Monday, May 5, 2014

Exile by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Two)

For over three hundred years the mystics have lived alongside the true-men, until King Charald lays siege to the mystic’s island city.

Imoshen, most powerful of the female mystics, is elected to negotiate with the true-man king. the male mystics still resent her, but she has an ally in Sorne, the half-blood, who was raised by true-men. even though he is vulnerable to her gifts, he gives Imoshen his loyalty. In return, she gives him the most dangerous of tasks, to spy for her.

She negotiates exile for her people. They must pack all their valuables, reach port and set sail by the first day of winter. But to do this, they have to cross a kingdom filled with true-men who are no longer bluffed by their gifts. Meanwhile, there are mystics living in the countryside, unaware that their people have been exiled.

King Charald announces any mystics who remain behind after they are exiled will be hunted down and executed.

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Exiled by Rowena Cory Daniells (Outcast Chronicles: Book Two)
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| Author: Rowena Cory Daniells
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Magical Gifts, Parallel World, Politics
| ISBN-10: 1781080135
| ISBN-13: 9781781080139
| Publisher: Solaris (July 31, 2012)
| Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
| Cover Artist: Clint Langley
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Exile (The Outcast Chronicles, #2)

♥ Mini Review ♥
If there was a word that described a complex, complicated, intense, nail-biting, leg swinging, edge of your seat, dramatic, action filled story filled with omg moments... I'd use it. Instead you'll have to be content with the above run on sentence. {Grins}

Epic Fantasy Book Review by Mulluane

♦ What I Liked. I could just say everything but that would make for a boring review so let us see if I can elaborate without too much gushing and spoiling.

  • Politics: Everything I love and more. The greedy, angry, vengeful, power hungry players in this drama are dangerous, conniving and ruthless. Balancing them are the selfless, protective, loyal folks who want nothing more than to preserve the greater good.

  • Cultural diversity: Plenty of that too. The rich, the poor, the magical, the mystical and the mundane. Each culture has its own set of rules, rituals, customs and their own view on the world. Some are content, some feel helpless to affect change, while others realize change is possible by taking small steps. Others flat out rebel. And as I indicated in my first review, prejudice, jealousy and flat out hatred run rammant. Plus there is a fair amount of gender bias thrown in to spice things up a bit.

  • Action/Adventure: As with most culturally diverse societies there is constant conflict and often out and out war. There are rebels, spies, double agents, factions within factions; all waiting for their chance to turn the tide. There is murder, rape, poison, ambush, lies and betrayals. You know the evil villains are evil but they still surprise you with the lengths they will go to get what they want. You know the heroic people are heroic but the depth of their sacrifices will surprise you also. But the best of all is the smart folks who know when to move forward and when to stand still, even when what is going on secretly breaks their heart. With all of this going on, it is impossible to tell what will happen next.
That wasn't too gushy was it? I hope not because I think I may have pulled something in the process of restraining myself!

♦ What I didn't like. With familiarity some empathy with the characters is going to develop. I personally would have liked a bit more. I also realize that when you have a huge cast of characters involved in complex, multilayered situations, character development is a distant concern at best. Instead of spending time shifting through thoughts and feelings in search of motivations, you find them instead in bits and pieces of the character's history. This leads to alot of "ah ha!" moments which can be fun all on their own. Not a major complaint and not enough to deduct a star. More of a heads up for character-driven purists. You will like, hate, feel sympathy or feel indifferent but I doubt you'll love any of these characters. Which is a good thing because alot of them have a habit of ending up dead.

♦ My Thoughts. My reading tastes are in some ways, pretty narrow. I prefer series, I prefer epic, high, or sword and sorcery. Within those categories I become more lenient. I adore character-driven fantasy. I love political intrigue. I enjoy action/adventure. I'll tolerate romance as long as it is not the main focus. I even enjoy military fantasy though I may not understand it completely.

On worldbuilding I'm kinda weird. I'm not visual. Descriptions of architecture, landscapes, clothing, furnishings etc. are fairly lost on me. On the other hand, religious, political, social, and cultural descriptions I soak up like a sponge.

Where I am going with all this is I think that the worldbuilding here was just about perfect. At no time did I flip pages impatiently looking for "the story" to continue. I did get the impression that there were some beautiful, lovingly rendered settings throughout the book. I am just not wired to appreciate them. For the those who love meticulous detail, I think you will enjoy what you find.

♦ Conclusion. I am on a roll. This is yet another book which does NOT suffer from middle book syndrome. If anything it flowed so much better than Besieged because the learning curve has been conquered. Epic Fantasy lovers everywhere really should give this series a try. I can't imagine that book three is going to be anything except better.

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Series Summary ~ Book One ~ Book Three

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Epic Fantasy Review of Exile by Rowena Cory Daniells - Reviewed by Mulluane - on May 05, 2014 - Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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