Review ~ EXILED by Amanda Carlson @AmandaCarlson

Posted May 26, 2017 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 7 Comments

Review ~ EXILED by Amanda Carlson @AmandaCarlsonEXILED by Amanda Carlson
Narrator: Emma Wilder
Length: 9 hours 3 mins
Series: Phoebe Meadows #3
Published by Amanda Carlson Inc on March 24, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 358
4 Stars
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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Phoebe Meadows is on trial for her life.

After freeing her half-brother, Baldur, Phoebe is set to stand before the Council in Asgard to answer for her actions. The threat of exile if she’s found guilty looms, not to mention the added stress of meeting her real father for the first time.

Upon entering Asgard, Phoebe discovers new allies in a half-brother she’s never met as well as an oracle who is in possession of valuable information. A little added help couldn’t have come at a better time, because when Phoebe is tossed into an unknown realm, she’s only armed with Gundren, a jewel, and her wits.

When Loki shows up, all bets are off. The trickster god throws a wrench in Phoebe’s plans and kidnaps Fen, her only ally. And just when she thinks she sees the light at the end of the tunnel, Phoebe finds she has to defeat one last obstacle: The Norns.

And they aren’t planning to go down without a fight…

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EXILED is book three in the Phoebe Meadows series. In this installment, the group travels to Asgard for Phoebe and Fen’s trial for the death of Baldur. The group has a plan, and as long as things don’t go too sideways crazy, Phoebe and Fen will come out of this alive!

This is Phoebe’s opportunity to meet family, especially her dad and it kind of sucked that it was under these circumstances. However, she does not have much time to contemplate it as hers and Fens trials come right up the next day. They will be dealing with Baldur’s grieved mother Frig who is not going to let them away with anything. She is out for blood and is determined that by releasing Baldur from his prison, Phoebe is at fault for killing him.

As expected, the pair get sent to Helhim where they must complete their plan to be exonerated of their crimes. Hel does not make it easy on them, but I felt like she was a little easier than I expected. I mean, she was planning to kill them, but I felt she was bored with it all and didn’t really have a lot of fierce hatred behind her driving her to kill them.

Phoebe finds herself with a power that definitely makes her task easier, but also loses her Fen’s help. But Phoebe is a really strong, willful character and manages quite well using her planning skills.

As with the preceeding books, EXILED is fast paced and full of tense moments wondering if someone is going to die. I found that I really enjoyed Hel’s character and even felt a tad sorry for her. As usual I felt like I was running at break neck speed and I even turned the speed up on my audiobook player because things were moving so fast.

EXILED was a lot of fun with all the characters I’ve enjoyed so far. I’m really glad Sam got to go to Asgard and I’m dying to know what is going on with her now that she’s there! There is another book in this series, right? Or a spin-off? I haven’t heard anything, but I have to know what happens to Sam! She is definitely a favorite character! If it wasn’t for the Sam stuff I would pretty much say that this was a trilogy and at its end. I hope we don’t get left hanging.

About Amanda Carlson

I’m a Minnesota girl, born and bred. I started writing stories about teenage girls and their social missteps when I was in high school. I still have the handwritten spiral notebooks to prove it.

I started writing FULL BLOODED. because kickass heroines rock and I love shifters of all kinds. There aren’t enough warm-blooded girls to go around, in my opinion. I fell into Jessica’s story and had such a great time writing it and now I couldn’t imagine writing anything other than urban fantasy and paranormal romance. When you’re creating a story in this fantastic genre, it can contain almost any elements you can dream up. Creatively, for me, there’s nothing better.

Amanda is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in both Speech and Hearing Science & Child Development. She went on to get an A.A.S in Sign Language Interpreting and worked as an interpreter until her first child was born. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three kids.

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