Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Royal Exile

Royal Exile: Book One of The Valisar Trilogy (Valisar) Royal Exile: Book One of The Valisar Trilogy by Fiona McIntosh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was my first fantasy and I’m having mixed feelings about it. Here is my quick summary of this book.

Loethar, a tribal leader from the steppes, is sweeping through the kingdoms of the Devona Set and whose final goal is the complete destruction of the royal family, the Valisars, of Penraven. He believes that he has accomplished this once the king and queen are dead, but the first son, Leonel, has been spirited out of the castle and is now searching for allies to help him regain this throne.

Watching Leonel and his companion, Gavriel, escape from the castle and their search for allies, is interesting. Leonel definitely has some growing up to do and I think that Ms. McIntosh provides us with some excellent descriptions of their surroundings as well as showing how Leonard changed, we hope for the better, due to his circumstances.

The deaths of the king and queen, as well as the battles leading to their deaths, are a little too graphic for me. There are several other scenes in this book that are too graphic for me, but they do flow with the story and this author’s style. I was left wondering why, after sparing the lives of the other royal families once they surrendered, Loethar was so intent of making sure that every member of the Valisar family was dead. I assume that that will become evident in the remaining books in this trilogy.

This book was pretty well written, although as I stated earlier, a little too graphic for me.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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  1. This was your first fantasy ever?! Interesting. :) I'm not a fan of super-graphic violence either. You might try some David Eddings...his Belgariad is pretty well-known as a high fantasy series and it's not graphic.

  2. Yes, this was my first fantasy ever. I got the book as part of an advanced read for volume 2 in the trilogy.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll add it to my TRB list on

    Love reading your posts. :)

  3. Thanks! You might also try some urban fantasy too-my faves are The Little Country by Charles de Lint, anything by Neil Gaiman, and the YA series starting with Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

  4. This might be a good one for me. Great review