The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms Series #2)

The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms Series #2)

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by Cinda Williams Chima
     
 

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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 that 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.

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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 that 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.

Everything changes when Han and Raisa's paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.

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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.—Kirkus

On the run from an arranged marriage and an attempted magical coup, heir-to-the-throne Princess Raisa seeks anonymity and an education at the military academy at Oden's Ford. She is accompanied by bodyguard Amon and his trio of cadets, but although she has loved Amon since childhood, he remains aloof and prickly. Meanwhile, former gang lord Han Allister also travels to Oden's Ford, there to enroll in the wizard's academy, but his life is threatened by blueblood wizards who want him dead. When princess and gang lord find each other again in this sequel to The Demon King (rev. 1/10), sparks fly, romantic and otherwise. Although the legends of Queen Hanalea used to prime narrative effect in the first volume are on hiatus here, the complicated social and political situation among the clans, the Vale, the wizard council, and the monarchy heats up further, introducing higher and higher stakes for the earnest and likable characters. The narrative pace slows with Raisa and Han's arrivals at their respective institutions, but lovers of a good school story won't mind the slight diversion. Less driven than the first novel, this sequel nonetheless advances the story to a crisis point, where it leaves readers poised in eager anticipation of future installments.—Horn Book

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—SLJ

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:
9781423121374
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Series:
Seven Realms Series, #2
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
109,505
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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