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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Exiles of Forlorn is a young adult epic fantasy written by Sean T. Poindexter. They were an oddly matched group of companions, bound by their exile from Morment to the faraway land of Forlorn. Lew was of the nobility, the third son of Lord Olune Standwell. His disinclination to fulfill his obligation as a third son, to fight and die, led to his exile. His real talents lay in his passion for engineering and design rather than battling and sending other men into war. Antioc was a commoner who couldn’t stand and watch as a young girl was molested by his betters. Lew saved him from a certain death sentence by speaking up, and Antioc chose to follow his savior into exile. The others they met aboard the boat on their very long journey: there was Blackfoot, a young cut-purse, Uller, a wizard’s apprentice, and Reiwyn, a captivating and deadly female pirate, all bound for Forlorn, but also bound to a quest for ancient treasure. Roren, the elder who had given each of them a vital clue to the location of the treasure, instilled in them the lure and promise of gold and riches to be found in the ruins of Xanas Muir. But simply reaching dry land was the first big step.
Sean T. Poindexter’s young adult epic fantasy, Exiles of Forlorn, takes the reader to a far off land where exiles have built their own culture, government and civilization, complete with epic foes and the deadly White Road. Even in exile, there are rules to be followed, jobs to be assigned, and a leader who seems oddly familiar to Lew. I was fascinated by Forlorn, a new world for the exiles with unexplored lands beckoning and opportunities to be had -- if one were willing risk the perils along the way. And perils there are in abundance. Poindexter’s team of misfits and exiles is superbly put together, each contributing to a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. Lew is called upon to lead, which he’s not too keen about, but when he’s charged with building a tower from a drawing, his real avocation and love shine through so brilliantly. Seeing the new world of Forlorn Colony through the newcomers’ eyes is gripping and, at times, not a little overbearing. Like Lew, I couldn’t wait for the group to eschew the outpost of civilization and plunge forward into the adventure of finding that treasure. Exiles of Forlorn is an intricately plotted and finely tuned epic fantasy that’s highly recommended.