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This book was A M A Z I N G! I couldn’t put it down.
After leaving us on a cliffhanger in the previous book, (as the author Ms. Frost Kay loves to do) I began “The Exiled” with butterflies in my stomach and a racing heart.
Hazel and Noah were brilliantly alive and holding my attention through this unique dystopian world. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this read was full of feisty, adventurous, gasp-inducing, fun! Five stars and two enthusiastic thumbs up and also when can we have book 3?
The wait to return to Sanctuary is over and boy was the wait worth it! This book picks up right where book 1 left off and, even better, it begins from Noah's POV. Hazel is quite the main character - fierce, sassy, misguided, kind and angry. She does a lot growing up in this installment, finally seeing past deep seated prejudices and learning some awful truths. She also has the misfortune of going through plenty of trauma but Hazel is nothing if not resilient and you have to admire her smarts and backbone. Noah ends up learning a few lessons as well and it's hard not to like him by the end.
This story has good overarching themes about fighting prejudice and learning to look past the cover. I love how this is all slowly building throughout the story and can't wait to see how the war brewing will resolve itself. I can say that this story has plenty of drama, heart stopping moments and tear swelling scenes. Your heart will race and break several times throughout the book but I guarantee it's worth it. The story, the characters, the world building is all fantastic and I found I just could not put the book down.
I was very much looking forward to seeing where Frost Kay would take this next installment of Dominion of Ash and once again she has exceeded my expectations! Hazel is forced to look at life from a different perspective and as hard as some of the lessons were she comes out of so much stronger and able to beings for what's on the inside not the outside! Having the the wisdom of a strong abuela can/will change most anyone for the better but Hazel starts with super strong character and heart <3
I downloaded book one of this series and finished it very very quickly. In the same night, I bought and finished book 2 and didn't go to sleep until 5 in the morning! I really just COULD NOT put it down and I'm waiting for the next book with extreme excitement. I've subscribed and followed this amazing author to get updated on any new books she has!