Enjoy this romantic historical fantasy series from RITA® Award nominated author M.J. Scott.
To save her new life, she needs the man who destroyed her old one...
Chloe de Montesse never thought she’d return from exile. Now she has a chance to reclaim the life she fled after her husband was executed for treason. But coming home again isn’t as simple as it sounds. Her magic is rusty, her family want her to wrap her in cotton wool, and Illvyan society views her as a scandal waiting to happen. Worse, her new life keeps throwing her into the path of the man who destroyed her old one.
Lucien de Roche’s magic bares the truth for all to see. He’s used it to serve the empire, but there’s one secret he’s always kept hidden. The fact that he fell in love with his best friend’s wife. And that he’s never quite fallen out again. Now Chloe is back and it’s no secret at all that she loathes him for his part in her husband’s death. A sensible man would forget her…but he’s tired of being sensible. And determined to keep her safe.
When a mission from the emperor takes them both into the wildest heart of the empire, to a country where power and loyalties collide, and old plots simmer back to life, Chloe finds herself dragged back into the past she wants to leave behind. And her only way out might be Lucien. The man she thinks she can never trust. The man she wants to hate. Or hates to want…
The Exile’s Curse is the first book in the Daughter of Ravens series, a new romantic gaslamp 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!
The Daughter of Ravens series
Book 1 – The Exile's Curse
Book 2 – The Traitor's Game
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.”
“Fans of high fantasy and court politics will enjoy The Shattered Court. Sophie is such a great heroine...”
—RT Book Reviews
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!
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.