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The Ciphers of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood Book 2) (udgave 2015)

af Jeff Wheeler (Forfatter)

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From the moment she was banished by her father, the king, Princess Maia journeyed to seek sanctuary at Muirwood Abbey, the epicenter of magic and good in the land. Now safe for the first time since her cruel abandonment, Maia must foster uneasy friendships with other girls training to be Ciphers: women who learn to read and engrave tomes of ancient power, despite the laws forbidding them to do so. As Maia tries to judge whom to trust, she makes a shocking discovery: her destiny is to open the Apse Veil and release trapped spirits from her world. Then she learns that her father is coming to Muirwood Abbey to celebrate the Whitsunday festivalaand Maiaas estranged husband, whom she was forced to abandon, will join him. Torn between deadly political machinations and unstoppable spiritual forces, Maia must channel unknown powers within herself to save her friends, the abbey, and the entire kingdom of Muirwood.… (mere)
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Titel:The Ciphers of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood Book 2)
Forfattere:Jeff Wheeler (Forfatter)
Info:47North (2015), 402 pages
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Viser 5 af 5
Summer 2018; Trilogy review:

I should have written this one ages ago, in the summer when it was still fully flushed in my head and I was head over heels in that latest Jeff Wheeler series. While I still have my low-graded complaint that Wheeler continues to establish archetypes/monsters/magical objects and then drag them into each of his next non-world-connect stories without much explanation (instead, relying on the audience to know them already from earlier reads)--

-- what I remember loving most of all in this series was that it took the villain role (that of the Hetaira) and reinventing it. Our main character was suddenly in those shoes and we got to watch her navigate what good and ill comes of being labeled/touched by the darkness of the world. The sacrifices, the outcasting, the humility, all actions without knowing whether there could ever be a positive outcome after the earliest of mistakes.

I felt very intrigued by it and I was glad to see it's full circle in this trio. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
Again the cliffhanger

Once I again I have been led a merry chase and wound up on another tower looking down. Great story, lots more to see. Thank you again Jeff Wheeler ( )
  bdinsman | Sep 10, 2020 |
Excellent author ( )
  lynngood2 | Jan 3, 2020 |
Maia in Book 2 has matured and grown stronger both physically and mentally as a result of her humiliations and rugged exposure to the elements. She finally reaches a place of peace but is never without danger if not from assassins then from evil destructive spirits. Her father the king is not to be trusted. She meets her betrothed (from childhood) whom she has secretly married but she cannot kiss him or anyone because her kiss is poisonous. Her task in this book is to free the spirits of the dead amid the challenges of political machinations. She never loses her respect for her father the king and her goodness will lead her into a dreadful trap. She still has profound regrets over her contact and infection with evil. Executions abound as this book abruptly concludes. ( )
  mcdenis | Sep 2, 2015 |
I would like to thank Amazon Publishing & NetGalley for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.

Goodreads Teaser: "From the moment she was banished by her father, the king, Princess Maia journeyed to seek sanctuary at Muirwood Abbey, the epicenter of magic and good in the land. Now safe for the first time since her cruel abandonment, Maia must foster uneasy friendships with other girls training to be Ciphers: women who learn to read and engrave tomes of ancient power, despite the laws forbidding them to do so.
As Maia tries to judge whom to trust, she makes a shocking discovery: her destiny is to open the Apse Veil and release trapped spirits from her world. Then she learns that her father is coming to Muirwood Abbey to celebrate the Whitsunday festival—and Maia’s estranged husband, whom she was forced to abandon, will join him. Torn between deadly political machinations and unstoppable spiritual forces, Maia must channel unknown powers within herself to save her friends, the abbey, and the entire kingdom of Muirwood."

A solid sequel, Maia's story continues to unfold bit by bit, piece by piece. So many mysteries set up in the first book begin to be, or are fully answered in this installment of the series. Maia continues to be a sympathetic protagonist, and thankfully some of her less than clear behavior is explained. Behavior that will clearly continue to cause her trials; trials few, if any, should have to face.

The arc of the story is smooth for the most part, carrying you through the answers and expansions of the mysteries that were developed and unleashed in the first book. Matching the pacing of the story's arc is the character development, not just of Maia, but of other characters that have come to prominence in book one as well as this book. Jon Tayt's role expands, who reminds me of prior hunters from the previous Muirwood trilogy, and some of the Aldermastons and High Seer are refreshing and endearing characters that help flesh out the story and take some of the weight of propelling the story forward off Maia's delicate shoulders. At the same time there were some events and characters that were a bit to reminiscent of the original Muirwood trilogy, but thankfully that didn't happen frequently enough to be a real problem.

Feint Collier steps toward center stage and becomes more of a real character versus a one dimensional being. His role becomes almost a pivotal one, but stays shaded in mystery all the way through, keeping you guessing as to what he'll do and how his choices will impact the overall story. Along with Feint is Dodd Price, who is also an entertaining personality who proceeds to move the story further along the outlined arc. Added to that the fact that the two men are romantic foils and you get an engaging and entertaining read.

As with the first book this sequel has only left me hungering for more. Between the answers granted in this book and the continued intrigue spooled out as the story unfolds, this sequel did its job in spades. If you can read this book and not want to know how things ultimately turn out I'd be amazed. Once again hats off to Mr. Wheeler for continuing to build so well upon the solid foundation he created in his first book that he leaves his fans yearning for more. ( )
  Isisunit | Aug 20, 2015 |
Viser 5 af 5
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From the moment she was banished by her father, the king, Princess Maia journeyed to seek sanctuary at Muirwood Abbey, the epicenter of magic and good in the land. Now safe for the first time since her cruel abandonment, Maia must foster uneasy friendships with other girls training to be Ciphers: women who learn to read and engrave tomes of ancient power, despite the laws forbidding them to do so. As Maia tries to judge whom to trust, she makes a shocking discovery: her destiny is to open the Apse Veil and release trapped spirits from her world. Then she learns that her father is coming to Muirwood Abbey to celebrate the Whitsunday festivalaand Maiaas estranged husband, whom she was forced to abandon, will join him. Torn between deadly political machinations and unstoppable spiritual forces, Maia must channel unknown powers within herself to save her friends, the abbey, and the entire kingdom of Muirwood.

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