The Exiled Queen (a Seven Realms Novel)

The Exiled Queen (a Seven Realms Novel)

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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 more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 592 pages
  • 144.78 x 213.36 x 45.72mm | 771.1g
  • Disney-Hyperion
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1423118243
  • 9781423118244
  • 184,436

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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"show more

About Cinda Williams Chima

Cinda Williams Chima ( 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 more

Review Text

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. Kirkusshow more

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