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For the sake of an imperiled kingdom, the line between "traitor"and "savior" must blur . . . and vanish.Though barely a teenager, Wyl Thirsk must now assume the role he has been destined for since birth: commander of the Morgravian army -- an awesome responsibility that calls him to the royal palace of the crown prince Celimus. Already a cruel despot who delights in the suffering of others, Celimus enjoys forcing his new general to witness his depraved "entertainments." But a kindness to a condemned witch in her final, agonizing hours earns young Thirsk a miraculous bequest, while inflaming the wrath of his liege lord.With war looming in the north, Wyl must obey Celimus's treacherous dictates and undertake a suicidal journey to an enemy court -- armed with a mysterious power that could prove both boon and curse. For unless he accepts Myrren's gift, it will surely destroy him . . . and the land he must defend.
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Wyl Thrisk was meant to be a general and the right-hand man of a king. He was raised to be like a brother to the young prince Celimus. Duty and friendship would bind the king and his senior general together, as their fathers and grandfathers had been bound. But Celimus has other, darker plans: plans for war and conquest that require the removal of the young, and far too moral, Wyl. A witch, condemned to die by Celimus, is touched by Wyls’ compassion and bestows a gift upon him. When Celimus’ plans come to fruition and Wyl is murdered, Wyl finds himself in the body of his killer. Standing over his own corpse Wyl realises he must still find a way to thwart the plans of the ruthless prince. But how do you set the world to rights when everyone thinks you’re dead and you’re in the body of a known assassin? Myrren’s Gift is an innovative fantasy story. The ‘quickening’, as the soul transfer is termed, offers a wonderful new perspective for fantasy readers. This is an excellent recommendation to anyone fond of the work of Robin Hobb, Lynn Flewelling or J V Jones. Expect frequent and frantic requests for information on forthcoming releases in this series. Stefen Brazulaitis is a bookseller for Dymocks Carousel in Western Australia. C. 2003 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

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