Voice of Power (The Spoken Mage #1) by Melanie Cellier

June 28, 2019 / Book Review / 0 Comments

Voice of Power (The Spoken Mage #1) by Melanie CellierVoice of Power (The Spoken Mage, #1) by Melanie Cellier
on December 26, 2018
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 311
Source: Kindle Unlimited

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.

But with the kingdom at war, the authorities can't agree if Elena is an asset, or a threat they need to eliminate. Thrust into the unknown world of the Royal Academy without friends or experience, Elena will need all of her wits, strength, and new power to carve a place for herself.

Except as the attacks become more personal, wits and strength won't be enough. Elena will have to turn to new friends and an enigmatic prince to unlock the mysterious potential of her words and survive her first year as a trainee mage.

If you enjoy strong heroines, fantasy worlds, adventure, intrigue, and romance, then try the Spoken Mage series now!

The good

  • A likeable and relatable main character who works throughout the book to become powerful (no all-the-sudden badassery).
  • A unique magic system that hasn’t been done before. At least, I haven’t seen it before.
  • A solid cast of supporting characters, like Finnian and Jocasta, whom I’d really like to get to know more.

The bad

  • The pacing wasn’t the greatest. It took about 100 pages before the story grabbed me. I could have done with less ‘studying in the library’ scenes.
  • The romance… eek. Apparently I can only handle so much brood in a love interest. I can’t believe I’m saying this but, I really hope the MC doesn’t end up with the broody, sometimes arrogant, dark and handsome prince (which is normally my ultimate weakness when it comes to book guys). I just didn’t feel any spark between Elena and the prince. Plus the prince’s constant coolness, even when others weren’t around, irked me even more than it did Elena.

Jury is out on whether I’ll be reading the next book. Has anyone else read the next book in the series? Does the romance aspect improve? Or is there any other really good reason I should read it?



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