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The Ciphers of Muirwood

(Covenant of Muirwood #2)

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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

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Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by 47North
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Kerry
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful second book in this series of Maia's adventures and the world where Muirwood Abbey exists. In this book Maia has a much more stable environment within Muirwood Abbey, surrounded by friends and family. Her trials and tribulations are not over though sadly. She must find strength, fortitude and learn quickly to sit the Maston Test. She has a great task ahead of her and the secret machinations of the King's court and warring factions of the world around her are very real distractions an ...more
Koeur
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Publisher: 47 North

Publishing Date: September 2015

ISBN: 9781503947115

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.2/5

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
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Suz
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio
2.5 stars

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
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Elizabeth "Liza"
Reading With ABC http://readingwithabc.com http://readingwithabc.com/review-the-... Ciphers of Muirwood is the second book of the Covenant of Muirwood series (see the review of book #1 here) and I have to say that I love it. Now that I’m more familiar with the world created by Wheeler and the politics and I was able to understand everything much better.

Ciphers start where Vanished ended. Maia and her grandmother escaped the Victus and arrive to Muirwood Abbey. Here Maia is safe from the ‘spirits
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Andy
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
More disappointment

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
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Tian Xie
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of the scenarios have a sort of fairy tale development which is cool but is predictable and blandish. Most of my issue with this book was just how incredibly goody two shoes out main character acts esp with relation to her daddy, some traumatic fire emblem fates conquest flashbacks. The medium is starting to sound like some weird cult and it just feels like they're relying on it too much, making it less of a story about the will of the characters and more like just about them following the ...more
Jessica
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I highly enjoyed the first book in this series, but must confess to strong disappointment in this installment. It seemed to take a long time to accomplish nothing, the improbability factor was higher, and the dialogue scenes set my teeth on edge (personal gripe--do not convey emotion through nearly constant written intonation of speech, like 'spoke softly,' 'sighed and whispered,' 'said sorrowfully,' etc.).

The protagonist seemed more like a conduit for something to work through her than an activ
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Tish
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this series. Jeff Wheeler does a great job of balancing the action and intrigue with getting inside the characters. I also liked the blurbs from Richard Syon--a lot of wisdom there. I'm off to start the third one right now!

Note: I received a free e-galley of this from NetGalley and the publisher.
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Matt (Book Devour-er)
Another great book by Jeff Wheeler. I really enjoyed the character development in this book. Unfortunately, after i was about halfway through the book i realized i might of read them out of order. I looked it up and i was definitely supposed to read the Legends of Muirwood trilogy first but i guess ill read that in a few months when i forget some the things i already know from reading this one. This book had a good climax but it did sizzle a little for me but thats not to say it wasnt good still ...more
Jo
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
At first I gave this book a 3/5. Then I wrote this review and realised, actually 3/5 is probably a bit generous. So 2/5 it is.

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
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Iryna Paprotska
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic-shelf
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Lora Milton
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Second book in a series.

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
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Danielle Vandehaar
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am quite amazed at the true wisdoms contained within this fiction.
Caly ☯ Crazy Book Lady
Even better than the first book.
Jacque
Oct 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book made me like the first one on the series better. I also liked Maia better. I’m excited to see where the next book goes.
Bailey
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
An enjoyable enough series so far even though Maia is not my favorite character. I am curious to see how the trilogy concludes. While the character arcs themselves are predictable (and one dimensional), the overall story arc is less so and I think that is what keeps me interested in the series.

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
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Kristina Aziz
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read the first installment of this series in graphic novel form, which has its merits. The last time I read a series in split formats was when I read Spy Goddess. I don't believe reading just one format for an entire series makes the experience any more or less enjoyable, but that's just me. Anyway, I got this version from NetGalley after reading the first book. In this installment, Maia finds a for of freedom from her father, and meets other powerful women like her training to be ciphers. Of ...more
Gary
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.9 stars
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
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Darryn
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

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
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Ayla
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ann
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maia makes her way to the Muirwood Abby after being banished by her father the king in book one of this series. She discovers her special ability is to open the Apse Vail and release the trapped spirits of the dead. This fantasy is well written and fairly easy to follow. The story is full of magic, good vs. evil and family politics. I did not read book one of the Covenant of Muirwood but will look for it soon.
Hollie
This was a much faster pace than the first book in the series. I'm glad I moved onto to book 2. I have to say, though, I am not a fan of the cliffhangers. I did enjoy how the characters seemed to develop much more in this read. I also appreciate this being offered as a kindleunlimited and I look forward to the next installment. ...more
Bill Tillman
Even better than book one. Maria becomes a Mason, she wins by a hair over and over again. Her King husband comes to love her, while her King father remains duplicitous. Come on its time to enjoy a marvelous fantasy trilogy!
Meghan Palmer
Could the strong but weepy women cliche - written by a dude- be more exhausting?
Mari
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all face difficulties, but they should not become our core. We grieve, we suffer, we weep. Challenges are experiences that help us to grow. Storms are always temporary and should never distract us from the beautiful days that were before or will come after. Do not become so fixed on a single injustice that you can no longer remember others may be suffering near you. Like the healing of the body when it is ill, the healing of the heart requires patience.

Hoofta, just typing out that quote alre
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C.A. Gray
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Still loving this series! Like all Wheeler's series, it's very episodic, but that serves to make it feel more like I'm actually in his world. As always, my review will have to contain spoilers--when stories as as episodic as this, I don't know how else to describe them but by stating what happens.

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
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David A Engel
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I like this series. I've listened to it on audiobook. The narrator does a good job, and it's easy to listen to and follow. The detail isn't excessive like it is some fantasy series. I understand this to be called world-building, and it can get to the point in some books that it's over the top, and hard to follow, where you dig into details (counting stitches is what I call it), and pull back out to continue the story. And then you think to yourself, "where were we again?". The detail is sufficie ...more
Brittney Tyler
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!!!
Star Rating: 5 stars

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
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Kyle Malone
May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, the second Muirwood trilogy does not live up to the heights of the first.

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
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Tiera McMillian
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
While I do love Maia’s story this far I can’t help but compare her to Lia and Lia’s story in Muirwood. Though everyone keeps saying how strong Maia is with the medium I myself cannot help but wonder where that strength is? She herself is full of fears and doubts and longings that are against the medium whereas Lia was strong she seems weak in comparison in this book especially.

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
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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains.

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