Saturday, May 26, 2012

BlogTour: Exiled by J.R. Wagner

Title: Exiled
Series: The Never Chronicles
Author: J.R. Wagner
Media Type: (eARC) eBook
Source: thanks to JKSComunications
Publication date: June 5, 2012
pages: 288
Buy at: Amazon / Barns&Noble
Find out more at: Goodreads

Books Description
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

 Book Review:

Exiled by J.R. Wagner was in short three words, captivating, thrilling, and mesmerizing. I said this because the book takes places with great action, great description of characters and great setting around the 1800’s in Europe. I love history, and I love when magic and history are combine to create a story, and Wagner did exactly that.

The Magic:
If you love fantasy you will love this book, there’s a lot of Captivating aspects within this magic world. There are so many scenes that I wish I could explain to you, but I’m afraid it will spoil the book for you. But I do have to say, that as I was reading the book, the magic and the whole systems reminded me of the world of Harry Potter, not that there’s any similarity, but the magic just felt a bit familiar and heartwarming. To say the least I liked it… (Sort of spoiler) especially the whole transportation, and the precautions for James to not be taken away.  J. Oh and the rules of magic, that was intriguing.

The Never:
In short words and not to spoil much about this place, the never is a place where people who done harm, or have broken the rules are Exiled. I love this whole concept, and again it reminded me of another great story, Peter Pan. But trust me, in this place there’s no Tinker Bell or anything like that, there’s simply a lot of weird and mesmerizing creatures as well as plants. I will actually like to visit this place, and in a way I did, through Wagner’s amazing story. 

The Time Period:
As I mention before, I loved the time period, and I also loved how each chapter jumped from place and time. It was hard to keep up sometimes, and I did seem to get lost at one point to another, but maybe I just got distracted.  However, I like that the story is told in a third person point of view, which a lot of authors do, but somehow they still remain with the same character just telling the story outside his mind. Wagner in the other hand did more than just that, he told the story in a third person point of view, but he didn’t remain with one character. He jumped chapter through chapter telling the story about James’s parents, and his as well. But even when he was telling what was going on with James, he didn’t just focus on him. He focused on the other minor character around him, making them the center of attention too, not just James.  This to me was really what I call a third person point of view, and I enjoyed really well.

I give it 4.5/5 blood droops. 

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