The Exile's Curse The Exile's Curse
Book 1 - Daughter of Ravens

The Exile's Curse

A Romantic Historical Fantasy Novel

    • 4.4 • 114 Ratings
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Publisher Description

Enjoy this romantic historical fantasy series from RITA® Award nominated author M.J. Scott.

Magically bound to the man who should be her worst enemy.

Chloe de Montesse dreamed about returning home to a peaceful life. But now she has an inconvenient marriage no one wants to let her end, a diplomatic scandal to navigate, and old troubles swirling around her. As well as trying to determine who might want her dead. And that’s just the beginning…

Lucien de Roche has avoided marriage for years because his heart belonged to a woman he could never have. Now he has her, but he knows he’ll have to let her go again because their marriage is a sham. So he still can’t tell her the truth. But he will do everything in his power to keep her safe…

The Traitor's Game is the second book in the Daughter of Ravens series, a new romantic historical fantasy series from RITA® Award nominated author M.J. Scott, set in the same world as the Four Arts series. This series has old friends turned enemies (and then enemies to lovers), a heroine looking for a second chance, a smitten hero, political intrigue, royal witches, inconvenient marriages, sexy times and more. Enjoy!

Author's note: For tropes and CW, please check the author's website.

The Daughter of Ravens series

Book 1 – The Exile's Curse

Book 2 – The Traitor's Game

Book 3 – The Rebel's Prize

Plus Courting The Witch, a prequel novella (previously published in the Warlords, Witches and Wolves Anthology, now including an all new bonus second epilogue).

What people are saying about M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court - nominated for Best Paranormal Romance in the 2016 RITA® Awards.

“Scott (the Half-Light City series) opens her Four Arts fantasy series with the portrait of a young woman who’s thrust into the center of dangerous political machinations… Romance fans will enjoy the growing relationship between Cameron and Sophie, but the story’s real strength lies in the web of intrigue Scott creates around her characters.” 

—Publishers Weekly

“Fans of high fantasy and court politics will enjoy The Shattered Court. Sophie is such a great heroine...”

—RT Book Reviews

The Forbidden Heir

"This story was packed with action, political intrigue, scheming, and high stakes." Alyssa - Goodreads reviewer

"This is a marvellous book. The world building is unique and complex. The characters are well developed and likeable and there is intrigue for days. If you've read the first book in the series it only gets better in this one." Lissa - Goodreads reviewer

"'Forbidden Heir' is a great rarity: a sequel that I liked better than the original book." Margaret - Amazon reviewer

The Unbound Queen

This was an incredible 3rd and final book in The Four Arts Series which did a wonderful job of tying up the loose ends and seeing great characters finish a wonderful adventure. Amazon reviewer

Cameron is delectable, Sophie is the right mix of practical, insanely talented and wary of the power broking that is going on around her. It was brilliant to watch her come into her power. Amazon reviewer

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
November 16
Emscott enterprises
Melanie Scott

Customer Reviews

Flaming moth ,

Couldn’t put it down

This took me a bit to get into but I was hooked. Loved it!

deeeeeeeefory ,


A little too much description and unnecessary details. But the plot is captivating and the story of their relationship is warm. Can’t wait for the next book!

PalatableDinner ,

Exile’s Curse

This is a spinoff series that takes place after the Four Arts series, which I haven’t read. Efforts appear to have been made to balance giving new readers the context they need while not rehashing too much for returning readers. It stands okay-ish by itself so far, as I still felt I was missing a lot of context for the first half of the book, but a lot of it seemed less relevant by the end.

The first half is slow with the pace picking up in the second half, but ends up mostly being predictable cliches. Overall it felt like there wasn’t enough plot for how long this book was. While there’s a good amount of world building and the writing style is well developed, it rehashes progressively more as the story goes on. The fight that led to Chloe sleeping with Lucien felt contrived and the execution was tacky. There’s typos sprinkled throughout, mostly in the second half.

Despite language being central post departure from Lumia, characters keep referring to porcelain tableware as “china” even though “China”, the nation name from which the term was derived, doesn’t actually exist in this world. It’s impossible to avoid all lexicon shenanigans, but this one kept breaking the immersion for me.

While this book is technically historical fantasy, there isn’t information provided on the historical inspirations the author drew from. It appears to be a white feminist spin on the French Revolution, but so many creative liberties were taken it reads more like a mash of things from the very broad region of European imperialism from the perspective of your typical sympathetic white imperialist, making this more in line with general western fantasy.

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