I reviewed Voice of Power a few weeks back. This series was so good I moved straight onto the next, and the next, and the next, and I wanted to share my thoughts (and enthusiasm). So, here you go…
Book 2: Voice of Command
Elena has found the power in her voice–now she must decide how to use it
Finally accepted as a mage, Elena struggles with her commonborn roots. And when disaster strikes the kingdom, she can’t shrug off the death toll as the mageborn have always done. Yet the limitations of her spoken magic hold her back–both in saving lives among the people and in competitions in the Academy’s arena.
In desperation she turns to an unlikely source of assistance–Prince Lucas. But just as she begins to master her powers, she finds herself the pawn of stronger forces.
With everything she’s struggled for almost within her grasp, she must decide what–and who–is worth sacrificing to come into her full power and take her place among the mages.
In book two, Elena changes from the oddity half the people in power want to destroy while the other half want to treat as a scientific specimen, into someone they all think they might be able to find a way to exploit. Her gradual change of status is convincing and an excellent source of conflict – for Elena herself as well as those around her.
Elena’s self-awareness is hugely entertaining, while her determination is inspiring. I really like this character – she’s a true pleasure to spend time with.
The romance in book two is unfolding wonderfully – it’s messy and impossible and heart-wrenching, although the move from antagonism to a solid friendship strikes me as good progress. But they are going to have to work very hard for their happy ending – and I love it!
Book 3: Voice of Dominion
Even the Spoken Mage has limits to the power of her voice
Elena may be the only Spoken Mage in history, but she struggles with limitations. Unable to stockpile written workings as her mageborn year mates do, she runs the constant risk of burning out. But when the Armed Forces draw the third years to the front lines of their war, Elena’s strength and flexibility may be necessary to keep them all alive.
As Elena wrestles with how much she will sacrifice for the war, Lucas must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for her. Faced with a greater threat than even they realize, Elena and Lucas must work together and either fight or be consumed by their enemies.
Wow. Non-stop drama. Things move fast and furiously in book 3, with a trip to the front and immediate danger casting doubt over the future of them all. The friendship group is a delight with their refreshing banter providing a great counterpoint to the tension of battle. As I read, I found my heart-rate increasing as the tension and rapid action ratcheted up. This series gets better and better!
Book 4: Voice of Life
In her fourth year at the Academy, Elena should be focused on final exams and graduation. Instead, she has no choice but to stop a decades-long war–at least if she wants any future with Lucas.
But it’s hard to stop a war when you’re nowhere near the front lines. And an unexpected invitation–one she can’t refuse–only complicates the matter further. Embroiled in political machinations beyond her experience, Elena will have to plumb the depths of her remarkable power and new abilities.
As she finally learns who she can and can’t trust, she’ll risk everything to win a future for herself, her family, and her kingdom. But if she makes a misstep, the price could be more than she’s willing to pay.
This is impossibly good! About a third of the way through I had to check how many books are in the series because there was so much going on that I couldn’t believe it could all wrap up in this book.
But it does, and it does so beautifully. There are so many twists and turns that it’s impossible to predict what’s about to happen, but it all unfolds beautifully and the ending was deliciously satisfying.
Melanie Cellier is definitely one to look out for – I’m so pleased she’s got a plentiful backlist for me to work through!
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