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Maid of Wonder

(Maids of Honor #3)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  43 reviews
“Death comes to Windsor.”

Sophia Dee, the most unusual spy of Queen Elizabeth’s Maids of Honor, has run out of time for her psychic skills to fully manifest. A terrible new prophecy now haunts Windsor Castle, and the Queen demands answers before the next doomed soul dies.

Thrust into a dangerous and horrifying competition to solve the deadly prediction, Sophia finds herself
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Michelle Stoddard My bet is on Anna. Jane would be a pretty dramatic ending to the series. Then again, Anna would be a good viewpoint character if they're tying up a se…moreMy bet is on Anna. Jane would be a pretty dramatic ending to the series. Then again, Anna would be a good viewpoint character if they're tying up a series-long mystery in the last book.(less)

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nick (the infinite limits of love)

Jennifer McGowan's Maid of Honor series is an underrated series that I think deserves more love. Each book features a different protagonist, but the main storyline is connected. I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but I was especially looking forward to Sophia's story in Maid of Wonder. While I found this installment to be lacking in certain areas, I still thought it was a decent addition to the series.

Sophia has always been the most intriguing character out of all of Queen Eliza
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Coming into Maid of Wonder, I was nervous. Sophia has been my least favorite maid since book one, not because she was hateful but because I found her boring. Plus, I was seriously skeptical of her plot line. Still, I hoped that the romance would be adorable and the plot would surprise me. Sadly, this is one of those cases where my fears came 100% true. I still liked parts of Maid of Wonder, but it was slower and less delightful than the others.

I’m all for historical fantasy or historical paranor
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was bursting at the seams to read Sophia's story. McGowan has been building up to Sophia's burgeoning powers since the beginning. In the previous books, Sophia was portrayed as a weak and fragile girl with no power to control her overwhelming gift. But now she is stronger, a 'mystical warrior.' McGowan has created such flawed and complicated characters. The other maids make less appearances in this installment, but Sophia constantly reminds herself of the bond between her and them. I appreciat ...more
Small Review
3.5 stars. Not my favorite maid, but still an enjoyable read. The final 30 pages really ratcheted up my interest and now I wish the next book was about Sophia.

Originally posted on Small Review

The first two books in this series, Maid of Secrets and Maid of Deception, were much better than this book. But, I expected that.

The first book follows Meg. I like Meg. She's feisty, theatrical, dramatic, and a super spy. The second book follows Beatrice. I like Beatrice. She's a mean girl with heart, and
Reshma Harripersad
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There's a cover!!

Larissa :) [HIATUS]
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star-read
Maybe slightly less.

Bit disappointed in this one. I felt bored, disconnected for the majority of the book :(

And don't get me started on the romance.

Hopefully the next one will be better!
A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who have read the first two books in this series.
Rating: 3.6 / 5

After reading the first two books of this series, naturally, I wanted to get the third one off my plate as well. I must say though, that while the world that McGowan had made and maintained in the first two books is upheld quite well, at the same time, in this book, things get a little shaky, and thus, the rating for this is the lowest, in my view.

Sophia is by far the Maid of Honor with the most intrigue, seeing as the extent of her gifts as a Seer were really vague as far as desc
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Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
"For I am the keeper of words that cannot be spoken, of visions that cannot be shared."

After the strong first two books, Maid of Secrets was a big let down for me. I felt like the paranormal themes didn't really mix well with the historical setting and story, and they were a big part of this book, so possibly that's what influenced my reading experience. Obviously, Sophia's psychic powers were mentioned in the previous books, but the way they were actually showed and explained, didn't really
Whitney Carlisle
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
To be honest, I don't get why they're still serving Elizabeth. I hope to keep reading and find out. ...more
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Good series but have grown tired of the story thread. Will try this again at a later date.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book much like the others due to it being set in Queen Elizabeth's court, but I wasn't a fan of the whole sight ability. Not my favorite of the series, but still well written. ...more
Kelly de Ruiter
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book. I wish there was more.
Miriam Copeland
liked it, good ending, bit boring in the middle though
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 / 5 stars rating
"Death always starts as a whisper."

If you haven't read the first two books in this series (Maid of Secrets #1 and Maid of Deception #2) then I highly recommend them. This series follows five Maids of Honor in Queen Elizabeth's court. Each book tells the story of a different girl, although it is best to read them in order.

I had been eagerly anticipating Maid of Wonder ever since I put down Maid of Deception, Sophia, the narrator of this book, is a psychic. She can go into trances and ask "angels"
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Originally posted on City of Books

So for starters, I love everything about this series - the history, the danger, the mystery. Maid of Wonder is no exception, and though it wasn't as fast-paced or riveting as the previous two books, I enjoyed it a lot.

Sophia's gifts have developed quite a lot since the last book, when they were just emerging. Now, she sees visions of the future and can communicate with the angels. But Sophia is still a novice, and her increasingly frequent visits to the other si
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, library
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, though I will say the first book (Maid of Secrets) is my favorite.

I was excited to read Sophia's story. Mostly because we barely get to see her in Meg's book (Maid of Secrets) and she has a slightly more important role in Beatrice's book (Maid of Deception) but that only left me wanting to know more about her. She seemed a little crazy because she would always be staring into space, and when she would speak, it was mostly in riddles. So, of co
Christina (Reading Extensively)
Maid of Wonder is different from the other books in the Maids of Honor series because of the bigger paranormal element. Sophia has the ability to commune with beings she calls angels. Since her encounter with the gypsies she has been using an obsidian stone to help her focus her visions. Sophia has been trying to keep her growing gift under wraps for her safety and because she still doesn't have the clarity she needs to interpret what she experiences. After a prophecy is given concerning death a ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been loving this Elizabethan Romance series for its characters, humor, and history. Each book adds another dimension to the historical period in European power struggles among countries and Church. Each book also adds to the understanding of the individual Maid characters. (Maid of Honors are spies who serve Queen Elizabeth.)

Sophia's story in MAID OF WONDER was different than the previous Maid of Honor stories. It lacked the humor and took a dark ominous tone. But in many ways the author
Ubah Khasimuddin
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I just finished this book. I love the series, stumbled upon it from an Amazon daily deal. This is the weakest book in the series; to much ethereal, angel material that didn't really move the story. The mystery is a bit weak as well. I wanted more about the times, but this book could have been in any time period for how much she referenced the time period (yes we have some bits but much of the book is Sophia in the "angel realm."). The other world that Sophia ventures into is beyond frustrating a ...more
Carolyn Gruss
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Maids of Honor series is a fascinating and brilliant mixture of historical fact and fiction, but the latest installment, Maid of Wonder, elevates the series further by adding fantasy into the mix. While talents of the two young women that the first two novels (Maid of Secrets and Maid of Deception) each focused on (Meg and Beatrice) are quite within the boundaries of natural talents (deception and emotional manipulation, respectively), Sophia's talents are decidedly supernatural. Blessed - o ...more
S. Amaranthine
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer McGowan is a truly gifted, hardworking author. It really shows in her Maids of Honor series. As a fan of the real Queen Elizabeth I got hooked on her style from very first in the series: Maid of Secrets. She develops well thought out, strong female characters that I quickly became interested in and cared about.

In Maid of Wonder, the author tackles the daunting task of convincing the reader of metaphysical abilities of the main character, Sophia. She succeeds! Fantastic scenes lend thems
Amy (Sun)
Honestly, I didn't like this book as much as the previous two, and it's hard to put into words why. Part of it might be that with Sophia as the main character, and the focus on her abilities, the book was very narrow, perspective wise. There was a lot less court intrigue going on in the forefront, and way less of the other girls, and I missed that. Also I just found Queen Elizabeth and Walsingham and Cecil evil more awful and horrible in this book. I know none of them were NICE people, but in th ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
This book was phenomenal!! I enjoyed every page I turned. This is a remarkable historical read that captured me from beginning to end. I love how the author makes each book about a certain maid of honor. This book is about Sophia Dee. We get the chance to get to know her and how she became part of the Queen's court. I love the idea of being back in a time period when corsets, long dresses, and parties are forever going on. I feel as if I lived this time period in another life, because I am addic ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the very first book I have been hooked on Elizabeth's Maids of Honor. Beatrice's story had me worried for a moment, I felt it dragged on in some moments but Sophia's story had a completely different feel to it. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect of it, along with the focus being more about the schemes against the crown instead of the men. Now I'm very curious about who the next book will be about.
Will it be the Mind or the Assassin?
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Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm really enjoying this series and I can't wait to see what other adventures we are taken on! Although I didn't like this one as much as the first one, it's still a good book. Check out my full review at: thewritethingsandmore! ...more
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Jennifer McGowan writes Young Adult romance full of swash and buckle. Her novels in the Maids of Honor series include MAID OF SECRETS, MAID OF DECEPTION and the upcoming MAID OF WONDER

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Maids of Honor (3 books)
  • Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor, #1)
  • Maid of Deception (Maids of Honor, #2)

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