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Myrren's Gift, the first volume of Fiona McIntosh's Quickening trilogy, is a storytelling tour de force that revolves around the ill-fated life of the son of a legendary general and a very special gift from an accused witch sentenced to death.
King Magnus of Morgravia and his famous general, Fergys Thirsk, have been best friends for most of their illustrious lives. But when Fergys is mortally wounded in battle, Magnus vows to take care of his best friend's young son, Wyl, and forge a relationship between Wyl and his own son, Prince Celimus. The King hopes that the two young boys will become best friends -- blood brothers -- just like their fathers and that Wyl will carry on the much-heralded Thirsk name and become the general of Celimus' army. But from the start the boys detest one another and Celimus, a vicious and conniving egomaniac, vows that once he is king the young Thirsk will be promptly assassinated. But what Celimus doesn't realize is that Wyl has been given an extraordinary power, one that continues on even after death…
Reminiscent of Raymond E. Feist's classic Prince of the Blood and John Marco's Tyrants and Kings trilogy (The Jackal of Nar, The Grand Design, and The Saints of the Sword), McIntosh's utterly readable Myrren's Gift is a book fantasy fans will have a hard time putting down . With a cast of fully realized characters and enthralling plotlines that include supernatural blessings, doomed romance, an imminent war, and a desperate quest -- this fantasy has it all. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen