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The Ciphers of Muirwood

Covenant of Muirwood, Book 2
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Series: Covenant of Muirwood, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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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.

©2015 Jeff Wheeler (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Rene
  • 08-05-2016

Good for a second book

What made the experience of listening to The Ciphers of Muirwood the most enjoyable?

The story continued and did not disappoint.

What other book might you compare The Ciphers of Muirwood to and why?

Not sure

Which scene was your favorite?

All of the scenes with Collier her husband. Not mushy but interesting in how he treats her.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How she described her feelings, love which she didn't know, trying not to go to sleep, so full of her emotions this book.

Any additional comments?

Made me ready for the third and last book, this book answered questions and gave you more questions.

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  • kaylady
  • 16-05-2016

enjoyable

This book kept my interest and left me wanting to know what happens next. I would like to have seen more character description of the king but at the end I discovered this was not the first book in a series so maybe that happened elsewhere.

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  • Busy mom
  • 28-03-2016

Wonderful story!

Once again Jeff Wheeler has me enthralled! Can't wait to jump into the next book!

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  • Lin Cloward
  • 13-03-2016

Favorite so far

Loved the story and how the characters are developing. Love the veil, space and time aspects.

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  • Patricia W.
  • 31-10-2015

Excellent character building story.

Jeff Wheeler stated in his concluding remarks that the second book of a series is usually his favorite because things slow down a bit and main characters gain more depth. Well, I certainly agree that this book achieved that goal.
In this installment, Princess Mya finally goes to Muirwood Abby to study as a Cipher. Though girls are not allowed to learn how to read, Mya has been able to do so since childhood. She thought that she was the only one in the kingdom, but now she meets many other girls that wish to become mastons and learn to read during the night. We are introduced to the Aldermaston and his wife of Muirwood who immediately connect with Mya. We also get to know Mya's Grandmother the High Seer more in this book. Mya is given a companion who knows about Mya's brand and shadow stains. Through this story, Mya finally begins to have trustworthy people surround and support her mission to become a Maston and open the Apse vail once again.
Yes the characters become fully three dimentional in this book, but there are also character building quotes shared throughout the book. Mya shows us how compassion and meekness are not weakness but great strengths of character. Though safe behind the walls of Muirwood, the adventual confrontation between The king of Comoros and his Princess daughter comes to pass. Mya must pass the Maston test in about six months time or consequences not only for Muirwood abby but the entire Maston order will occur. She must stand up to many people including King Giddion her husband.
Though Mya loves her father she cannot condone his actions. She grieves for her King father and the consequences he will suffer for his choices. I know that this is just a story, but Mya's character qualities are to be emulated. There is great power in forgiveness especially when it is not deserved. There is power in love, peace, mercy, and patience in the midst of struggle, as well as gentle responses in the face of cruelty. All these things are shown and remind me what it truly means to be a Christian. You may disagree with my perspective and that's okay. But this book is wonderful and I will be rereading this one many times in the future.

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  • Cherlyn R
  • 12-02-2020

Overall, good read

I usually love his main characters, but I found this one to be overly nieve and vexing. If you can get past that, it's a great book.

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  • Rachel
  • 07-02-2020

amazing

these books are so fantastic. so glad I stumbled upon the series a year or so ago.

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  • Kurt Hooper.
  • 26-09-2019

Love this series

This is my second time listening to this series. Great story, characters and love this narrator.

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  • Angela L. Hatch
  • 28-05-2019

Not my favorite, but still good

of all of Jeff Wheeler's books that I've listened to so far, and of all the Muirwood Books, this one is probably at the bottom of my list of favorites. It fell flat to me without enough conflict or action. I particularly felt that the relationship between Mya and Collier (sorry if I spelled their names wrong, but this is an AUDIO book so I didn't see the names written) was very boring. Nothing HAPPENS! It was very frustrating. Yes, they finally proclaim their love eventually, but they can't kiss so it's kinda.....meh. I love a good love story and this one was a good attempt, but I wouldn't rate it higher than that. I have yet to listen to the third book in the series so perhaps it will get better. I enjoyed the love story between Lia and Colvin much more in the previous Muirwood series. Still, it's a decent listen, especially if you enjoyed Jeff Wheeler's other books.

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  • mrshagrid
  • 25-04-2019

A cliffhanger

Many things happen in this book including confrontations between Maia and her father and also her husband. Having said that, this book is a vehicle that takes the reader closer to the grand finale which I'm sure will take place in book 3. Consequently, once this book is concluded you'll need to have book three in hand because you're going to want to jump right in.

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  • Poppey
  • 19-02-2020

Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Maia has now made it to sanctuary at the Abbey of Muirwood and safety. Her destiny: To open the Apse Veil to release trapped spirits. Meanwhile, Sanford Price, the Earl of Forshee and his four sons have been executed by Maia's father, leaving Dodd, the youngest, alive at Muirwood Abbey, who have given him sanctuary. Maia's father has now become so depraved, if I had any sympathy for Maia, it vanished when she still would not condemn him for his actions. When you see innocents murdered in such numbers and such injustice, it is Maia who ultimately bears the blame for not standing up when she had the chance. My sympathy went to Argus, the BoarHound.

The best thing; Collier is back, although I think he deserves better than Maia! I am also still of the same opinion that, at the moment, there is little to choose between the Medium and the Dochte Mandar. It appears to be a Maston, obedience is mandatory ... or else.

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  • Martin
  • 26-07-2017

Yet another truly glorious adventure.

Engaging from the start, but I especially enjoy the parting of wisdom within these pages. they resonate well with me.

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  • Stephanie
  • 31-05-2016

oh no

what will I do when I've finished all the books? The second book is just as enthralling!

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  • frufru
  • 15-05-2016

Captivating heroine,/great story.

Loved this! Listened to it every opportunity I had. I've bought book three now-going to start it straight away. I've really enjoyed this series so far.

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  • Emily
  • 30-10-2015

amazing

Really good can't wait to start the next one.
.! ! ! definitely a 5 star book