"Terrific dark fantasy"
Kept alive by the magic of the Quickening, warrior Wyl
Thirsk witnessed ruthless King Celimus of Morgravia kill
Myrren the Witch; the person who gave him his paranormal
skill to switch bodies. He vows vengeance while he resides
inside his third body that of Faryl the female assassin.
Romen Koreldy had killed Wyl's body, which due to Myrren's
Quickening enabled the deceased to move his soul inside
his "conqueror". When Faryl killed Wyl's second body that
once belonging to Romen, he moved inside her flesh. In
each case he kept his memories expanded by that of the
body he uses.
King Celimus plans to conquer neighboring Briavel either
by marrying Queen Valentyna or invasion. Concluding that
her country will be slaughtered in a war, Valentyna
ponders marriage to the insane abusive Celimus, which she
believes would be worse than death, but also fears the
outcome to her people if the vicious soldiers of Morgravia
attacked. Wyl continues his search for his sister, his
desire to return to his beloved beleaguered queen, his
need to kill Celimus, and finally trying to understand the
This terrific dark fantasy will get fans to believe in
sorcery especially the Quickening but to better understand
what is going on especially with the magic, new readers
should start with book one, MYRENN'S GIFT. The story line
is action-packed as Celimus puts in motion his scheme to
annex his neighbor while Wyl in a female's body
(interesting psychological twist) struggles with several
potentially conflicting objectives. Readers will question
his thinking skills because he makes the same fundamental
errors which places him in unnecessary jeopardy, but that
cranks up the excitement so that the audience has a
fabulous saga to follow.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted July 24, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007
It is the tale of Wyl Thirsk, the young general of the Morgravian Legion and the frighteningly strange turns his life takes when he is inadvertently touched by magic.
To save two kingdoms from a despot's rule, one man must journey into the unknown, seeking answers to the strange and powerful secret that so plagues him.
Wyl Thirsk, loyal soldier of Morgravia, has seen his best friend slain, his sister tortured, and his mentor sent to certain death, all at the hands of his sovereign, the cruel and manipulative King Celimus. Now Celimus, believing himself to be rid of the "moral constraints" of the Thirsk influence, has turned his greedy eye to expansion ... and Morgravia's neighboring kingdom, ruled by the spirited but inexperienced Queen Valentyna. As Celimus pressures Valentyna into a doomed political marriage, Wyl endeavors desperately to preserve both the honor of his country and the freedom of the woman he loves.
But fate has other plans for him. Despite his friends and loved ones becoming increasingly tangled in the evil machinations of King Celimus, though war with the dread Northern Kingdom appears imminent and Valentyna is poised to succumb to Morgravia's oily rule, Wyl must leave behind all he knows and cares about and travel into the land from which none return, seeking out the bestower of Myrren's sinister gift.