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The Blight of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  10,529 Ratings  ·  423 Reviews
In The Blight of Muirwood, the second book in the Muirwood Trilogy, Lia finds herself filled with inner turmoil after the great battle of Winterrowd that led to the death of the wicked king and her closest ally. Despite her reservations, Lia is called to be an official protector of Muirwood Abbey and is charged to employ her magic to defend Ellowyn Demont, the lost heir of ...more
Paperback, 466 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by 47North (first published February 4th 2011)
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I remember enjoying the first book of Legends of Muirwood but not being blown away by it. It was entertaining, and I thought I'd most likely get to the sequel at some point. I'm glad that I finally did, because this second book really stepped it up, both in world and in characters. I finished it quickly, and moved onto the last book right away. It is overall a solidly enjoyable medieval fantasy series, even though it's not so detailed and highly developed as the best of the best are. I was pleas ...more
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
I must say that despite my skepticism, this book was definitely an improvement upon The Wretched of Muirwood.

Where that novel was sloppy this one was more structured. I was compelled & affected by the events that took place here much moreso, and I do genuinely want to know how it all wraps up.

There are cliches. There is some Mary Sue action. There is nothing particularly mind-blowing here. I doubt though that I will take the time to read the spin-off trilogy. After this is over I think I'll
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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. I have mixed feelings about this middle book in a trilogy. The first half was just as well done as "Wretched," with a tight pace and almost constant rate of new reveals about Lia's world. And then about halfway through, the book became religious. Now I knew this ahead of time because I carefully combed r ...more
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
5 Stars

The Blight of Muirwood is one of those rare exceptions where the sequel is better than the original. 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 w
May 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sf-fantasy, audio, dnf
Halfway in and I don't think i want to bother finishing. Still don't care about the main characters. And frankly, the blatant religious overtones are very off-putting. The author *says* he drew from many religions, but I don't see it. I see one religion.

Well, I got to the part ( in the middle of a huge, awkward info dump) where it is explained that the head evil being/spirit is a woman. And she recruits only women. So right there it became a wallbanger. I don't need that kind of sexist shit laye
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). Her performance is comparable to that of the previous book. It's good, but doesn't add anything to the story.

She once again seems to use her own voice for all the female characters and a slightly different voice for all of t
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From time to time, I ask myself the questions, "What am I feeding? What am I starving? And am I feeding and starving the right things in my life? Some people feed the wrong things: baser desires, tainted inclinations, unhealthy dreams. What we feed is what grows in us. I look around and see others feeding their courage, their faithfulness, their integrity. As they are fed, they grow. At the same time these same people are starving the desires, inclinations and dreams that would make them less th ...more
Kat  Hooper
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit.

The Blight of Muirwood is the second book in Jeff Wheeler’s LEGENDS OF MUIRWOOD trilogy which was originally self-published and then picked up by Amazon’s 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.

In The Blight of Muirwood, Lia has been promoted out of the kitchens to serve a
Jen Blackham
... not quite sure how I feel about this book. I really liked the story/action/romance, it had twists and turns I wasn't expecting. It was well written. It was just so HEAVY with religious symbolism. The author says much of the mastonic ceremony was taken from ancient Jewish customs. I'll be the first to admit I have no knowledge of these customs or how they compare to my current religious beliefs... but the parallels to LDS beliefs and ceremonies was HUGE, and there was SO much of it.

I think r
Hayley Noble
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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. Lia is slowly getting to use and come to grips with her power in the medium, even though Colvin had made an oa
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. While none of the ideas are original, that is just fine. It is still a very enjoyable read for most ages, and t ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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. However, I will not be picking up the third and final book. 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.
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, 2013
This book was much longer than the first one but I'm not complaining. In the end it felt like why there were not few more pages. From the start to end it was just a roller-coaster ride. Never a dull moment for me. Book ends with a cliffhanger but thank God I already have the 3rd.

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. They all played ver
Martin Belcher
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
The Blight of Muirwood is the second book in the Muirwood Trilogy. The Aldermaston asks Lia to become the hunter for Muirwood Abbey. 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 th ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!!! I seriously wanted to start it over again the second I finished it. I love the developments in the different relationships but most all seeing Lia grow and progress so much was so exciting! 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. I Highly recommend this book.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting series. I loved the characters, the setting and the interaction between the characters.

This was the third book in the series and I'm impressed how well the author did with keeping me captivated in the story and
still caring about the characters. What a great series! I will be following this author from now on and checking out what he
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book of the series. My favorite scenes received multiply readings.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is not typical and thats what makes it great. I can't get enough and yet I can't even try to describe it!
Jeri Stofa
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

The second book in the series, but not as fast paced as the first. I enjoyed reading it, and was glad that my conclusion as to who the heroine was was accurate. Not sure if I am ready to read the third book in the series.
Nicholas Kotar
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much, much better than the first. Still a touch of deus ex machina at the end, but I can buy it. It sets up the third book beautifully.
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, reviewed, favorites

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. Much of the philosophical touches, little bits of foreshadow precede each chapter, and from there the author masterfully crafts a scene which bo
Lisa Rich
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is probably more 4.5 stars. The story is simple and enchanting--very enjoyable. Some of the plot twists are predictable but they aren't any less enjoyable for it. This is storytelling in the vein of The Princess Bride meets The Wheel of Time, with a likable protagonist, true love, and a world where good is pitted against evil. Sometimes the formula just works, and this is no exception.

Reading other reviews, there is apparently some sort of connection to Mormonism and this book. I don't read
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

I think this series is fun and well done, the editing definitely got better and that always makes me happy! ;) Really my only problem with the book is the symbolism. I know he says that he takes it from different cultures and religions but the similarities to the Temple just make me uncomfortable, its almost lik
Matt aka
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best compliments I can give for this series, Legends of Muirwood, is that it is one of the few fantasy series I have finished in awhile. This series made me want to come back for more and I wasn't disappointed.

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. Lia also has the issue that she is a wretched and wh
Kimberly Fields
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I really liked this book. It carried the themes of the Wretched of Muirwood, but deepened them so much more. The passing of the mastonic test, with all its similarity to ancient temple ceremonies was particularly fascinating to me. Wheeler did a great job weaving ancient beliefs and ceremonies into a traditional fairytale motif. 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 marri ...more
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio book as I had for the first and will for the third. I find the narrator engaging, this is just my third audio book but if more narrators are as interesting to listen to as this lady is then I will definitely listen to more. Plus I love the fact I can listen to a book going to work

This book is so much better then the first! The story is fast paced and action packed. I was worried that the secrets were going to be dragged out in this book but it wasn't the case the author
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a free kindle book that I loved! It was even better than the first book in the series! I loved how in this book we really get to see the relationships mature and change. I also loved being able to see Lia really come into her own and mature. This book was so exciting! I can't wait to read the next book!
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my FAVORITE book in the Muirwood trilogy. It is AMAZING! The interactions between the characters are memorable. Lia, Colvin and Dieyre are some of my favorite fantasy characters, and I love the way that they play off of each other. The plot is so deep, and there are so many twists and turns that you truly don't know how it's going to end.
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
A better offering than the previous story in the series. Some benefit comes from characters that have already been introduced and partially developed, but mostly it was the pacing and general arc layout; it was done better this time around. It still has its flaws, but was a rather enjoyable read all in all.
Chris Meikle
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't enjoyed a series of books as much as this trilogy in a long time. The characters have woven their spell around me and I can't wait to start the third book. I only hope it is as good as this one.
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Jeff 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, a devout member of his church, and is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state's majestic redwood groves. He is also one of the founders of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Sc ...more
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