The Ciphers of Muirwood
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...more
Publisher: 47 North
Publishing Date: September 2015
Publisher Description: 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 o ...more
Wheeler is good at putting his characters through the mill and this book is no exception.
I feel like I'm wading through sectarian drivel, though. The Harbinger series (which is Wheeler's newest addition to his universe) didn't feel like this to me, but going back to the beginning of his writings these books are fraught with Christian dogma only barely disguised as "The Medium." It's gotten to where every time I hear someone say "Trust the Medium" I think "why not just say WWJD?"
I don't ...more
Ciphers start where Vanished ended. Maia and her grandmother escaped the Victus and arrive to Muirwood Abbey. Here Maia is safe from the ‘spirits ...more
Princess Maia is everything a princess should be, beautiful, compassionate, humble, smart, loyal, and utterly stupid! After a Herculean effort to fool the kings plans to subvert the abbys, Maia is given the task to determine the kings punishment. He is a murderer (including her mother) adulterer, very very very evil king, and Maia... Let's him go. Guess end of the book is about? King immediately starts to murder and other evil deeds and Maia runs to him to convince him to see ...more
The protagonist seemed more like a conduit for something to work through her than an activ ...more
Note: I received a free e-galley of this from NetGalley and the publisher. ...more
The next edition in the Covenant of Muirwood series was fine. I don't regret reading it (high-praise, I know) but I am finished with this series. Though there is only one book left in the trilogy and Kindle Unlimited has that book for free, I lack any motivation to continue on. I can't really explain what happened in this book, mostly because nothing really did. The excit ...more
The story begins around the same time the first book was ending, so there is just a little crossover. An Earl is to be executed for refusing to sign an oath of submission. It's a shocking situation that violates everything the king's sworn oath to the Medium as a Maston stands for, and is witnessed by a loyal kings man who is imprisoned with his sons through a tower window. He realizes then that he and his sons must escape somehow, because they are likely to have their tu ...more
Like many of his works, I think Wheeler can be heavy handed at times in the way he interweaves real world religious doctrine with the mythos of Muirwood. I am not unhappy that he makes the attempt, I am ac ...more
Another well crafted book in the series. Maia is more likable in this book (perhaps because she's not playing the role of an active hetaera?) Location wise, the story centers back on Muirwood as Maia seeks sanctuary there. That makes kind of a homecoming for the reader if you read the separate Legends of Muirwood series.
I did not care for the very last chapter. It is once again a contrived plot device required to transition the story into the third book of the series, but not really tr ...more
I have really enjoyed both of the books in this series by Jeff Wheeler. They are fast paced with political intrigue, magic, quick wit, and memorable characters. The writing is wonderful. Beautifully smooth and colorful. That being said, there are a few things keeping my from giving this book 5 stars.
As with most reviewers I find Maia's soft spot for her father partially understandable (he is her father after all) but incredibly a ...more
Hoofta, just typing out that quote alre ...more
Maia's saga continues, still with shades of Cinderella. She lives permanently at an abbey where she studies to take the Maston test, and she's assigned a companion named Suzenne, though I didn't exactl ...more
Note: This is the 2nd book in the Covenant of Muirwood series and the 5th in the overarching Muirwood saga.
Due to the release of the 1st two books of the Grave Kingdom, The Killing Fog and The Buried World, I had to pause in my reading of his backlist in order to read them, but now that I am caught up in that series, I was able to pick up The Ciphers of Muirwood, book 2 in The Covenants of Muirwood series and book 5 in the overarching Muirwood saga. This book continues the s ...more
I like Jeff Wheeler as a writer. I think he crafts interesting noble characters and is at home in his description of abbeys and ceremonies. But for me, the religious undertones and historical references which were nuanced in the first trilogy are overwrought here.
If the map at the start of the book isn't a dead giveaway we're in medieval Western Europe, surely the near blow-by-blow re-telling of King Henry VIII's r ...more
Maia is now at Muirwood Abbey safe for now from The Unborn Queen and her Myriad ones. She is there to become a maston j ...more
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