Series: Covenant of Muirwood #1
on August 18, 2015
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In a stand-alone series set in the world of Muirwood, eighteen-year-old Maia is the exiled princess of Comoros and heir to the throne. As a result of her father’s ceaseless need for authority, she was left disinherited and forced to live as a servant in her enemy’s home. When the king invites chaos into the land by expelling the magical order known as the Dochte Mandar, Maia finds herself on a perilous quest to save her people. To survive, she must use magic she has learned in secret—despite the fact that women are forbidden to control it. Hunted by enemies at every turn, Maia realizes that danger lurks within her, too. Her powers threaten to steal not only her consciousness but also her sense of right and wrong. Can she set herself free and save the realm she loves—even if that realm has forgotten her?
This book was quite a bit darker than the previous trilogy. Maia is a princess with a very rough life. Her inheritance and birth right are stripped from her and she is pursued by the myriad ones and rather evil Dochte Mandar. It starts in a rather different fashion with her traveling with a kishion and using a kystrel. She meets a few well-developed characters along the way including a hunter, and the king of Dahomey. There is some medium use in this novel, but its much more subdued than the previous series. In short, it seems the world is headed down an evil path again and Maia but try to fight against that and save the kingdoms. The writing (and narration) were pretty top notch although there were a few slow parts that keep me from giving it a five.