The Exiled Queen

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 ...

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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

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Gr 8 Up—Raisa, an assertive young monarch, is exiled because she's fled a forced marriage to Micah, son of the power-hungry High Wizard. Pretending that she is a noblewoman named Rebecca, she attends a military school under the protection of Amon, a longtime friend, potential love interest, and personal guard. She's also attracted to Han, a wizard academy student and former street lord. This second title in the trilogy (Hyperion, 2010) by Cinda Williams Chima is populated by familiar characters, including Han's friend, Dancer, and Micah's twin, Fiona. It continues exploring the tensions rising over war, politics, and family struggles. Raisa strengthens her knowledge as ruler and her commitment to social justice for her subjects. Now magically adept, Han's affections for Raisa are returned, but a murky force draws him into a dangerous netherworld. Suspenseful plot twists, armed skirmishes, and powerful and inexplicable spells are all in good supply in the novel's many interwoven story strands. With crisp diction and appropriate emotional intensity, Carol Monda's narration boldly brings this fantasy/adventure/romance to full expression. With multifaceted characters full of real teen feelings and a cliff-hanger conclusion, this audiobook will attract a wide range of listeners and is recommended for public, middle, and high school library collections.—Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Raisa, an assertive young monarch, is exiled because she's fled a forced marriage to Micah, son of the power-hungry High Wizard. Pretending that she is a noblewoman named Rebecca, she attends a military school under the protection of Amon, a longtime friend, potential love interest, and personal guard. She's also attracted to Han, a wizard academy student and former street lord. This second title in the trilogy (Hyperion, 2010) by Cinda Williams Chima is populated by familiar characters, including Han's friend, Dancer, and Micah's twin, Fiona. It continues exploring the tensions rising over war, politics, and family struggles. Raisa strengthens her knowledge as ruler and her commitment to social justice for her subjects. Now magically adept, Han's affections for Raisa are returned, but a murky force draws him into a dangerous netherworld. Suspenseful plot twists, armed skirmishes, and powerful and inexplicable spells are all in good supply in the novel's many interwoven story strands. With crisp diction and appropriate emotional intensity, Carol Monda's narration boldly brings this fantasy/adventure/romance to full expression. With multifaceted characters full of real teen feelings and a cliff-hanger conclusion, this audiobook will attract a wide range of listeners and is recommended for public, middle, and high school library collections.—Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449820299
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/9/2011
  • Series: The Seven Realms Series
  • Format: CD

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