Monday, August 8, 2011

Exiled - By M.R. Merrick

Author: 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.

Plot: Chase has been exiled from The Circle, and now he's trying to survive and provide for his mom & him. While fighting his nightly demon, he suddenly runs into a long lost Hunter from The Circle. As secrets are reveled to Chase, the world he thought he lived in turns upside down. He's now making bargains with vampires, facing full blood demons, and traveling to mystical lands he thought were unreachable. Facing a journey he once would have called impossible, Chase opens his eyes to see the corruption that was right in front of him for so many years.

Characters: All of the characters extremely well rounded and thought out! Their quirks, imperfections and defining characteristics fit each one of them to a T.
 I was able to instantly feel for Chase and all the heart ache he's been through. Though he's fighting and killing demons to survive, the second Rayna barges into his life those instincts are challenged to the fullest. Rayna is a bad ass, "I don't take shit from ANYONE", kind of girl. I love her! She can hold her own, plus the fact that she is so mixed when it comes to her paranormal background, I found myself surprised at every turn with her. One of my favorite characters in the whole book was Willy. He's a stuttering demon with a knack for attracting trouble, and is always there for Chase, even when he doesn't want to be. Their friendship starts out with a bang, and only gets better throughout the book.

Overall: LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! M.R. seriously has a way of describing Chase's surroundings with out being vague or overdone. Here's a quote for example:

"The torrent's wings pumped until the ground beneath us looked like a patchwork of terrain: green, red and blue fields of grass, grey mountains, and the odd splash of purple lakes and streams."

The journeys that are taken in Exiled are amazing, because in such a short amount of time you are introduced to multiple worlds, characters and see Chase face an ungodly amount of challenges. But it never seems like it's too much, or comes off overwhelming. The pace of the book reminds me a lot of Julie Kagawa's, The Iron Fey Series. Simply because it instantly sucks you in, drags you everywhere under the sun, then leaves you begging for more!


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