Book Two New Kingdom Trilogy
by Joann Hall
ISBN-13: 9781934258002 (Trade Paperback)
Pub. Date: March 2007
In Exile picks up with Queen Lydia working under a pseudonym as a tavern maid in a place called Mouse On The Table. Shen, as she is now called, can hold her own against the scraggly likes of the tavern patrons, but what weighs most heavily on her mind is the husband she lost and the son she has not seen since that dark night she headed into an unknown future.
Shen’s cousin, Meganne and her husband, Jorge, and a fellow worker named Callum, who are intimately familiar with the goings on in her life, help her make it through the rough times. Their love and friendship, though, are never quite enough to ease her grief or calm her nightmares.
King Valery, who has now taken the throne at Hierath Castle by treacherous means from King Alex, is continuing his search for Rhodri, Alex’s son and rightful heir to the throne. Valery knows he must eliminate this threat if he is ever to have absolute control in his kingdom. Valery is not above selling his soul to get what he wants.
In Exile, the 2nd book in the “New Kingdom Trilogy,” is an excellent. The story is fluid and moves quickly, but at the same time Ms. Hall does a nice job of allowing you insight into the characters. The character development and the story line are consistent throughout so you don’t have to backtrack to figure out what is going on from the first book to this one. Ms. Hall’s progression as a write is ever apparent in this book
To quote her press release, “this book is an exciting story of romance and betrayal, with enough twists to keep the reader guessing right up to the end.” I, for one, am looking forward to reading the last book in the Trilogy to see exactly what happens. — Gracie Lightfoot, Associate Editor