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The Exiled Queen

(Seven Realms #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  49,106 ratings  ·  2,881 reviews
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, H ...more
Hardcover, 586 pages
Published September 24th 2010 by Hyperion Books (first published September 1st 2010)
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Anna yes they do, maybe not as much as in the 3rd and 4th books but they do.
Joshua Ritz Hanson Alister's birth mother's name is Sari Alister.…moreHanson Alister's birth mother's name is Sari Alister.(less)

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Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
“Nobody's going to hand you anything. You don't get what you don't go after.”

Well, I wanted a sequel as mindblowing as The Demon King and I got it! I am under Cinda Williams Chima's spell!

“The pressure of past tragedies drove him forward - the need to escape reminders of his losses, and the desire to be somewhere other than where he'd been.
That, and a smoldering desire for revenge.”

After losing everything he cared about, Han Alister is on his way to Oden's Ford to atten
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
❝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.❞

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

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 Que
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
I honestly started this series with low expectations but the writing just captivated me with such visual characters that I felt like I was there with them.


Raisa is my fucking queen, just slays everyone.

I love her so freaking much. Her character grows so much during this series, she becomes more confident yet kinda learns how to deal with her temper *respect*

“The wolves surrounded her, tongues lolling, ears flat, bumping their great heads against her middle, nearly knocking her over.
“Great l
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

The saga of the Seven Realms is continued by The Exiled Queen right from the point where its preceding book The Demon King left off. The Exiled Queen shows more about character development than the previous book. This enchanted saga takes a step ahead to bring the readers an entanglement of different characters, a new perspective on the intentions of the characters and has introduced the venerable but neutral educational system of Oden’s Ford (is it only me who feels that it so
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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"
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These FREAKING books man.
I love the characters, I love the word, I love the plot. I love everything about them.
Raisa is such a great character and I really love how the author includes tropes I'm normally so tired of seeing but twists them in such an interesting way that I love them and they are fun to read.
GAH so much love for this series so far.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread 2022. I just don’t love the books as much as I used to. I still like them though. I’ve traded in my physical copies and will get them if they are ever in a kindle sale.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾


5 Stars

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 su
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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/girlfriend
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, 2017-read
"Nobody's going to hand you anything. You don't get what you don't go after.”

I really enjoyed The Demon King so I went in with pretty high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed at all. This book was great - even better than The Demon King. I seriously wish that these books didn't have such a slow start! Although, I definitely think that the way this book left off, we (hopefully) should be getting a faster start since everything is going to shit. Okay, so basically it was slow for ab
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2020, fantasy
Although not a lot of events took place in this book, it was enjoyable nonetheless. Spending time with the characters in their daily academic lives wasn’t boring at all. Rtc.
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 ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨

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

I'm actually writing this as I come to and end of the third book. Why, you ask? Because despite my blatant dislike for the first book, and my not so impressed mood of the second book, I do believe this is a series worth trying. It actually reminds me of a couple of series, that while I despised the first book, the latter ones came to grow on me until I couldn't help but fall in love. Hopefully, that is the case here.

While they seem to have no clear plot or drive, as you read, you see many tibits
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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. ...more

Just fantastic.

Samantha Franks
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great audiobook with my kids! I think I agree with all the other reviewers who say they like this second book even better than The Demon King.

The worldbuilding continues in layers and, since we got such a good foundation in the first book, the richness of it really shines through here. I love that Chima continues to deliver very thorough independent stories for both Han and Dancer and for Raisa and Amon. This means that by the time Han and Raisa actually meet up (quite a ways into this b
Amelia, free market Puritan
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
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 const
Taylor of Alethkar ❦
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I want to say first off that I enjoyed this book so much more than book one. And really, I can’t explain why, but I’m going to try. With book one I felt like nothing was really going on almost, but now it feels more like it was just the first puzzle piece and couldn’t be fully appreciated without seeing the rest of it. I feel as though I’m in the middle of the story, and then the book is bam over and I have to run and fetch the next one to keep going. It’s not like cliffhangers, really, because ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
Summy of feelings



Full review to come

I can't wait to start this!!!! I loved the first one and I love that I have the other books out already so I won't have to wait! ( I think they're out) the characters are amazing and fun and I just can't wait anymore. I am gonna start now.
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Well THAT was a whirlwind of crazy emotions... and I freaking loved it.

So ok. The first half of this book is completely dragging... slow, but still somehow rich and somewhat interesting... but I was definitely wondering when all our characters were gonna be thrust back together. (Also uhm... hello Harry Potter world.) Whatever. I still adore this world. Slow building or not, it is completely fascinating and so well put together.

Holy crap of the world... the second half of the book. Er ok.. mayb
Nouf *LostinFantasy*
“But 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.”

4 stars! (Would give it 3.5 to be objective but my enjoyment level pushes it up).

I'm having such a great time reading this series!

The setting is different from the first book -- the characters go to neighboring wizard and military schools! I really enjoyed the school setting. And for a while in the book, the characters in the wizard sc
Molly Mortensen
I'm not a fan of journeys. Why couldn't we just start at the school?

No real villain in this one. Micah was more bully than baddie and Fiona was sorta likeable. Crow could be a villain, but I don't think he's evil. (That's not to say I'd trust him.)

I love magic schools! But although the book was still good, the school and the magic were disappointing. We got one magic lesson, ONE! In the whole book!

Also, very few new characters were added, considering there's a whole school full of new people. W
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
4.5/5 stars! Raisa, the character that bothered me in the last one bothered me less in this one, but she still has a long way to go! The series is near perfect for me other than how annoying I find her. I'm excited for the next one! ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will definitely be talking about this book more on my channel. But so far, I am very pleasantly surprised by this series. Considering it's one of the "older ya series" I was worried about how the diversity and world building would be, but it's been fantastic. I always think that there can be more lgbtq+ characters, but there is a mention of a lesbian couple, and a mention of an entire group of women loving women, and honestly...where do I sign up?

The plot of this book is a bit more drawn out I
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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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