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Banished (Forbidden) Hardcover – February 2, 2016

4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Forbidden Series

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Gr 9 Up—As this sequel to Forbidden (HarperCollins, 2014) opens, teenage princess Jayden has left her tribe and is alone in the desert, seeking her beloved prince Kadesh and trying to evade her evil fiancé, Horeb. When she eventually finds Kadesh, he has been badly injured and scarred, but more ominously, he appears to be keeping secrets from her. Kadesh, Jayden, and the Edomites travel toward Jayden's home kingdom in the southern lands, but they face constant danger from Horeb's army and from the desert itself. They eventually reach the city of Sariba, where Kadesh and his family rule, but now they face even greater threats from power-hungry Aliyah, Kadesh's former fiancée and priestess of the Goddess of Sariba. Readers will need to be familiar with the events of the previous volume in order to follow the plot here. There is a lot of action, but a number of the weaknesses of the first book are also present in this sequel. There are more historical inaccuracies and implausible plot devices, and the lead characters are not particularly compelling. VERDICT Purchase where the first installment was popular.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

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I absolutely LOVED, OBSESSED, DREAMED ABOUT, RAVED and DEVOURED this amazing book. WOW....I loved the first book in thisseries, Forbidden, and could not wait to read the sequel and it was even better than expected!!! -- Beth at "Curling Up With a Good Book"


BANISHED is Book 2 of the FORBIDDEN trilogy by award-winning author, Kimberley Griffiths Little

I. Absolutely. LOVED. This sequel. Holy guacamole, I wasn't prepared for this book. For me, sequels are often not that great, just a necessary hump to cross before reaching the epic finale in book three. THIS sequel did not suffer any sequel slump! --Alyssa from "Eater of Books"

“Will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment. Banished will appeal to fans of Kristin Cashore and Morgan Rhodes.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Little’s descriptions of the landscape are evocative in both desolation and in beauty. Just as good is her pacing, which gets the blood pumping for both characters and readers. This will heighten anticipation for a no-doubt exciting conclusion.” (Booklist)

Praise for Forbidden (;)

“At its core, this is a romance, with all the push and pull that goes along with impossible love, and Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires.” (Booklist (starred review))

“A fast-paced, entertaining choice which will appeal to fans of historical fiction and romance.” (School Library Journal)

“Rich historical details are deftly woven into Jayden’s narration, and the dynamics of Jayden’s tribe are vividly drawn. Jayden’s story becomes as much about finding herself as it is about finding love.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
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Product Details

  • Series: Forbidden (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062195018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062195012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Banished picks up right after the end of Forbidden, with our heroine traversing the deserts in search of Kadesh, whom does (obviously) make it. We actually do not see any Horeb in this book. He's a distant figure, hunting them from great distances, talked about now and then, but he doesn't actually make an appearance. Instead we learn a lot more about Kadesh and learn that there's a great deal more to deal with than just Horeb trying to force Jayden to be his wife. In Forbidden the story seemed pretty straightforward, but now it's getting more and more complex, and leaves us at a chilling cliffhanger that will launch us right into book 3. While I still get a sort of "filler" feel from book 2 paired with a cliffhanger, I also feel like there's enough accomplished in this book for it to be a worthwhile read and enjoyed as much as the others.

Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. I think the writer has improved too; the words and story feel much more developed and strong. It's clear the author is more into her story and ready to bedazzle readers with intrigues and battles and all that good stuff. I really like the romance in this one, for once I feel like the couple is legitimately in love and standing on equal footing and have a healthy relationship based on mural trust and devotion and affection. I also felt like the history became more exact/factual and got more in depth, though as the author notes some things were literary creations due to lack of certain historical record/evidence. I don't really have anything negative to say! I polished off this book in about six hours of reading (with a few short breaks in between to let the story sink in or get a bite to eat) and I was thoroughly engaged and interested the whole time. I pre-ordered this with the express idea of reading it on its release day (which I had off from school) and I was not at all disappointed!

I can't wait for book three to come out!
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Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Book Two of the Forbidden series
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

She thought she’d lost everything . . .

After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. Although everyone was convinced the violent and unpredictable Horeb, Jayden’s betrothed, killed the handsome prince, Jayden knew in her heart that her love was alive and safe. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed. Soon, the two star-crossed lovers are on the run toward Sariba, Kadesh’s homeland, where, as heir to the Kingdom, he plans to make Jayden his princess.

But the trek to Sariba is fraught with heartache and danger. After narrowly escaping being stoned to death for a crime she didn’t commit, and learning that her sister has disappeared, Jayden’s only solace is her love for Kadesh. But even he is keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that will change everything.

This gorgeous and enchanting sequel to Forbidden, is full of love, danger, and heated passion that will leave readers breathless.

What I Liked:

I. Absolutely. LOVED. This sequel. Holy guacamole, I wasn't prepared for this book. For me, sequels are often not that great, just a necessary hump to cross before reaching the epic finale in book three (I'm so over trilogies!). THIS sequel did not suffer any sequel slump!

Jayden has been searching for a mysterious stranger whom she believes is Kadesh for months.
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By Jewel Adams on February 29, 2016
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I was looking forward to this next installment in the Forbidden series as soon as I finished the first and I did enjoy it. Another beautiful piece of work.
However, for me, again it was emotionally draining, only more so this time and I found myself wishing Jayden and Kadesh could seriously have a break from the constant opposition. But I was still drawn in and I anxiously await the final installment so they can finally have their happily ever after.
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Jayden is on her own and is traveling through the desert to find Kadesh. He was left for dead, but miraculously survived Horeb's brutal attack. Horeb is Jayden's evil betrothed, a cruel man she can't marry. Jayden and Kadesh want to get married, but they can only do that when they're in Kadesh's homeland. It's a long and strenuous journey and Horeb is right behind them. There are plenty of risks and there are many people they can't trust. Reaching their destination won't bring them any safety, a war is coming and Horeb is very well prepared. When Jayden discovers Kadesh has kept secrets from her all of their plans have to change once more. Will she be able to marry the love of her life or will Horeb get his way after all?

Banished is the second book of the Forbidden series. It's one of my all time favorite series. It's action packed, there are plenty of surprising twists and turns and the descriptions of the landscape are fabulous. Jayden is strong, fearless and resilient. She's smart enough to notice what's going on around her and she isn't afraid to speak up her mind. She does what she thinks she has to do no matter what the consequences will be. She fights for love, for a better future and for her family. She's a fantastic heroine. Kimberley Griffith's Little doesn't leave her main characters undamaged. They get harmed, they make mistakes and it's obvious they're only human which makes them extra wonderful. Jayden and Kadesh have good hearts and they're great together. Their future is unsure, but they're doing everything they can to make it good.

Banished is one big adrenaline rush. There's the chase through the desert and the threat of Horeb and his army. There are dangers lurking in every corner, both on the outside and from within their camp.
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