The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

Official Summary:

You can’t always run from danger…

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 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, Han meets Crow, a mysterious wizard who agrees to tutor Han in the darker parts of sorcery—but the bargain they make is one Han may regret.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna runs from a forced marriage in the Fells, accompanied by her friend Amon and his triple of cadets. Now, the safest place for Raisa is Wein House, the military academy at Oden’s Ford. If Raisa can pass as a regular student, Wein House will offer both sanctuary and the education Raisa needs to succeed as the next Gray Wolf queen.

The Exiled Queen is an epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.


The Exiled Queen is the second installment in Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series of novels and it doesn’t disappoint readers who had been anticipating it ever since finishing book one, The Demon King.

Picking up where the first novel left off, we find the characters entering the next part of their life.  Having learned that he is in fact a wizard by birth, Hans Alister has been enrolled in the wizarding school where he is to quickly make up for all the wizarding lessons he didn’t get when he was still “Cuffs” Alister in the first novel. Here he’s been appointed the task of setting things right by living up to his birthright and acquiring all the necessary skills to put things in order with the other tribes of the realms.

At the same time Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has chosen to enroll in the same school to learn to become a warrior while escaping a forced marriage to a wizard so that she can return to her rightful place as the next in line to the throne. She hopes this lessons will help her be a better leader to her people, a task which the current queen, her mother, is not handling well. It doesn’t help that the queen is being coerced into making decisions that promote the wizards, who have been forbidden to rule.)

As each character learns their wizarding and fighting skills, they must also learn to navigate in a world of deception, greed and corruption as the world that they have known is unraveling around them.  This second story does not disappoint and will leave the reader eager to read the next installment and to learn what fate will befall the characters of this fantasy world that tickles the edges of the mind of our real world.

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