May 16, 2011
The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima
Princess Raini may be heir to the throne but that doesn’t mean she has much power. To avoid an arranged marriage, arranged but illegal, she flees the country, hiding by enrolling as a students a military academy. She finds life as a common student more challenging in many ways than life at court.
Just to make things even more complicated, she runs into Han Alister, her former captor. He only knows her as Rebecca, the servant girl he kidnapped to allow him to escape those who were hunting him. He is now attending school across the river from the military academy. All along he had a wizard’s power but never knew it until the bracelets that kept this power in check were removed. He has fled to the wizards school to learn to harness his power and protect himself and his best friend from the wizards who would do them harm.
I can’t tell you much more specific about the book without giving away major elements of the plot — which I simply refuse to do.
This book is an excellent choice for fantasy lovers looking for a challenging read. With at least least two plot lines (one for Han and one for Raina) there is something to draw in both male and female readers.
While there are references to sex, it is also made clear that sex taken lightly leads to very serious consequences including children and the responsibilities that come with them.
Expect mystery and intrigue as the characters try to figure out who to trust, who various characters really are and how to harness their own abilities to stay alive.
An excellent fantasy adventure.