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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just as good as the other two and a half
- Melanie Hope
Narration is stilted and detracts from the story
Good story with a good heroine! There are interesting twists and turns. I want to hear what happens next and I feel it is certainly above average. Just change the narrator.
The heroine's determination to become the top mage.
Unfortunately, the narrator sounded like a 5th grader reading. It was stilted and lacked emotion to the narration. She even mispronounced several words, which throws me out of the story.
Discovering her brother was a rebel and dying.