High fantasy at its best . . . .A fascinating conclusion to an engaging tale of sword and sorcery.
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.
Vibrant and engaging concluding volume of the Australian high fantasy trilogy, following Blood and Memory (2005). Former general Wyl Thirsk is the recipient of "Myrren's Gift," a magical force that allows his soul to live on after death by taking over and inhabiting another's body. Now in the body of his sister Ylena (his third body after his death), he's all but helpless to prevent his love, Queen Valentyna of Briavel, from marrying the evil tyrant King Celimus of Morgravia. Meanwhile, Wyl's friend, the mercenary Aremys Farrow, is a prisoner of Caliech, the Mountain King, but manages to win the king's trust, and attempts to broker a peace agreement between Caliech and Celimus, Aremys's former employer. Thanks to this possible accord, along with the pending marriage of Celimus and Valentyna, multiple kingdoms are headed for an age of peace the likes of which they have never seen; but Celimus cannot be trusted, and Myrren's Gift intends for Wyl to become the sovereign of Morgravia, so in order to fulfill his destiny, more blood will have to be shed. Amid a sea of bland high-fantasy novels, this is a good one, an intricately plotted tale of love and politics, set against the backdrop of a rich fantasy realm with interesting magic, and peopled with characters whom the reader grows to care about. A fast-paced and enchanting page-turner. Agent: Chris Lotts/Ralph M. Vicinanza Ltd.
"BRIDGE OF SOULS concludes all the adventure, grisly deaths and megalomaniacal machinations in gleeful style."