- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (3 February 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000738422X
- ISBN-13: 978-0007384228
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 21.3 x 5.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 721 g
- Customer Reviews: 214 customer ratings
The Exiled Queen (The Seven Realms Series, Book 2) Hardcover – 3 February 2011
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Praise for The Exiled Queen:
‘Vividly drawn and lusciously executed, the Seven Realms series continues to grow in breadth and detail with this sequel to The Demon King. The story lines are intricately plotted and the characters fully realized, even as questions about truth, loyalty, and power are explored.’ VOYA
‘Duty, love, expedience and revenge fuel the labyrinthine intrigues of this second entry in an epic fantasy series…Seven Realms fans will pore over every detail and beg impatiently for the sequel. Riveting.’ Kirkus
Praise for The Demon King:
‘The Demon King is a page-turner for any reader, regardless of age.’ Robin Hobb
‘Dozens of characters, complex and distinct in personality, are placed with jewel-like precision, set off by dark glints of villainy… [readers] will clamor for the sequel.’ Publishers Weekly
Praise for Cinda Williams Chima:
‘Centuries of wizardly scheming, slavery and slaughter reap apocalyptic fallout in this final volume of Chima’s trilogy… Heroes and villains alike are swayed by achingly human motivations into disastrous choices with devastating consequences…The resolution is—like the end of childhood itself—tentatively hopeful, if not triumphant. A superlative accomplishment.’ Kirkus.
About the Author
Cinda Williams Chima began writing romance novels in middle school, which were frequently confiscated by her English teacher. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Heir series of young adult fantasy novels. A graduate of the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University, Cinda has been a freelance writer and columnist for the Plain Dealer and other publications. Cinda has a marginal knowledge of popular culture, but she has never forgotten what it was like to be a teen. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two sons. Her new fantasy series, The Demon King, released in Autumn 2009.
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This book follows the continuing situation everyone has to deal with after book 1.
Nothing earth shattering occurs, but it's a solid enough link in the chain.
Probably being harsh by the standards of some reviews,but I think 5 stars should be hard to earn. I am enjoying this series,but then, if you are reading this review the odds are you are too.
Simultaneously, we have Han Alister and Dancer who are travelling basically to the same place to learn about charmcast and how to control and manipulate their wizard powers.
There is a lot going on in the Queendom and the Seven Realms have bigger issues than looking for a missing princess, although this eventually leads to political problems that Raisa will have to solve by coming back home.
In the meantime, all the book is about Raisa working her way to train as a soldier, since only a few know she’s the princess. She takes an alias and studies the best way she can with weapons and history of her Queendom.
On the other hand, Han is learning how to use his amulet and how to control his powers not only in the real world, but in Aedion, which is a place where your conscience can take form and it helps you travel anywhere without leaving your body. He will meet with a new and mysterious character named Crow, and he will learn about magic in a way that school can’t teach.
Magic in this world is a thing I find really interesting, and even though the characters are teenagers, I don’t find them particularly annoying. On the contraire. Both Raisa and Han have a nice character development and even when they meet, they’re a combo that I haven’t seen much in fantasy books.
Still, I must admit that it kind of broke my heart to know that Amon was left on the side. I can see that he really cares and loves Raisa, but he cannot be physically with her. I think I felt more heartbroken than her about it, because he’s an honest guy that wants to do his best not only for his Princess, but for his best friend too.
As you may know by now, this book is told by different POVs, which is something that I enjoyed because Han and Raisa meet past the second half of the book, like I predicted.
Despite the fact that it didn’t have much action scenes as I was expecting, the author really knows what she’s doing, because she makes us care about the characters, and the world building is something I really appreciate. In order for me to care about a fantasy story, I have to know these details like costumes, traditions, languages and the way people see each other. It feels real when we read about the Seven Realms.
But as the first one, this book has a slow pace. Yet, I promise you it’s worth it. I think that this book is not meant to be devoured, but to be savored.
Now if that wasn’t enough to convince you to read these series, I must say that princess Raisa is one of the few female characters that’s growing on me. The more I know her, the more I root for her, because she’s always seen as this little, petite girl that knows nothing about her Queendom, when it’s actually the opposite.
She’s the kind of person that gets belittled all the time, but she proves everybody wrong by studying hard, by working like everybody else, and even though she’s dramatic as a teenager can be, she learns from her mistakes. Raisa truly cares about her Queendom, her mother, but most importantly, about her people.
Han is also another character that grew into me, and he has changed a lot since we first met him. I feel like he’s just a nice guy that doesn’t want to get into trouble, but since he is an ancestor of the Demon King, his destiny is somehow sealed by that. He has lost everything he cares for, so I’m thrilling to know what he will do next in order to feel safe again.
Last but not least, I totally recommend this book and I hope you give these series a chance.
Great sequel to the first book, the ending makes you want to read more.
The protagonists continue to be flawed but root-able. The world they live in on course becomes far more complicated and interesting. I like Han and Raisa both are individuals and together. I like their friends and their struggles. Han and Dancer continue to be a great dynamic. They are very two very different people, but their friendship balances them. As for Amon and Raisa, despite being a big supporter of Han and Raisa, I truly feel for these two. In another life, under different circumstances they could have been really happy together. I like Amon, and honestly if there were some other girl that I could picture Han with I might not have minded if the author put Amon and Raisa together.
It took a while to get to Oden's Ford (wizarding/military school) but the book was fast-paced and chock full of awesomeness. Chima is an incredibly talented writer and creates a world that I can't wait to escape to.
The only thing that disappointed me was that there were too many gaps in the schooling. I wanted to see more of the classroom, whether it was with Han learning to use his amulet or Raisa learning to be a soldier.
I was so excited to see what would happen next that I burned through the book. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves a good ya fantasy. I can't wait to start the next book!!