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Summary

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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Action and love- this box set is worth it!

Book1- this book has so much mystery, a touch of romance and a whole new world!

0.5- this short backstory of Hale gives us adventure and a great understanding of the guy!

Book2- this one has action, love and one gasping moments!!

Book 3- this book is the action packed adventure we have been waiting for! Your heart strings are pulled, answers are given and choices are made! Even tho this is the end it could be so much more!

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Well worth a read

if you like something a bit different then this is it. After discovering she has powerful magic Wren finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation that leads to discoveries about corruption and a change to the world as she knows it. I listened to this on audible and really enjoyed it.

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Great story

I already reviewed the first two books but was happy to start the whole series over so I could listen to it start to end. I just love the story and the creativeness of it all. Such a fun story. I recommend it.

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Fantastical magical action and mystery!

This was so much fun!
I wondered if I would ever finish a 36hour audiobook, but I needn't have. I have been listening almost every night since I got it and have almost been itching to get to bed so I can hear what happens next...
An intricately woven fantastical chronicle that hooks you in from the start and then catastrophe and adventure ensues keeping you invested and intrigued all the way through. I'm sure all fans of fantasy will adore this collection.
Brilliant narration by Kelsey throughout, maintained over the entire 36 hours, what's not to love?!
5* would recommend!

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-12-20

so cute

This magic system and story are so unique, it was a nice change. I also loved the whole box set being together. I did get confused at one point because the short story was actually the second book played instead of at the end as it was listed.

This book is funny, charming, and still has adventures. I enjoy that there was a royal family involved but not anyone too high up. I cant say I loved Hail from the beginning but I liked how his role came full circle. The friendships are sweet. The mystery and adventure keeps it entertaining.

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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.
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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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  • Davis John
  • 08-10-21

COULDN'T FINISH IT

Claire Luna could really use a proofreader. "To whom am I talking with?" Aaaaargh! There are so many of these, I could fill pages. Claire badly needs to make friends with a dictionary and a course in basic English grammar wouldn't hurt.

The narrator could also use some literacy skills. "Plaited" pronounced "plated," "bowed," as in, "they bowed their heads," but pronounced "bowed" as if played on a violin. Weird pronunciations abound. In that sense, the author and the narrator are a good match. The basic story is not bad. I'm just saddened by the horrifically low standards of literacy of these two.

As I continued, the weird English and illogicalities started to distract me from the story. Here are some gems:
"He rotated his shoulder in its socket."
"Arm," surely!
"Only a certain kind of man can pull off a beard."
"Wren pulled her cloak up around her features."
"Warm and toasty from the fire cracking in the hearth."
"The man had the wherewithal to stare at the curtains."
What???
"They all stood in unison."
"Others stumbled holding hands to ears. Probably trying to stop the ringing that soiunded in Lucas's own head."

And then a character, Ansell comes in to the story. The narrator has a field day with him. The accent is a kind of grand tour of the British Isles. It's horrible. I cringed every time this character spoke. I stuck it out for as long as I could and then I decided to call it a day and return the book.

It started fairly well, but it seemed like the author and the narrator lost interest towards the end.

I do not recommend this. This book is a waste of time.

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  • Harry
  • 28-02-21

Keeps one guessing until the end.

I enjoyed this audiobook. More action than I expected from the title.

I was given this audiobook by the author for free and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kindle Custom Ingrid
  • 13-02-21

Wonderfully imaginative!

I listened to the entire series. I was completely engrossed, excited, tense, mind bent, imagination stretched, and fallen in love with a cast of fastinating characters who will stay with you long after moving on to your next book! The narrator was absolutely spot on, and fully responsible!

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  • T. Hackett
  • 04-01-21

enjoyable narrative; harrowing turns

here we have the tale of Wrenn who is lovable and misguided , an overall human. She's scared and worried about those she encounters because, like us, she has been shaped by her experiences. In book one we discover who she is, in book two we discover her challenges as her world changes around her, and in book 3 we discover how she shapes her world to make it what she wants.

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  • Tara C.
  • 23-12-20

Magically Infused food? I’m in

Son of a spicer! This was a long enjoyable audiobook series. The hidden magical community, the love stories, the war and struggles all very entertaining.