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The Exile and the Sorcerer

(Lyremouth Chronicles #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  702 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The quest for the stolen chalice is a sham - her family's excuse to get rid of Tevi. Exiled in a dangerous and confusing world filled with monsters, bandits, and sorcerers, Tevi battles demons within and without as she searches for her place in the strange new world.

Jemeryl has her future planned out - a future that will involve minimal contact with ordinary folk who do no
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Bold Strokes Books
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May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.4 stars. I fairly enjoyed this read. The world building was interesting enough, the characters did hold my interest. I wanted to see Tevi succeed. To become stronger, to show her family that she is worthy. The journey in exile was also interesting, the culture shock, the locations, the people. And the sparse battles were also enjoyable. Jane Fletcher succeeded to build an interesting world I want to know more about. Too bad that it's insta-love. If you're looking for good romance, you won't fi ...more
Lex Kent
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I seem to really enjoy Jane Fletcher's writing. While this is not as great as her Celaeno series, this is an overall enjoyable f/f fantasy book. You immediately fall for the main character Tevi, and how shes treated, in the beginning, breaks your heart. I think Fletcher does a great job of writing likable characters that you can get behind. While Tevi might not be the smartest person socially, it's explainable by her cultural upbringing. Jemeryl's character is not as fleshed out yet, but she doe ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This is my second time reading it and I remembered most of the plot.
This is a pretty standard fantasy story with a funny world.
The main character is really likable, so is the second main when she's not acting like a... be polite, I will say, a sorcerer.

The clash of cultures is really well done and Tevi's growing out of her homeland is nice. One conversation about gender was magnificent.

I like the fact that adding one huge social discrepancy (being a sorcerer) gave way to a society b
Lexxi Kitty
Vaguely interesting and vaguely boring. And the end kind of just fizzled out. Last 7% or something like that. Fizzled out.

So – a woman, Tevi, from a warrior woman society is both a) in line to be queen and is currently ‘war leader’; b) basically ‘looked down on’ and/or hated by everyone on the island because she’s, as her fighting instructor called her - the worst fighter of all time (there’s a reason that gets revealed later). Right up front, though, I need to note that this isn’t like that oth
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Tevi is exiled from a society very different to our own and finds herself in another society, equally different from our own and from the one she has come from. Unfortunately, Fletcher does far too much telling, with characters explaining how their respective societies work, and not enough showing. The result is a novel that raises some interesting questions about gender, sexuality and society and doesn't take them anywhere at all.

There are some interesting concepts in here that I would like to
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, this is probably my favorite lesbian book to date. I really was looking for a good lesbian fantasy and this delivered. Written in the style of Robin Hobb, (one of my favorite authors), the story Jane Fletcher weaves never fails to delight. I absolutely loved both characters. Fletcher has a lot of skill at writing compelling and capable heroines who also still retain their femininity. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a good f/f love story. I will be getting the others in the series.
Effie Calvin
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have so many complicated feelings about this book, though I will say most of them are positive.

This book sort of felt like half a book. I mean, it's full length, it just spends a long time carefully exploring every. Single. Situation. As a result, we don't even meet Tevi's love interest until exactly 51% through (assuming Kindle's measuring system is correct). The fact that it leaves off before the plot really begins also makes it feel more like a prologue to a much bigger story. I was expect
I love Jane Fletcher's Celaeno series but I will admit that the first time I read this one (years ago) I didn't love it. That being said, on my re-read I had a greater appreciation for the characters, world building and the slower unfolding of the story. I think my original reservation was that almost the first two thirds of the book focus on Tevi as she is exiled from her home and finding her way on the mainland and within the Protectorate. She doesn't meet Jem until well into the book, which l ...more
Excuse me, Ms. Fletcher. I, um. I can see your agenda. Yeah, it's kind of ...showing. A lot.

The pacing in this is wildly off, Fletcher's issue-related needs force her to warp her characters into total morons, and she provides little to no framework for her central emotional premise.

I cannot *believe* my club used revenue funds to purchase this. Queer-content-inclusion-effort fail.

If you're looking for a fantasy world with lesbians, go for Ash.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: queer
Within the first two chapters of this book, you learn that the exiled main character comes from a group of islands where women take a potion throughout their childhood to make them stronger and faster, thus making them superior to their weak, soft, emotional men, whom they "take" to bed whenever they please and whom are shown to be eager to be "taken" to bed. There is also a few mentions of "taking a liking" to a male prisoner, heavily implying (and condoning imo) rape.
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, it was a good story, filled with travels and fighting. Of course, the travelling went a little faster and the fights were kind of short too. Still, it was interesting and it was filled with suspense. Unlike the Celaeno series, in some parts, same-sex relationships are discriminated, but not enough. The romance was good, but I hoped there was more on it. For me in overall, it was a good story and worth reading.
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yes, it is also a romance, and a good one at that. However, unlike so many other romances of this genre, it has a wonderful story. The characters have depth, the world is rich, and the story (and romance) are given plenty of time to develop. I've now read half the books the author has written and I've enjoyed every one.
J.S. Fields
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian
Decent low fantasy with touches of heat.

It's going to be hard to review this one. I absolutely hated the first half of the book. Tevi is just not a compelling protagonist and is very reactive. She seldom if ever has any agency, and basically lets things just happen to her as she drifts aimlessly through her exile. Also frustrating was the lack of through line for the first half. Yes, we have this vague quest, but Tevi doesn't take it seriously and doesn't really even think about it until
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I just want to take the first sentence of my review to thank the love of my life for buying me this series. She gifted it to me for my birthday as it’s one of her favorites and she was certain I would love it as well. She couldn’t have been more right if she tried.

If I had to sum up what I love most about this book in one word it would be fun. The characters (even the cruel, annoying, or ignorant ones) are fun. The story is fun. The romance is fun. It’s a story that knows how to enjoy itself whi
Cee Jelly
May 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-no

This book isn't insulting, just really really stale, boring and annoying.

I get the idea of reversing a world's concepts to make a commentary on our own world. But the thing is, the lession in this book is obvious and it does not need a whole book to point it out: Don't treat people like babies, don't act superior, don't be an asshole.

And with the "deep" commentary, Tevi, the protagonist, is presented as having all of those terrible trait. So when the story ends, she'll learn the era of her
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent series. I enjoyed this more than her Celaeno series. IMO, the first one in this series is the best of what is a great series. Jane did a wonderful job of developing Tevi's character, from challenge, to self discovery, to becoming the more she became. Quite the journey. Minor spoiler ahead.... So look away now before it is too late. IMO there was missed opportunity for Tevi to go back to her homeland, AFTER she had undergone her changes. (She did go, but it was VERY brief... ) There ...more

I really enjoyed this one.
It's always a treat to find a sf & f book with a lesbian protagonist. Especially one that's well written (if you overlook some editing errors in spelling), engaging, exciting & with characters you like.
The story flows well, the characters are generally well fleshed out, there's plenty of action (that isn't overwhelmed by romance, as in so many lesbian books), and sprinkled with a smattering of humour.
Plus the squirrels are awesome :)

4.5/5 star rating & I alr
On Lee
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Don't judge a book by its cover"
The artwork on the cover was terrible.
And I was just lucky enough have read Fletcher's other book first, learned she was a good writer, or I would've missed this one.
And it turned out I have all her books now; not those e-books, they're paperback books.
For people interested in lesbian stories and sword and sorcery world view, just check it out.
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
First half "bullying"
Second half "love story"
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqa
Lesbian SFF is totally my thing. Who knew?

I need to find more of these.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was much better than I expected. I wish the story of Tevi and Jemeryl could continue.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Very excited to see where this series goes.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's hard giving this book such a poor review, because I honestly wanted to like it. The main character is fun; her little quirks, like not wanting money, plus her social awkwardness made her quite relatable to me as a person. She felt *real*, for lack of a better word.

It's just a shame that they didn't do anything with her. Her character is formed wholesale in the first few chapters, and she coasts through the rest of the book relatively unchanged.

Much the same thing happens with the world; we
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
For a fantasy novel, it's surprisingly undeveloped in terms of setting. The cultural setting of the story is supposed to be unique (a matriarchal society!) but it was so flimsily constructed that I couldn't feel it at all. It just felt like distant, far off fantasy musings. The authorial voice was virtually non existent; perhaps this book would have made more sense if a first person narrative had been used, alternated between Tevi and Jemeryl.

As for the plot, I have only one word to describe it
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-fantasy
A slow start into a wonderful world. Stick with it! It really gets better and it’s worth the build up for the depth of caring developed for the characters as the series continues.
Noah Soudrette
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The story concerns a young woman named Tevi who hails from a Viking-esque culture except it's matriarchal, due to a strange enchantment years ago giving the women much more strength than the men. Tevi's in line to rule one day, but her inability to fight and her lack of interest in men gets her exiled from her people. She spends most of the book wandering around the mainland, meeting new people and having her horizons expanded. Eventually she meets Jemeryl, a sorcerer who has fallen into disrepu ...more
N. N.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
So there's a mix of good and bad here. Fletcher introduces interesting fantasy themes which allow us to examine our world from another light (if women were physically stronger than men, would we see a reversal of sexist oppression? If we lived in a society where the most valued human attributes were not heredity, would nepotism die out?). However, her story has such poor pacing, my attention span frequently wandered. I stuck with it because after long lapses of meandering world-building, she usu ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good. But you know what the first two books really could have used? Better knowledge of the capabilities of sorcerers. They are presented as being far out of the league of normal people. and from what we have seen in a straight up fight they would crush normal soldiers. (Though it is unclear whether they have the stamina or the area of effect attacks to crush armies.) However we don't know whether they have automatic defences against arrows from stealth. It is unclear whether you could kill them ...more
Elaine Burnes
Aug 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: lesbian
Warrior/outcast Tevi meets Sorcerer Jemeryl and they head off on a quest to find a chalice important to both women, though neither likely knows how much. The first half dragged and dragged through Tevi's background. It really picks up once she meets Jem, and then all that background kind of pays off (the bit with the eyesight was terrific). Klara, the magpie (oddly depicted as a crow on the cover) familiar of Jem's steals the show. I can't decide if I'll stick with the rest of the books.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, lgbt, romance
I think if a story makes you curious enough to want to read the sequel it did something right. I've definitely read more elaborate stories but if I take a step back and imagine a younger me reading the book it would have had a more powerful impact for sure. Readers like to take stories apart and 'find faults' (me included) but sometimes I'd just like to see it for what it is: a cute story with LGBT protagonists on an adventure turning some stereotypes on its head.
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Jane Fletcher is a GCLS award-winning writer and has also been short-listed for the Gaylactic Spectrum and Lambda Literary awards. She is author of two ongoing sets of fantasy/romance novels: the Celaeno series—The Walls of Westernfort, Rangers at Roadsend, The Temple at Landfall, Dynasty of Rogues, and Shadow of the Knife; and the Lyremouth Chronicles—The Exile and The Sorcerer, The Traitor and T ...more

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