Exiled (The Protector #1) by M.R. Merrick
Young Adult Paranormal
Paperback, 288 pgs.
Published August 27th, 2011 by the author
Source: Gift from the amazing Alexa at Pages of Forbidden Love
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.
There were a couple things that concerned me going into Exiled, it is young adult paranormal and it’s self published. Now I don’t have any problem with either of those things but young adult paranormal has recently started feeling like the same ol’ thing. I love paranormal, but I need it to have some OOMPH, to really stand out. Now there’s nothing wrong with self published but I gotta admit that I’ve read a book or two that could use tighter editing, etc. You just never really know what your going into. I’ve read some fabulous ones and I’ve read some horrible. And good reviews help, but when you see those you trust talking about how much they loved a book then it’s enough to get me to try it. And so I went in with an open mind expecting it to be good but maybe not quite blow me away. I’ll tell you right now, this book blew me away! It is absolutely stunning!
It started fine as we got to know Chase as I felt slight irritation at him and his compulsive ways and his idea that he was right and everyone else is wrong. But Chase began to grow quite quickly because he discovered that he isn’t always right and as a matter of fact everything he thought he knew is in fact quite wrong. And while it takes him a bit to curb his compulsive ways he’s quite determined that he’s not going to let these ‘people’ destroy the world. As soon as Rayna and Chase start working together you see a real connection. Yeah, they snipe at each other, they put each other down, but when it comes down to it, they’ll do whatever it takes to save the other.
This book really had layers to it. When I started the book I liked it, but it wasn’t anything mind blowing. We were introduced little by little by little to the world and the hunters and the powers they wielded. We met some demons, some good and some bad. Then there came another layer where they discovered something that is quite huge and very useful and this wasn’t terribly surprising, I felt like it would come at some point. Then there’s the last bit of the book which I feel is absolutely EPIC which is where they travel to the underworld and this is absolutely fascinating to me. It is like test after test, defeating one thing after another, doing what has to be done to just survive. To make it to what has to be done.
Full of mind blowing action, characters that kick ass and world-building that will rock your world, I highly recommend you pick Exiled up and see for yourself what you’d be missing if you didn’t give it a chance.