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Blood and Memory: The Quickening Book Two by Fiona McIntosh
Review by Gayle Surrette
Eos Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0060747587
Date: 01 August, 2005 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Now we're into the middle of the trilogy and things are moving almost too fast to keep up. Wyl Thirsk who was killed at the end of the first book has, thanks to Myrren's Gift, moved once again to the body of his murderer. This time however Wyl is finding that he's got more problems than just adapting to his new body, continuing his efforts to rid his country of its sadistic ruler Celimus, save his love from a political marriage, and rid himself of Myrren's accursed gift.

The plot lines begun in Myrren's Gift begin to pull together. Wyl manages once again to gain allies to help him. He now knows that he must find Myrren's father to learn more about her gift. But now Wyl begins to show the tactical ability that he was known for when he was himself. He begins to make plans rather than float along reacting to the machinations of King Celimus. While his plans twist and snap under field conditions, nevertheless Wyl is beginning to take control of his life. But in reaching the home of his best friend's family, he once again is murdered and takes another body. However, this is a body he had sworn to protect and he's racked by guilt. Yet, Wyl moves on knowing he must continue his battle to save the kingdom from Celimus.

The writing is more controlled and the plot moves along shifting from the point of view of the various characters with a surer touch. Blood and Memory is truly a page turner and a book that's hard to put down. I can hardly wait to find out what happens in the final book of this series.

Highly recommended. However, this book does not stand on its own. You'll need to read Myrren's Gift first.

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