Sunday, October 16, 2016

Review: The Exiled Seven

30074600 The Exiled Seven by Blake Renworth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest, unbiased review*

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 re-imagining 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.

Cover: Very Nice
Rating: 5 Stars
Overall: Beautifully written
Characters: Well Written
Plot: When Alariq gets himself exiled, he and his small group of friends set out for find a place to live.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Favorite Character: Alariq
Source: Publisher (Paperback)

I found out about this book while hosting a blog tour, and was super excited about it! So when I got the chance to read it, I couldn't wait to start! While I'll admit I caught myself many times comparing the dwarves in this story to those in the Hobbit, the plot is very different, and in truth, that's just how dwarves act!! XD The story was beautifully written and easy to follow, yet exciting and unique enough that I didn't want to put it down! A great read for fantasy readers, and one you don't want to miss!

While I'm really not sure how much fairy-tale, retelling this is, I'm going to go ahead and say it's supposed to be based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. It's a very loose retelling, but as a fantasy it's a fun and exciting read! I loved hearing their story, and seeing how Alariq deal with all the changes, from Tianna's teasing and confidence, to his men's doubts, struggles, and grumbles. While he of a flawed leader, and often falls, he is the best kind as he is always proving himself worth to lead once more, a trait every leader needs. No one is perfect, and that's definitely true in this story, full on odd and characters so different the only thing they have in common is that they are different! And it's beautiful, added with the impressive landscape, and you have found the quick way to my heart! <3

About the Author:
Blake Renworth is an editor by day and a writer by night. After years in the publishing business, writing and editing for much bigger fish than herself, she decided it was time to focus on her own writing … and then she remembered she needed to pay her bills. So now she still writes and edits for others for a living, but she sneaks in a little writing for herself when she can.

Blake lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two dogs, who are named after Harry Potter characters (the dogs—not her husband and daughter). Her debut novel, The Exiled Seven, was published in May of 2016, and she is currently working on several projects, all related to the Exiled Series.

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