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There’s a new arrival—a mysterious and exotic young princess—at Court and Lady Grace can’t believe how many rumours there are about her already. The exiled Banoo Yasmine from Sharakand is a beautiful girl with a pet panther and, everyone believes, magical powers. Yasmine also possesses the renowned Heart of Kings Ruby, a huge stone that she wears around her neck to balls a There’s a new arrival—a mysterious and exotic young princess—at Court and Lady Grace can’t believe how many rumours there are about her already. The exiled Banoo Yasmine from Sharakand is a beautiful girl with a pet panther and, everyone believes, magical powers. Yasmine also possesses the renowned Heart of Kings Ruby, a huge stone that she wears around her neck to balls and feasts, that legend says has the power to make kings. When the famed jewel goes missing, the finger is pointed at Grace’s dear friend Ellie the laundry maid. Grace must prove her friend’s innocence, find the true thief, and restore the stone to its rightful owner. All miscreants and ill-thinkers, keep out!


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There’s a new arrival—a mysterious and exotic young princess—at Court and Lady Grace can’t believe how many rumours there are about her already. The exiled Banoo Yasmine from Sharakand is a beautiful girl with a pet panther and, everyone believes, magical powers. Yasmine also possesses the renowned Heart of Kings Ruby, a huge stone that she wears around her neck to balls a There’s a new arrival—a mysterious and exotic young princess—at Court and Lady Grace can’t believe how many rumours there are about her already. The exiled Banoo Yasmine from Sharakand is a beautiful girl with a pet panther and, everyone believes, magical powers. Yasmine also possesses the renowned Heart of Kings Ruby, a huge stone that she wears around her neck to balls and feasts, that legend says has the power to make kings. When the famed jewel goes missing, the finger is pointed at Grace’s dear friend Ellie the laundry maid. Grace must prove her friend’s innocence, find the true thief, and restore the stone to its rightful owner. All miscreants and ill-thinkers, keep out!

30 review for Exile

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    The Lady Grace mysteries are so much of what I read when I was a young teenager. (The fact that I rated this book five out of five stars back in 2014 says a lot.) While reading this, I was reminded of how super these books actually are. This was the first one I read, even though it's fifth in the series - I think I chose it, out of all the others at the library, because the cover intrigued me the most. And the story matches the cover in terms of mysterious allure and all that jazz. Pretty cool.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This was a fun sweet little book. A little young for me but that's not a criticism of the book. This is a YA book, and I picked it up at a used book sale for a few dollars. I haven't read any of the others in this series, so I may have been coming at this a bit from left field, but I didn't feel like I was missing anything, and the author wrote this well enough that a reader could easily understand who the characters are and what their story and situations are in this world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sofia

    I love it! I especially love the way Lady Grace puts up tests. And Raja! What a good boy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    This is a great book but I saw everything comin

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    3.5/5

  6. 4 out of 5

    aem

    Another adventure for Lady Grace in Queen Elizabeth I court!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennie

    Banoo Yasmine of Sharakand is an exiled Princess. There are several rumours floating around the court about why she and her retinue are in London, but the Queen as told Grace the truth-- her family was the victim of a bloody coup in Sharakand. The giant Heart of Kings ruby that she wears around her neck is rumoured to have magical powers, but Grace knows it's really a gift to the Queen to guarantee that the Banoo and her people can stay and be safe in England. Of course, the ruby gets Banoo Yasmine of Sharakand is an exiled Princess. There are several rumours floating around the court about why she and her retinue are in London, but the Queen as told Grace the truth-- her family was the victim of a bloody coup in Sharakand. The giant Heart of Kings ruby that she wears around her neck is rumoured to have magical powers, but Grace knows it's really a gift to the Queen to guarantee that the Banoo and her people can stay and be safe in England. Of course, the ruby gets stolen and Grace is afraid the Queen won't continue to give the Banoo sanctuary without the ruby as security. The ruby is found, but it's discovered in Ellie's laundry basket. Grace knows her friend didn't steal the ruby, but Ellie's about to be in serious trouble if Grace can't find out who did steal it! This book focuses a lot on the different customs of the people from Sharakand and how the English court reacts to these strangers. Unfortunately, Grace doesn't get to know any of these people really well-- there are language difficulties and she's trying to clear her best friend after all-- so they aren't very fleshed out and we don't get to know them very well. We just see Grace's perceptions as she observes them at dinner or passes them in the corridors. This isn't the strongest book in the series, but fans of Grace will not be disappointed. see all my reviews at www.tushuguan.blogspot.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is the fifth book in the Lady Grace Mysteries series, about Lady Grace Cavendish, a thirteen-year-old Maid of Honour at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. It's January 1570, and a new visitor is arriving at court. Banoo Yasmine is a young noblewoman from the Middle Eastern country of Sharkand. When the king of Sharakand was overthrown, Banoo Yasmine's family was murdered because they had supported him, and only she escape. In England, she hopes to regain her fortune so she can return to Sharak This is the fifth book in the Lady Grace Mysteries series, about Lady Grace Cavendish, a thirteen-year-old Maid of Honour at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. It's January 1570, and a new visitor is arriving at court. Banoo Yasmine is a young noblewoman from the Middle Eastern country of Sharkand. When the king of Sharakand was overthrown, Banoo Yasmine's family was murdered because they had supported him, and only she escape. In England, she hopes to regain her fortune so she can return to Sharakand and restore the rightful ruler, and has decided to ask the Queen for help. However, soon after Banoo Yasmine arrives, the Heart of Kings, the famed ruby of Sharakand, disappears. Grace's friend Ellie, a young laundrymaid at the palace, is blamed for the theft when the ruby is found in her laundry basket. Grace knows Ellie would never steal and is determined to find the real thief before her friend is punished for something she did not do. I loved the first four Lady Grace mysteries and am pleased to say I loved this one as well. As always, Grace is a great character who brings to life the world of Elizabethan England, and the historical details are excellent. I can't wait to read the upcoming books in this series. I would recommend this series to readers who love historical mysteries or who have a special interest in the Elizabethan era.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    Banoo Yasmine of Sharakand is an exiled Princess. There are several rumors floating around the court about why she and her retinue are in London, but the Queen has told Grace the truth-- her family was the victim of a bloody coup in Sharakand. The giant Heart of Kings ruby that she wears around her neck is rumored to have magical powers, but Grace knows it's really a gift to the Queen to guarantee that the Banoo and her people can stay and be safe in England. Of course, the ruby gets Banoo Yasmine of Sharakand is an exiled Princess. There are several rumors floating around the court about why she and her retinue are in London, but the Queen has told Grace the truth-- her family was the victim of a bloody coup in Sharakand. The giant Heart of Kings ruby that she wears around her neck is rumored to have magical powers, but Grace knows it's really a gift to the Queen to guarantee that the Banoo and her people can stay and be safe in England. Of course, the ruby gets stolen and Grace is afraid the Queen won't continue to give the Banoo sanctuary without the ruby as security. The ruby is found, but it's discovered in Ellie's laundry basket. Grace knows her friend didn't steal the ruby, but Ellie's about to be in serious trouble if Grace can't find out who did steal it! This book focuses a lot on the different customs of the people from Sharakand and how the English court reacts to these strangers. Unfortunately, Grace doesn't get to know any of these people really well-- there are language difficulties and she's trying to clear her best friend after all-- so they aren't very fleshed out and we don't get to know them very well. We just see Grace's perceptions as she observes them at dinner or passes them in the corridors. This isn't the strongest book in the series, but fans of Grace will not be disappointed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Awallens

    There’s a new arrival—a mysterious and exotic young princess—at Court and Lady Grace can’t believe how many rumours there are about her already. The exiled Banoo Yasmine from Sharakand is a beautiful girl with a pet panther and, everyone believes, magical powers. Yasmine also possesses the renowned Heart of Kings Ruby, a huge stone that she wears around her neck to balls and feasts, that legend says has the power to make kings. When the famed jewel goes missing, the finger is poin There’s a new arrival—a mysterious and exotic young princess—at Court and Lady Grace can’t believe how many rumours there are about her already. The exiled Banoo Yasmine from Sharakand is a beautiful girl with a pet panther and, everyone believes, magical powers. Yasmine also possesses the renowned Heart of Kings Ruby, a huge stone that she wears around her neck to balls and feasts, that legend says has the power to make kings. When the famed jewel goes missing, the finger is pointed at Grace’s dear friend Ellie the laundry maid. Grace must prove her friend’s innocence, find the true thief, and restore the stone to its rightful owner. All miscreants and ill-thinkers, keep out! This is the fifth in the series and although the mysteries are getting a bit old, they are still fun reads. There wasn't as much historical detail in this one though, very disappointing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    This book put me through so much trouble but at least it was worth it. But there something abundantly clear when you read Exile, its a different author. This is the first book written by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler instead of Patricia Finney who wrote the first four books. So a few things change. But the History and careful thought are still there. But if I had to be honest this is my least favorite of the Lady Grace Mysteries but its still awesome

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    In felt that the series was dropping in satisfaction again at this point. The writing style of the diary entries was still decent, but it lacked the intrigue of the previous books. I enjoyed meeting the princess, and loved how amazed Grace was by her attire and the fact that a woman would wear trousers! Plus Banoo having a pet panther was pretty amazing too! Yasmin definately was the only real point to this story I enjoyed. The whole ruby as a loan thing annoyed me. It felt In felt that the series was dropping in satisfaction again at this point. The writing style of the diary entries was still decent, but it lacked the intrigue of the previous books. I enjoyed meeting the princess, and loved how amazed Grace was by her attire and the fact that a woman would wear trousers! Plus Banoo having a pet panther was pretty amazing too! Yasmin definately was the only real point to this story I enjoyed. The whole ruby as a loan thing annoyed me. It felt a bit typical that it would be stolen and I certainly felt that it was too obvious for someone to frame Grace's friend Ellie. On to number 6...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Osborn-bensaada

    Lady Grace is pulled once more into her role as a lady pursuvient to clear Ellie's name in the theft of the jewel of a royal exile residing in the court of her majesty Queen Elizabeth. I would say this is a bit weaker than the others mostly because the exiled princess feels like a compilation of someone that could be from central Asia, India or Africa. The series often strives to bring some authenticity to the story but this one feels just stretched. That said, my nine-year-old loved the story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lady Entropy

    Still enjoying this, although the mystery this time around didn't focus on anything particularly interesting -- the odds were much greater than ever, however: with a friend accused of a crime she didn't commit, the heroine really has to work hard and not just to please the queen. Still I missed that little window to the past that the other books supplied. This story could have happened anywhere.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Neill Smith

    Lady Grace is a Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth I but she is also more – she is her Lady Pursuivant or a person who seeks out wrongdoers. When the crown jewel is stolen from Banoo Yasmine of Sharakand who is in exile from her homeland after a coup, Lady Grace must find the thief. This book represents the life of women in the English court of 1570 complete with a glossary and the historical milieu at the end of the book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Probably my favourite of this series, Finney captures perfectly the tone with which Elizabethan England approached racial and religious differences - which is to say with excitement and curiosity, as well as an eye to keeping ruling class relations steady, and both more and less prejudice than we see today. The joy and that permeates this series carries the subject matter through brilliantly.

  17. 5 out of 5

    B

    Lady Cavendish has a personal stake in this mystery...one of her close friends, Ellie, the laundry girl, has been accused of stealing a valuable ruby from royalty that has settled into the court. What makes this more interesting is that this royal figure is exiled from a muslim Middle Eastern country and she has brought a live panther with her.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    Lady Grace encounters a panther and it's owner Banoo Yasmine who has a ruby of great beauty. Banoo Yasmine is seeking asylum and offers the ruby as surety, when it is stolen, one of Grace's friends is blamed. I had my suspicions but some of them turned out to be untrue. Fun read, light and not too involved. It's starting to lose some of it's earlier spark but still enjoyable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Russell Hall

    All the royal court is curious about the new visitor to court, the Banoo Yasmine visiting from the middle east. Grace is curious about her companion, an elegant black panther. But mystery is not to be left far behind when the Banoo's Ruby is stolen and found in Ellie's Laundry Basket. Can Grace not only find the culprit but save her friend from a thief's fate?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    After two serious non-fiction books I decided to dive into some fun and easy frivolous reading. Again I enjoyed Lady Cavendish and her mystery-solving ability. This book didn't make me laugh as much as some of the previous books, but it was still humorous.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    While this is certainly just 'easy reading' for young girls, it gives the reader (me, in this case) a view into court life in Elizabethan England which I've never known. 2/3rds of the things this book is describing are completely new to me! Young-adult fiction or not, it is an education!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melany

    This book, from the Grace Cavendish Mysteries series, was very interesting. A Princess from a foreign land comes to England, and Her Beloved ruby goes missing. Grace with the help of her friends have to find it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hannah 8-1

    This book is exciting book to read. It is like a dairy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Delightful as always. Bonus points for the panther, who I found adorable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dominique Alvarillo

    Not as exciting as the first 4 books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandybear76

    A juvenile mystery set in Queen Elizabeth's court. The ruby of the visiting princess is missing and the lowly laundry maid is accused of taking it. Lady Grace looks to the real thief.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Really good and a great mystery.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine

    ive read them so many times it only takes like 30 minutes for me to read them...cause ive got them memorized.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Really liked it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christina Mackenzie

    awesome

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