Published by Hyperion Books on September 24th, 2010
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
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, 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. Everything changes when Han and Raisa’s paths cross, in this epic tale of uncertain friendships, cut-throat politics, and the irresistible power of attraction.
I was a little disappointed to find that just like The Demon King, The Exiled Queen began with an incredibly slow pace. If you planned on reading this book in the hopes of Han and Raisa reuniting and spending the majority of the book galavanting around, then this isn’t the book for you. Similarly, the two don’t meet each other again until half way through the story. It does aggravate me to the point where I start pulling out my hair. However, I do like the illusion of fate and paths crossing. I just wish they would cross more often. The Exiled Queen defiantly holds more action, characters, and plot twists. Chima’s expert world building skills continue throughout this novel, continuously leaving the reader in awe. I cannot wait to read The Gray Wolf Throne.