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Product Details

  • Series: The Seven Eyes
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; 1ST edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597804525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597804523
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,805,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Exile does an excellent job of fashioning a kingdom on the brink of implosion, as political, military, and personal factors place increasing pressure on the fragile peace" - Josh Vogt, The Examiner

About the Author

Betsy Dornbusch is a writer and editor. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online venues such as Sinister Tales, Big Pulp, Story Portal, and Spinetingler, as well as the anthologies Tasty Little Tales and Deadly by the Dozen. She’s been an editor with the ezine Electric Spec for six years and regularly speaks at fan conventions and writers’ conferences. She’s the sole proprietor of Sex Scenes at Starbucks where you can believe most of what she writes. In her free time, she snowboards, air jams at punk rock concerts, and has just started following Rockies baseball, of all things.

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Betsy Dornbusch is a writer and editor. Her short fiction has appeared in print and online venues such as Sinister Tales, Big Pulp, Story Portal, and Spinetingler, as well as the anthologies Tasty Little Tales and Deadly by the Dozen. She's been an editor with the ezine Electric Spec for six years and regularly speaks at fan conventions and writers' conferences. She's the sole proprietor of Sex Scenes at Starbucks where you can believe most of what she writes. In her free time, she snowboards, air jams at punk rock concerts, and has just started following Rockies baseball, of all things.

Customer Reviews

It left me eager to read her next book.
Lynda T. Profitt
I liked all of the characters, especially the main viewpoint character Draken.
Brandon Zarzyczny
This didn't really bother me until the end.
W. McCoy

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lesleylsmith on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
From the first line ("Cut her throat. His own wife."), readers of Betsy Dornbusch's Exile know they are in for a dramatic and exciting tale. The story opens with protagonist Draken exiled from his homeland, thrown into the sea, vowing to wreak revenge on his wife's killer. Draken soon gets caught up in a revolution as various factions fight for control of the kingdom and eventually he plays a vital and surprising role. As is required with epic fantasy, swash-buckling sword fights and heroic battles abound and are well-written.

Draken is a very sympathetic character--literally a bastard--haunted by his family history and especially by the murder of his wife. Dornbusch has created a convincingly three-dimensional protagonist with a variety of flaws and strengths and the reader empathizes with him as he interacts with mysterious creatures including the Moonlings and the Mance. Dornbusch's world-building skills are up to the task; she's created a complex, layered world with unique magic such as the Abeyance, a stepping out of time, and necromancy, including possession by dead spirits to gain skills.

Dornbusch touches on some hot-button issues such as bisexuality and race, but the essential theme of this novel is nature versus nurture, fate versus self-determination. Any reader who joins her for the ride will be glad they did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "Seregil of Rhiminee" on July 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Betsy Dornbusch's Exile is the first part of The Seven Eyes fantasy series. The sequel, Emissary, will be published next year.

Before I write more about this novel, I'll have to mention that writing this review is difficult for me, because Exile is both a good and flawed fantasy novel. I'm a bit torn between liking and criticizing this novel. (I'll also briefly mention that I mostly agree with many other reviewers who have reviewed this novel and have pointed out the flaws in the story.)

This novel has all the necessary ingredients and elements that are needed to create an excellent fantasy novel, and it's definitely an entertaining and intriguing read, but - in my opinion - it lacks a bit of depth and style. The lack of depth and style isn't exactly a bad thing, because this novel is pure entertainment, but experienced adult fantasy readers will easily notice what's missing from the story. Readers who are looking for an entertaining and light story, will most likely enjoy this novel very much, because it's an exciting novel and a good start to a new fantasy series that differs from other series.

Here's a bit of information about the story:

- Draken vae Khellian is locked up in a ship's hold. He's half-breed - both royal blood and Brinian blood courses through his veins. The ship he's on is headed towards Akrasia, "the arse-end of the world". Draken has been in Black Guard and knows a few things about the world. He gained information about the world by interrogating Brinian soldiers. His wife has died in the hands of Akrasian magickers, and he is falsely condemned and banished to Akrasia for the murder of his wife. Draken is driven forward by his will to avenge his wife's death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Zarzyczny on March 8, 2013
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My experience with this book was a little different, as my Dad had an emergency that sent him into the hospital, so I started and read most of this book in one long day in waiting rooms. I then finished the book in the next day or so in a hospital room. It was an odd way to read a book, as I usually take around a week to read an average book, instead of ingesting it in one day when my psyche was probably a little messed up. Still, however my experience affected it, I really loved this book. There's nothing absolutely amazing about it, it's far from a masterpiece, but I just found it to be a very enjoyable light fantasy book.

The world of Exile seems to be very different from our world, as there are seven moons (Eyes) and the culture doesn't have anything too similar to our past. There are Gods in this book, and they do play a part in the story, but as a whole they don't seem to have too much influence on the world other than telling their chosen representatives what to do (specifically the main character). There is magic, but it's not too well described. Although there may be more of it in the world, all that we see derives its power from death. One of the main characters is essentially a version of a Necromancer, where many spirits of the dead inhabit him and they can control them. Also, they can apparently separate various objects out of thin air, and the more powerful ones can throw out some basic destructive magic. There's also two other magical species, one of which controls nature (and can stop time) and the other seems to focus on healing magic. If I'm being honest, the world building was probably the weakest part of the book, it's all very light, and when it drys to go deeper it wasn't very believable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. McCoy on July 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book starts right in on the action, with the main character, Draken, being tossed off a ship into exile in the land of the country he has been fighting against for years. He anticipates his survival rate to be pretty low. His crime was apparently killing his wife, but he knows the truth.

Of course, he doesn't die, and along the way he makes friends and allies with a variety of interesting characters. There are banes loose, which are powerful supernatural creatures, and they may have been loosed by the person who killed is wife, a powerful wizard, or mance.

It's an interesting read. The world building is fairly solid with some nice twists on things I've read elsewhere. Everything comes a bit too easy for Draken along the way, and he seems to fall into the right situations just when he needs to. This didn't really bother me until the end. The writing is good and it kept me turning pages. I'm interested in seeing where the series goes, especially since so much happened in the first book.
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