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It's not enough to know right from wrong. You need the strength to do what's right, even when what you want most in the world is the wrong thing.
HOLY CRAP. This book was literally everything. The Exiled Queen was such a major step up from The Demon King. This series just keeps getting better and better with each installment. I'm saying this straight out: IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE SEVEN REALMS SERIES, YOU BETTER GET A MOVE ON BECAUSE YOU ARE MISSING OUT.
The Exiled Queen was absolutely flawless. The characters, the plot, everything, had me hooked. The only negative thing I can say about this book or just the Seven Realms series in general is that it starts off really slow. But I'm beginning to think that this is just a trend in this series so I strongly recommend just being patient and getting through the first 150 pages or so because I guarantee that the rest of the book will BLOW YOUR MIND.
Like most series in the literary world, each installment is an upgrade from the previous book, but it took me by surprise how much of an improvement The Exiled Queen was from The Demon King.
We move away from politics and the Seven Realms as a whole and focus more on our younger characters as they all step foot on Oden's Ford to attend the academy. Our characters going off on their own to go to school was the cherry on top of a fantastic book. I got major HOGWARTS vibes while reading The Exiled Queen. I can't even stop saying how great this was.
We got to see more of the characters finally interacting with one another, that being the Bayars and Han, and even Han and Raisa. We get more of Dancer and Cat! I liked Dancer in The Demon King but we never really got to see a lot of his character until The Exiled Queen. He was like the Ron Weasley of the Seven Realms. And I couldn't help but compare Micah Bayar to Draco Malfoy. Cat was also a pleasant addition to this installment. We definitely got to see her in action and although I was a bit wary of her at first, I took a liking to her towards the end. Fiona Bayar as well. Amon was probably the only one that I'm not sure I liked or not. I did before but not as much now. But I just loved seeing more of the characters rather than all the adults we had to deal with in the first book. It was definitely a breath of fresh air!
Our two main characters Han and Raisa finally started interacting more but it was practically just a little tease! We got a taste of them as a couple and now I just have to have more. Cinda Williams Chima honestly takes slow burn romance to a whole new level. Our main characters are literally dancing circles around each other the whole book and only directly interact for a few chapters. But when they do... GAH. I'm constantly swooning and fanning myself.
The Seven Realms has easily become one of my favorite series of all time and I still have two more books to go! I can't imagine how much better those next two will be. The Exiled Queen ended on such a high note and I'm just dying to start The Crimson Crown. More Han and Raisa please! <3
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.