New York Times best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima has been crafting riveting novels since her days in middle school. In The Exiled Queen, 17-year-old ex-Ragmarket street lord Han Alister is pursuing an education in magical arts. To stand up to the haters at the academy, he joins forces with a mysterious wizard—but soon discovers the price may be more than he's willing to pay.
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“… a well-thought-out fantasy …” (School Library Journal)
Excellent narration notwithstanding, I'm a disgruntled reader. Even though some scenes were wonderfully vivid and quite suspenseful (especially in the Shivering Fens), as a whole, I felt mildly impatient with the pedantic writing style, annoyed at the romantic developments, and irritated at the ending. Ends on a major cliff. Hanging on for dear life.
"Leave-no-thought-unwritten" writing style: Infernal internal dialogue. The author uses a character's thoughts 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. Chima's mental asides occur within conversations even, interrupting the flow. These thoughts offer nothing new — they are usually obvious and/or repeated info. Sometimes they restate previous passages, italicized. Emergent plot twists are hinted at too strongly, making the twist obvious even before the reader could possibly play the prediction game. Boo! Nuff said. Forgive the rant, but I felt cheated of the joys of puzzling out the plot.
This one reminded me too much of Hogwarts, complete with a Snape doppelgänger and a nasty trio to replace Malfoy and friends. I don't mind reading that same trope again, if it's well written and engrossing.
Frustrating love triangles. I totally hated what the author did to Amon and Raisa.
Foolish and obtuse hero and heroine. At times too stupid to live. The letter she wrote!! His lack of caution re Crow.
All that said, I liked some scenes and some secondary characters really caught my attention. I might read the sequel. I want to know how it all pans out.
Okay for kids? Probably. The contents are fairly harmless. No swearing. Lots of sexual innuendo (no actual sex, but occasional kissing and necking).
Great book...always kept me interested. I never wanted to stop listening. Recommend this book to anyone.
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