Review: The Exile (The Fae #1) by C. T. Adams

April 20, 2015 Review 2

Review: The Exile (The Fae #1) by C. T. AdamsThe Exile by C. T. Adams
Series: The Fae #1
Published by Tor Books on March 10, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: References to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
4 Stars

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.

Though the beginning is a bit rocky, THE EXILE is a fast-paced race of a book, full of twists and turns and a great new world to explore. From the great cover which drew me in to the last chapter, I delighted in this book and am so thrilled it's a new series I get to follow.

THE EXILE is one of those types of books that takes a little effort to really get into, but once you're in, you're sucked into the world completely. Told from quite a few points of view, it takes a little time to really start to feel the rhythm of the book, but once familiar with the characters, it isn't hard to follow along and really start to experience the story with them. Brianna is a great main character, with her handy gargoyle protector and half-human/half-fae heritage that causes her all sorts of trouble. She's one of those characters that you can't decide if you want to root for what she wants, or for what you think she could become, if she stopped denying her power.

Twisty and turny, THE EXILE has a few moments that felt like a punch to the stomach, but it never felt like anything was being done for pure shock value. The twists still propelled the plot forward and made sense in the story. I loved the intrigue and the mystery of the fae court, and how the reader is given just enough information about certain aspects to leave them wanting more.

All in all, a very well written, fun book, THE EXILE is a great start to a series, one that I hope follows up on the promises made in this first book. I know I am looking forward to see where Adams takes Brianna and all the other characters next in their journey, and can't wait for book two of The Fae to come out!

Series Titles:
  1. The Exile
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  • For more from this author, try the series she co-authored, A Tale of the Sazi.
  • For more books with fae, try the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning or the Shadow Reader series by Sandy Williams.

2 Responses to “Review: The Exile (The Fae #1) by C. T. Adams”

  1. Bob (@beauty_in_ruins)

    Good to hear. I don’t read a lot of Urban Fantasy, but I will admit that this one has been calling to me. There’s something about that cover . . . it captivates me and demands my attention every time I see it.

    • Kate

      Bob, you should definitely check it out! I would say that it is almost kind of a mashup between fantasy and urban fantasy, since about half the book takes place in the fae world, not our world, if that tips the decision making for you. 🙂