The Wretched of Muirwood, the opening novel in the Muirwood Trilogy, is the tale of the orphan Lia - who is part of a pariah caste known only as the "wretched", a people unloved, unwanted, and destined to a life of servitude. Forbidden to read or write, and forced to slave away in the Abbey kitchen, Lia is all but resigned to her fate. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the Abbey kitchen, opportunity arises, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever.…
Her plan becomes a perilous one when a nefarious sheriff starts a manhunt for Colvin, and the land is torn by a treacherous war between a ruthless king and a rebel army. Ominous and illuminating, Lia sets out on an epic quest for freedom with hopes to unravel the secrets of her concealed past.
©2013 Jeff Wheeler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I wasn't sure what to expect when picking out this book, and was pleasantly surprised with an engaging listen - follows the story of an orphan kitchen girl as she helps an unknown knight.
Nice, strong girl lead, characters a bit cardboard cut-outs- act asone would expect - the shy sidekick, the wise leader, the fiesty girl, the rough on the outside, tender on the inside cook. But the plot and premise is original.
A good listen, and I bought the following one in the series.
I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.
Too obviously religiously motivated and preachy for me. But duh, I guess it does take place in an Abby. If you don't mind that, or agree with the authors point of view then I think it would be a great book for you. I didn't hate the book but gave it two stars because it flat out annoyed me with the preaching. It is one of very few first books in a series that did not make me want to buy the subsequent books. I have no intention of finishing the series which means the book just didn't do it for me. In fact, some of my favorite books have religious or spiritual ties but this one was just too in your face and I couldn't get past it. The narrator was fine and the story itself is right up my ally. I love books that involve religion and politics but they don't usually leave the feeling that the author is preaching to me the way this book did. As I said, the story is entertaining, yet typical of the genre, and there are many fabulous reviews of this book leading readers like myself to buying this. However, if you don't want a sermon I would start clear of the Muirwood Abby. If you want one, happy Reading.
I have not listened to but about a dozen audio books. Given that I really enjoyed this book I rank it close to the top. I have not heard Kate Rudd before and think she is wonderful.
I liked the whole concept of the magical source known as the "medium" and how it Is used. Very near like how god gives powers to prophet of the bible I think. I like the fact that the person with the gift to use the medium must allow the medium to help them make the decision to use said power. I like the main character. I found the setting interesting. It is a YA book and I find that refreshing from time to time. I have chosen to purchase the other two books in the series.
The main character Leaha (not sure of spelling). I also liked the crazy maston knight Medera.
I would like to but don't have time for that.
It not Tolkien or Robert Jordan. It's a YA book that I think does a great job and is entertaining.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
I read for my degree in History a number of works by woman who had taken the vow and become brides of christ..aka nuns. This book is much more approachable vechinal into a similar world. Similar to a small town or any small community the characters know each other. The strick rules turn out to be more human than it at first sounds and in fact it seems the characters are living a pretty good life.
And it's the characters that drew me into the story and kept me going long after it had become pretty clear what the end game would be. I wanted to root from many of the characters and I felt I was developing a understanding of the many years and laying of them existing.
The story isn't super original but it is well acted and dress. It's worth it.
The narrator, the story itself is not all that complex or wonderful, its entertaining and likeable but as a book by itself i would probably not remember it after a week.
I would probably recommend it to a younger crowd, teenage years to enjoy the teenage angst.
Well performed, at times riveting story. Left me wanting the next book. .the world the story is set in, is well developed and believable, with enough characters to make it real.
Not too bad
I am not an author and take their books at face value.
It was very well read.
I did not.
I kept thinking the story seemed a little basic or simplified which made me return to Amazon and search to find out if it was marketed as a young adult book.
I had high hopes after reading previous reviews. There was nothing special about this book, it was very average. It filled the time, but I found the main character pretty annoying at times. It is a coming of age story, however the young girl just comes off as a complaining winer rather than a woman trying to find herself. There were times when you just wanted to tell her to "shut up" :-X
I would move on. There is better stuff on Audible.
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