Published by Tor on Mar 10, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC from Publisher
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Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists—and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna's apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds.
A shocking magical assault on her home reveals to Brianna that her father, High King Liu of the Fae, is under attack. With the help of her gargoyle, Pug, her friend David, and Angelo, a police detective who doesn't believe in magic, Brianna recovers what was stolen from her and becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne.
A suspenseful urban fantasy with a hint of romance, The Exile is the first solo novel by C. T. Adams, who is half of USA Today bestselling author Cat Adams. Like the Cat Adams Blood Singer novels, The Exile is set in a world where magic is real and contains Adams's trademark blend of suspense, action, humor, and strongly emotional writing.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
If urban fantasy and epic fantasy had a baby who liked a touch of romance, this story would be it. The story mostly felt like urban fantasy with normal humans encountering paranormal situations, but with a large part of the story taking place in Faerie, with a war and succession issue, there was an overall feel of epic fantasy. I don’t normally dwell on genres, but this book had a unique feel that is sure to cause some comment.
I really liked how the story was told. There were multiple narrations told in alternating chapters, with many characters, both human and other, taking turns. The voices were all quite distinct and it was easy to distinguish how was narrating. It was interesting to see the varying viewpoints as the story unfolded. It made some of the Fae characters, like King Leu more understandable.
The only really issue I had with the book was how easily Nick seemed to accept everything. As the token non-paranormal believer in the book, he seemed to take everything in too easily. I was expecting more resistance and more headbutting between him and Brianna.
Overall, this was a fun story that moved quickly. There was a lot covered in this first book, and no page was wasted. I enjoyed how complex and intertwined everything felt, and look forward to seeing what happens next.