In McIntosh's enjoyable conclusion to her Quickening fantasy trilogy (after Myrren's Gift and Blood and Memory), Wyl Thirsk continues to bravely labor under the "gift" bestowed on him by the witch Myrren at her death, a spell that forces his spirit to inhabit the body of anyone who murders him. Wyl, though hobbled by occupying the body of his dear sister, Ylena, doggedly pursues his quest to kill Celimus, the despotic king of Morgravia, as well as to foil the marriage plans Celimus has for Queen Valentyna of Briavel. Meanwhile, Elysius, Myrren's father, has charged the boy Fynch, "so humble and yet so wise," with destroying the evil magician Rashlyn. Despite a few rough spots where common sense doesn't prevail, McIntosh has taken the notion of body snatching, given it a fresh twist and come up with a winner. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
As Wyl Thirsk, former general of Morgravia, races against time to prevent a political and loveless marriage between Valentyna, the queen of Briavel, and Celimus, the tyrannical king of Morgravia, the mercenary Aramys plays a dangerous game as a "guest" of Cailech, the unpredictable king of The Razors. Featuring surprising plot turns and an ending that leaves room for later books, this conclusion to McIntosh's fantasy series (Myrren's Gift; Blood and Memory) has her heroes directly confronting their enemies. The author's skill at creating believable characters and her fluid storytelling style make this a good addition, along with its predecessors, to most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.