Great news! The Exiled Queen is much better than The Demon King! This series is so good because I’m finally starting to find elements of fantasy that I haven’t seen in a long time. This series is basically my life line.
Of course, just like the last book, the pacing in this was slow. At certain parts I was really enjoying this and at others I was hoping for this to speed up more.
Great things about this series(!):
The romance is not the focus. Thank the Gods above, Ms. Chima knows what she’s doing! Yes, there is romance, but is it the focus of the book? Of course not! There are so many other things that are talked about! :D
There are fantasy elements that are shown, not told. Whenever a new concept of the Seven Realms world is explained, it’s shown throughout a lesson, discussion, communication method—anything! But it’s not paragraphs of info-dumping!
Han Alister is a freaking badass in his own right. I CALLED IT! HAN IS MINE! HE IS MINE! *drools and stumbles* M-I-N-E. FOR ANY OF YOU THAT READ THIS SERIES AFTER, I ALREADY HAVE HIM. Okay, wait, let me explain! Han has a brain and he actually uses it. I’m being serious guys. He does.
Raisa ana’Marianna proves you don’t need to live in a female-dominated world to be a strong and independent woman. Can we all just sit down for a second? I think Raisa may be one of my favorite female characters! From the last book, we see how she starts a foundation for education, and how she changes in disguise because she cares for her people! Can we all appreciate this?! No, Raisa is not a warrior, but she can stand up for herself and has learned enough defence to protect herself. I. LOVE her.
I think one of my favorite parts of this book were the revelations revealed from the last one! :D
I just want to say that the Seven Realms series is one of the most refreshing series that I’ve read in a long time. It has a little bit of everything and manages to mix it into a perfect blend of realistic characters, and a fantastical world that has so much to offer! The last time I’ve felt this way about a series was probably from Mistborn!
Overall, The Exiled Queen is a great second book in the Seven Realms series, and still includes all elements of fantasy that you are sure to love! The only problem with this series is probably how slow it is at some parts. But then the badass-ery and action make up for it.
Thanks for reading my review everyone, hope you have a great day! Until the next one! :D