I recently finished reading Voice of Power (The Spoken Mage Book 1) by Melanie Cellier.📚
The world of our main protagonist is divided into two classes. Mages are allowed to learn reading and writing, whereas this is deemed dangerous for the common-born because writing and reading equal casting magic in this world.
Elena is the daughter of two shopkeepers. Her older brother is off in the capital to learn at the university. He is the hope for a better life for the family, and everybody helps to earn the money needed for his tuition. She does not expect to learn much more because of an ongoing war. One child between 18 and 19 needs to enlist in the military. So Elena helps her parents in the shop until old enough to enlist. Until one day, she encounters an angry mob in front of her parent’s store and stops them by yelling a single word — an event that turns the whole world of the mages and her upside down. Magic executed without writing!
A good book; I very much liked the magic system used in this world. Especially with all the side-effects it has on your population as it means that most of them need to be illiterate. I liked the main character. She gets thrown into a completely different world and tries to make the best out of it.
Elena is very convinced that her position is the only right one, no matter that her classmates tell her that she does not have the big picture. She learned a new skill, and it would have been a good idea for her to start reading some history books, perhaps.
I could have lived without the multiple comments about the princes nice looking hair. But unexpected for me, Elena did not fall into love with him at first sight. And also not at the end of the book.
I liked the book very much – not surprising, as it contains most of the things I love in fantasy books. And I recommend to read it, just because of the fresh approach for magic in fantasy.
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