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Review by Suze
Jayden is on her own and is traveling through the desert to find Kadesh. He was left for dead, but miraculously survived Horeb's brutal attack. Horeb is Jayden's evil betrothed, a cruel man she can't marry. Jayden and Kadesh want to get married, but they can only do that when they're in Kadesh's homeland. It's a long and strenuous journey and Horeb is right behind them. There are plenty of risks and there are many people they can't trust. Reaching their destination won't bring them any safety, a war is coming and Horeb is very well prepared. When Jayden discovers Kadesh has kept secrets from her all of their plans have to change once more. Will she be able to marry the love of her life or will Horeb get his way after all?
Banished is the second book of the Forbidden series. It's one of my all time favorite series. It's action packed, there are plenty of surprising twists and turns and the descriptions of the landscape are fabulous. Jayden is strong, fearless and resilient. She's smart enough to notice what's going on around her and she isn't afraid to speak up her mind. She does what she thinks she has to do no matter what the consequences will be. She fights for love, for a better future and for her family. She's a fantastic heroine. Kimberley Griffith's Little doesn't leave her main characters undamaged. They get harmed, they make mistakes and it's obvious they're only human which makes them extra wonderful. Jayden and Kadesh have good hearts and they're great together. Their future is unsure, but they're doing everything they can to make it good.
Banished is one big adrenaline rush. There's the chase through the desert and the threat of Horeb and his army. There are dangers lurking in every corner, both on the outside and from within their camp. I couldn't put this book down, I had to keep reading and couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen next. The ending of the story is spectacular. Kadesh's secrets are quite terrifying and all of a sudden there are two fronts to fight on instead of one. The tension is clear and very real. I absolutely love this series and highly recommend this fantastic roller coaster ride.