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The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) Kindle Edition
She was forced to serve, but destined to lead.
In the ancient and mystical land of Muirwood, orphan Lia has known only a life of servitude. Labeled a “wretched,” an outcast unwanted and unworthy of respect, Lia is forbidden to read or write, and forced to work in the Abbey kitchen. Lia appears all but resigned to her fate, until opportunity arises when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the kitchen’s doorstep.
Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever, but her plan becomes a perilous one when a nefarious sheriff starts a manhunt for Colvin. In the midst of a land torn by a treacherous war between a ruthless king and a rebel army, Lia finds herself on an ominous journey that will push her to wonder if her own hidden magic is enough to set things right.
Revised edition: This edition of The Wretched of Muirwood includes editorial revisions.
About the Author
Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state's majestic redwood groves.
- ASIN : B008EYUJDW
- Publisher : 47North (15 Jan. 2013)
- Language : English
- File size : 3634 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1456399489
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,034 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Because of this, it may leave some readers wondering what there is to read about...
My answer is that there is plenty to read about. The heroine experiences moments of bravery and of loss just as poignant as can be found. But instead of revelling in the thick and dirty of fantasy, it's forced to tread a more careful and intelligent and trusting path. One where kingdoms rise or fall based on a simple action or idea.
Well worth a read as, although it's different from a lot of fantasy, it will suck you in just as easily.
Well that's enough of the praise, down to the nitty gritty of the storyline. Lia is a girl, a "Wretched" a simple slave abandoned at the great abbey of Muirwood's doors by her parents as a baby and growing up knowing no life other than working in the kitchens of the Abbey along with her companion, Sowe, her boss, Pasqua and overseen by the leader of the Abbey, The Aldermaston. One stormy night Lia's life changes completely when an injured stranger called Colvin finds his way to the kitchen doors. Colvin is linked to a secret rebellion against the King and his fate and that of Lia's are linked. Can Lia using her secret powers help Colvin in his quest?
The heroine Lia is a 'wretched', a baby abandoned in the monastery, who raises such children, however, there is a secret surrounding her.
At the beginning of the story two men come to the kitchen where she lives and works for the cook; Scarseth, who is initially a bad guy leaves the other ostensibly to be cared for and hidden as he is part of a faction rising up against the King.
Lia helps the hero to escape, and the triology charts their journey to put right various wrongs and their struggle against evil.
The books are well written and a joy to read.
The main character is a girl called Lia who has been raised as a "wretched", basically an orphan, by the inhabitants of a powerful Abbey. The story revolves around Lia helping a knight escape a corrupt and evil sheriff and has something of a Robin Hood feel to it.
This is a nice easy read that provides a good bit of escapism.