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Exiled (The Protector Book 1)

Exiled (The Protector Book 1)

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by M.R. Merrick

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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


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.

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M.R. Merrick
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Protector , #1
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13 Years

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M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, a Young Adult mash-up between Urban and Epic Fantasy. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.

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Exiled 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Y311er More than 1 year ago
I first discovered this book while cruising through hundreds of books on my Kindle when I was immediately drawn in by this cover, of a desolate tree with fire and water battling for control of the barren wasteland. And I immediately knew that I had to know this story. From the minute I picked up Exiled, I was captivated and I instantly fell in love with Chase the stubborn and sarcastic demon hunter who was exiled from the only world he had ever known and robbed of the only thing that he had ever dreamed of being. He is thrown into this world where suddenly he is the hunted and he realizes that things are not always black and white. His beliefs are tested and he begins to question everything he was ever taught.  Everything about this book had me enchanted. From M.R. Merrick's incredible characters-both good and bad, to his descriptions of elemental magic allowing me the chance to imagine what it would feel like to control the elements; to his action sequences and fight scenes that really made you feel like you were a part of the story; and to the unique worlds they all travel. I loved everything about this book and I finished it in a matter of hours.  It has been almost eight months since my original review of Exiled on Amazon. And I knew that before I wrote the review for my blog that I would have to read the book again, in order to give it true justice. I have now read Exiled 4 times!! It is that good! It is one of the few books I recommend to people when they ask me what they should read. Now you just need to take me up on the recommendation and go out and read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The basic idea for the story isn't bad but that's about all it has going for it. The plot and characters are overly simplified and the action is over the top and uninteresting the whole thing appears to be a work of self gratification for the author. There are no twists or turns and you will be stuck either guessing what happens next or wondering if you care enough to keep reading. With some work on the description and added depth to both the characters and the back story this could be an OK novel but hey at least it was free. (Saying all this I MIGHT be able to see preteens enjoying it but be warned there is blood and violence)
SarahSpann More than 1 year ago
A noteworthy debut from an exciting new author! Exiled captured my imagination with vivid imagery, high action and a well-written uniquely captivating storyline. M.R. Merrick made me care about the characters with whom I became invested. The characters are well developed and compelling. (I fell in love with Willy, and I'm sure you will too!) He manages to integrate vampires (and more!) into the story without being obnoxious, which is a seemingly rare feat these days. Most books I come across which mix in vampires leave me rolling my eyes, but alas...not one single eye roll here. Kudos. M.R. Merrick's voice is delightful. His descriptions are beautiful and the way he paints the details really brings the story to life. As I reached the last page I had a tear or two in my eyes, and a ball of disappointment forming in my stomach because I didn't want it to be over. I await the next book in the series with bated breath.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terribe. It reads like it was written by a particularly ungifted 15 year old. The protagonist is nothing short of a moron; he perpetually "almost" wins his battles until he stops to exchange glances with an associate and, yup, once again winds up unconscious and tied to a chair, where he will then engage in lengthy and unnecessary verbal exchanges with his captors until he finally bores them into making a mistake. Naturally, the villains are all just as dumb as he is. He gains great powers but inevitably never bothers to use them until it is almost too late ... every. single. frickin'. time. Man, does that get old. The premise is a good one. It's a real shame it is so poorly implemented.
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Sedition More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written. Little bit of everything in there and well blended. Melee,Magic,Demons,Monsters,Passion. Like I said..very well blended book!
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Good story. Could have stood more depth to the worlds, but good enough to hold my interest to the satisfying ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With absolutely no true literary credentials other than my fairly useless English degree, I think M.R.Merrick has aced all all the necessary requirements of creating a most excellent and unique novel. I cannot not wait to immerse myself into Rayna's and Chase's next ad venture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Annoying at times but, good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stats: 600+ nook pages. Urban fanstasy. A young man exiled for being different must find a new path and purpose. Some typos. I stopped halfway through because the book was a little too YA seeming and predictible. I think if you liked Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, you'd like this slightly more mature version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
619 nook pages. Just WOW! What a great book. I tend to not read fantasy books taking place on earth in modern times. I accidently got this one. Vampires, demons, were-animals, warlocks, and many things they just dont have a name for. All revolving around an exiled hunter. This is a five star book, that genre jumps. All lovers or fantasy fiction will adore this. I have never said this about a book before, but this would be a great movie, and could be the next "Twilight" type of movies, without all the lovestruck teenage girls.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Exiled by M.R. Merrick was amazing!  The world, the characters, the storyline…OMG everything about it grabbed my attention, held it, and had me crying out for more!  Why, oh why did I wait so long to start this series? Chase Williams had been training his whole life for the one moment he and his father have been looking forward to…his 15th birthday where he can officially become Hunter.  To become a part of the Circle and hunt the Underworlders and keep his world safe. Unfortunately, when he enters the circle to claim his elemental power…nothing happens!  Obviously, Chase is not a happy camper, but none is more unhappy with this outcome than his father, Riley.  And how does dear ol’ dad take the news?  He banishes his son from the Circle, and all that it encompasses.  But wait!  That’s not all folks.  He also banishes his wife! *le gasp* Why?  Because to his twisted mind, the only “obvious” reason being that she had cheated on Riley and that Chase is no son of his. And so, both Chase and his mother must now learn to live among humans and leave the life that they’ve know.  But don’t think that life gets easier for Chase.  Au contraire!  The Underworlders are hunting him down because he is the son of Riley Williams, and by killing him that would in turn would affect one of the most famous Hunters in history.  Pffft, yeah right. As if life couldn’t get any more complicated, during an altercation with a group of demons, Chase gets some help from Rayna, a half-breed (half demon/half hunter) and a Hunter that all have thought was long gone.  But what other secrets will Chase uncover, and will he learn to trust Rayna who is everything he was trained to kill. Ok, first of all…Demon Hunter!  Love stories involving demon hunters.  And author, M.R. Merrick’s Exiled is easily among the top of the list for epic Demon Hunters.  The world created is one that will not easily be forgotten, but where one can easily immerse themselves into completely. From the very opening pages to the very end, I lived and breathed everything Exiled.  I couldn’t tear myself away from the story that was unfolding before my eyes.  The characters found in this story are ones that readers alike will fall in love with and addictively follow.   The strong and powerful vampire, Vincent, for example is one that captivated me.  He is known to be the most powerful vamp in town…one that all Underworlders know not to cross, and yet his endearing moments involving Rayna had me falling for this bad boy.  I am, so, in need of more of him! M.R. Merrick’s writing style is easy to follow, and the various plot twists and turns were done to perfection.  The action scenes described were superbly done, and had me completely feeling as though I were right there on the streets and in the scenes with our fearless heroes. Exiled is an addictive ride that had me on edge throughout the entire read.  Fans of The Mortal Instruments and Buffy the Vampire Slayer will completely devour this story, and will instantly run out to grab the second installment to this series, Shift.  Read, love it, and fan girl with me!
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
<i>The Protector Series</i> begins by throwing readers right into the action, as do the rest of the books in the series.  If you're looking for a lot of action, mayhem, and battle mixed together with elemental magical and the fate of the world falling on one teenager's shoulders, look no further because you've found your series! Chase grew up his entire life knowing he was a Hunter, destined to purge the world of demon scum.  On his fifteenth birthday, when he's expecting to come into his elemental power and join the Circle as a full-fledged member, he's stunned to find out that he's barren.  Shunned from the Circle and disowned by his own father, Chase and his mother flee into exile.  They've been in hiding for two years and Chase fights the demons he comes across, but a chance encounter with Rayna, a girl of mixed-blood changes everything.  Suddenly up is down, and Chase begins to realize that not all demons are evil creatures that need demolishing.  Not only that, the Circle is set on opening a portal that will bring Hell to Earth, and only by banding together with those Chase was brought up to distrust can stop them. One great thing about the series is that even the &quot;Save the World&quot; storyline doesn't take place to the &quot;overpowering romance&quot; of two (or sometimes three, if you're reading a book with a triangle) starcrossed lovers.  I don't know about you, but I'm so sick of seeing that in so much of the YA currently out there.  There should be a strong balance between the two, especially in fantasy, and M.R. Merrick doesn't disappoint, creating just the right blend throughout the series. Chase grows so much as a character, and is put through trials and horrors no human being should have to encounter.  He is truly destined to become a hero despite the sacrifices along the way.  In a way, Chase reminds me of Buffy, because he pulls together a core group of people, works with his enemies, and attempts to save the world from destruction and mayhem, sacrificing so much of himself along the way in order to save the greater good.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
After spending his whole life trying to please his father, training to be a demon hunter, what he was born to do, Chase Williams finds himself an outcast along with his mother, abandoned by his father, the Circle, and all that he knew, forced into a life on the outside, just trying to survive.  Each day holds its own challenge.  After all, when you are the famous Riley Williams' son, every demon in the world is after you.  It is during one of these &quot;attacks&quot; that Chase meets Rayna and Marcus, an encounter that changes everything.  Marcus is also a Hunter, and a very powerful one, who doesn't hold the same beliefs as the Circle, and helps to open Chase's eyes to a whole new way of thinking.  Rayna is half demon and half hunter, beautiful, tough, and challenges everything that Chase has ever known.  These unlikely allies soon find that their coming together was much more than happenstance, and that it will take them working together to stop the evil that has already begun to be unleashed. The story is told from Chase's point of view, and let me just say that I love Chase.  He turns out to be quite the hero, but not a perfect one by any means.  He screws up, gets knocked down, but gets back up and kicks more evil butt again.  I especially love Rayna.  I think her character is just awesome.  She is a total badass and one awesome heroine.  Willy is another one of my favorite characters.  He also plays a big role in helping Chase to realize that things aren't always black and white.  As for the story.  M.R. Merrick's has created a fantasy filled world with all kinds of supernatural creatures that is imaginative, adventurous, and entertaining.   I was extremely impressed with the quality of Merrick's writing.  It is very professional, and it was hard to believe that this was his debut novel.  The book had the feel of a little bit of Mortal Instruments and Lord of the Rings mixed together with a little bit of underlying romance, which was icing on the cake.  I thoroughly enjoyed Exiled, and if you are an urban fantasy fan (and even if you're not), you should definitely check Exiled out.  
Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
Fantastic World That Captures You Right From The Beginning To Keep You To The End! HOLY EXILED! I have never ever read a book so intense where it had me all over the place. Lord I must have looked like a lunatic yelling at my kindle. M.R. Merrick has crafted and created a world that is so intriguing that I could not get enough. In Exiled we meet Chase Williams who is a demon hunter. On his 15 birthday he is to step up to the alter and gain his powers. Only when he turns 15 and steps up to the alter he does not receive his powers. At first he is not sure if he has done something wrong but he soon finds out that he the demons have a plan to bring forth their strongest demons to rule the world. Soon Chase has to figure out how to stop them but he is not sure how to do that so he turns to this one person who he thinks can help him out. He turns to a witch named Rayna and he believes with Rayna's help he will be able to stop the demons. As Chase and Rayna try and figure out what to about the demons Chase finds out that someone close to him someone he is supposed to trust is betraying him.So not only does he have to worry about pure blood demons but he has to watch his back for a person in his circle. Will he be able to defeat the demons in time to make sure the portal stays closed or will he have to fight the demons with no power? Will Rayna be able to help him stop the demons from coming in? Want to know all the answers to these questions well your going to have to read the book. This is the beginning of an EPIC series.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Exiled at the young age of 15, along with his mother, Chase Williams still fights evil and demons. Being a Hunter runs through Chase's blood even though the Circle no longer wants him. So when he comes across a new kind of demon he has never before experienced and a Hunter he thought to have died long ago, Chase begins to question he upbringing. Is the Circle really who they say they are? And can Chase change his way of thinking when it comes to demons and actually help them? Not one for being a huge fan of male POV&rsquo;s, I found I really liked Chase. I guess it doesn&rsquo;t hurt that the author is male and knows how to write one. And yes, he even writes a great female character in Rayna&hellip;loved that feisty chick. She is a very complex character and I think that is why I loved her so. You never know what you will get out of her from one moment to the next. Lots, and I mean LOTS, of fighting and action happens in this book. Merrick gives us an action packed read that keeps the reader&rsquo;s interest piqued and entertained. There is so much happening at every turn and never a dull moment to be found. What I did miss in the story though was there was no romance. Yeah there were hints and of course there was the obvious tension between Chase and Rayna, but come on Merrick!! I need me some romance, some lip-biting-make-me-swoon romance in my reads. So keep that in mind Merrick. Capiche? I really think those who loved The Mortal Instrument series will like this one. Even though these are not angels fighting demons, the circumstances are the similar. Trust me, it is a must read. I mean, for someone&rsquo;s debut book, Merrick did a fantastic job. Guys and gals alike will enjoy this book&hellip;and I definitely recommend it. I will soon be moving on to book 2, Shift. So I look forward to seeing what happens next with Chase and his motley crew.
JoeVampire More than 1 year ago
In EXILED, the fantastic debut novel by M.R. Merrick, the world is introduced to Chase Williams, a demon hunter cast-out whose powers failed to emerge on schedule. Nonetheless, Chase is a badass when it comes to protecting himself and his mother from the forces of evil that seem to descend upon them with greater regularity. After realizing that he does indeed possess powers - and discovering a conspiracy that would unleash ultimate evil upon the world - his destiny is thrust upon him, and well before he's able to control his magic. He has no choice; the fate of his loved ones rests in his hands. Mr. Merrick crafts a compelling world where demons, witches,shapeshifters and vampires co-mingle in a tenuous accord. Even the most supernatural of his characters are flawed and &quot;human&quot;, struggling with their capabilities and their motivations. Filled with memorable players and packed with magic, EXILED is a fantastic first act in what promises to be a vivid fantasy series.
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
Darn you, Mr. Merrick! You have caused me to go on an emotional roller coaster! Chase and Rayna are now among some of my favorite characters. They both have so much depth to their emotions. Chase is stubborn and set in his ways, until he encounter with Rayna. He seems to take the new information about the Circle pretty well. There are times when he struggles with what he's known, and the new developments. My one peeve about Chase is that he continuously doubts himself. Rayna is awesome! She's strong, witty, and self-assured. She's a female character I would be happy to have my daughter look up to. The supporting characters weren't lacking either. Some played minor roles, but you could still spot their significance to the plot. Willy is one of my faves. For a half demon, he's harmless. He's got a fear of many things, especially Vincent, the head of the local vampire coven. I hope to find out why Willy initially drew Vincent's attention. The storyline wasn't paced too fast or slow. All events lead to the battle toward the end. With each situation Chase and Rayna are put in, Chase learns from his mistakes and more about himself. This is one of the reasons I love his character. Exiled is a story of loss, betrayal and grief; but also joy and how to find happiness in every day. Definitely grab the tissues though.
Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
Exiled is a compelling YA Fantasy read that is filled with fast-paced action and characters with clear motives. The novel has been carefully crafted and is very appropriate for its intended YA audience. The characters really drive Exiled forward. The main protagonist, Chase, and the character Rayna, alongside a range of additional minor characters provide an array of colorful characters with many different personalities. Rayna in particular provided a lovely level of wit and sarcasm, and Chase's reactions to the situations that he found himself in, in addition to his reaction to Rayna were believable and often amusing. It was easy to cheer for the characters and want them to succeed. This is a testimony to M.R Merrick's style and craft. The book is clearly a very powerful start to a superb series an impressive 4.5 rockin' fairies!