Day 20: Exiled by M.R. Merrick
Summary 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.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I have mixed feelings about Exiled. Initially it frustrated me because the storyline was painfully obvious, I don’t know how the characters didn’t pick up on what was going on but seriously, quite annoyingly staring them in the face. So there was that. Then there is just the cliches such as water vs fire and vampires and their weaknesses (at least their skin wasn’t shiny) which get dull quickly. However, the characters, despite their seemingly overwhelming blindness to the obvious, are quite compelling. Rayna in particular is fantastic, though I do admittedly have a weak spot for the fiesty ones. ^.^ Some of the fight scenes at the end fell short for me as they were a bit predictable as well and I had to fight the urge to skim. Overall though there are enough elements (pardon the pun) that piqued my curiosity to want to read the next book, Shift, and possibly Release after that. The writing is solid and hopefully now that the groundwork has been set up the cliches/obvious plot-lines won’t be needed. I still have high hopes for the series. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 21!