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Voice of Power

(The Spoken Mage #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,664 ratings  ·  121 reviews
In Elena's world words have power over life and death--but none more so than hers.

As the daughter of shopkeepers, Elena has always known that the mysteries of reading and writing were closed to her. Only the mageborn can risk harnessing the power unleashed from putting pen to paper. Until Elena discovers an impossible new ability and joins the elite ranks of the mages.

Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published December 26th 2018 by Luminant Publications
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
2nd Time Around - Can't wait to get to the 3rd book in this series!

I absolutely enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to move on to the next one in the series.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Yep. I’m now the jerk that gave my friend’s favorite read a one star.
Elena is common born and the first “spoken mage”, but her real talent is making small problems into big problems and big problems into major crises. Does she learn from her mistakes? Nope. She’s just a lump of teenage angst.
She continuously harps on the woes of the common born, completely unwilling to learn about the noble classes she disparages. “Had I really been that self-absorbed?” (Ch. 25) Yes, Elena. Yes you have.
Then w
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yer a Mage Elena!

(I couldn't help the Harry Potter homage all right?l

My feelings for this book are a bit complicated. On the one hand I enjoyed much of the world, the magic, the characters and the premise. I look forward to learning more as well as historical context.

I just did not enjoy Elena's...attitude? Prejudices? Assumptive, narrow minded beliefs? Something like this.

She spends around a year with these people at the academy. Of the dozen regularly mentioned/interacted with students and fac
Tricia Mingerink
If you were at all hesitating about reading these books because they aren't fairy tales like this author's other books, then don't. These books are JUST as amazing as her other books.

This book has all the fun and voice and charm of this author's other books mashed into the standard magical academy and chosen one tropes, yet even though these tropes are used to their fullest extent, this book doesn't feel stale or rehashed. Maybe because the authority figures in this are torn between embracing h
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Move over Harry Potter

I was initially drawn in by the cover and the premise of the novel, but I was captivated with the story, the characters, and what's going to happen next!
This is a fantastic foray into a new genre. A powerful first book.
I enjoyed reading how certain assumptions and preconceived notions were cast in different lights. The twists kept me guessing and on my toes.
On a steaminess level I would rate this a pleasant PG. The only kiss that did occur was clean, although it felt a bit
Tiera McMillian
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feb2019
I was very surprised by the start to this series. The concept was incredibly original, entertaining, and profound to me. The first book in this series had me actually contemplating "creation" from an authors standpoint as the characters in this book battle to "compose" their magic. Also, this book really brought reading into a different perspective for me, and made me realize how much I may take for granted the ability to read and even write and the gift it really is.

In this world, just the act
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Cellier's fairytale series, but I was doubting if this would be my cup of tea. Until I thought about it a little longer and I was like: How can this not be my cup of tea? It's about the power of words, spoken, written and read. It's in a fantasy world with political issues. And there's a royal family and a handsome prince.

And the moment I started this book this morning, it felt like coming home. Cellier's writing style is easy to read and flows nicely. Her stories always have
This was a really good book! The magic was interesting, and Elena was a great main character. She was strong and defiant, while also being unsure and naive/lacking knowledge. It was fun to watch her grow throughout the book, and gain power and knowledge. She was easy to relate to and fun to get to know.

I thought Lucas was a bit annoying, but that we also don't know him very well at all. I want to get to know him better in the next book, which releases in a couple of weeks.

This book reminded me
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 1000th book I have ever read.

I enjoyed it, too. It has a lot of similarities to Harry Potter, since the characters are at a school of magic learning together over the course of a year. The main character is an enigma, a normal person who was born with impossible powers never before seen. So there’s a bit of the “chosen one” theme going there, with some of the drama and danger that comes with high schoolers and magic. A little stereotypical because of all that; however, I really enjoy
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I have loved Melanie Cellier’s fairytale retellings. When she announced that she was trying something different, I was excited about this new series. It did not disappoint. She created a new world where words are magic and only the mage-born are allowed to read and write. The magic and the politics were intriguing. I can’t wait to see where this series goes next!
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Spoken Mage 1

This book is slow at times and no answers aren't clearly exhibited by all characters involved. Elena is a so so MC. She's learning the mage world with the help of a few friends. Lucas comes off as an ass, but he's playing a deep game. I will continue with the series hoping it becomes a more cohesive flow of words. 2.75 stars, happy reading!
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay I guess but too derivative and by the numbers. I read the second book, too, hoping it might pick up, but for me, it didn't. Won't be continuing this series.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one! Light, clean YA fantasy. Interesting magic system. This would be great for younger teens, or anyone who is looking for a light read.
Merie Shen
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
If you bothered to see the premise of this book, why are you reading this review? Go get this book! Is the blurb not captivating enough!

Though Ms. Cellier has never strayed from her fairytale-retelling genre before, I'm glad she found the idea for this brilliant new storyworld. I'm ever so glad she formed it into a brand-new series of fantasy books for us to read! I mean, this entire world is built on a foundation of words. Writing magic. That should be enough to lure in any number of writers. A
E Varady
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Has potential

The story is pretty skimmable, especially the first half. It jumps right in and the lack of lead up or basic setting up for plot development is jarring, but also leaves it feeling very shallow. Characters are clunky and rote in the beginning, though they do develop some through the course of the book. I still found myself skimming, especially in scenes where the MC is whining about the fate of the commonborn or how people treat her. It wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't so ignorant. S
Lisa Dawn
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Voice of Power is the first book in The Spoken Mage series. It tells the story of Elena, an ordinary girl who is happy with her ordinary life. Her only concern is getting drafted into the army, but she knows that it's better for her to volunteer herself than to sacrifice her intelligent brother who is studying for a bright future at the University or her fragile sister who is prone to illness. All of that changes when she inadvertently uses magic by speaking a single word. Elena is a loyal citiz ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
It had a solid start and crashed like a trainwreck.

It has an interesting premise. It sounded very simple at first, but I still decided to give it a try and it was not that bad. I personally liked to read through the protagonist's POV the joy and possibility of reading and gaining knowledge through reading. (Which reader wouldn't?)

Minus Star for lack of depth in world-building
Do you know how to recognise that this is from an English-speaking person? The failure to recognise any other languages
Rebecca Inman
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
4.25 stars. I think I've found my latest addiction. There are two things I always enjoy reading in fantasy books: a magic school setting and conflicts in political hierarchy (nobility or royalty).
In this case, common-born Elena has to struggle against both her own prejudices and those of mage-borns and noble families against her. Having discovered she has the ability to control magic through her voice rather than the written word as most mages do, she is taken away from her family to the mage a
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Somewhere– in a world not like our own– are mages who use written words to do magic, but not just anyone could do this magic. For this reason, both reading and writing were banned thanks to the danger of what could happen if someone did not have the right bloodline. I don't know about you, but I was ready! It did not hurt that such a book was written by someone I was already loving.

Elena is a commoner's daughter. Her parents own a shop, her little sister is sickly, and her brother is supposed to
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great book! I really enjoyed it! :D
Maybe I'm just biased cause I just really enjoy series/plots like this one.

World building was very good, we got a good indication where we are situated, what the political factions are like and what the general feeling is to the world the author created.

Character development was decent. Elena felt very socially awkward, at the start this was, of course, to be expected since she was dropped amidst the nobility, but her actions and reasoning throughout
Louise Sansom
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable

I liked this book. I'll definitely read the others after this one. While you don't really learn much about the characters aside from the main one they are very likable. The story has a nice pace to it as well so I never really put it down. My only issue with it would be that there needs to be more explanation on the world itself as it does come across as very far fetched. The whole story revolves around the written word being a destructive force that only mages can exhibit any kind
Sabrina Ly
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series reminds me of “The Black Mage”. It was so similar:
1) How both MC discovered they have powers even though they are commonwealth people

2) They went to a magic academy full of snobs but found a high class friend who’s nice

3) They get humiliated at school and everyone think they don’t belong there

4) they meet an arrogant prince and romance blossoms in the air

5) Hate at first sight and gradually turns warm then cold

6) MC x Love interest x library

7) Them dances, gowns, balcony, and balls

Agnes Metanomski
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, fantasy
I found this book through my recommendations, and decided to give it a try, as the premise promised the kind of nice, light read I would enjoy and needed right then. I haven't regretted my decision.

The story is told by the main character, Elena, who is a member of the common people in her world. Common people are excluded from learning magic, which is reserved for the mages, who are the nobles, since those are considered to be not the only ones who can activate the magic, but the onl
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: red-ash
I picked this book on a whim because I thought the premise sounded interesting. I was pleasantly surprised to find an interesting story in an even more interesting world. Voice of Power takes place in a world where only mages are allowed to read and write; the power of the written word so potentially dangerous that they dare not risk anyone else accidentally activating the power (and potentially causing mass destruction). Insert Elena who mysteriously has the ability to activate spells using onl ...more
Raquel Evans
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
4 1/2 stars. Toward the beginning, I would have said this was a fun, four-star fantasy story with Harry Potter meetsPrincess Academy vibes.

As the story went on, I got more impressed with the world building and nuances of the story. The essential importance of the power of words, the complexity of the friction and interaction between the classes (nothing that could be solved with one obvious fix), the hints of a romance to hopefully blossom later in the series (without insta-love OR a love triang
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The power of words, indeed!

I can not imagine living in a world where the common folk are not allowed to learn to read or write! This School based story is about the adventures of a young girl Elena, who is yanked from her village home and thrust into the elite Mage Academy once she learns that she somehow spoke a word of power. Surrounded by mage trainees who release their power by reading and writing essays or compositions, Elena gradually discovers that she has power that she must learn to rel
Tammy Krause
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic start to the series.

First I must say that the writing is phenomenal. Not only is the flow steady and the story compelling, but there are few errors. I see so many stories where the author hasn't taken the time to proof or have someone else do so that I have come to appreciate it so much when it happens. It shows pride in the work, and Cellier should certainly take it in this book.
As to the story, I'm not going to get into plot and spoilers, but one should note a couple things. One
Leah Feltner
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It takes place in a fantasy world where only mages have the power and ability to read and write. And when they write, it’s like a magical spell...they can heal, create, move objects, etc. The common born people are not permitted to read or write because it could cause natural disasters and explosions...that’s where Elena comes in. She’s common born but finds herself with mage powers, however, she can speak them instead of write them. It was all very interesting and kept me h ...more
Imogen Woodington
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
A book I can really sink my teeth into. Something unique. Something of substance. Something magical. No cliches found here!

Loved it ! Every word, every page, every character. Some areas were a little confusing but I have a feeling that’s for a reason.

Elena was a breath of fresh air, feisty, but not too much that she’s stupid (which is apparently a thing in books 🙄), and just lovely. Loyal, kind, big hearted.
But also afraid, afraid of what her new power over voice will mean
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Breaking away from her usual fairy tale retelling a, Melanie has crafted a world very different from her Four Kingdoms series. What could be worse than a world where you’re not allowed to read or write? One where doing so without the right background can literally blow up your whole town. I found the pacing, world building and magic system of this book, the first in what appears to be a trilogy, to be intriguing with just the right amount of mystery. I did at times find the naïveté of the main c ...more
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Melanie Cellier grew up on a staple diet of books, books and more books. And although she got older, she never stopped loving children’s and young adult novels. She always wanted to write one herself, but it took three careers and three different continents before she actually managed it.

She now feels incredibly fortunate to spend her time writing from her home in Adelaide, Australia where she ke

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