Friday, December 14, 2012

Review: Exiled by M.R. Merrick

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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



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Action-packed, great flow, and a male POV that pushes this book to the Urban Fantasy limits. Exiled won't disappoint, as a young boy journey's to become a man and learns that true friendship may just come in the form of an unlikely enemy.

Urban Fantasy is a genre I really enjoy reading, so when I heard of Exiled, and found out it not only was a UF, but a UF/YA written from a male pov. I was more than ready to read it.

Chase the male pov. is a Demon Hunter exiled by his dad, from the "Circle" because of his failure to show elemental powers. Chase and his mother must live outside of the Circle's protection, and fend for themselves.
Chase is a pretty good demon hunter, even with his lack of elemental power he still is able to take down the worst of the worst in the demon world, until one day he meets his match and seems doomed, but to the rescue comes an unlikely heroine and Chase learns that labels are just that-labels, and maybe learning to trust someone who seems to be his worst enemy turns out to be the best learning experience for him.

A journey unfolds and now Chase must team up with this unlikely heroine, whom just may prove their worth, and turn out to be a lot more than he bargained for. The ending is action at it's finest and filled with heartfelt emotion, and I felt was the best part of the book, as Chase faces the ultimate "demon", and proves he's not so weak, after all!

The author did a great job with this book. Not only did he manage to hold my attention, but he managed to draw elaborate scenes, and  creatures in my mind.

This book is, not only for adults, but it's especially a great book for YA males, since many of today's YA reads seemed geared to the female persuasion. Vampires, Demons, action induced scenes makes this an adventurous start to this series, and I look forward to the next book in Chase's journey of good verses evil.



  1. Wasnt this awesome? I really enjoyed it too and I totally haven't read the sequel and I'm so late on that loop! >.< Glad that you enjoyed it, too! I agree the imagery and the world building were great!

  2. I love this series!! I am almost done with Release now and seriously, each book gets better and better! Matt is fabulous at the visual imagery and world building and I love the characters!!!

  3. I have this in my tbr pile and you've made me very excited to read it. I love the male pov and am delighted you enjoyed it so much.

  4. I loved this book too! I really loved the combination of so many different paranormal aspects! Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  5. You are right that many of the YA novels are geared towards a female reading audience. This sounds like it has a stronger story-line than many of the YA that are out there as well. Thanks for your thoughts. I would definitely give this one a try.