Exile by Betsy Dornbusch

22911386       Exile by Betsy Dornbusch

GoodReads Summary:
Draken vae Khellian, bastard cousin of the Monoean King, had risen far from his ignominious origins, becoming both a Bowrank Commander and a member of the Crown’s Black Guard. But when he is falsely condemned for the grisly murder of his beloved wife, he is banished from the kingdom and cast upon the distant shore of Akrasia, at the arse-end of the world.

Compared to civilized Monoea, Akrasia is a forbidding land of Moonlings, magic, and restless spirits. It is also a realm on the brink of a bloody revolution, as a sinister conspiracy plots against Akrasia’s embattled young queen–and malevolent banes possess the bodies of the living.

Consumed by grief, and branded a murderer, Draken lives only to clear his name and avenge his wife’s murder. But the fates may have bigger plans for him. Alone in a strange land, he soon finds himself sharing the bed of an enigmatic necromancer and a half-breed servant girl, while pressed into the service of a foreign queen whose life and land may well depend on the divided loyalties of an exiled warrior . . .

Exile is the beginning of an ambitious fantasy saga by an acclaimed new author.

My Review:
I found this a bit confusing in the very beginning getting used to the world of magic the author has created, but once I figured out what everything was and who everyone was, then I was more comfortable with it all. It's an excellent world she's created with totally new creatures and magics. It kept things surprising as you discovered all this new stuff and how it all worked, dead or alive or both! The characters were really great, too! Other than the fact that Draken gets over his wife's brutal death a bit too fast for my liking (needs of the story) he's really a solid character trying his best in a land he's trying really hard to understand and survive in. Royalty abounds in this book, some of it in surprising places. Draken makes friends in high places and low places as he goes. He also makes enemies all over the place. But in the end, it all seems to work out for him. I'm not sure I'm going to read the next book. I've got some very mixed feelings about the write-up. I guess the only way to know is to read it. If I do, I'll link it to this review.

I acquired this book from BookBub (Amazon) for nothing. The opinions voiced are fully my own. I am not being compensated for this review.
Judi E. Easley