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An enemy kingdom. A powerful prince. And an Academy for mages.

To stay alive, Verene will have to uncover her hidden power.

Verene is a disappointment to her entire kingdom — the first royal ever born without power, despite her mother being the most powerful mage in history. So when she's sent to the Academy in neighboring Kallorway to forge ties with her people's traditional enemies, she's determined to succeed and prove she can still be of value to her kingdom. 

Prince Darius of Kallorway is the strongest mage in his family — and the only reason his weak father is still clinging to his throne. Starting at the Academy at the same time as Verene, the crown prince is cold and distant and shows no desire to connect with her. Instead, he seems suspicious of both her presence and her claimed lack of power.

Surrounded by unfamiliar politics and long-held enemies, Verene discovers that some at the Academy want her gone by whatever means necessary. As the threats grow ever more sinister, she starts to question all of her assumptions. The hardened prince might just be her best hope of survival and — even more shockingly — he might be right about her power. But as danger grows in the shadows, Verene isn't the only one in danger. If she wants to save both her old kingdom and the new one she's starting to love, she must uncover her hidden powers and take her true place among the mages.

If you enjoy strong heroines, fantasy worlds, adventure, intrigue, and clean romance, then try the Hidden Mage series now. 

©2021 Melanie Cellier (P)2021 Melanie Cellier

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I love Melanie’s books. I was absolutely taken in by The Spoken Mage and couldn’t wait to read more of Melanie’s books. I started this series and was immediately disappointed. I felt like I was reading the Spoken Mage again. All the same plot, story line and troubles that happened to the mom, started happening to the daughter. When the daughter feel in love with the same type character, I did a huge eye roll. I finished the series because I had hope that it would be a little different in the end. I’m pleased to say that it did change a little bit. It would probably be a great series if you have not read the Spoken Mage first. But all the similarities ruined it for me.

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Excellent series and great narration!

Love the series and it’s predecessor series and companion novel. The narrator does a great job too. Only issue is chapter 89 (chapter 3 in book 4) is out of order. It goes from 88 to 90 then back to 89, then to 91 and continuing in the right order after that. So be sure to skip forward then back as you listen, otherwise it’s very confusing.

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Keep them coming!

Melanie combines depth complete character build up yo her many stories. the narrator- shiromi- was birn to read these beautiful fantasy stories.

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Great clean fantasy

I love when there is an entire series that I can listen to without skipping the unnecessary bits. I didn’t have to with this series! Great story and it was one of those tales that you truly become immersed in and are invested in each character. Fantastic series!

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Middle two installments the best

The over-arching issue for me was the narration, which came as a shock as the narrator did a stunning job on "Thorn". The narrator has a lovely voice but she is soft spoken and doesn't enunciate the endings of words well, at times, blending them with the next word. As a consequence, I was focused on the narration in the first and fourth volumes, which is a serious detraction in an audio recording. I tried playing it louder, listening as intently as I could, but was unwilling to play it super slow. The switch between female and male voices was fine.

Crown of Strength, #3, was the finest segment for me...The plotting in this installment is very well accomplished. Surprises are many! The reader (me, that is) could have some trouble understanding why the main character loves her chosen, but a rocky journey is to be expected. The supporting cast is excellent. The evolution of Verene's magic is intriguing.

My thoughts on #2, Crown of Danger: The story improves immensely with book two. It is very engaging. I loved the classroom sessions, the sympathies for the working class that supports the students, and the unfolding of talent. Verene's ability is refreshing, and the similarities to the earlier generation in The Spoken Mage are just happy shadows. The story line in this series is unique and of great interest.

The overall series was fine, with the second and third installments superior to the first and fourth for me. The magic and world-building is interesting, as is seeing familiar characters and countries, similar systems with new twists. But I grew weary of ripping parchments and constant conflict in the fourth book. I don't objective to some similarities to the earlier version (The Spoken Mage), as it forges a strong link. I enjoyed reading the information about how magic has evolved and how the academy works. But I wasn't mesmerized.

I preferred the The Spoken Mage, even though I was pleased to read of the next generation.

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same dessert different flavor

Some might find the plot too similar to the spoken mage but it has its own delicious flavor of coming to know yourself and determining if love can grow under the cloud of politics and prejudice. The way she writes is so captivating I have listened to this whole series ( spoken mage and power of pen and voice included) 3 times now. Because even if I know what is going to happen I find myself captivated by the story all the same.

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YA romance with cringe - mostly suited for 10-16 year olds

I gave the omnibus a chance as it was on sale and the reviews were either really good or similar to mine, as follows:
It is a YA series with an overpowered heroine who kicks ass but is very wishy washy one second and indecisive and then sounds like a 50/60 year old the next with decades worth of insight and wisdom. I had a hard time believing that she was 16-20 during the series.
There.is.so.much.cringe!
I also have a hard time stopping mid reading unless it’s excruciatingly boring or bad, which this series was not, or at least not to start with, so I endured. The ending… what a neat perfect fit with everyone pared off… yawn!
The final book was in my opinion, a very weak ending to a lackluster series so I don’t feel comfortable giving it more than 2 stars.


The narrator does an ok job with the main text but as soon as she reads the dialogue it’s as if she’s trying to talk while holding in a coughing fit. The most peculiar thing. If she has a speech impediment then I’ll take it all back and applaud her for reading the books but I suspect it’s more of an affectation with the dialogue.

I do think though, that an audience from 10-16 might love the series, as I certainly would not have minded reading it at that age. But if you’re approaching 30 or above you might want to find another read.

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sooo sadd its overrrrr...

loved them all and loved this continuation and super sad it is done... ill really miss it

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Enjoyable story

An enjoyable story. I actually like this series more than the Spoken Mage series. Definitely would recommend for a clean fun read

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  • 09-04-22

really good

I really loved it already finishing the second time it is a fine book

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  • Roland clarkson
  • 08-11-22

More please

awesome books hope to hear more from vareen and Darius and their friends please

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  • 05-26-22

fab

loved it great for mage enthusiasts I completely different way to access using magic than I have previously read

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  • 01-23-22

Amazing

This book really made me smile and I thoroughly recommend and have enjoyed it, it's hard to put the joy on a page and I couldn't put the book down.

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