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 stopped.
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. In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it.
Okay. I am really nervous about writing this review, because I want to do this book justice. It was sooo good. And the author. Because he is seriously one of the nicest guys around. Exiled is a very special book, and because it was written by someone I know and am familiar with, I was completely worried. I mean, wouldn’t that suck if I didn’t like it? Especially since I asked to review it. I believe this may be the first book I actually asked to review, although I am not entirely sure. Either way, it didn’t matter. This book was just…I am speechless.
I could talk to you about the plot (epic!), or the characters (so well-developed it was insane), or the world-building (which was fantastic, vivid, and full of outstanding imagery), but I’m not going to do that, because although I could make this a technical review, I really don’t want to. Just trust me when I say it is all there. I would much rather talk about how the book made me feel.
Exiled is one of those books with a story you can just lose yourself in. Forget the world around you, forget your problems, and just focus on the words. It’s not always easy to do, but in this case it was. This was easily one of the best books I read this year and I can’t wait for my blog readers, and other lovers of books to get their hands on it and experience it for themselves. It takes a lot for me personally to rave about a book, and this book did it all for me. There is literally nothing for me to complain about or critique, because if I had edited it, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
It was truly an adventure in every sense of the word. I took the ride with the characters. And believe me, I didn’t want to. Chase was a miserable jerk in the beginning. But he went on a personal journey throughout this book and by the end he had been through so much that it changed him as a person. And my opinion of him changed as I continued to read. This is something that should be a part of every book I read, but is rarely ever there. The author nailed it. There was conflict, there was tension. Even the side characters were thoroughly plotted out. But whatever. I said it wasn’t going to be a technical review and there I go again. It is in my blood I guess.
Anyway, it had all the elements that make a story truly great. I think this is only the beginning of good things to come for M.R. Merrick. If his writing is any indication, he will have one heck of a ride ahead of him. Read it, Read it, Read it! It has my seal of approval and then some.
Be sure and visit the blog tomorrow for a very special interview with the author and an epic giveaway. We are giving away one paperback copy of Exiled and two e-copies! Come back tomorrow and enter!
In the meantime, if you don’t want to wait, here is the link to buy from Amazon: Exiled (Volume 1).
And here is the link to the author’s website: http://matthew-merrick.blogspot.com/