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The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2)

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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  24,722 ratings  ·  1,459 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
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Kindle Edition, 593 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Disney Hyperion (first published September 1st 2010)
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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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Jessica (priceiswong)
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
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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
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Sam Franks
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
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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
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Kristi
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
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Bailey
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.

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

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Ash Wednesday
3.5 STARS
”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
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Elena


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
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Danae
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.
Jenny
Han and Raisa. I ship it.
Alma (Diary of a Booklover)
Whew. That was certainly something. Starting from page 50, per say, this book got really intersting, and there were 3 moments that made me want to scream (of course, I couldn't, being at school and all). I love Raisa's fierceness, Han's cleverness (and his magic are improving FAST), but I also really liked Amon. In the "love triangle"-or if you can even call it that, I can't say who I like more together because both of them are heart-breaking. What took away the 5 stars, however, was the underwh ...more
Mason
DNF-ING AT 220 PAGES

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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Anne
I didn't want to finish this book, but I mean that in a good way. I just didn't want to have to stop reading!

I thought the plot was great, even though I'm not normally so in love with how Fantasy is written. I usually find it a tad bit boring when it comes to the world-building in this genre, and I'll admit it...the weird names usually throw me for a loop. However, the way the lives of the main characters in this story were interwoven into each other was so interesting, that I couldn't help but
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Chivitouille

Absolutamente maravilloso!

Si la primera parte la adoré esta la amé, es un gran gusto poder tener la oportunidad de leer una segunda parte que supere con creces la primera.
Aunque el principio es bastante prometedor por alguna razón no pude conectar de inmediato con la historia, pero en cuanto lo hice fue una cuestión de no querer parar de leer.
Páginas en las que mi corazón se entristeció para inmediatamente reír con las siguientes, era una vaivén de emociones que me hicieron desvelarme porque ten
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Nicole
3.5 stars increasing to 4 stars for the last 50%

I can finally see why this series is so incredibly popular. It helps that I’ve made peace with Raisa. Unlike my reading of The Demon King, I looked forward to Raisa’s chapters. In fact, I might even have preferred her chapters to Han's. I may be biased however, since I am half in love with Amon Byrne myself. In love with and angry at, mind you (view spoiler).

I loved Raisa's transformation from naïve, temperamental
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Lark
The Exiled Queen continues where the first book left off, with both Han and Raisa traveling across the lands to get to the famed academy where they train soldiers and magicians.

I couldn't finish this book. I almost can't believe it. It's not a horrible story, it's not as if I utterly loathe it. I got through 50% of it (120 pages or so) and then skimmed through the rest, but somehow... I just can't bear reading another 200 pages with sequels to boot.

Here are the reasons I have dropped this book,
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Chantele Sedgwick
raved about book one in this series. The Demon King. It was a LONG book, but I couldn't stop thinking about the characters when I was finished reading. The same goes for this one. Although, I think I liked The Demon King just a tad better. The first half of this book was sort of slow going for me. Usually I devour a book in two days or so, and this one took me almost a week to get through. Now, don't get me wrong, I did really like it. The author just puts so much detail and things in the book, ...more
Kathleen
I'm a disgruntled reader, even though some scenes were good (especially in the Shivering Fens), but as a whole, I'm irritated. Ends on a major cliff. Hanging on for dear life. I dislike such blatant chicanery.

Slow pace. Far too much thinking! Infernal internal blather. The author uses internal dialogue to reiterate things gleaned from the actual events and dialogue, to be totally sure we totally know what's going on. Totally. As if we can't catch the nuance from the story itself. Not rocket sci
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Whitley Birks
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The Exiled Queen is both better and worse than the first book. In terms of plot, the whole thing is a complete stall. The Demon King was pretty slow, but at least stuff did happen. It was setting up the plot, stuff had to happen. Here? Nope. We’re in the exact same place at the end of the book as we started. Everything in here was a scenic detour. Even within the book, it was just a holding pattern. It’s not like the characters went off thinking “I’m going to get shit
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jade
I'm so glad I didn't give up after the sloooooowww first book. Finally it's picking up pace and boy it's getting interesting. The story and characters are growing on me. I like protagonists that have back bones and a working brain. Han Alister becomes cooler by page; Raisa also gets to shine. An enticing fantasy at this point. Now on to book 3 !
Natalie
EDIT: To read my happy thoughts about this book, go here - http://feministstalkbooks.blogspot.co...

So…I’ve just finished a really terrible book which was kind of good timing for The Exiled Queen because the terrible book made me realise that TEQ is actually still pretty great.

See, I think TEQ struggled under my incredibly high expectations for it. The Demon King wasn’t flawless, but it left me pumped and excited for shizz to go down in the next book. I dived straight into TEQ without even readin
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Madeline Enright
I really enjoyed The Demon King. The pacing was fast and exciting, the characters pretty good, and the mysteries of the plot thick enough to keep my entertained the whole way through.
The Exiled Queen was a bit of a disappointment compared to the previous book, although still an okay read.

Compared the the Demon King, the pacing fell flat. Actually, the first 1/3 of the book was almost dull. Once the characters arrive at Oden's Ford, the plot picks up, but the characters....morph. Its intentional
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Nafiza
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
Cirilla
Jun 08, 2011 Cirilla rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans!
Recommended to Cirilla by: Library
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HOLEY CRAP. I think this is seriously, like, my new favourite freaking series! Well one of them anyway. First off I have to -bow- to Cinda Williams Chima because she is an absolutely brilliant writer. Throughout this entire nearly-600 paged book I did not get bored once and that is saying something for me.

First off, every single one of her characters has an utterly intriguing story that kept me captivated. Even Micah who I think is a jerk (because he is!) and don't like.I really don't <.<
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Denae Christine
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Rachel
A great follow-up to The Demon King! It took me a little while to get into this one but once I did I was hooked.

I'll admit I was a little worried when I saw the premise: teens going off to school to learn how to be wizards. Been there, done that. But fear not, this book is in a class of its own and well beyond any allusions to other books which shall remain nameless.

The story picks up right where we left Han, Raisa, Amon, and Dancer at the end of Demon King. Whereas the first book was a lot ab
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Isamlq
Neither Han nor Raisa nor Dancer ended up where I expected them to. A good deal of EXILED QUEEN is them settling into a new unexpected stage... and it was fascinating.

OK, I'm still not completely sure about what i felt for the princess. I am not sure I like her, but I have to give it to her: she's tough and does what has to be done. Add the fact that she's out there and says what's on her mind. The best about her thing though is her not moping all the time. When she realizes she cannot have her
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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.

The Warrior Heir was named to Voya’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2005-2006, is a 2006 Booksense Summer Reading Pick, was named to the 2007-2008 Lone Star Reading List,
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Other Books in the Series

Seven Realms (4 books)
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  • The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, #3)
  • The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4)
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