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 forbidding them to do so.
As Maia tries to judge whom to trust, she makes a shocking discovery: her destiny is to open the Apse Veil and release trapped spirits from her world. Then she learns that her father is coming to Muirwood Abbey to celebrate the Whitsunday festival—and Maia’s estranged husband, whom she was forced to abandon, will join him. Torn between deadly political machinations and unstoppable spiritual forces, Maia must channel unknown powers within herself to save her friends, the abbey, and the entire kingdom of Muirwood.
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I have gotten to where I almost expect a slump in the storyline with the second book. Well I am happy to say that THE CIPHERS OF MUIRWOOD goes against the curve. While there isn't as much running from place to place, this book delves deeper into the characters themselves as Maia studies to pass her Maston test. She learns more about herself and the others around her.
There is joy in the friendship of Suzenne in this book as well as terror of what Maia's father and her abandoned husband are planning. There is a time of learning to trust in the Medium's plans. There is love in this book as well as loss. There is even a surprise appearance of a couple of beloved characters from an earlier trilogy.
I have to say that I am becoming more and more impressed by Jeff Wheeler and his world. His characters are first rate and while you won't like all of the characters, it is easy to understand why they behave as they do . I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series. If you would like to keep up on his works, head over to Idumea: The Worlds of Jeff Wheeler.
I highly recommend this series and hope that all of my readers who enjoy fantasy will give this series a try. Personally, I am waiting impatiently for the next book to come out.