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The Banished of Muirwood

(Covenant of Muirwood #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  9,084 ratings  ·  461 reviews
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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by 47North
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Marie -The Reading Otter
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
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, harrowing and adventurous tale about Maia an exiled princess. Her life is difficult, magical, guided and at times mysterious. She seeks to find her place in the world and into her Father's heart. In doing so he sends her on a journey which will change her life for ever in many ways.
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
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Original Post: The Banished of Muirwood at FLYLēF ( 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
Lis Carey
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a deeply frustrating book. In theory, it has so much promise.

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
Sep 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
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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
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, clean, fantasy
First, I must say Mr. Wheeler can tell a fabulous story that is both creative and riveting. It is almost impossible to know what is coming next, the twists and turns are so well written and developed.

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
2.5 stars

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
cEe beE
Forgettable plot. Underwhelming main character. I’m baffled by the high ratings this got because it’s rather mundane. DNF
♛ Garima ♛
I received ARC from 47North via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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 this

And next she has been banished

And dishonored by her own father –

I coul
C. Stuchl
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Banished of Muirwood Jeff Wheeler

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
Bill Tillman
A spectacular first in a trilogy, Maia goes from 13 to 19. Maria is a princess, then a disavowed, then a Queen, then an Empress and finally a student. Whew great stuff, thanks to author and Netgallery.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF! I got more than halfway but found the story too confusing with the flashbacks! At first, I thought Maia was a strong character but as the story went on, she's shown to be very dependent on others!
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit confusing, but pretty good.
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
***Received a copy of this book via NetGalley for a honest review.
"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
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Enjoyable fantasy with a female protagonist who seems to start off rather weak but becomes increasingly strong and independent. The book is exciting, has good world-building, and I liked the occasional flashbacks and journal entries. I also liked that a number of the characters were more nuanced than just "bad guys and good guys".

Looking forward to the next in the series!

Note: I received a copy of this from NetGalley and the publisher.
Angie on Books
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Given this is the first book in a long time where I will actually be pursuing the next book in the series, I can't really give this anything less than 4 stars (although I do think I would prefer 3.5/5).

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
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe high fantasy books simply aren't for me? I feel like every one I read leaves me disappointed or bored or both. This one was no different. The plot was everywhere and the "twists" were obvious and annoying and contradictory to each other. The only character I liked was the dog, and once again we're given this magical world from someone's imagination and still women are treated poorly everywhere! I'm so tired of this.

The world building was decent, but incredibly confusing. Words were throw
Iryna Paprotska
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Tiera McMillian
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really really good! I think this author is slowly becoming one of my favorites! I become absorbed and obsessed with his books, even though they are so different from what I usually read.

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
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the strong female lead character in this book. This storyline shows many oppressions towards females in general, but the main character, Maia, mentally overcomes the countless obstacles that are thrown at her from every angle. This story paints a tale of learning self control, overcoming hardships, and determination in the face of all odds.

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
The Banished of Muirwood was an entertaining read, though at times it was hard to follow the story and so it could've been better. Maia was an okay heroine, but she made so many silly decisions. The world was interesting and I'd like to know more about it. I'll probably read the next book in the series, just not sure how soon that'll be.
David Bergsland
Almost depressing

It’s a fantasy, and I love fantasy. But it’s so dark that it approaches hopelessness. I really wanted to like it, but it just wasn’t there. The good is just missing.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Started slowly but has great character development.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
So I'm half way through this book - enjoying it but getting a bit confused by some perplexing references - when I suddenly discover that there's a prequel! How annoying! Now I don't know if I should stop and read the prequel before going any further, or just plough on and read the prequel later...
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
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I've seen this book about quite a bit, so I leapt at the chance when I saw it on NetGalley. This is an absolutely fantastic fantasy novel, I'd love to read the next one.

I'll start with the description, it's beautiful. It doesn't lack in any area. You're never wondering what something looks like, you know exactly what you need to k
Lora Milton
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is an old style mock-Medieval Fantasy novel with the Patriarchal society typical of these fantasy worlds, but it's well done. The main character is Maia, a princess who is learning magic forbidden to females. The world building starts early on and has a dark, conspiratorial feel to it. Magic plays a big part and there is something called the medium which serves as the magical force that everyone tunes into.

The patriarchy is strong in this one to the point of serious misogyny, but that plays
An interesting and engrossing story about Maia a young princess who is exiled by her father as a result of a power struggle between king and church. It's a sad story, somewhat reminiscent of Cinderella, complete with an evil stepmother and evil stepsisters. Eventually, she finds herself sent on a great quest to save herself, her family and her people from evil. This is the story of Maia's coming of age, as she is forced to grow up and confront her own magic.

A little misogynistic, women in this w
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through Netgalley in return for an honest review and feedback.

This book had me staying up until the wee hours of the morning trying to read as much as I could. Two nights in a row I had to mentally slap myself to make myself stop reading and remember I wake up in a few hours. The beginning of this book was a little difficult for me, but only because I felt like I wasn't quite understanding the magics. (But that is always my case when reading anything, I'm extremely detail o
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