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Enter the world of the Confectioner's Guild, an addictive fantasy mystery series brimming with royal intrigue, pulse-pounding romance, and delectable food magic.

The Confectioner's Guild

A magic cupcake. A culinary killer. The perfect recipe for murder.

Wren knew her sweet treats could work wonders, but she never knew they could work magic. She barely has time to wrap her head around the stunning revelation when the head of the prestigious Confectioner’s Guild falls down dead before her. Poisoned by her cupcake.

Now facing murder charges in a magical world she doesn’t understand, Wren must discover the true killer or face the headsman’s axe. But when her search for clues leads to a deep-rooted conspiracy that goes all the way to the top, she realizes that the guild master isn’t the only one at risk of death by chocolate.

If Wren can’t bring the powerful culprit to justice, she and her friends will meet a bittersweet end.

The Confectioner's Coup

Wren thought things were bad when her boyfriend's father tried to frame her for murder. But that was before a hostile army showed up at the city gates, ready to swallow Maradis whole. And before guild members began disappearing one by one - including the Confectioner's Guild's newest Gifted recruit.

Wren, suspecting the king is to blame for the disappearances, undertakes a dangerous investigation that sets her on a collision course with old and new enemies alike. Will she be able to find the missing guild members before tensions boil over into outright rebellion? Or are the guilds willing to go further than she ever realized to rid themselves of the king's tyranny...

The Confectioner's Truth

A deadly new enemy rules Alesia with an iron fist - and an unnatural interest in the magic of the Confectioner's Guild. Betrayed by one of their own, Wren and her few remaining allies flee Maradis to secure whatever aid they can find.

But new dangers and old ghosts lurk around every corner, forcing Wren to confront truths she thought she'd buried deep long ago. Will Wren be able to piece together an alliance, and enough of her own shattered heart, to take back her home from those who hold it hostage? Or will her magic prove too tempting a morsel for her enemies to refuse....

The Confectioner's Exile

Hale Firena has everything - looks, money, power, more girls than he knows what to do with. But in one night everything changes, as a bloody coup turns Hale into a penniless refugee on the run for his life.

Hale's not cut out for real life - the thought of holding down a real job is almost more horrible than the pirates and bandits chasing him.

©2019 Claire Luana (P)2020 Claire Luana

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An original and entertaining listen

This trilogy is well worth a credit. The premise is original, with well-developed characters and just the right amount of description to make the world come alive. I liked the combination of fantasy and mystery, and the confectioners guild idea is fun. It also made me hungry with the descriptions of cupcakes and other desserts, so don't read it on an empty stomach! Claire Luana's writing is good and Kelsey Navarro's narration makes it all come to life. It's nice to listen to something out of the ordinary and I hope the author will continue with similar books in the future. I received a free audiobook at my request and this is my honest, unbiased review. It's a great listen.

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  • Cindy
  • 03-10-20

Stir it up!

A unique take on fantasy. Drawn in from the first. A great cast of characters. Narrator was a perfect choice for this collection. This audio was given to me in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Lucie Kreth
  • 02-10-20

Pretty annoying

Story was pretty good without all the teenage angst- filled romance over and over. And why is the heroine only 16? Hard to believe that she has the ability to move around a country and influence all those people and have adult feelings and experiences. Why can't they be a bit older and mature in their thought processes?

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  • Margaret
  • 22-11-20

Book one solid 4/5, book 2&3 3.5/5

This is the first to fourth book I have read/listened to by this author and I would like to listen to another series. Audible lists this as the complete mystery series and then says Confectioner Chronicles book 1 to 3. There are actually four books. I would only consider the first bookOne of them I guess would be called a novella or a companion book. It gives us insight to Hale’s life from when he was young and living a privileged life in Africa, until how he became a master in the confectioners guild. I quite enjoyed this backstory. Book one has an interesting mystery mixed with an original concepts to the magic. It is the more lighthearted out of the three main books. Book number two is more threatening as we learn more about the kings role in the disappearing guild members. Book three becomes even more ominous as a new ruler has taken over and he has even more serious machinations. I did find the tension filled and betrayed romance a little much for my liking but it did not smother the rest of the story. I like how Wren was clueless to her magic and also to the politics of the Guild, so when she becomes a member she kind of rubbed people the wrong way and stumbled into situations / friendships that another member would not typically due to their preconceived limitations or prejudices. It turned out her different approach was exactly what was needed to attempt to overthrow the tyrannical rulers. Their efforts are wrought with unexpected twists and unforeseen betrayals. I found myself several times thinking ‘just eat a cupcake!’ This is a series I enjoyed and I could see myself listening to this again some day. This is the second to fourth book I have listened to by this narrator ( Kelsey Navarro ). She did a wonderful job performing this book. She gives each character a distinct voice and does well expressing their moods and personalities. Her diction is clear and pacing good. She really helped draw me into the story. There are no explicit sex scenes, or swearing. Book one is rated as a children’s book and book two and three are young adult. I would agree the first book lacks the violence and is not as deep or dark as what is in the next two. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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  • Shawna
  • 17-11-20

Good fantasy series

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I love the fact that I got all 3 books at once. It was amazing not to have to go searching for the other books. I am a sucker for fantasy books and this one lived up to what I like. The characters were well built and the storyline was great. The author did a fantastic job with this book and the narrator hit it out of the park!

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  • rachel pohler
  • 03-11-20

FANTASTIC

Who knew a book about confectioners would be so fantastic? lol I have to admit I was skeptical. But the story that came together was wonderful. A world full of magic, romance, and danger. I loved the whole series!

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  • J Pritchard
  • 28-10-20

Fun story

I enjoyed the concept of this story quite a bit. I enjoy a good mystery. The narrator's voice worked quite well for the story. My only complaint was the amount of mispronunciations. I'm a stickler for words, so when things aren't said correctly it stands out. Kelsey would benefit from a proofer with attention to pronunciations. Even so, the story was captivating and I didn't want to stop listening. I recieved this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Kim Jones
  • 24-10-20

Saccharine in all the worst ways

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. The series stars well enough with an interesting premise; magic in baked goods! It's fascinating, and the first book quickly ushers everyone to the dinner table with the murder of the head of the guild. But then the first course is served, seasoned though a little bland, and the wine is sour with the main character's standard trope of everything bad in the universe always happening to her, and the rest of the meal just becomes worse after that. Until, finally, you're handed a half scoop of mud coated with a pound of sugar and told it's the best thing ever. The books have an interesting skeleton with their magic users, but the flesh is tacked on in an attempt to look like murder mysteries and political revolution, but all it really ever comes down to is painfully crafted romance plots. Nothing else really seems to matter but the romance, and it's the variety of romance that maybe a young reader would find fascinating but the rest of us are left with a tooth ache over how sappy and sugary it all is. It takes what could have been interesting and just shrugs and says a lukewarm bowl of mushroom broth is as good as the steak dinner with sides that was on the menu. From the over description of clothes every time a wardrobe change is performed, and you will always know, down to the detail, what every character is wearing, to everything revolving around 'true love is best' and 'true loves saves the day' at the end, this is a series where the syrup fermented and went bad, and leaves the taste of vinegar and relief in the mouth once it is finally over.

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  • Ash
  • 18-10-20

Creative YA Series

The Confectioners Chronicles was an enjoyable YA series. The concepts in the novel were creative and unique and the characters are well fleshed out and feel like the struggle with "real" concepts of identity and relating to others. The novel is certainly solidly in the YA category and some of the drama comes across as such. However it didn't stop me from enjoying the world building mythology of the series.

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  • mike s.
  • 15-10-20

Relatable, not always likable characters

Well written series with some interesting concepts. Relatable, though not always likable characters. The characters get in real danger and there are consequences, as there should be.

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  • Ronja
  • 12-10-20

To much drama for me, excellent narration

This is the complete Confectioner Chronicles Series. (a lot of content for your money/ credit!) Books 1 to 3 + a bonus story ‘The Confectioner's Exile’. I was happy the bonus story was placed between Book 1 and 2. Chronologically it’s book 0.5, but I think it’s better to already know Hale before listening to his background story. This is a Teen/ Young Adult series and to me this shows the most in the romance department. I (as an adult) didn’t enjoy it very much. Very stereo typical YA drama romance. Also Teen/ Young Adult appropriate (but which I did like) was the lack of cursing. It was very creative! Everything was in theme like : “Son of a Spicer”, “You scared the sugar out of me”, “Beekeeper help me”, and there was even a mentioning of the Beekeepers pointy ass, when the situation was exceptionally tense. I loved this, and it made me smile a lot. I was surprised by the level of violence/ serious themes. For example, there is a beheading, heads on spikes, a main character that kills an innocent person, (multiple planned) executions and an invasion. For me personally all the suffering and drama wasn’t compensated enough by lighthearted/ heartwarming/ enjoyable/ positive and/or fun moments. I didn’t like where the plot was going in Book 2. The emphasis no longer on magically infused food and finding a new home and family but on politics, loyalties and betrayal. As off now, I completed Book 1, 1.5 (the bonus story) and 2, and started in Book 3. But it’s all so depressing and frustrating, I’m not sure I want to continue my listen. Narration was excellent, best you could hope for! Kelsey has a pleasant voice, perfect pacing and intonation, good character distinction. I got this Audio Book for free (thanks!). I'm voluntarily leaving this review. Opinions and ratings are my own and not influenced by how I got the Audio Book.