21 June 2013

Review: Exiled by M.R. Merrick

Exiled (The Protector #1) by M.R. Merrick

Published: 28 June 2011

Pages: 264 (paperback)

Genre/s: YA, Fantasy

Source: Own library

Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts

Fantasy is not my genre - I love a good zombie and the occassional vampire or werewolf, but demons and warlocks and trolls aren't really my thing.   I'm not sure quite WHY, but we've just never really clicked.  But The Protector series is one that I've heard loads about, and it sounded pretty damn good so once again it was time to step out of the comfort zone and try something different.

Exiled opens with the shocker of Chase being thrown out of the Circle for not having any magic despite his impressive family bloodline, and learning pretty damn quickly to survive in a world where demons are constantly trying to kill him, without the help of magic.

I really liked Chase -  he's stubborn and handy with a dagger, but also shows incredibly loyalty to the people that are important to him, and with a smart-ass attitude he is just the kind of character I enjoy meeting in the pages of a book.  There are a cast of other characters, both goodies and baddies, and all of them are well-rounded, memorable and unique.  And unlike many other fantasy novels, there is something for everyone - vampires, witches and trolls compete and work together throughout the story.

Exiled runs at a pretty fast pace - there are very few periods of downtime, and those scenes that are a little slower are vital to the plot, so it's a fast and furious read.  There are frantic, scary fight scenes and more than a little bit of magic to keep even the most die-hard fantasy fan happy.  

And those trolls and warlocks?  Well I may have to rethink my stance on that - M.R. Merrick has created a fantasy world that isn't overwhelmingly extreme, yet is imaginative, fun and scary all at the same time.  I'm really looking forward to reading more of this series.

2 comments:

  1. I keep seeing this one around as well and hearing that it is a must read indie! Great review!

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  2. I really enjoyed Exiled! Plus Matt is a great guy and I love helping him promote his stuff when I get the chance. I definitely need to read the rest of the series though. I'm happy you decided to step outside your comfort zone and give it a try!

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