Book Review: The Exiled Queen (The Seven Realm Series: Book 2)

imageRating: 2/5 stars.

So…this book wasn’t better than the one before it, but was worse. I had high hopes for it, and it totally did not live up to them.

Han Alister has made a bargain with the clans and is now headed to the Mystwerk House at Oden’s Ford with his friend Fire Dancer. There, they will train to be wizards. In exchange for the clans sponsoring his schooling, he will help them fight the Wizard Council. But can Han make it through a war-torn country on the way to Oden’s Ford without being recognized and captured? Princess Raisa ana’Marianna along with her friend Amon Bryne and his triple of cadets are headed to the Wein House at Oden’s Ford. She hopes to be safe from her mother and the High Wizard, while training as a cadet under the alias Rebecca Morley, but she struggles with her feelings for Amon Bryne.

I started this book with much anticipation and a little nervousness. I knew that there was some love situations in the last book and I hoped that it wouldn’t get more into that in the second book. I was more assured by the fact that the situation was very different from the previous book. It failed in that aspect. In the last quarter or so of the book there was a love scene that went beyond kissing. It made me uncomfortable and I was happy when it was abruptly stopped. Another thing was the mention once or twice of a girl and her “girlfriend”. I don’t think that is right. So these are the main reasons I’m not going to read anymore of the series.

Han seemed to repeat the same old decisions again and again. It didn’t feel too repetitive, but it went just over the top. He did something wrong, got found out, and then got in trouble. Han makes a lot of bad decisions, but I still like his streetlord personality. Though because of some decisions he makes later in the book, I’m starting to really not like him. Raisa learned new things and became more of a warrior princess. She got wiser about the world around her. Overall, there wasn’t much character development, unless you count the fact that they got more knowledgeable. But that doesn’t mean wisdom, especially in Han’s case.

Other than the one inappropriate romance scene, the book was pretty good. There wasn’t a lot of action or dangerous situations throughout the book except at the beginning. But there were plenty of interesting facts that kept up my interest and some new intriguing characters that are still left in mystery. Then that ending was a really good mild cliffhanger, but not too terribly exciting.

I’m not recommending this book to anyone. This wasn’t very enjoyable, most of all that last part. I think that it would be better to spend your time on better books than this.

-G. Paige 

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Book Review: The Demon King (The Seven Realms Series: Book 1)

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

So, I should probably rate this like one star lower than I did, but I really liked it. There was just a few issues.

Former streetlord of the Raggers, Han Alister has lived all his life with strange silver cuffs around his wrists. Why won’t anyone tell him why they are there? Why can’t they come off? Then one day, he finds three young wizards burning the sacred mountain of Hanalea. He takes away their amulet. From then on, bad luck seems to follow. Soldiers are after him for past crimes and now murders that he didn’t commit. The wizards are after him for taking the amulet. Will he ever be safe again? Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has just come home from three years of freedom with her father’s family. Now she must get back into dresses and everything else involved with being a princess. Her name day is soon. Then she’ll be eligible for suitors. But will her mother let her make her own decisions or will she be forced into an early marriage with someone she doesn’t love?

This was very good. There was so many unknowns I couldn’t always guess what was going to happen. Quite a few plot twists surprised me. I loved it. The world was filled with magic, so if you don’t like that kind of thing, you probably wouldn’t like this. It was a cool place. It mentioned so many things that were going on outside of Han and Raisa’s world. That was really cool, because it gave you a great perspective of the world around them.

I loved Han. He had guts to do some crazy stuff. He was great. He had a interesting past too. I knew there was something special about him from the start. Raisa, I like and don’t like. I love her spunk and how she seems to win all the arguments she has with her friends. But I didn’t like how she kissed about every boy she knew. It almost got inappropriate at points. Han has a relationship with a girl too towards the end of the book. But the kissing between them only happened once or twice.

One other thing that made me feel a bit uncomfortable, was when there was this ceremony this man had to go to. Some people mixed blood and water and then had him drank it. ¬†But when he drunk it, it tasted like wine. It wasn’t drawn out and was over quickly. Still though, drinking blood? That is just plain yuck.

Overall, I’d recommend this to older teens and adults who want a fast paced and exciting fantasy book. But you have to be very comfortable with magic to enjoy it.

-G. Paige