Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Exiled

Exiled by J.R. Wagner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Fantasy Reading Level: Young Adult

Disclosure: I received a free ebook ARC from JKS Communications (the author’s publicist) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: James has never known an ordinary life. As long as he can remember, he and his family have been on the run—moving from place to place, never settling down, never growing roots. Now, just when he’s on the brink of manhood, the very thing his family has been trying to prevent tears him from all he has ever known and thrusts him into a place where he is powerless and alone. 

Bent on finding a way back, James must brave a place reserved for the worst of his kind. He quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants and if he is to have any chance of returning, he must work with the very people he’s been raised to fear.

James has known magic since just after he was born. As a sorcerer, his skills are exceptional yet when he wakes in The Never, his abilities are gone. Armed with nothing but determination and the will to survive, he braves a land wrought with dangers, mysteries and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind and prevent escape forever.

My Thoughts: This is book 1 in the Never Chronicles. It was released just this past week, although I’ve had a copy for a couple months now, which I had hoped to read before now; I just got bogged down.

Wow... just, simply … wow - I literally said that when I finished this book. The Never is a super-cool place. James is a very interesting boy, and the world of the faithful is a very interesting world. It is highly complex. This story is primarily giving us background – telling us about the magic users, showing us how James grew up, and his adventures in the Never. I’m not sure how many books will be in this series, but it is a series for which I will definitely be watching. Wagner is a talented story-teller, and I was captivated by this book. I think most people who enjoyed stories like the Chronicles of Prydain, the Harry Potter books, and even the tales of Narnia should enjoy this wonderful new fantasy adventure. Check it out - I highly recommend it!

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