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J. R. Wagner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, during a blizzard. The snow made travel by car impossible, so his father called an ambulance when his mother went into labor. The ambulance became stuck at the bottom of their home’s driveway, prompting the dispatch of a fire truck, which towed the ambulance to the hospital where he was born. Maybe it was this experience that destined J.R. to love adventure. A competitive cyclist, triathlete, mountain biker, and adventure racer, he once received a medal for saving a woman’s life during the kayaking section of an adventure race. To keep him “grounded,” J.R. helps run his late father’s Downingtown, Pennsylvania, floor-covering business. J.R. drafted his first story, a sequel to Return of the Jedi, when he was ten years old. A self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, he had lofty aspirations of working with George Lucas on filming the project. In 1990, he began filming his version of The Lord of the Rings in his parents’ basement, but the plug was pulled after he nearly burned down the house. Since then, J.R. has written two full-length screenplays and a thriller novel. After graduating with a kinesiology degree from Arizona State University, J.R. returned to Pennsylvania, where his creative fires were re-stoked by his two beautiful daughters. J.R. considers his wife, Lisa, his muse. He began writing Exiled while they were vacationing in Maine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Live Oak Book Company (April 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936909405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936909407
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,875,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. R. Wagner was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, during a blizzard. The snow made travel by car impossible, so his father called an ambulance when his mother went into labor. The ambulance became stuck at the bottom of their home's driveway, prompting the dispatch of a fire truck, which towed the ambulance to the hospital where he was born.

Maybe it was this experience that destined J.R. to love adventure. A competitive cyclist, triathlete, mountain biker, and adventure racer, he once received a medal for saving a woman's life during the kayaking section of an adventure race.

J.R. drafted his first story, a sequel to Return of the Jedi, when he was ten years old. A self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, he had lofty aspirations of working with George Lucas on filming the project. In 1990, he began filming his version of The Lord of the Rings in his parents' basement, but the plug was pulled after he nearly burned down the house. Since then, J.R. has written two full-length screenplays and a thriller novel.

After graduating with a kinesiology degree from Arizona State University, J.R. returned to Pennsylvania, where he took up writing once again.

He began writing Exiled while vacationing in Maine.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Manatee on December 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
SUMMARY -
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 father. His sentence: Exile to the Never. Naked, powerless, and lost in a land where nothing is as it seems, James must find a way out - and the truth about the Black Castle that calls to him - and prove is innocence, before everything he worked for means nothing at all.

MY THOUGHTS -
Exiled began brilliantly. I'm talking breathtaking prose, exemplary characters, great dialogue, vivid world building... I'd just read some really average and/or disappointing books and was dying for something exceptional. Unfortunately, this book started going downhill about 5 chapters in.

CHARACTER NOTES -
James, James, James. Who are you? I kept hoping to find out, but his voice felt more and more impersonal with every new page, like the novelty of his character wore off for the author and therefore the reader suffered as well. I had such high hopes for him, but was let down. The people James meets in the village started out fascinating as well, but I soon lost interest in them. They never grew or changed. Especially Kilani. I wanted to love her but she fell flat.
The most realistic character, who I actually really liked, was James' mother, Margaret. She was strong and her actions and decisions progressed with the story.

STORY NOTES -
Things started out brilliantly, like I said. I was flying, happy, weightless, joyful - but that didn't last. I dropped like a stone. Or really, the wind on which I flew just stopped all together. Sucks to be me.

Where was the excitement, the adventure, the mystery??
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha @ Bows & Bullets Reviews on March 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Let me start off by saying that I really wanted to give this book 3 stars, but I just can't. It was so bloody boring that it was nearly impossible to get through and even though the plot finally picks up in spots, it was too difficult to make it there for me to really have enjoyed it. I almost felt like I deserved a medal for making it to the half way point, much less beyond.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on July 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Please note: review originally written June 10, 2012; only just now being posted here. Can also be viewed on my blog, Now is Gone, to which a link may be found by clicking on my name.

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.
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