When I first discovered Exiled, I was in one of my lull's in reading. I was bored and disappointed in everything that I had picked up. What I wanted was something to spark my excitement, put me on the edge of my seat and give me characters I could laugh with, yell at, route for and get lost in. And that is exactly what I found in Exiled.
Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was
supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to
claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to
a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase's birthday, the bloodline
Exiled without the Circle's protection, Chase has spent two years trying to
survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a
frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle's agenda has
changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into
the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can't do it alone, Chase forms a
reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a
secret. (Synopsis from Goodreads).
My Review: 5-Must Devour!!
I first discovered this book while cruising through hundreds of books on my Kindle when I was immediately drawn in by this cover, of a desolate tree with fire and water battling for control of the barren wasteland. And I immediately knew that I had to know this story.
From the minute I picked up Exiled, I was captivated and I instantly fell in love with Chase the stubborn and sarcastic demon hunter who was exiled from the only world he had ever known and robbed of the only thing that he had ever dreamed of being. He is thrown into this world where suddenly he is the hunted and he realizes that things are not always black and white. His beliefs are tested and he begins to question everything he was ever taught.
Everything about this book had me enchanted. From M.R. Merrick's incredible characters-both good and bad, to his descriptions of elemental magic allowing me the chance to imagine what it would feel like to control the elements; to his action sequences and fight scenes that really made you feel like you were a part of the story; and to the unique worlds they all travel. I loved everything about this book and I finished it in a matter of hours.
It has been almost eight months since my original review of Exiled on Amazon. And I knew that before I wrote the review for my blog that I would have to read the book again, in order to give it true justice. I have now read Exiled 4 times!! It is that good! It is one of the few books I recommend to people when they ask me what they should read. Now you just need to take me up on the recommendation and go out and read it!
Here are some links that will help you do just that! It is currently free to borrow for Amazon Prime Members!
Goodreads, M.R. Merrick, Amazon (Exiled), Barnes and Noble, Smashwords
Character Moment:Usually when I do a review of a book I like to include my favorite character moment. That one moment that encompasses everything I love about that character. Of course there are many in this book, in fact entire chapters. However, my true favorite moment I cannot share here because unfortunately it contains spoilers! :( Sad, I know, but I will tell you the location of my favorite character moment so that you can go out and find it yourself.......it is the last paragraph of the book, ebook page 280-281.
But I will include a few of my other favorites...........
"I raised my eyebrows. Were they really talking about how cute I was when I got mad? Talk about taking the wind out of my sail! I wanted to say 'It's not cute, it's very manly!' but I didn't think either of them would appreciate that." (ebook, page 157).
"I ran to the door and pulled it open. I didn't stop for the elevator and hopped the railing without thinking. I soared down until my feet hit the concrete, which made a loud crack as my body made impact. The floor sank lower and the cement cracked in different directions. Dust and small rocks whirled around me and I hadn't realized how high the second floor was until that moment. It surprised even me that I wasn't hurt." (ebook, p. 193-194). *Of course this chapter was one of my absolute favs!