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.

Editorial Reviews

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423146421
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Seven Realms Series , #2
Sold by:
DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
30,803
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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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The Exiled Queen (The Seven Realms Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 493 reviews.
lanwangeek More than 1 year ago
Excellent book which is packed with action. I could not put the book down. The author acquired and held my attention the whole time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the series but this book was only exciting in the beginning and end. The middle is just something to get through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing in the Exiled Queen was better than the first for sure. Unfourtunatly Ms. Chima was still lacking , the book had little to none figurative language and the sensory and image inducing text was no where close to painting a clear picture in the reader's imagination. There were too many times when the author would skip over simple character actions that makes the scene flow better, but instead leaves the reader the connect the dots and the text is "word dammed" (as a river dam disrupts the flow of it). Ms. Chima did make an effort to enhance her vocabulary and used british diction but ended up misusing basic words ( leaving the reader to either check their dictionary or correct a simple mistake) . Some writers dismiss thoughts as dialect or dissussion (especially when writing in third person) but it is! An author needs to make a physical diference between normal text and thoughts. Simple italisizing or apostrophies would've been perfectly fine, but no effort was made to guide the reader to better understand the work in front of them. The character development is better than most for a second instalation. Ms. Chima made the plot a tad bit less transparent but like a new shower door you can still see right through it. I like Ms. Chima and I know she could be unstoppable outside the confines of disney, and I will wait for that day, but untill then my cravings for a fantastic read by Ms. Chima has been left unsatisfied and my interest in her is fading. This series has so much potential, but I feel like in the end it will be like a fruit tree eager to give its bounty left unpicked and its fruit left to rott on the branch. Please Ms. Chima don't let me down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the book a lot!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well rounded book. if you liked this then you might like the Eon books by Alison Goodman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE CINDA W. CHIMA's BOOKS, NoW AND FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thecollector0 More than 1 year ago
Like with the first, I just could not put it down. I was so sad when it ended and left me wanting more.
GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
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.
Louke More than 1 year ago
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!!!
BlackAmethyst More than 1 year ago
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
Prince_of_Fantasy More than 1 year ago
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
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hawks4ever More than 1 year ago
Once again Chima captivates you with her characters and storyline. Very enjoyable read that keeps you wondering where it will all lead. Leaves you wanting to read the next book.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully crafted Fantasy I loved it. The characters are well developed and keep maturing. It was hard to put down. We learned more about each of them and some more of the hidden portions of the story. I had to purchase the next one immediately after ending this one.  I felt that the different character interactions came together a bit more here. The world is well crafted and thought out as well as the overall plot. I can not wait to see what happens in the end. I thought that the references to contraception were out of place and unnecessary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not a let down from the first. It contiues to add to the overall storyline leaving the readers wanting more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book...this series so far is amazing. I read the Heir series by Chima, but this series takes the cake. I've always been one for romance mixed with action and this series is totally surrounded by that. The character development through out the story has bee flawless at worst, the interchanging perspectives between chapters really develop them beautifully. When reading this I felt as if I was really that character and I was in the story. I felt whatever they felt. All in all it is a marvelous follow up for the Demon King, and I expect the Gray Wolf Throne to be just as good. Cinda Williams Chima is a gifted author.
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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.