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The Blight of Muirwood

(Legends of Muirwood #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  15,847 ratings  ·  596 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, 468 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 have
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: read-2013, e-books
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
The Aldermaston, the protector of Muirwood Abbey, is directed by the Medium to make Lia the new hunter of Muirwood. This will take some doing and a lot of training, but with leather bracers, a shooting glove, and quivers in hand, Lia rises to the challenge. Her first real order is to protect Ellowyn Demont from rivals like the Queen Dowager and the Earl of Dieyre. Lia knows very little about the princess's land of Pry-Ree, but when Ellowyn is abducted, Lia will join forces with Colvin to bring h ...more
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
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
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 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. ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome continuation of the Legends of Muriwood series.

Just like the first book, this is a great old-fashioned fantasy story with magic and swords and great villains. An easy and fun read and again, Wheeler delivers on excellent writing and solid characters.

I will definitely continue the series.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
At this point in the series, I have some serious questions to be answered such as why exactly is Lia NOT allowed to read? BUT, hoping all things come out in the next installment because it is a super story from an author I am quickly becoming addicted to!
Katrin D
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh, my. This was so boring, it felt endless.

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
Em Lost In Books
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, 2013, 2010-19
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
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Review to come...
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
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author is such an incredible story-teller!!
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
The overt Christian undertones, the heteronormativity, the slut-shaming, the obsession with biological family and class determining strength and fate; there were just too many things that rubbed me the wrong way. I mean, one of the sinful actions of the villain (the evil queen NOT the literal plague that the Medium aka God sent to cleanse the prideful little humans of sin) is teaching girls to dance without male partners. The scandal!!! A lot of the issues in the sequel were present in the first ...more
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
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy, magic
I love this series. The writing is rich and the characters are finely drawn. It's hard to make me cry. but this story did just that. Can't wait to read the next book! ...more
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. ...more
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.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is book 2 of the series. It is very good to put it plainly.
The writing is well done and the story is compelling.
Lia is a wretched an orphan she lives her life at the Abbey but now she has taken the role of Hunter . She has made it back with Colvin who she is madly in love with and pines for his return, when she hears about the blight that is raging in the land. She is strong with the medium and it is in this book why that is, is revealed at the end.
The story has a wicked Queen who tries
Tiera McMillian
Though this second book in the series was good, I felt a disconnect with the characters I haven’t felt in any of this author’s 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 doesn’t show. It really sets the mood for the whole first 2/3 of the book her constant depression and fighting off her fears. Though Lia is strong with the
Iryna Paprotska
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic-shelf
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

I like the story itself but....(view spoiler)
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!
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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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