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The Wretched of Muirwood (Legends of Muirwood Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jeff Wheeler
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In the ancient and mystical land of Muirwood, Lia has known only a life of servitude. Labeled a “wretched,” an outcast unwanted and unworthy of respect, Lia is forbidden to realize her dream to read or write. All but doomed, her days are spent toiling away as a kitchen slave under the charge of the Aldermaston, the Abbey’s watchful overseer. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the kitchen’s doorstep, an opportunity arises. The nefarious Sheriff Almaguer soon starts a manhunt for Colvin, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her fate. 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. At once captivating, mysterious, and magic-infused, The Wretched of Muirwood takes the classic fantasy adventure and paints it with a story instantly epic, and yet, all its own.

Biographie de l'auteur

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.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 800 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 300 pages
  • Editeur : 47North (15 janvier 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B008EYUJDW
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Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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"The Wrenched of Mirwood" est le premier tome d'une trilogie de fantasy. Fantasy très classique, ce qui m'a permis de ressentir le confort d'une trame habituelle avec quelques petits twists originaux et d'excellents personnages, menée par une battante, la jeune Lia, 14 ans. Si vous avez aimé de Trudi Canavan, je pense que vous aimerez beaucoup ce récit.

L'histoire :

Lia est née de parents inconnus, elle fait partie de la caste la plus basse, les "Wrenched", un peu l'équivalent des intouchables. En effet, les hommes évoluent dans la société grâce à leur héritage et leurs dons héréditaires. Sans lien de filiation, sans Famille, l'être humain n'est pas grand chose. Lia a été déposée, bébé, devant une abbaye. Depuis, elle travaille aux cuisines. Le quotidien est routinier, entre corvées à la cuisine et nettoyage du linge, bien que Lia fasse preuve de beaucoup d'énergie pour le rompre.

Un jour, deux hommes se présentent à la cuisine, dont un grièvement blessé. C'est le début d'aventures magiques et trépidantes (j'ai lu le premier tome en 2 jours et je compte bien profiter de ce long weekend pour embrayer sur les deux tomes suivants), où un héros populaire, revenu d'exil, rêve de détrôner le roi actuel (logiquement un tyran).

L'univers:

C'est un univers type médiéval, où la magie est très liée au spirituel et nommée Médium. Sans foi inconditionnelle, sans détermination farouche et... Sans don (ou objet maléfique), on ne peut pas le maîtriser.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enormément d'action 3 mars 2013
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Enormément d'action: on ne s'ennuie pas une minute .
Je n'ai pas laché les livres de cette série ! !
Personnages riches et intrigue bien construite
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly recommended! 20 juin 2011
Par Ophelia D - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've become a bit jaded since discovering the plethora of cheap books for kindle - because there are simply so many of them, and also because many books have not proven to be worth my time.

This book was absolutely worth my time! From chapter 1 I knew I'd likely have trouble putting it down, and I was right. The writing style is engaging, the story is fascinating, and the characters - well, they just work. They click; they resonate. Pasqua is a particular favourite of mine, because even though I can't cook like her, I can certainly relate to her character and the softness beneath her brusque exterior.

I loved the way magic - the Medium - had a light and a dark side, and how the choices of various characters determined how they could/could not use this power. I also loved the use of symbolism, as well as the refreshing lack of gratuitous violence/sexuality. Well done Jeff.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written, engaging read. 14 septembre 2011
Par Rachelle Lopp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I've always thought a good novel stands on its characters. In "The Wretched of Muirwood", Lia is a true-hearted and compelling heroine. She carries the story marvelously and has stayed with me as a good friend long past finishing.

Combine an excellent cast of characters with an engrossing plot--even heart racing at times--and the Muirwood series is hard to put down. It has an exceptionally well-constructed world mythology with thought provoking themes on wisdom, faith, intention, and honor. Plus, it's plain fun.

I cannot believe it is so inexpensive as an e-book. It's a no-brainer. Buy it and enjoy!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This excellent story keeps you wanting more 27 octobre 2011
Par Charles - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a mild fan of fantasy novels (I've read the uber popular ones and will read ones recommended to me) I picked up this series on the recommendation of my two oldest children (14 yo girl & 12 yo boy). They said it was awesome and that I HAD to read it. So I did. And they were right.

The setting and the characters are what is most important to me when I read fantasy. If those aren't well done then things just seem forced. The setting of Muirwood Abbey and the main character of Lia are not only well done, but they seem to go perfectly together. I immediately felt an emotional connection to both that had me unable to put the book down.

I highly recommend The Wretched of Muirwood!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read for all ages! 22 janvier 2012
Par Jennifer Earl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
As an avid reader (and a 26 year old woman), I am always looking for new and interesting novels. I was looking through the Kindle lending library, saw that though this book doesn't have large numbers of reviews, everyone who has reviewed it had given it 5 stars, so I decided to give it a try. As a prime rental it was free, but after reading it, I immdediately purchased it, as well as the rest of the trilogy.

The way I explained it to my husband was that it is almost a Star Wars meets King Aurthur. Which sounds a little strange, but it is a magical world with power akin to "the force", but placed in a political medevil setting on a different world, similar to ours. I am not neccesarily a huge fan of Fantasy fiction, though I do love books like Harry Potter, Enders Game, Narnia, etc. I think that this book is one of those that can appeal to both young and old readers, and hold different levels of meaning and inspiration for each reader.

It is placed in a rich, developed setting. The created world really comes to life. It is lush with detail and I can perfectly picture the settings in my mind, but the book is fast paced, easy to read, and full of life! There is deep religious subtext & symbology, but there is also friendship, love, betrayal, war, action, virtue, honor, pride, good, and evil.

The characters are real, potent, developed, complex, and well written, the story is adventurous and compelling. What more could you ask for?

I have read dozens of book, which I have enjoyed, but which I have not taken the time to review, or which I have not enjoyed enough to recommend to loved ones.

I would (and have) recommended this book to my teen/tween nieces & nephew, my 20 & 30 something friends, my 58 year old mother, and even my grandmother!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Pleasant but not special 12 mars 2013
Par Kat Hooper - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Originally posted at FanLit.

The Wretched of Muirwood is a book that I wouldn't normally have picked up. It's the opening installment of a trilogy that was first self-published by Jeff Wheeler through Createspace (an Amazon company) after being rejected by the traditional publishing houses Wheeler pitched it to. The book was later picked up by 47North, Amazon's speculative fiction imprint. I've been skeptical of 47North titles because Amazon imprints don't go through the normal publishing process, and because I was not pleased with the last couple of 47North novels I read. Personally, I love the idea of being able to self-publish, but as a reviewer, I can attest to the fact that most (but not all) self-published work I've encountered that wasn't from an already well-known author has been... less than stellar. Far less than stellar. That's because self-publishing doesn't involve all those folks whose job it is to vet the work before it gets to the reader (agents, editors, slush-pile readers, and publicists).

But Kindle Direct Publishing has led to a new model that Amazon has been trying for a couple of years now. Authors self-publish their books in Kindle format and keep complete control, pricing their book as they like. Amazon tracks the sales (and, I assume, the reviews) of these self-published books and offers contracts to authors whose books are doing well. Thus, authors have the burden of doing the self-promotion, often taking a monetary risk by giving away a lot of free e-copies to get attention, and those people getting the free copies are acting as Amazon's slush-pile readers. A pretty good system for Amazon and for authors who are willing to do the work and who, presumably, have a product good enough to get the reviews they need. This is what happened to Jeff Wheeler; he gave away lots of free copies of The Wretched of Muirwood, got great reviews, and got Amazon's attention. The Wretched of Muirwood came to my attention because Brilliance Audio (another Amazon company as of 2007) has been producing 47North titles on audio and sending me review copies. The cover of The Wretched of Muirwood is attractive and it's narrated by actress Kate Rudd, which I thought was promising, so I gave it a go.

That's a really long introduction to Jeff Wheeler's debut novel, which is a story about a girl named Lia who works in the kitchen of an abbey. More than anything Lia wishes she could be one of the students at the abbey, but she's an orphan and is not allowed to study. When she saves the life of a young man named Colvin, she ends up accompanying him on a trip to meet up with a band of noblemen who oppose the tyrannical king. Along the way Lia discovers that she has some skills with magic and maybe even a Destiny.

For readers who love the traditional tropes of epic fantasy and are looking for another story in which a humble young protagonist starts out illiterately baking bread in the kitchen of an ancient abbey but ends up as a warrior in an epic supernatural battle between good and evil, The Wretched of Muirwood is likely to please. It's well-written (not beautiful, but certainly miles better than most self-published work I've read), has a nice setting, an interesting story, and moves at a good pace.

The greatest strength of The Wretched of Muirwood is the characters. Lia is a pleasant protagonist -- she's smart, eager to learn, courageous, and nice to be around, but she's not too perfect, at least at first. Other characters have their own distinct personalities and make a good supporting cast. None of them are anything we haven't seen before in this type of epic fantasy, but they are pleasant to read about.

Those who are looking for something new will find that The Wretched of Muirwood doesn't stand out. This was exactly the issue I had with the last couple of 47North novels I read, though The Wretched of Muirwood is better. The story could have benefited from something special, like an original magic system. Wheeler's magic consists of a nebulous energy called the Medium, which has its own mission and helps those who believe in it, similar to The Force in Star Wars or, more likely, the Christian Holy Spirit. After reading about Jeff Wheeler and discovering that he's a bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I suspect that parts of his story may be metaphor for LDS doctrine. (I can't say for sure since I'm unfamiliar with teaching that goes beyond what's found in the Bible.)

Jeff Wheeler originally pitched The Wretched of Muirwood as a young adult novel and I think that target audience will enjoy the book most and will want to read Lia's further adventures in the next novel, The Blight of Muirwood. Brilliance Audio sent me the whole trilogy and I liked The Wretched of Muirwood well enough to give that second novel a try. Kate Rudd does a great job with the narration. She has a superior ear for the rhythm of the story and she can convincingly read both male and female parts.
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