The Exiled Queen

A Roman Era Historical Fantasy

Fiction - Fantasy - General
385 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2024
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Author Biography

Roxana Arama is an award-winning Romanian American author. She studied computer science in Bucharest, Romania, and moved to the United States to work in software development. Her short stories and essays have been published in many literary magazines, and her debut legal thriller, Extreme Vetting, was an Editor’s Pick from Publishers Weekly (BookLife) and won several book awards. Her second novel is The Exiled Queen: A Roman Era Historical Fantasy. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her family. More at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Princess Andrada from Kerta could never be the son her father desired, no matter how much she tried. As a child who lost her mother to childbirth, she suffered neglect from her father, King Cothelas. He blamed her for his wife’s death. Andrada never saw the king, but she expected that to change on her tenth birthday. Unfortunately, the king sent her to become an apprentice, a duty meant for highborn sons. After she completed her training, the king named Andrada his heir on the condition that she won his challenge. She failed! King Cothelas married her to King Nicetas, who neither loved her nor cared for his people. War loomed in her birthplace and the new kingdom. Enemies surrounded her, and she had to fight for survival. Will Andrada ever become queen? The Exiled Queen by Roxana Arama has the details.

Have you ever sought parental love to no avail? Do you know how it feels to watch a parent cling to the memory of a deceased spouse and forget about the child from their union? If you can relate, The Exiled Queen by Roxana Arama is a story that encourages you to forge your path after you’ve done all you can. This book is a historical masterpiece that resonated with me on different levels, as it covered love, infatuation, pain, and loss. It also dissected royal politics, loyalty, greed, and deception. I loved everything about this novel, from the unforgettable characters to the world-building, unique storyline, and development. The characters were so authentic that I keyed into their emotions and could not vouch for anyone’s intent. I loved Andrada, but she was not a woman of fine details. She was impulsive and made decisions that would harm her or others, which was a flaw and strength. But I loved Dokina and, in a way, Una. She did not deserve her fate. I enjoyed reading The Exiled Queen and hope for a sequel.