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The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2)

4.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  30,433 Ratings  ·  1,725 Reviews
Haunted by the loss of his mother and sister, hunted by the powerful Bayar family, Han Alister makes a devil’s bargain with the clans. If they sponsor his schooling at Mystwerk Academy at Oden’s Ford, he will become their magical sell-sword against the power-hungry Wizard Council.

Han and his clan friend Fire Dancer undertake the dangerous journey south through war-torn Ard
Kindle Edition, 593 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Disney Hyperion (first published September 1st 2010)
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Katie I'm currently in the middle of "The Gray Wolf Throne" and up until not the most adult content is making out and groping. And that's actually only…moreI'm currently in the middle of "The Gray Wolf Throne" and up until not the most adult content is making out and groping. And that's actually only happened a handful of times. So, not much.(less)
Abi Castillo-Saenz Yes!!! It can be a little slow, but what comes ahead is almost always guaranteed to make you gasp in shock.
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

Let's be real, okay? If I didn’t have to get up in 5 hours, I would dive in The Gray Wolf Throne RIGHT NOW.

“You couldn’t keep your mouth shut? I’m calling you Glitterhair from now on. Or Talksalot.”

I don’t know what is it with these books that keep me captivated and compelled to read more and more and more. The characters' growth is fantastic, my boy Han fascinating, the plot way more surprising but it still contains several tropes that I usually don't like - including an heroine who "loves" s
Re-read 2016

If you you were on the fence about the first book, I'm begging you to give #2 a chance!


This is where everything starts to come together & make sense in a big way.
In The Demon King, Han & Rasia's lives only intersect for a small portion of the book. I believe the main reason for that is because the author wanted each of them to have full backstories, including other romantic interests. I love that both of these characters have been in love before, and that their boyfriends/gir
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Yay! I love fantasy again!!!

Yet, I still hate reviewing fantasy - with an added emphasis on the word hate.

Most books = Point A to point b.

Fantasy books = Point A intersects with person C on the way to meeting person F at point Y.

How the heck do you review that?

I'll reiterate what I've loved about Seven Realms so far. These books meet the criteria for what I'd like to see more of in YA fantasy. There is action and adventure. There are plenty of varied characters from all walks of life. There i
Jessica (priceiswong)
Jan 15, 2016 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
I know this is going to be a really tough book for me to review.
I loved this book, just like the Demon King, but there were definitely some parts of it that I liked less... but then again I really did love seeing our characters in new places and finally working a lot more with magic. So there were some aspects that I sort of enjoyed MORE I guess.. I don't really know.

I've heard a lot of people say that this book was slower than The Demon King, and unfortunately I agree with them. Although, it s
Cait Grace
ALL THE LOVE TO THIS INCREDIBLY UNDERRATED SERIES. All. the. love, I tell you. Excuse me, but I think I fell in love with 2 or 29 characters. I just feel so monstrously HAPPY after reading such an epic book!!! Not that it's a happy book. hahahaa. No. NO it's not. But it's amazingly written and the characters are adorable and the development is extraordinary and I'M JUST SO INVOLVED. It's the kind of book that absolutely swallows you while you read.


Okay but let's talk ab
Robin (Bridge Four)
Re-reading for the release of Flamecaster with some peeps at Buddies Books and Baubles

Original Review

Definitely for Fantasy Lovers of all ages.

Han and Raisa are both now headed separately to Oden’s Ford for training. Han needs to learn how to harness the power inside him to be able to fulfill the deal he made with the clans. Raisa needs to hide from her mother and a forced marriage she didn’t want until it is safer to come home. There seems to be danger around every corner for both of them.

Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)

Agh! HAN! Now, I'm not guna lie....I loved book one WAY more than this. However-my track record is that I almost ALWAYS hate book two in a series, because, well, things are still developing. Hey, don't blame me. I like the build-up, but I'm fucking ready for this epic book three and four now-LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Due to the fact that I KNOW book three and four will be epic thanks to my lovely Dark Pup, I have no doubt this series is about to get real fangirlish for me.

You've been warned.

For more
Sam Franks
Jul 20, 2010 Sam Franks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Cinda Wiliams Chima. Her previous books had her on my 'will watch with eagle eye' list. But the Seven Realm novels have landed her smack dab in the middle of my 'need to cyber stalk write like her' list.
See, I like huge fantasy books, but I do agree, some of them can get dull. I didn't have that problem with this one. Instead of focusing on ornate descriptions and oodles and bunches of fantastical creatures, The Exiled Queen is full of characters that I love. While the plot is great and t
Feb 03, 2016 Lexie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2016
No, really. This book is the lovechild of Harry Potter and The Name of the Wind, with an extra pump of sass and hilarity, except it's set in a queendom, and everyone's some version of a half-blood mutt. It's basically all my favorite things in one.
Mar 11, 2016 Choko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with the fantastic Fantasy lovers at BB&B!

Started with the travel of all our young characters, be it good or bad, unknowingly ending up in the same town, same school and at the same time - talk about a coincidence:-)

Once at the school, our 4 main characters, Han, Raisa, Amon and Dancer all have to deal with the typical for being the new kid at school issues on top of the never ending blows their respective faiths have dealt them by the virtue of their births... The c
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Ahh, what can I say about this series? It's like George Martin fantasy for younger audiences (only that's not exactly fair to George Martin - at least the guy knows how to create dynamic, intriguing characters. Chima's Seven Realms series, by contrast, is populated solely by wet noodles). Boo. I don't recommend this series, and I won't be continuing with it.

Longer review of the overall series
Here's the thing...this series really frustrates me. This is the kind of series that screams 'READ ME AM
Melissa Martin
Aug 29, 2015 Melissa Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy-all

I loved this book better than the first! I'm hoping they all keep getting better!

All of the characters both good and bad end up at the same school! They are all set up in different houses. You have wizards, learning to fight, book work, etc.

And Raisa who was such a little twit in the beginning of the first book, has redeemed herself even more in this book. I still believe she will make a great Queen. I feel sorry for her and Amon. She has known him all of he
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
3.5 Stars

Honestly, not my favorite of the series. I found myself comparing this book to the "Harry Potter" series.

I will keep reading on and hopefully there will be more action and less squibbles between these kids.

On another note though, the writer does indeed have a wonderful gift of expressing and describing the scene time after time and it's flawless!
Nov 06, 2011 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore this series. I don't know why I waited so long to read this book! Although I'm glad that I have a copy of the next book at hand...which now I hear is book three in the four book series!

It has been a while since I read The Demon King but it wasn't hard to get caught up in the incredible world that Chima created and remember the fantastic characters that seemed like long lost friends! It's been amazing watching these characters grow, just in these first two novels.... especially
Jun 28, 2015 Nafiza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And the adventure continues in the second book. If the first book was laying all the main characters in place, with the pace a bit honey, the second book speeds from one place to another, skipping through the terrain with a ferocity and a recklessness that will have you catching your breath. It is an entirely amazing feat that Chima manages to sustain her story, in fact, she makes it even more intense in the second book than it was in the first. Now there’s a purpose and the characters she intro ...more
Sometimes I just can't put into words why I like a book. I mean, I just do. This is one of those times.

Not so helpful in the way of a review but you'll just have to take my word that its so good.


The only problem you might have is deciding. Swords and fierce loyalty or magic and clever snark.


I still can't choose.
Ash Wednesday
”It seems to rain a lot wherever you are,” he said.
“I was thinking it was you,” she said loftily.

I’m sensing a pattern in this series. Williams Chima likes to start slow doesn’t she?

I can’t find it in me to give this a 4, unfortunately, but it isn't a bad 3 either.

At the end of The Demon King all roads lead to Oden Ford aka Seven Realms University. Raisa flees the Fells with Amon under disguise as Rebecca Morley to escape efforts to marry her to Micah Bayar; Han is sent with Dancer to
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
DAAAAAAAMN! This series is SO good! So good that I just downloaded the other two books and immediately started The Gray Wolf Throne. =) =) =)
This series is just getting better and better, The Exiled Queen picks up not long after where The Demon King left off so we both Raisa and Han going through huge changes in their lives. Han is travelling to Oden's Ford with Dancer so that they can both begin their magical training at Mystwerk House but that's going to put him squarely in the sights of the Bayer twins who are both holding a grudge against him. Both of the boys struggle to fit in, Dancer is an outcast amongst the other wizards who ...more
May 23, 2015 Elena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Even though it isn't necessarily easy to get into these books I am always eager to find out what comes next! Especially towards the ending. I adore the main characters and I can't WAIT to find out how their story progresses in the next installment. And that's exactly what I'm going to pick up next ! :D
Kathleen Houlihan
The Exiled Queen is the second (I stand corrected!) in the Seven Realms trilogy, and while I found it a great read, I didn't find it as gripping as Demon King, primarily because the characters seemed less firey and vivid -- more like water-color versions of themselves.

The characters are all there, and we get to find out what happened to them, but I found some of the relationships less compelling this time around. In Demon King, the tension between Han and Micah was so fierce and real, and I fou
Jan 21, 2016 Bekka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016

I'm so glad I decided to continue on with this series because, while The Demon King was kind of slow and info-dumpy, TEQ is where things go nuts. I loved wizard college a lot, I have a lot of feelings about a LOT OF PAIRINGS, everyone is making out and it's glorious. Han is the ultimate Mary Sue character but who cares I love him (even though he is an idiot.) Cat Tyburn for president and #RAISATHEROOF.
Jul 03, 2014 Danae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the past month or so I've been slowly reading the first 50% of this book because even Han's POV couldn't save my annoyance with Raisa. I read about 1 chapter a week, if that. Then I picked it up today thinking I was only going to read my 1 chapter, when what do you know? I finished it. It also turns out that the last half of The Exiled Queen was prettttty darn good! Raisa still said/thought some eye-roll worthy lines but it was like she was a different person because I suddenly didn't hate ...more
Halle Watson
This book was a lot different. We find our same characters in all new settings, but I still kept wanting more from it then I received. I liked seeing that the characters were still true to their original voices (and Raisa wasn't completely insufferable this time). I am still very excited for this next book, but I am still bummed that this 600 page books did not lead to much for me.

Bring on the murder! Bring on the magic! I want to see some serious crap go down in the next book or I will riot.
Michael *Windrunner*
3.5 review to come
Gabriela Paige
Jan 22, 2016 Gabriela Paige rated it it was ok
So…this book wasn’t better than the one before it, but was worse. I had high hopes for it, and it totally did not live up to them.

Han Alister has made a bargain with the clans and is now headed to the Mystwerk House at Oden’s Ford with his friend Fire Dancer. There, they will train to be wizards. In exchange for the clans sponsoring his schooling, he will help them fight the Wizard Council. But can Han make it through a war-torn country on the way to Oden’s Ford without being recognized and capt
Mar 06, 2016 Manju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, 2016
Sequel to the demon king, and this book was as good as its predecessor. This book tells us about the time that Raisa and Han spend in Oden’s Ford. While Han and his friend Dancer are there to learn and polish their magical abilities, Raisa is there in hiding with her friend, also her personal guard. Raisa’s presence at Oden’s Ford is a secret to save her from Bayars. Now she just has to stay in Ford for a year or two till the circumstances at her home are better for her return.

No doubt the stre
Dec 17, 2014 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Han and Raisa. I ship it.
Sep 30, 2015 Mason rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-zone, ya-fantasy

It's such a damn shame that I liked The Demon King very much and this was just such a BORE in comparison. Really the only thing I liked about this book was Han and Dancer's story, that's it. Unfortunately that's only about 1/3 of what I managed to read.
And how did I not realize it in The Demon King, but Raisa and Amon are really boring. Like oh my sweet jesus I couldn't stand their parts.

Maybe it gets better later on in the book, but that's what I call my 'Breaking Bad Effec
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New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima comes from a long line of fortune-tellers, musicians and spinners of tales. She began writing romance novels in middle school, which were often confiscated by her teachers.

Her Heir Chronicles series (magic comes to contemporary Ohio) comprises The Warrior Heir The Wizard Heir . The Dragon Heir The Enchanter Heir, and the Sorcerer Heir.

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