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.
- Paperback | 264 pages
- 140 x 216 x 14mm | 308g
- 12 Apr 2012
- M.R. Merrick
- United Kingdom
About M R Merrick
M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector series, a young adult mash-up between urban and epic fantasy. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.
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Let me first say, that I was barely HALFWAY through this book and I was already itching to come on here and write a review. But no, I was a good girl, I practiced resistance, and I saved you all from a HUGE fangirl explosion of 1000 exclamation marks placed after every sentence, and the complete overuse of the words AMAZING, ASTOUNDING, and SPECTACULAR. Really, I could go on for a few hours here.......!!!!!! (There they are, I had to). I'm sure I've mentioned it a few times already, but if not, let me mention it once more: Neil Gaiman is pretty much my literary GOD in the world of fantasy/sci-fi. NO one else has been able to match his writing abilities in my eyes, and I was convinced that no one ever would. Then Mr. Merrick happened, and Exhiled happened, and I am highly convinced that I have just found my 2nd favourite Fantasy writer of all time. I believe that he has the great potential to get to where Gaiman is, and I am officially a HUGE fan. Okay okay, I've rambled. Time to review: I.LOVED.THIS.BOOK. I can't remember the last time I've given a book 5 stars, I truly can't. This book was reminiscent of SO many great things for me: Buffy, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, a whole SLEW of fairy tales from my youth. But instead of it reading like copycat content, I felt like it mostly encompassed the very best elements, essences, and feelings of all of those sources-I was enthralled, I was interested, I was completely and utterly absorbed in the storyline. Which made my very soul SO happy-I've been reading some pretty horrible paranormal/fantasy lately. There is such a potential to come off as completely corny and over the top in this genre, and I think Merrick handled it like a PRO. There is definitely a need for more MALE YA writers of his talent. Merrick's writing style flowed effortlessly-the dialogue was well placed, witty, and just long enough. The use of descriptive imagery in scenes is SO important to me. I 'm a visual learner at heart, and when it comes to books, I love nothing more than being able to picture in my head exactly what's unfolding. This book made that extremely easy-I was never confused, nor did I have to re-read passages more than once to figure out what the crap just happened. The worlds created in Exhiled had to be one of my ultimate favourite things, aside from the characters. I LOVED that the author switched it up near the end, and we were introduced to the world of Drakar-oh my goodness, DON'T even get my started on the genius, fantastical imagery and characters that made up this world. I was COMPLETELY enamored. The characters. OH the characters. I don't think it could get much better than the set of amazing personalities that Merrick created in this book. Chase wasn't your typical, brooding, "I'm so hot, SWOON for me" male lead. Rayna was cocky, yes, but you instantly knew there was more to her than that (she kind of reminded me of the vampire Jody from Christopher Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends-whom I ADORED). It is SO refreshing to read a fantasy/paranormal book that doesn't involve "insta-love"-a theme which seems to occupy EVERY YA book these days. The relationship between Chase and Rayna was comfortable and entertaining-I loved their banter, and thought they developed separately, and as a team, at just the perfect pace. The secondary characters were brilliant. I adored Willy and Tikki, and I can't WAIT to read more from them in the 2nd and 3rd installments. Their characteristics really helped make this book stand out for me-I could picture them perfectly in my mind, and I find myself missing reading about them already. I also thought the villains were VERY well developed, and weren't over the top in ways that just annoyed me, instead of propelling the story forward. The conclusion of this book was perfect. It wrapped up the entire storyline beautifully, but with just the right amount of cliffhanger. It was like an episode of your favourite TV show-you already KNOW you're going to tune in the next week. As I am DEFINITELY going to be picking up books 2 and 3 in this series. A COMPLETE winner in my books, and an outstanding debut for M.R.Merrick. Bravo!!show moreby Reeka
Source: Purchased eBook My Summary: Chase was supposed to celebrate his fifteenth birthday by claiming his elemental magic, but the ceremony brought no such power. And the only celebration was his father leading the circle in exiling him to live with the rest of the mortals. Too bad the demons didn't get the memo because they still seem to think he's a hunter worthy of death. Fighting to survive since that birthday, Chase is now facing his eighteenth birthday. This time, it's the impossible truths about the circles real plans that are unnerving his life. But with proof all around him, Chase has no choice but to join the half-demon Rayne and try to stop them. The problem is, how can they possible win against....? My Thoughts: 4 stars - a great read This book is from Chase's POV and I absolutely loved that! I've really been drawn to the male POV lately, not sure why. I do know that Chase's voice rings very authentic and male. Could be the male author but he really sounded like a guy. I so enjoyed his thought process. He made some whopper poor decisions and I could so see that jump in and think later mentality that is common among young men. Did I just insult guys? Well I didn't mean to if I did. I just see it so much as a teacher and it's just the way it is. What I'm trying to say is that Chase is a real guy. He made mistakes. His ego got in the way. He picked himself up and tried again. He is also this kickbutt fighter that I was cheering for. And he learned a few things, not everything mind you - well there' s hope for the sequel right? I kept comparing him to a younger Jace (The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare). Chase has some of the same snarky comments, the same kickbutt skills, and I think he's cute - oh I should come up with a different word there cause Chase doesn't really like the idea of cute. See he does seem a little like Jace! I wasn't as drawn to Rayne. I think it might be because she isn't in as much of the book as Chase is. I did like the way she dished it out to Chase when she was around. She broke his nose the first time they met - yeah that's my girl! The fact that they actually became friends after that kinda tells you how it is between them. Oh I got some pretty clear hints that she likes Chase. Now Chase likes her too but he's in that male cluelessness stage of things. I can hope for the sequel, right!? I will admit that the story wasn't perfect. But I loved these characters so much that I overlooked a few things. What's an editing error when you have Chase being snarky? The story zipped along a roller coaster track diving from urban fantasy to epic fantasy and back again. Enjoyed that ride for sure. Some of the clues that the author left I figured out and some I didn't - just the way I like it. Best of all, my mind was still thinking things over well after I finished the book. Must move the sequel quickly up the TBR list! The end had me crying. No cliffhanger or anything like that. It was just sad. Chase doesn't get a pass on anything. Guess that's what makes him Chase, but a girl can cry for him anyway. If you like a charismatic hero's that make mistakes and still kicks butt, then you should so pick up Exiled. And hold on for the ride!show moreby Valerie Fink