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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  761 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Rumors of War hang over Princess Jeniah's peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telepathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and h...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published March 28th 2010 by Walnut Springs Press (first published March 23rd 2010)
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Amanda
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, but only because I was in the mood for something totally cliche that didn't require much brain power. :] A big turn off for me for this book was that they were both impossibly beautiful. Why do authors think we want to read about two perfect people falling in love?! Completely unrelatable. It wasn't a problem that he was "radiating masculine beauty" until I found out she was also "ethereally beautiful".I was smiling while I read it, but in the same way t...more
Julie
I love romance and this was cute, but the creatures I couldn't "see" them in my mind. This book really should have been divided into three books to allow the princes to grow in character.. ( she has her Young all through the book and then suddenly grow up to get back her kingdom, this would take some time of learning and although it was supposed to happen with her chayim.Only the chayim didn't tell her how.. Thought it would happen with
the wise women in Darbor but that didn't happen either)
One...more
Tifferz
Tifferz Take:

I have entered every contest possible to get my hands on this book and it paid off! I was a lucky winner. I was not asked to review this book! I wanted to because you all may not know about it! I got the book and started reading and did not put the book down till it was done! This is such an enchanting tail that Donna has spun for all of us to enjoy. I was drawn into the tail so quickly and fell in love with Jeniah and Kai. Jeniah is such a strong character and I liked her thought p...more
Brenda
I think unless I pick up a romance novel, I really don't want very much romance in my book. If it is very, very secondary I don't mind, but if it's the main point of the story, I'm not interested. I think I've grown less tolerant in this area than I've been in the past. It seems like the romance here was a little too sickeningly sweet, and I don't want that in my fantasy novels.

The characters just didn't do it for me here. I might have been able to get past the romance if I had really liked the...more
Tristi
I will admit that I was a little skeptical when I first picked up Queen in Exile by Donna Hatch. I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it - I'm strange when it comes to fantasy. I like most elements of it, and yet some just ... don't work for me. I don't really understand high fantasy, and when everything has strange names and I'm having to keep twelve thousand characters straight ... that's not my talent. I have to say, though, that I was very pleasantly entertained by this novel.


Kai, the Darbo...more
Kathy
Second read (September 2011): Enjoyed it as much this time around. Donna's Fantasy novel is totally different than her Regency books. Both are enjoyable and full of awesome characters. I hope she write's more in both genres.

First read (May 2010): Donna Hatch is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. I’ve read all her regencies and was excited to see what her fantasy world would be like. I wasn’t disappointed, it was clear that Hatch put a lot of thought into creating her world of Arden and...more
Sophie Riggsby
A well documented weakness of mine is a Hot Boy with Sword and what could possibly be better than a knight sent to help a neighboring kingdom prepare for a war? The answer is nothing, of course, because that premise alone has me hooked.

Donna Hatch pens an absolutely delicious fantasy, rich in setting and with a plot that will leave you wondering what's coming around the next corner. The journey that Kai and Jeniah take is one that removes Jeniah from the only land she's known into, literally, f...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
There are few books that completely sweep me away into their worlds, and leave me thinking about them days after I've read them. In some cases I have to fight the urge to not pick it back up and read it immediately after I've finished it. Donna Hatch's Queen in Exile did just that, as it held me captive the moment I opened the book and entered it's beautiful world.

Queen in Exile has everything I love in a good fantasy book, lore, action, romance, forbidden love, a strong heroine who emulates eve...more
Michelle
I had a lot of problems with this story. Both characters were gorgeous, and they spent plenty of time mooning over the physical perfection of the other. Despite the action, most of it feels like a dramatic teen romance. The hero is wounded at heart and frequently says things like, he could not allow her to get close to his heart. The major impediment to their love is the fact that he is a commoner and she is royalty, so he is constantly pulling away from her and reminding himself that she is una...more
Deborah
Happy Birthday to me! This was a book that I just got from a spoiling friend for my Birthday. All I can ever say about Donna Hatch is that I LOVE HER!!! I wish she wrote books weekly and I wish I could read them over and over for the first time.

I loved this book. I can finally say it again...I LOVED A BOOK! It's felt like forever since I have wanted to endlessly read a book. The main hearthrob Kai is everything you ever want in your leading man. I even loved Jeniah. They were so great together...more
Julie
This fantasy/historical romance was hard to put down. It is action packed from start to finish with both adventure and romance. There is never a dull moment, and I enjoyed the characters and the fact that it was a clean romance. Better written than many of the other romances I have read.
Tammie
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was beautifully written with a clean romance. It's right up there with books like Star Crossed, The Demon King, Poison Study, and Graceling. But not nearly as widely read and that's a real shame. I actually liked it better than most of those books.
Aapree
4.5 rating.

I loved loved loved this book! Well written with completely swoon worthy main characters and a few good supporting characters. The heroine was just fantastic and I loved that she was smart, had a deep sense of integrity and morality, and a strength of character. The hero was much the same and I enjoyed reading about how these two came together and how they overcame physical and emotional hurdles. Their romance was believable and true. I appreciated that it was based on more than just...more
Cortney
May 10, 2010 Cortney rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites
Rumors of war hang over Princess Jeniah's peaceful country of Arden, a land that shuns both magic and warfare. Following a lifelong dream, Jeniah forms a telepathic bond with a revered creature called a chayim, who is prophesied to save her kingdom. But when a Darborian knight comes upon Jeniah with her chayim, he sees only a vicious monster about to devour a maiden, and he slays the beast.

Devastated by the loss of her chayim, and fearing that her own magic is evil, Jeniah doubts her destiny. Wh
...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
There are few books that completely sweep me away into their worlds, and leave me thinking about them days after I've read them. In some cases I have to fight the urge to not pick it back up and read it immediately after I've finished it. Donna Hatch's Queen in Exile did just that, as it held me captive the moment I opened the book and entered it's beautiful world.

Queen in Exile has everything I love in a good fantasy book, lore, action, romance, forbidden love, a strong heroine who emulates eve...more
Kathryn
Beautiful cover, beautifully written book.
I don't know what it is but this book felt good in my hands.
The first chapter was by far one of the best few pages I've read in some time !
It caught me whole and seized me till I finished the book.

I feel like it's safe to say that this book is mostly about second chance, and believing within yourself that you hold that chance on your own whenever you need it.
Which is why it's unlike most love stories you read on books these days.

It's about different kin...more
Kathryn  Cooper
This book is a new favorite! Writing this review makes me want to go back and read it again. It was so great! I'm gushing now.

This could be Young Adult or Adult. It's borderline. Jeniah was 18 at the start but nineteen for the majority of the book and twenty at the end. The boy interest was definitely not a little boy. Kai was twenty-six and a powerful warrior brought from an ally country to Jeniah's country to train their troops. One little detail of Kai's character I loved was the way he treat...more
Hollie Robb
I tried to like this book. I just couldn't do it. The story line was good but, Hatch would just go around in circles. The thing with Kai saying over and over again. It was the same with Jeniah. It made the book more agonizing to read than anything else.

Then, all through ought the book all I could think of is how naive her writing is, and also about history battle sequence. Also I tried so hard to like the characters,but that failed.

But like I said, the meat of the story is good. Hatch just nee...more
Joyce
Jul 21, 2010 Joyce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of fantasy romance
I don't generally read fantasy, and when I do it's along the lines of Diana Wynne Jones and JK Rowling, i.e., YA non-romance. So this was a first to me, and because of that, I don't know how to judge it against others in this genre. I expected equal parts fantasy and romance, but felt the romance angle (which was very well done!) was stronger than the fantasy angle, although the fantasy element was definitely there. But since, as I said, I don't read much fantasy romance, I can't judge whether Q...more
Marleah
Wow. What can I say? I really wanted to love this book. It had all the hallmarks of a great story. But it just fell flat. Maybe if the author didn't try to jam that much action into under 400 pages. But it seemed rushed and contrived. Everything was wrapped up too easily and nicely for my liking. I like a happy ending but I like for the characters to have to work at it a little. The characters were too shallow and not very interesting. Inhumanly beautiful people rarely are. The most interesting...more
Kristina Brownell
After reading a book that was NOT character driven at all, this was a welcome addition. I loved the two main characters almost instantly. The romance aspect is sweet and their interactions/dialogue are NOT pathetic (which is hard to find in a romance). The storyline moved along quickly and it all shapes up in a happily ever after ending (which is exactly what I was after). I highly recommend this one if that's what you're looking for. I'm liking Donna Hatch quite a bit for a fun, romantic pick-m...more
Valerie
I picked up Queen in Exile from the library to read on a long car trip and it fit my needs, although I can't say that I would have stuck with it if I had other options. I kept reading 1. because I had no choice since I was stuck in a car and needed a distraction and 2. because I wanted to see how things turned out, but I did have a lot of problems with it. There really isn't much depth here- to the characters, the world building, or the plot, and I hadn't realized that it was more a romance nove...more
Mary Bulloch
This book was sooooo good. I stayed up til 2:30 last night reading it and with two small kids at home, I try not to let anything get in the way of my sleep. It was worth it too! I'm so glad I decided to buy this one!
Holli
The romance of this story was beautiful. I loved both Kai and Jeniah ... as well as a lot of other characters in the book. My problem is with the a vast amount of the content that made my skin crawl. First was the graphic violence. That I could probably even over look as I know the reality of war is brutal ... but add to that the many pagan references, moderate suggestive themes, attempted rape, and satanic rituals, and I just couldn't do it. I wish I could segregate the romance out of the rest...more
Connie
What a great book and a great author! No language and clean all the way through. I could read this book many times over.
Ashley
wouldn't recommend it. It wasn't bad it just wasn't good. I got bored.
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
sloppy, messy, shallow but enjoyable pop fantasy

pg13 green green green
Inspired Kathy
Highly Recommend - Review to Come
Shellie
Absolutely great!! Princess Jeniah's peaceful land of Arden is attacked by the vicious and unforgiving Hanorans, and her entire family is executed. With the help of Kai Darkwood, a Sauraii Warrior, Jeniah narrowly escapes and seeks refuge in Kai's home country of Dabor. Danger lurks just around the corner as the king of the Hanorans discovers where she is. A civil war is brewing in Hanore between the king and his son (and heir). Jeniah finds herself an unwilling pawn between the two royal men of...more
Marisa
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The summary for this book made it sound like an action/adventure/romance/paranormal novel. And that's exactly what it was! I loved every single moment of this book :)

To start, Jeniah is princess of Arden but she certainly doesn't act like any ordinary princess! She's brave, adventurous, different and has special magical abilities. I'll just say that I loved reading the book from her perspective BUT you also get to read it from Kai's perspective, which made it all t...more
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Donna Hatch's Rogue Heart series is the winner of the prestigious Golden Quill award. Donna is published in sweet Regency romance and fantasy. Her professional memberships include Romance Writers of America (RWA)and American Night Writers Association (ANWA). A sought-after workshop presenter and public speaker, Donna lives with her husband, six children, and two cats in Gilbert, Arizona.
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