Book Title: A Kingdom of Exiles
Author: SB Nova
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication Date: December 17th 2017 by Night Owl Publishing
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Because as long as you keep breathing, there’s a chance things will get better. That you can make them better.
Why I chose this?
This is a little like the Shatter Me series where the cover captured me and the blurb sounded good. Plus I then discovered that it was a free book on Amazon for that day only so I simply had to get it.
What it’s about
The brightest of stars are always born on the darkest of nights.
Serena Smith is unusual.
Growing up in a backwoods village, her life is lonely and dull. Then, on her eighteenth birthday, she’s gifted a magical heirloom only to be snatched by fae and condemned to a lifetime in chains.
Dragged to Aldar, a fae kingdom ruled by a tyrant witch, Serena discovers a forbidden love, and meets fellow outcasts, each with their own dark secrets.
As the lives of warriors, rebels, and witches clash, they find a shared destiny. For only together, and with Serena’s unique gifts, can they survive long enough to build the flames of a
What I Thought
The story opens on a rainy funeral and first thought is *insert sarcastic tone* “well, isn’t this going to be fun.” However, we do get to meet our main character as a child and discover the oddities in a way that will in a way plague her for the rest of her lift.
Soon after we move onto the present day where it’s Serena (the main characters) birthday and she’s visiting her mothers grave. Serena is described as being odd, with short raven black hair, clothes that drown her figure and tall. Nothing out of the ordinary in fact shes very plain so it’s not her looks that make her special (I mean come on is it ever? the main characters are always plain). So how is it that this plain odd girl manages to get three fae males utterly besotted with her??? (stay with me on this I may have gone off on a tangent).
Anyway, let us not get ahead of ourselves. What is it that makes Serena an exile in the first place? Her (evil) Stepmother (bet you didn’t see that coming) and her fathers apprentice Gus.
Serena’s father dies unexpectedly and as the villages Blacksmith he has left his house to Serena as a Dowry and her stepmother, well until Serena marries, but the business is left to the three of them. Clearly, that doesn’t sit well with the other two so let’s get rid of the problem by making up lies to get rid of her since trying to rape her didn’t work.
So Serena has a trial and the only way I can describe this is by using this
So this is where the story starts to pick up the pace and where we meet ( FAE MALE NUMBER ONE – Hunter the well, erm, hunter I guess. He and his colleague help Serena get rid of Gus once and for all and this is where she is taken into the Kingdom of Aldar and where it all starts properly.
So Serena, I really don’t understand why she is the heroine/main character, she seems utterly useless through the majority of the book and her only skill is to befriending fae males (I know I’ve already mentioned this but stay with me). She seems to pass the soldier trials by either being rescued or by fluke.
During the trials is where we get to meet Fae male number two Frazer the tall brooding wingless mute and Fae male number three Wilder the ancient but very good looking instructor with gorgeous green eyes.
Now along with the males we also have two witch siblings, Cai and Liora and a female fae, Adrianna who I think would have made a more interesting main character considering her background.
These group of unusual outcasts become the family they never dreamed of having. There are fights, mistakes, being overprotective, bonds as well as the group being reckless and stupid so not the dysfunctional family I was expected but they have all shown their dark sides and pasts to one another and still choose to be there for each other.
As expected it finishes on a cliffhanger so I am curious as to how things turn out for Serena and Wilder (especially as the author is giving hints that they don’t belong together), so watch this space for another review once it comes out. Especially as we’ve not yet met the main antagonist which is quite interesting.
This book was an alright read, it kept a steady pace once I got past the first 20% ish, and actually lived up to the synopsis much to my relief (I’ll explain later).
So first book review of 2019 done and I’m still halfway through Three Dark Crowns which I’m pushing through but I’m determined.