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The Wretched of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 1 | [Jeff Wheeler]

The Wretched of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 1

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.…
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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.

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    Dylan Chambersburg, PA, United States 04-17-14
    Dylan Chambersburg, PA, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An unexpected gem"

    This book was offered at a discount and not many seemed to have listened to it. Based solely on this my expectations were not high as to the books content. I'm happy to say I was pleasantly surprised to find a story which excelled in every way. It was well written, well paced and rooted in human emotion. Each character is complex (and gets even more so in future volumes.) It is an old world book about magic but don't expect any Lord of the Rings type creatures. The story works perfectly well without them. I found myself thinking of the book when away from it, caring and wondering what would happen next to the characters and Jeff Wheeler never disappointed me.
    Kate Rudd does an outstanding job in her narration with both male and female voices. She gives each character a distinctive voice with emotions that you can hear the change. (Not all the males sound the same no matter what they are feeling.)
    This book and this series is highly recommended!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    CJ 02-01-13
    CJ 02-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice Surprise from Unknown Author"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Hewes 05-08-14
    Robin Hewes 05-08-14

    Tell us about yourself! I am a retired senior who enjoys reading, literally and audibly. I play games on the computer (BFG) and Playstation

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    "The Wretched of Muirwood: Book 1"

    This was a surprise to me. I read the book and enjoyed it not thinking that it was outstanding so surprise when I found myself thinking about it for several weeks after I read it. I am now almost thru book 2 and still don't know what took my attention but I am hooked on the story. Good characters that come alive without being aware that they took root in my mind. Very good writing, good story line and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys other times and magic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 02-27-14
    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2005

    Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.

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    "Better than Jeff's other book Fireblood"

    I'd just completed "Fireblood: Whispers from Mirrowen" and had fairly low expectations when beginning this novel. I was pleasantly surprised. It is hard to believe that they are written by the same author. This story was so much better than Fireblood. The narrator was better as well.

    I found I could empathize with the main character Lia. I celebrated her victories and lamented her defeats. It was such a stark contrast from Fireblood where I didn't really care if any of the main characters lived or died. They were all a rather unsavory bunch.

    That being said you can tell that writing is not Jeff Wheeler's day job. That doesn't diminish from my enjoyment but you can tell his writing lacks the depth and polish you would find from a fantasy author who makes his living as a writer. I suspect Mr. Wheeler will get there someday if he keeps writing and I would encourage him to do just that.

    If you're looking for something polished or an epic fantasy this isn't it. If you want a solid story with a likable main character I'd recommend you pick this up.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RYAN BROOKVILLE, OH, United States 07-04-13
    RYAN BROOKVILLE, OH, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great ideas and wonderful narration"
    Where does The Wretched of Muirwood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    The main character Leaha (not sure of spelling). I also liked the crazy maston knight Medera.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would like to but don't have time for that.


    Any additional comments?

    It not Tolkien or Robert Jordan. It's a YA book that I think does a great job and is entertaining.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nathanile WINCHENDON, MA, United States 06-02-13
    Nathanile WINCHENDON, MA, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wretched of Muirwood the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Wretched of Muirwood to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would probably recommend it to a younger crowd, teenage years to enjoy the teenage angst.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Shes great


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-30-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Will the Real Wheeler Please Stand Up"

    HUNGER MADE THE CALMEST MEN CRANKY
    I will be honest, after listening to this I looked the author up on the internet. The whole time I was listening, I felt that this was probably a female writer who was using a male pen name to capture a new audience. The writing had that sort of feel to it. According to the internet, Jeff Wheeler is a man and he is married with children. I think if you like Bujold, Moon, McCaffrey, or LeGuin you will like this. Also a little similar to Butcher's, Lord of Fury series.

    I believe this to be an early work of JW's and it is obvious he can quit his day job now. I was not thrilled with it, as I had trouble with the main character. I wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake her, she was so bull headed. Yet, I am married to a bull headed woman, go figure. I won't continue the series, but you might like it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Haydhan Fire Southern California 09-02-13
    Haydhan Fire Southern California 09-02-13 Member Since 2012

    I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.

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    "I'll take my sermon at church, thanks!"

    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.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-26-13
    Ryan Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Average"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 09-26-13
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 09-26-13 Member Since 2004

    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. :)

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    "Welcome to the Monistry"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Shouldn't Have Given Up The Day Job."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Being written by someone with a talent rather than an agenda.


    What was most disappointing about Jeff Wheeler’s story?

    There is a strong whiff of religious fervour, I kept expecting the trust in god theme to descend into outright Christian proselytising. Although god isn't mentioned, the author has evidently spent too long watching Star Wars and is stuck with the idea of The Force padawan.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Having a better story to read.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wretched of Muirwood?

    The middle and the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Will not be bothering with the others in the series.

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