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{July 17, 2011}   {Review} Exiled by M.R. Merrick

From Goodreads:  Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. Failing to develop any elemental magic on his fifteenth birthday left him exiled in a world full of half-demons, and no hunters to protect him.

When Chase discovers the Circle’s plan to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world, he vows to stop them. Knowing he can’t do it alone however, he accepts help from Rayna, a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.

As the pair attempt to stop the Circle, Chase realizes working with a demon is only half the battle. When they find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, it leaves one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it.

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Merrick’s debut novel, Exiled, captives the reader through beautiful characterization and a fast paced, action packed story.  Completely original, Merrick has created a unique world beneath the surface of everyday life in which demons, hunters, vampires, goblins, and the like, thrive.  Cast out of his home within the Circle, Chase Williams must learn that not everyone is what they seem, and that he can’t believe everything he’s told.  Faced with the realization that he may have been mislead in his previous assumptions, Chase embarks on a highly dangerous quest for truth and, ultimately, to save the world.

I really enjoyed this story!  Merrick is a wonderful writer; his characters are extremely well developed and real and, by the end of the novel, I truly felt like I knew them.  I especially enjoyed Chase and his inner struggle to do what is right, and though he makes multiple mistakes in this coming-of-age novel, he continually learns and endears himself to the reader’s heart.

The concept behind the story, including the demon hunter Circle and the underworld, was very well thought out and, of course, very well written.  Merrick had my attention from the very first page to the last, and I read the novel in one sitting; it was that good.  I enjoyed that, while I had inklings of what was to come, Merrick kept me guessing as I read this thrilling tale, and I cannot wait for the sequel.  I highly suggest everyone read this wonderful story!  Five stars.

5 stars

To read how M.R. Merrick came up with this phenomenal series, click HERE.

Check out the whole series:

Exiled (#1)

Shift (#2)

Release (#3)

Endure (#4)

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Denise Z says:

The stars take the day. Thank you for sharing your review with us today and confirming my thoughts that Exiled is a great read!



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