The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

EXCERPT:

Han slid his fingers inside his shirt and absently touched the serpent amulet that sizzled against the skin of his chest. Power flowed out of him and into the jinxpiece, relieving the magical pressure that had been building all day.

It had become a habit, this drawing off of power that might otherwise pinwheel out of control. He needed to constantly reassure himself the amulet was still there. Han had become strangely attached to it since he’d stolen it from Micah Bayar.

The magical pendant had once belonged to his ancestor, Alger Waterlow, known by most people as the Demon King. Meanwhile, the Lone Hunter amulet made for him by the Clan Matriarch Elena Demonai languished in his saddlebag.

He should hate the Waterlow jinxpiece. He’d paid for it with Mam’s and Mari’s lives. Some said the amulet was a black magic piece—capable of naught but evil. But it was all he had to show for his nearly seventeen years, save Mari’s charred storybook and Mam’s gold locket. It was all that remained of a season of disaster.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
The beautiful map that is the frontispiece of this book is captivating. From the Shivering Fens and Hallowmere, you can follow the river Dyrnnewater which borders the Queendom of the Fells. Turn left at Fellsmarch on the Marisa Pines Pass. At Delphi, pick up North Road and follow it through the Kingdom of Arden. Turn right at West Road, and Oden's Ford will be on your left. That is where Mystwerk House lies, and that is where Han Alister will begin his training as a wizard. At the same time, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna, with her companion Amon and his three cadets, is running from a forced marriage, and the safest place for her is the military academy—Wein House—at Oden's Ford. She wants to be trained so that when she inherits the throne she will know how to run a queendom. When the two groups meet they find they have enemies in common as well as friends. The book stands on its own very well—the reader is introduced to magicians, courtiers of various kinds, soldiers both loyal and treacherous—and it doesn't matter that we have no idea what happened in the first book. Just enough is explained so that we can follow the plot and look forward to the next volume. A good read. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
VOYA - Melissa Moore
Princess Raisa has fled from a forced marriage with Micah Bayar and traveled with Amon Byrne to Oden's Ford, where she hopes to pass as a normal soldier and get some valuable military training. Han Alister, still grieving the loss of his mother and sister, has also come to Oden's Ford, and with the companionship of Dancer and Cat, he hopes to develop his newly discovered wizarding abilities. Han proves to be a powerful wizard sought by others—Micah, the mysterious Crow, even Dean Abelard—but whom can he trust? And Raisa (known as Rebecca at the school) is drawn to both Amon and Han, yet both are forbidden to her. Vividly drawn and lusciously executed, the Seven Realms series continues to grow in breadth and detail with this sequel to The Demon King (Hyperion, 2009/VOYA October 2009). The story lines are intricately plotted and the characters fully realized, even as questions about truth, loyalty, and power are explored. The pacing of the story is pitch-perfect, with the focus shifting back and forth from Han to Raisa until their paths merge, making this an excellent choice for reluctant readers who refuse to be put off by the size of the book. Readers may be reminded of Hogwarts (with the beautifully imagined Oden's Ford) or the Twilight (Little Brown Young Readers) books (with the passionate and forbidden feelings Raisa experiences), yet the novel stands on its own and will leave readers once again begging for more. Reviewer: Melissa Moore
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Han Alister was once the Ragmarket street lord, skilled in thievery and lies. But now he's traveling to Oden's Ford to earn an education in the magical arts, and it will not be without peril. Despite the fact that the academy is known as "the great leveler," there are students who have reason to hate Han, specifically the Bayar twins, Micah and Fiona, because he stole the Demon King's amulet from their father, the High Wizard. To gain the upper hand on them, Han joins forces with a mysterious wizard he met in the dream world, but what this wizard asks in return may be more than the teen wishes to give. Meanwhile, Princess Raisa has fled from an arranged marriage with Micah Bayar. She and her loyal—and beloved—soldier, Amon, are also making their way to Oden's Ford so that Raisa might receive a military education in order to become a stronger ruler. Raisa's and Han's paths have crossed in the past, but when they meet again their connection is more powerful than before. Chima has created an intricate world with a rich history, cultural prejudices, and complicated political dynamics. Her characters are multifaceted: no one is either completely evil or insipidly perfect—each has shortcomings as well as redeeming traits. Readers would do well to pick up the first book in this series before tackling this one, as there are some details that will be lost without knowledge of what transpired in The Demon King (Hyperion, 2009), but those who love a well-thought-out fantasy will enjoy this novel.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
Kirkus Reviews
Duty, love, expedience and revenge fuel the labyrinthine intrigues of this second entry in an epic fantasy series. Han Alister, quondam gangleader and reluctant wizard-come-lately, has escaped pursuit and heads out for magical training as a covert agent of the clans. Meanwhile, Raisa—more of a runaway princess than an exiled queen—has fled a forced marriage and seeks to learn the warcraft necessary to claim her royal heritage. The two eventually cross paths in the neutral university town of Oden's Ford, but not before each is embroiled in shifting alliances and courted by shadowy figures with enigmatic agendas. While the overarching plot advances very little, readers will revel in the alternating viewpoints of the dense narrative, rich in character development and packed with worldbuilding. Established players reveal unexpected layers, and the tangled political situation becomes ever more hopeless. No matter that this title ends with the heroes once again in desperate straits, separated by their enemies and their own deceptions; Seven Realms fans will pore over every detail and beg impatiently for the sequel. Riveting. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423118244
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Seven Realms Series , #2
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 99,943
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 11.26 (h) x 1.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Cinda Williams Chima
Cinda Williams Chima (www.cindachima.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, and the first book in the Seven Realms series, The Demon King. She wrote her first novels in middle school. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.
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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Excellent Book!!!!!

    Excellent book which is packed with action. I could not put the book down. The author acquired and held my attention the whole time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    THE GREASTEST BOOK IN THE WORLD!

    I LOVE CINDA W. CHIMA's BOOKS, NoW AND FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Good but....

    I like the series but this book was only exciting in the beginning and end. The middle is just something to get through.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Very good read

    Like with the first, I just could not put it down. I was so sad when it ended and left me wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    wow

    i wished this book would never end, but it did. :-( cant wait for the next one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    EXCELLENT

    Chima has become one of my favorite authors. This book was excellent - hard to put down. I cannot wait for the 3rd book in the series. A must read (after Demon King, of course). An unforgettable story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    Fabulous, edgy, dramatic

    A great continuation of 1st book. The characters continue to evolve and we can expect even better of the 3rd and 4th books. The characters in this book are held to even more challenges to overcome and do so graceously as move to more adult type roles for this time and place. I only which Hans and Rebecca would have met sooner in this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    So awesome!

    I read the first book (The Demon King) within a few short days. I read the book on my way to work, at work, on my way home and pretty much all evening. It was such a great tale and I was absolutely anticipating the arrival of Chima's second book, The Exiled Queen. I am already up to chapter six and thus far I have not been disappointed. You must read these books!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    This book was an amazing sequel to The Demon King! I'm so grateful I got it early!

    A fiery, thrilling, possessive read - THE EXILED QUEEN was an awesome followup to THE DEMON KING. Although I felt that Raisa ana'Marianna and Captain Amon Byrne's tale didn't really start to evolve until the end, I really loved reading this book and couldn't put it down. I thought that Han, Cat and Fire Dancer's journey was going to be my favorite part, but when all of the characters collided and an intricate siege for power took place (that, also, must have taken a ton of time to plot out), my heart was racing with them. Every paragraph the stakes rose, there was more to lose, and the Gray Wolves and wizards struggled harder to survive, much less to come out on top. THE EXILED QUEEN gets a well-deserved 4 stars, in my book. If you haven't read The Seven Realms series yet, you should. [Also, if you're wondering how I bought it before the release date, I recently attended a book festival and Cinda was there; Hyperian (her publisher) allowed the festival hosts to put out copies early for purchase, so I bought one!]

    -Originally posted on my book blog, at the following URL: bit.ly/9UOeE5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

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    Awesome

    I loved The Demon King so when I found out that the next book was coming out I was super happy since Demon King was so epic I bet this one will be just as good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Shadow

    ATHENA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Great Book

    This is an amazing book. The author does a great job of developing the characters, and they feel so much more real than characters in other books. Also, the intricacy of the Seven Realms creates a memorable setting.

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

    Fantastic!

    I love the way this book jumps the characters right back into the action. Keeps the reader engaged throughout the whole book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Loved them a Loved it

    I love the diversity in point of view as well as character differences. Each character is so rich with their own personalities. I can hardly make myself put it down. The plot is well thought out and always has you on the edge of your seat. You never quite know how the events will turn. It's fantastic. Love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Loved

    This series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Awesome.

    Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Read forever

    This is one of those series you wouldn't mind reading over & over.

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    It was hard to put the book down it was so exceptionally written

    It was hard to put the book down it was so exceptionally written! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Awesome Read

    This book will have you on the edge of th couch just to finish the first page :)

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