‘A Kingdom of Exiles’
By S.B. Nova
Book #1 in the Outcasts Series)
Publisher: Night Owl
Publish Date: 2017
Pages: 598 (Kindle Edition)
Series: Outcast #1
Genre: Young adult Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Kindle
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 revolution. Only together can they go to war.
I jumped into this books after watching Book Sunday‘s video discussing her March wrap up. I was instantly intrigued in the story. I have only just discovered Fae and Fae novels (I know did I grow up under a rock!) and had read and LOVED the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ series after seeing Imogen rave about them.
I was not disappointed, well not until the end and I discovered that there isn’t a release date or eve a title for the next novel! I’m addicted.
Serena, our main character is a strong protagonist. We meet her in adverse circumstances, experiencing grief. She is growing up in a village where she doesn’t feel or is treated like she belongs. We follow Serena until our story really begins and she turns 18. She ends away from her village – and trust me reading how that happens will have your emotions going crazy! – and on her way to Alder, against her will.
We meet a flurry of characters after this who I seemed to always have strong feelings about which i was really surprised about and give great credit to the writing.
This book had me totally engaged, I was so mad any time I had to put it down (which was a lot) and just wanted to keep reading what was happening and experiencing this world with Serena.
The world building through out was absolutely spot on. every detail was covered and I didn’t finish it feeling like there were holes in the story.
Overall an amazing read. I really don’t like reading things on my phone or laptop (personal preference) and actively avoid things like kindle BUT I’m so glad that I decided to pick this one up and give it a read. I would say the only negative I have is AVAILABILITY – I cannot find it in physical form anywhere I’ve looked.
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8.5/10
What are some Fae/Faerie novels or stories you would recommend?