Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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

Title: Exiled
Series: The Protector, #1
Author: M.R. Merrick
Category: Paranormal/ Fantasy
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 Review: 

Exiled is a series I was very excited to start. And when that happens I try not to put too much on the book, just in case, to not get my hopes up. Now, was Exiled, the first book in the protector series, a book that got my hopes up and wasn’t what I thought it would be? It wasn’t. I really enjoyed Exiled.  It was pretty much all the awesome I thought it would be, though, in honesty, I did feel like it could have been a bit more awesome.

Exiled is an action packed, demon slaying, element wielding kind of book. It had a great mixture of so many different supernatural elements thrown in, that it was a book that stands out in a way.  It is hard to find a book that stands out, and though Exiled doesn't stand out too much, it is an interesting world to get lost in. I loved all the elements that Merrick wove into his story. And boy, do I wish I picked up this baby sooner!!

“You know, you're like a walking magnet for weird shit, Chase.” 

In Exiled, you are in Chase Williams' head, and let me just say, I thoroughly loved reading the book from his cocky, and a bit arrogant, viewpoint. It’s always refreshing to read from a male’s POV, and that is what Chase is, refreshing.  As I stated before, he is an interesting, cocking and arrogant character, but that is Chase’s charm. You get to really see and experience his world, his problems and his development through his eyes. And seeing his world was amazing. With all the problems Chase faced in Exiled, I say he is a very strong character and I cannot wait to see where he will go.

Another character that was as kick-ass as Chase would have to be the half demon *drum roll* Rayna! Man, that girl is tough, and I loved every second her and Chase bumped heads! It could get a bit intense!  Like Chase, when reading Exiled, you get to see Rayna’s character, and who she is. See the trouble, pain and suffering she has to endure.  Now, where Chase is arrogant and sometimes acts before he thinks, Rayna is the opposite. She, in a way, balances him out. And getting to see her grow, too, was pretty darn amazing.

Though, Rayna and Chase are amazing characters, every character in Exiled is unique. Merrick did pretty amazing creating the characters within the circle, outside the circle and in the other dimensions that Chase and Rayna travel to.  

“Chase, the first thing you need to know is that you don't know anything.” 

With a great round up of characters, you also have a world that is very interesting in Exiled. You have a secret society, built on old traditions. You then have the underworld, with many other dimensions thrown in. Not only that, but you have an array of supernatural creatures and powers to add a bang to the story.  And, well, it’s pretty much amazing.  With the wielding of elements, going to be honest, got a very Avatar: the Last Airbender (yeah I loved that show, not the movie, the show) feel going on, with the ability the Circle, or the hunters, are able to control. Nothing wrong with that, but even with that feeling, I enjoyed it.  Then you have the creatures of Exiled, and boy, they were something else. Very creepy!

Let's not forget the trouble that brews in Exiled. In Chase's world, he thought, in a way, it was all black and white. But then, he is thrown into something he cannot believe. I like that Merrick challenged the main characters view point on demons and the society he is suppose to be helping. It creates a good conflict for Chase to overcome. 

The only complaint I have is that at times, I felt the book was too fast paced and was skipping out on details that, as a reader, I would love to have. Not saying the book wasn't great paced, with detail that fully immersed me into that world, it was just at points in the book it felt like there should have been more detail and a slower pacing.

With the trails Chase has to face, to the challenges that are presented to him and Rayna, Exiled was an action filled, and bad ass element wielding book. So, if you enjoy those components, give this one a try. I enjoyed it, and I can’t wait till I get the next book in my hands!


  1. I've heard so many, many great things about Chase and Rayna!!
    So many wonderful bloggers I know love this series and I totally have to get on board! I keep telling myself to pick it up and then months go by and I still haven't read it!
    Loved your review, my sweet! I will absolutely get around to reading this one day!! =D

    1. Oh, you must definitely give this book a try! I adored Chase and especially Rayna, she's an awesome chick!!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my review *hugs*

  2. I loved being in Chase's head too! Simply because it is different and refreshing! I also absolutely adore Rayna. She is probably my favorite character of the whole series. Well her and Vincent.. yeah I know I'm weird but Vincent is darkly charming. Great review Magen!

    1. I did, too!! He's pretty awesome!! Rayna is kick ass!! Vincent was okay, kinda was weird hahahaha!! He does have dark charm, that's for sure!!

      Thanks for stopping by Teresa!!!

  3. I could do with some cocky and arrogant in the right does, so I think I would enjoy being in Chase's head for the story
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  4. Great review! I have been seeing this book around so much and have been curious about it. Chase and Rayna sound great! Especially Rayna, I love a kick ass character. It definitely sounds good and I think I might give this a try.

  5. I am beyond happy that you loved this one! It's such a refreshing YA book, doesn't hit on all the cliche's and is still exciting. Loved it!


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