar 02, 2016 Debi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost as awesome as the first book in the series.
Rachael
Good enough read that I bought all three.
Catherine
Jan 14, 2016 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: really-enjoyed
I am loving this series ...can't wait for the next book!
Susancrampton
Mar 09, 2014 Susancrampton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love this trilogy
Virginie
Strange
Monica Hall
Jul 15, 2013 Monica Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do not bother to read this book, if you haven't read the first. There's too many plot twist, and to many characters to remember. Thankfully, I read this in order. I think what catches you off guard is from the first book's title you think it's about one character, or perhaps two... In this book, you're completely turned dizzy in terms of how the story changes, and how the subplots, become "the" main plot. Courageous undertaking... Again...Do not bother picking up this book, without book one.
Peter Hockham
Jul 23, 2016 Peter Hockham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i enjoyed it
Nora
Apr 10, 2010 Nora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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Fiona writes best selling historical adventure-romance alongside the heroic-romantic, often brutal, fantasy she built her career upon. She lives in Australia but frequently roams the world meticulously researching the locations and gathering material for her historical novels that have international settings. Her books are published worldwide and in various languages.
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The Quickening (3 books)
  • Myrren's Gift (The Quickening, #1)
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