Book Review: The Exhiled Queen by: Cinda Williams Chima

Exiled Queen, The (A Seven Realms Novel)
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
Publish Date: 28 September 2010
Origins: Library
Format: Hardcover
Series: Seven Realms Series: The Demon King (1), The Exhiled Queen (2), The Gray Wolf Throne (3)

You can't always run from danger...

Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, Han Alister journeys south to begin his schooling at Mystwerk House in Oden’s Ford.   But leaving the Fells doesn’t mean danger isn’t far behind.  Han is hunted every step of the way by the Bayars, a powerful wizarding family set on reclaiming the amulet Han stole from them.  And Mystwerk House has dangers of its own.  There, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret. 

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets.  Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden's Ford.  If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.   

The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.  

I picked up this book last year sometime and I started to read it after an all night read-a-thon of The Demon King. I started this book and then put it away because I think I was on Seven Realms overload and the characters were making me angry. The other day I saw it at the library and gave it another shot and thoroughly loved it. 

I love the intricacy of the entire word Ms. Chima built. I love the differences in the characters and the constant juxtaposition of Raisa and Han. I enjoyed the rivalry between the Bayars and Han, this isn't a children's rivalry, this whole book is live or death, crown and country. This book may be written for children but the situations are adult and intricate. This book isn't written so a child couldn't read it but it is written so an adult might enjoy it as well.

I think my favorite part of this book and the series so far is the relationships. I love how each character's relationship with each other is unique and different. Han and Raisa, Han and Crow, everyone has something unique to offer each and every relationship and I enjoy hashing it out in my head. This book is lovely and unpredictable. 

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