Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Genre: Teen Fiction, Fantasy, Action Adventure
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Book
Publisher Book on CD: Recorded Books
ISBN-13 Book: 978-1423118244
ISBN-13 Book on CD: 9781449820299
Source: Purchased book from Barnes and Noble and checked out the book on CD from my public library. This is my honest review!
The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
After discovering that he is a wizard and accepting the Clan's offer to send him to school in Oden's Ford, Han Alister leaves the Fells with his friend Hayden Firedancer and find himself a whole new set of problems. Too many people want to get their hands on Han and use him as an ally in their political games, not to mention he has to deal with the Micah Bayar, the son of the High Wizard of the Fells whom he attempted to kill. Life is going to be difficult for Han, if he can manage to stay alive that long.This series is phenomenal! I can't say how much I enjoyed coming back to the stories of Han Alister and Princess Raisa. I longed for that moment when they would finally cross path's again and Chima did not disappoint.
Princess Raisa fled the Fells to avoid a forced marriage to Micah Bayar. She was in over her head, and hoped that she could regain her footing by traveling with Amon to Oden's Ford. Disguised as a recruit she participates in the rigorous training at the Ford, and hopes that she can return to the Fells and be the princess and future queen she is supposed to be. But danger lurks around every corner, and if anyone discovers who she really is, she could become a pawn in their attempts to seize power.
All the characters in this novel feel so real. Chima's character development is the best. I felt like I knew Raisa and Han and I found myself eager to see what would happen to them next.
Romance, adventure, danger, magic, and fighting all make an appearance in this novel. You race through the pages eager to find out what will happen next, and hoping that your favorite characters make it through to the end. So many people are trying to get their hooks in Han that you wonder if he will ever be able to choose his own destiny. Things are looking particularly grim for the Fells with Raisa's absence, and she longs to take her rightful place beside her mother.
I highly recommend this series. This book did not disappoint. I think I enjoyed it better than the first, but that was more because of the pacing. I love books that read fast, and this one does that. This is a series you don't want to miss, but you must read The Demon King before you start on this one, or you will miss a lot of the references in book 2.
I did listen to the audio version of this book performed by Carol Monda. Monda does an excellent job creating the voices of the characters and keeping the listening interesting. This has to be one of my favorite books on CD to date.
I am eagerly anticipating the next book in this series and in my opinion it can't come too soon. The ending leaves a bit of a cliffhanger and I am eager to find out what will happen next. Right now this is a projected four book series, so we have a couple more to go after this one. Book three, The Grey Wolf Throne is currently scheduled to be released later this year on September 20, 2011, and let me tell you I will be standing at the doors when the bookstore opens to buy it. (Of course if Disney would like to include me in the blog tour, I would be more than happy to oblige! :) )
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