Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Exiled Seven by Blake Renworth

Goodreads Summary

When Alariq is exiled from his home city-state for a crime he did not commit, only six stand by his side, convinced of his innocence and steadfast in their loyalty. 

The seven dwarfs must set out from Ishtara to look for a new place to call home, but in doing so, they make a discovery that puts them all in danger. They are rescued and taken in by a mysterious and beautiful outsider, who lives alone in the depths of Loraheem Forest. What follows is Alariq’s struggle to come to terms with his exile, as those around him seek to make a place for themselves in this new life. Soon, however, it becomes clear their situation is more complex than they initially realized, and they begin to wonder if there is more behind Alariq’s exile than simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Told in a unique storyteller voice, this reversal and reimagining of the classic fairy tale explores the themes of shattering betrayal, the subsequent struggle to trust again, and the basic desire to take control of one’s own destiny.

My Thoughts

I absolutely loved this book!!!  I could tell just by looking at it and reading the bulb on the back that I was going to enjoy it.  But, honestly, I don't think I knew just how much I would love it!

I was so drawn into the story, so wrapped up in each character, I never wanted to put it down!  Unfortunately, I do have a job...I couldn't read this as much as I wanted to.  It really is crazy to me that it took me over a week to finish this book!

Another thing that totally surprises me is just how much I like this book when so many questions were left unanswered!  Usually, I would be so frustrated with the ending that I would give the book a lower rating.  Weirdly, I still loved The Exiled Seven!  It just made me want to read the next book even more.

I loved the cover, I loved the originality, I loved the surprises, I loved the characters!  The Exiled Seven is a book unlike any other I've ever read.  So refreshing and such a joy!  I can't wait to read the next when it comes out!

*Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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