Release date: March 10, 2015
Published by: Tor Books
Source: Provided by publisher
Author links: ciesblog.blogspot.com
Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists--and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna's apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds.
A shocking magical assault on her home reveals to Brianna that her father, High King Liu of the Fae, is under attack. With the help of her gargoyle, Pug, her friend David, and Angelo, a police detective who doesn't believe in magic, Brianna recovers what was stolen from her and becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne.
A suspenseful urban fantasy with a hint of romance, The Exile is the first solo novel by C. T. Adams, who is half of USA Today bestselling author Cat Adams. Like the Cat Adams Blood Singer novels, The Exile is set in a world where magic is real and contains Adams's trademark blend of suspense, action, humor, and strongly emotional writing.
An exciting new urban fantasy series with gargoyles, dragons, kittens, and a smart, resilient heroine that I adored.
Brianna, daughter of the Sidhe King, lives happily in the human world doing her best to avoid the Fae and their ruthless politics. As contender to a throne she doesn't want, there are many who would like to see her eliminated, including her own siblings.
When circumstances force Brianna through the veil and back into the Fae world, she finds herself in a bit of trouble and has no choice but to face her father. Even though Brianna has no desire to dress up, attend court, and deal with the political maneuvering and backstabbing, she doesn't do a lot of whining or complaining about her situation. She's the kind of heroine who rolls with the punches and that's one of the things I admired about her.
The story is told from various points of view and I enjoyed this, for the most part. It gave the characters more depth and I liked experiencing the story through King Leu's eyes. He was a complicated man who had to make difficult decisions for the good of his people. Although he was hard on Brianna, it was easy to see that he loved her.
My complaint with the shifting view points was Nick, the potential love interest. In my opinion, he was a dull character and I just didn't understand what Brianna saw in him. In the big scheme of things, Nick seemed to matter very little and I would have enjoyed the story just as much without him. I wouldn't be surprised if my feelings changed in the sequel, because this has happened to me before, but as of now I'm not particularly fond of the guy.
I also enjoyed the story's settings, but found the Fae world to be much more interesting than the human one. The only thing that truly kept the human world entertaining was the villainess. Fortunately, a lot of the story takes place on the Fae side where there is plenty of action, drama, and strange little creatures.
The Exile ends with a big development that will change Brianna's world dramatically. It's impossible not to want to know what happens next. This is a solid debut in a new urban fantasy series that I would recommend reading.
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