Welcome to the candidacy. Where dreams go to die.
Twenty-year-old Ryiah is a black mage of combat, but she is not the Black Mage. Yet. She's had her eyes on the legendary robe for as long as she can remember, and in just one year she will have a chance at her country's prestigious - and only - tourney for mages. Too bad she is going up against a certain non-heir. The one person she has yet to beat.
Meanwhile Ry has a year to prove herself in her new role as a war mage and the prince's betrothed. Neither is quite what she expected and complications arise on both fronts. War is on the horizon, and with so many enemies the kingdom's fate is more than ever at risk.
The candidacy finally arrives, but it's only the beginning. Nothing can prepare her for what comes next.
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I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.
Since the 2nd book isn't available in audio, I bought the 2nd book and read it so that I wouldn't have to read/listen to them out of order. I'm looking forward to book 4.
I love how it ended to make you yearn for the 4th book.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom
I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.
The plot thickens! I've listened to the first book in this series, and it started quite straightforwardly - a girl wants to be a magic apprentice. I missed out on the second one, and in this book it's nit just about her anymore. We (and poor Ry) get drawn into court intrigue and politics of the realm. Magic candidacy and training are almost footnotes. Very difficult decisions await our heroine, and the lives of her family may depend on her own choices.
I liked the character development in the Candidate and also all the new information, that put everything constantly into new perspective... Intense and dramatic, it left me full of emotion at the end.
The narrator's voice is very pleasant. I'd like her to try adding more drama into the dialogues, I think it would work marvellously well.
My heartfelt thanks to the author/narrator/publisher for providing me this audiobook for free via Audiobook Boom in return for my unbiased review. It was a pleasure.
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