Author: M.R. Merrick
Publication: April 12th 2012 by M.R. Merrick
Received: Bought on Kindle
Rating: 3 of 5
Blurb: 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.
My thoughts: If Cassie Clare and Jennifer L Armentrout had a baby, it would be Exiled. Hunters/Shadowhunters, Circle/Clave, Underworlders/Downworlders, Chase/Jace, armies with black and white wings/Shadowhunters are nephilim, etc. etc.
Unfortunately, the more I read, the more similarities there were. Chase begins in the middle of a rite of passage, he’s going to learn what his element is and will become a full Hunter. Instead, he shows no ability which leads his father to exile both him and his mother (the mother for apparently cheating) Three years later Chase is still being hunted by demons because his father is a big shot in the Circle. Through these battles Chase finds Rayna and Marcus, and learns that there are demons but not all of them are bad. There are some who are in fact part human and part demon. (sound familiar?) So Chase has to get over his “kill all demons” regiment and learn from Marcus and Rayna. He ends up negotiating with underworlders, and uncovering a dark secret, the Circle is corrupt. They’re keeping some demons alive and gaining info off of them and they’re planning to raise the God who created the Hunters to gain more power. (Again, sounding familiar? All we need is a cup, a sword and a lake.)
The original elements come in the relationship between Chase and his mother which is quite tender. The elemental abilities are a nice touch, Chase finds out that he’s been marked by the Gods and that he has the elemental power of fire.
The book ends on an intense point, Chase facing off with his Dad, his mother getting involved in the fray, Marcus and Rayna escaping. They’re also in a volcano at the end, and there are no words. If you know me you’ll know why the volcano thing bugs me. If not, go read Flame of Surrender and I think you’ll entirely understand.
Anyway, regardless of the cloning features, I found Chase brave, boyish and typical. I liked Rayna for her quips and clothes (can I have some of those clothes?) and I liked Marcus for his patience. Honestly, Chase put that man through a lot in this book. I’m looking forward to SHIFT because a little birdie told me it was better. The preview of SHIFT was pretty awesome too!
AND despite the comparisons I made, I do think you should read it. AND I have a copy of it to giveaway.
Stay warm everyone!