Changeling Exile by Marina Finlayson

Posted March 10, 2019 by Booksandblurbs in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

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Changeling Exile

(Thirteen Realms – Book 1)

by Marina Finlayson
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Slow burn Urban Fantasy

Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down and Dirty

It didn’t hold my attention completely, but it is a decent intro to an Urban Fantasy Series.

What is it about? (Blurb pulled from Goodreads)

I’d do anything to go home to Autumn, the fae Realm where I grew up. I might only be a changeling, but it’s where I belong. That’s why I’m doing everything the Lord of Autumn commands.

My latest job: enforcing fae laws in the human world. It’s hard enough, but it gets worse when I meet my new partner. The Hawk is a fae knight, hot as hell—and an unrelenting jerk when it comes to changelings like me.

Somehow, I have to impress this guy to get back to the Realms. Kind of hard to do when we end up running for our lives. I said I’d give anything for the chance to go home—but I didn’t think that would include my life.


This book started with such promise, but lost me about midway. Luckily it caught me again near the end and I was able to finish, but it felt like a struggle. The plot and ultimate mystery of the novel felt confusing and a bit forced.

Despite the expansive world building, I did not connect with the Characters nor their plight, either returning to the Realms or finding the King. Both were important to the story, but somehow the Author didn’t express why they should be important to me.

In the end, I was left with more questions than answers… yet little desire to delve into book 2 to discover some of those answers. Why were changeling children taken? Why were they looked so down upon? Where were the Fae children left in their place? So many questions…


First Person, Single POV

Ending Type

HFN, Episodic


  • Interesting world building.
  • Characters are unique.


  • Choppy occasionally.
  • Plot became confusing.
  • Too many questions, too few answers.


Favorite Lines

..both built like ambulatory mountains…(4%)
“I don’t know. ’Cause humans are weird?” (72%)


3.5 out of 5 Stars

Some people will love this, some may hate it. I thought it was alright, and since it is free on Kindle Unlimited, it’s worth checking out.

Published August 23rd, 2018

359 Pages

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