The Banished of Muirwood
In a stand-alone series set in the world of Muirwood, eighteen-year-old Maia is the exiled princess of Comoros and heir to the throne. As a result of her father’s ceaseless need for authority, she was left disinherited and forced to live as a servant in her enemy’s home. When the king invites chaos into the land by expelling the magical order known as the Dochte Mandar, Ma...more
I received this book from NetGalley for review
There aren't many reviews of this book up. And the most of them are reviews filled with praise for this new fantasy story. And while I wish I could share in that praise, I must confess I can't.
Much of this story was really cliche, and something I know has been done before. Nothing really stood out to me in any way. The world was fine, the magic system was confusing, and I really didn't care for the main character.
One of the things that bo ...more
Maia is brave, inspirational, humble, graceful, resilient and every ounce a princess. She has a special destiny in store if she is willing to embrace it. With many challenges, dangers and obstacles to ov ...more
Original Post: The Banished of Muirwood at FLYLēF (www.flylef.com) with 2.5 of 5 stars
“NONE OF THE girls of the seven realms were allowed to learn the secret art of reading and engraving. That was a privilege only allowed to boys and men.”
For whatever reason, reading this disturbs me to no end. Of all the possible things to damper a female’s magic, why choose illiteracy? The story tries to explain the logic behind this. It failed. With great power, even boys and men are just as easily corrup ...more
Maia is the only daughter of the King of Comoros. By law she can't inherit, but she is the apple of her father's eye--until he decides he must have a male heir.
It's no surprise that the Seven Kingdoms don't recognize female inheritance rights; women aren't allowed to learn real magic or even learn reading & engraving. And yes, you read that right. Not "reading & writing"; reading and engraving. Even though in context it's clear ...more
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I am going to stop right here, and just put this up because this sums up my feelings on the book real fast and easy. Its a short 18 second clip from The Mummy starring Brenden Fraiser.
My mother taught me, as I am sure many of your mothers taught you, that if you do not have anything nice to say about something, don't say ...more
The End, was wonderful Maia learns so much about who she is and what is expected of her. As always she takes everything in stride. As I mentioned before there were a lot of difficult decisions that were made. Unfortunately this poor girl is forever doomed to not have what she thinks she wants. Her whole life has been about what others want for her. She is strong in her own way so I like her character very much. We are introduced to a very impo ...more
Just finished and don't know how I feel about this one.
I loved the writing style; it reminds you of a great story teller - the flawless narration. I simply enjoyed this and really appreciate when the story is told from 3rd person's POV. Any author who writes as 3rd person, do know how to write.
I really felt for Maia – she was this one moment
And next she has been banished
And dishonored by her own father –
I coul ...more
The problem I have with this book is that it is so confusing. At first because it so suddenly did a complete 180 from the last book. And, although it is the start of a new series, it is also a continuation of the last Muirwood trilogy. It is set in the same world, with all the same aspects and char ...more
Princess Maia,18 year old, rightful heir to the throne of Comoros, has been disowned and exiled by her father. Her crime, she was a female and only a male could sit the throne. Females were forbidded to learn to read and write but her tutor, Chancellor Walraven, had tought her anyway in secret. She could also speak several languages. The one thing that could mean death was her ability to control the Medium.
With her is a kishion (bodyguard) who is supposed t ...more
The world building was decent, but incredibly confusing. Words were throw ...more
I think this story might be better if the story construction isn't so damned muddled and confusing. The narration for the audio book also seems lacking.
I really wanted to get into this story except I kept stumbling over how the story is being written. The story starts with Maia's parents, the King and Queen, mourning over another stillborn baby. The King is pissed at his wife and wants a divorce. Except he can't get one because the Queen has done nothing wrong. So the King has the Queen ...more
"The Banished of Muirwood" is the first book the a standalone trilogy by Jeff Wheeler.
Princess Marciana, "Maia", born the only child of her parents, becomes a pawn in the royal court intrigues and old laws. Secretly trained to read and write and in the ways of the spiritual and magical force called the Medium which is forbidden to females, she has only ever wanted to go to the abby to learn and be tested as a maston. She loses th ...more
Looking forward to the next in the series!
Note: I received a copy of this from NetGalley and the publisher. ...more
I’m always hesitant to accept books from authors directly or take books from lesser-known publishers. I have a good reason, y’all, I’m not unnecessarily picky. I’ve had some bad interactions from people who are too close to the books. However, when I saw this on Netgalley I knew that it was worth that risk. I am so very glad that I did request the books and that the publisher also sent me the physical copy of the book(s). (They sent ...more
This is an intriguing book that successfully gripped me and I finished it off in a few days. Maia makes a strong main character, independent if a little confused at times. I feel like I could have gotten to know her a bit better but overall she was a motivated and quick-thinker and didn't make any ...more
Maia is a kind, compassionate, and intelligent FMC. I weep for her during her battles, and her bleak future after what has been done to her. Oh Collier... this author has an uncanny ability to tread carefully this line between bad and good making his characters walk gray paths and highlighting each decision, eve ...more
The only thing that made this book somewhat difficult to read for me was the complex pronunciation of names of various people, magic, titles, etc. I ...more
I find this obsession that epic fantasy authors seem to have with writing prequels a bit baffling; why can't they just give us a solid background to the story in the first book? Perhaps it's a way to i ...more
Jeff's blog and suggested reading order can be found on his website: http://www.jeff-wheeler.com/