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Exiled February 6, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in 4.5 stars, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy.
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Exiled

by M. R. Merrick

(also available in paperback)

From Goodreads:

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.

This book had everything good. Character development, amazing fantasy, and a fast-paced plot. I loved it!

Chase was an entirely sympathetic and likable character. He wasn’t one of those whiny little teenagers. No! He had spine! Although he made bad decisions, he owned up to them. He admitted his mistakes and short-comings. Something I really came to admire.

Rayna was spunky too. She could hold her own in a fight and then some. Plus, she could charm the pants off of a very ancient vampire. She was also very intriguing with her half-witch and half- demon blood.

I’m not a fan of romance.  So when her interactions with Chase weren’t too romantic and I didn’t have to skim and skip. I was quite relieved. They had a natural relationship.

This book borders on urban fantasy as it touches on the real world but never really enters it. There are mentions of it, but you never really delve into it. I liked that about it.

One action scene after another left me breathless. I never stopped wondering when it would stop. It was so fast-paced, the story seemed to fly by.

I look forward to the next book and I hope I don’t have to wait too long for it! If it’s as good as the first, it promises to be a good one!

4.5 of 5 stars

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