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Exiled: Book One of the Never Chronicles Paperback – April 9, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
I can’t exactly put my finger on what this reminded me of because the premise is quite unique, but it’s something like a mix of “Lost” and “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” and the creepy island parts of “Life of Pi.” The story moves forward while flipping back and forth between a few characters’ flashbacks, ever adding to your understanding of what is going on in the present timeline. There are so many fantastical twists that introduce magical elements, but at no point was the story confusing or overloaded. Everything fit in this world – both the 1890s England world and the magical purgatory-esque realm of The Never.
James is a great character – starting as a very young boy whose unasked-for destiny forever changes his life, ending as a semi-realized Savior character who still has to sort out who he is in the midst of coming to terms with that destiny. The use of the parent characters was really wonderful (so often parents are missing from magic stories), heartwarming, and added several complex layers to James’s development. Akil, the “greatest” sorcerer of them all, is a bit like Merlin but more dodgy and with secrets of his own. The “bad guy” character is pretty ambiguous at this point, but it’s enough to know that he has it out for James.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
James is a sorcerer, maybe the best one ever, certainly one that has been prophesized about for centuries. With that in mind, you can imagine that James' life was never normal, always expected to save the Faithful's (aka the wizarding worlds) existence from the Epoch Termiuns, which is the beginning of the end for the Faithful. Beyond that, I can't really say much because the whole plot is so drawn out that I don't know what would be considered a spoiler and what wouldn't.
I had two big problems with this book which is why this review is so late. I received a digital copy of this from the publisher sometime last year and tried to read it then but just couldn't get into. Recently I have seen a ton of blogs doing "Review Copy Cleanups" and that kick started me to finish up all the eARCs/review copies I haven't read yet, whether I am drawn in initially or not. With my renewed fervor, I set out to take this book out rather quickly and not let it set unread any longer. I promptly realized that this endeavor would be a bit arduous because my first issue is that the writing style is a little boring. Think about the beginning of the first Harry Potter book. No, not the bits where Dumbledore and McGonagall where dropping baby Harry off at the Dursleys doorstep, the rest of it. The following Mr Dursley around during his day job where weird s*** keeps happening.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved every second of it. Full of magic and plot twists and turns, this book was a wonderful read. Though the story is far from finished so I'm quite anxious for the next one!Published 17 months ago by A. Van Horn
I hate when a story ends without closure and the author promises a second book and then over 2 and a half years later there is still no 2nd book even though the author provided a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Liberty5
Exiled is an exciting adventure which takes place within the realm of The Never as well as the everyday world. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Roxy Kade
It wasn't the worst book I ever read. I just found it kind of dragged. I often found myself bored and will not get the next book. :(Published on April 9, 2013 by silentangel2
I must admit that I do not read to many fantasy, magical stories but the author really draws you into his world of magic and a new world called The Never. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Lynelle
The ending makes you want more. The mysteries of the people and setting also peak interest. I enjoyed it thoroughly.Published on February 1, 2013 by Jeremy
James, a boy who has trained to become one of the greatest magicians who ever lived, has been falsely accused of murder - murder of the man who he loved as his own... Read more
I would recommend this first book in The Never Chronicles as a must read from teens through to adults. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by KatAndi
I want to thank the author, J.R. Wagner, for sending me a copy of his book to read and provide an honest review. Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by thecovercontessa