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I so enjoyed the Spoken Mage books that I couldn't wait to read this one and it didn't disappoint. Great characters, interesting plot, a good clean read for anyone who enjoys fantasy, not just for young adults. The whole series (which you do really need to read in order) has been amazing and I loved the novel concept of magic via the written word and all the unexpected twists and cameos along the way. In this companion book, the characters are no longer at school and are finding their way in the world. I had already liked Saffron from the earlier books and loved how in this book, she stepped out of the shadow of her more outgoing cousin and friends and came to realise that being herself, and becoming the best she could be according to her talents, strengths and interests was not just 'enough' but was what was best for her family and clan too. I liked how Julian grew beyond the self-interested, 'play the politics' character he seemed to be and was able to see the worth of those less strong than himself and that the common born had value because they were people not just assets. All in all a great book and I can't wait until the next series in fact any book by Melanie Cellier won't disappoint!
The book we waited for. It fills in the time between the two series, and wraps up any loose ends from the end if the series. We get to read all about Elena's wedding and see how everyone's lives changed after graduation.
I was surprised to get this a few days early, and I literally put it down for three times, for less than two minutes each. Saffron and Julian, with Jasper and others, take on a mission of danger and more mystery than they expected. The couple discover each other, Jasper discovers his own abilities, and everyone discovers forgotten people and abilities. A worthy companion novel to the Spoken Mage series. I look forward to reading the Hidden Mage series coming soon.
I have read MANY of Melanie's books and I loved the Spoken Mage series. I preordered this book the moment it was available. While reading this book, I was talking out loud at the stupidity of the characters. Possible spoilers: she forgot her sword during danger; she forgot to replace her compositions while being in danger; the leader says, don't split up, and then they split up and are attacked; one says, "I wish I hid my compositions better" after being kidnapped (and this wasn't the first kidnapping), in the middle of a battle the opposing sides take time to chat and write compositions; no one picked up a rock to stop the writing of said composition; the characters are distracted by growing attraction when they should be aware of surroundings; At 78% of the book, I was still waiting for something to happen. It was a book without much of a story and it wasn't about Elena and L. I also kept getting lost about who was the star of each chapter. I did NOT enjoy the going back and forth. Melanie has some VERY GOOD books and I recommend her as an accomplished author. I want MORE from her! However, this book was so annoying and maddening. Let's just kiss in the middle of a fight right after a man tries to burn us down. DANG! I had so looked forward to reading this book.
A wonderful continuation of the first four books. I truly enjoyed reading some of the story from Julian’s point of view. He and Saffron were meant for each other. It was good to see her grow in confidence and Julian was more a softy than at first glance. The romance was super quick in this book, but I suppose sometimes love takes less time than others. It will be interesting to see how the new discovery about power in this book reflects in the next series. The epilogue told from Elena’s POV was a sweet touch.
This is a fun read following Saffron and Julian, among others, as they accompany the Sekalis princess back to her homeland. What seems like a simple mission is anything but. Mysteries pile upon mysteries as the group tries to outwit stalkers and new types of magic.
Melanie Cellier does a great job of worldbuilding and developing likable characters. I really enjoy that her romances aren’t instalove, although I do wish they would be slightly less obvious at times. However, seeing Julian humbled is worth a whole lot!
If this is your first Spoken Mage book, I’d recommend backing up and reading Voice of Power (The Spoken Mage, Book 1) so that you can follow the story’s historical context and understand the scope and limitation of the magical system, since it’s such an integral part of the story.
When Jasper (Elena's brothar) and Princess Kalani of Sekali barged in unannounced to the Midsummer Ball, they caused quite a stir. When Julian offers Saffron as companion to Princess Kalani he has no idea what he has gotten them both into. Saffron and Julian, Finnish and Coralie, and Elena and Lucas get an about time ending. As always with this series, there is suspense and drama and a sweet romance.
I really enjoyed this story of Saffron and Julian, two side characters from Cellier’s Spoken Mage series. I enjoyed the expansion of their characters in this work and how Saffron really grew in her self-esteem and acknowledgment of her necessity to friends and family. Likewise I enjoyed learning more of Julian through his own thoughts as the story is written in dual POV. Another aspect I appreciated was Cellier’s drawing more insight into Declan’s ability and I’ll stop there or else I’ll spoil it too much. Bottom line, if you enjoyed the Spoken Mage books you’ll enjoy this. Especially the epilogue! Go read it now!
A light and delightful read. Although not as gripping as the other installments in the series, it is entertaining enough to make you want to keep reading. It also felt a little rushed at parts, lacking a bit of depth to the plot and characters (I’d would have specially enjoyed some more building up of the romantic energy) . But I really enjoyed revisiting Ardann and will definitely continue reading all of the books released in this world with such an unique and fascinating magic system!