Friday 4 August 2023

The Exiled by Sarah Daniels Blog Tour

 Sarah Daniels is back with the follow up to The Stranded. 

Nik and Esther stories are not over and I'm definitely here for The Exiled because I need to know where they are now!


It is six months since the Arcadia set sail for the first time in forty years. But this wasn't the freedom the inhabitants were hoping for. Esther Crossland did what she had to do, but it has left a trail of destruction in her wake. Now the wrecked ship is abandoned. Its inhabitants are in exile, trapped in sprawling make-shift shelters made up of warehouse, tents, shipping containers.

Esther and Nik, architects of the rebellion, are on the run. Esther is in hiding, desperate to do something to help her people, and Nik seems to have abandoned all hope, on a journey taking him further and further from home. And neither of them want to face up to their true feelings about one another . . .

Not only that, there is a new villain in town. With the fall of Commander Hadley, it's left to the ruthless Admiral Janek to deal with the traitors, and her own past is beginning to catch-up with her.

Then the shaky ceasefire negotiated by General Lall, Nik's mum, falls apart. Nik and Esther find themselves in a world of betrayals and double crossings - a game of power, with no one to trust but themselves.

It's time for the final showdown.

As soon as I started reading The Exiled I felt like I'd never left the world she'd created. And this world is expanded immensely this time. This is demonstrated through the maps on the inside covers of the book, I don't know about you guys but I am a sucker for a well drawn map in a book.

Six months after the fall of Commander Hadley, we are back to see just what has happened to the inhabitants of The Arcadia.

But this time there's a new baddie, Admiral Janek!

I can say out without a doubt that I found this even better than the first book.

Even more explosive than the first instalment, there was great character progression - some of whom I loved to hate - and what I really liked was the connections to The Stranded, cleverly weaved in which made the storyline even more mysterious.

Meg is one of those connections and I think I just felt sorry for her, like I wanted to mother her and guide her in a different direction.

What I saw as I read was a real cat and mouse chase.

Tensions were electrifying and expanding threats loom round every corner.

With a love triangle, new enemies to fight and emotions running high, there is everything to love about this story (which I don't want to spoil for you).

An additional POV - four this time - bought with it new details and an extra layer of secrets.

Over all I was impressed.

The continuation of the tale was seamless, there were no plot holes that I could find. I was fully immersed from start to finish.

I wouldn't be surprised if Sarah manages to change this duology into a trilogy! 

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