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Exiled (The Protector #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,104 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
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
Paperback, 1st Edition, 264 pages
Published April 12th 2012 by M.R. Merrick (first published June 28th 2011)
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Mar 31, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, fantasy
M.R. Merrick takes YA paranormal to a whole new level with his debut novel, Exiled, where we're taken on an enthralling action adventure filled with creatures from demons to trolls, alongside our strong, determined protagonist - Chase.

A heartbreaking and powerful start; we're immediately introduced to our dear Chase, when we're taken to his childhood, seeing him exiled from the Circle for having no elemental magic. Fast forward a few years, we meet a teenager who has matured beyond his years by
Kat Kennedy
I put off reading this book for a long time and I’m not sure why. I asked Matt if there was any sexy times in it, and he said not really. That may have had something to do with it. But if he’d told me that there was so much chemistry between Chase and Rayna, I might have checked it out faster. Because it kind of had the potential to stroll into bow chica wow wow territory, and probably would have more if they hadn’t all been so busy fighting to survive. Also, Merrick, what are you doing wasting ...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
In all honesty here, I have read a lot of books this year with Demons and recently have found them all kind of mixing together in my head and not remembering much about them only weeks after reading the book.
This book however completely stood out on it's own and incredibly entertaining and memorable.
I had been hearing some good things about the book in some blogs, so I had it on my radar, it's a great price right now and jumped at the opportunity to review it. Needless to say when I started re
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Aug 09, 2011 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it it was amazing
Posted on K-Books

When I got this book sent to me for review I was really excited to start it. I was really looking forward to reading it and seeing what would happen. I really loved it.
I think this is a book that anyone can enjoy no matter what age they are. It has something for everyone in it, Vampires, Witches, Demons, Warlocks, you name it this book has it.

Chase is a demon hunter, people who are brought up to protect humans from the demons in the world.
Jun 25, 2012 Marisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: witchie
I've had a difficult time trying to write a review for this book.

1) I find it really weird that the author has given himself a 5 star review.

It makes me uncomfortable and makes me feel like the author is stalking his review page. Perhaps this is why there hasn't been much descent toward the book? People are afraid to get reamed out for a negative review, which has been happening a lot lately on goodreads.

2) I have no idea how this book has 4.5 stars out of 5. When I see a book with this high of
Rusty Fischer
Oct 17, 2011 Rusty Fischer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love when a book launches right out of the chute and never quite slows down. That’s how Exiled by M. R. Merrick, started – and stayed – for me.

I didn’t know much about this book going in. Some books are like that. Sometimes you know about a book and think you should buy it and maybe you will and then finally you do. Other times it kind of happens fast and you’re a little blind going in and, bam, pleasant surprise x 200!

I ran across the author in a Twitter exchange, clicked on a link to get to
Ive re-read this book about a million times- it would be faire to say I am obsessed. I read this book ages ago and noticed i hadnt even wrote a review! I know right?
Well anyways back to the book, it is action-packed, thrilling and intense. I loved every word, sentance and page. I just fell in love with Chase and Rayna! Read this book and then youll know why!
It draw you in on the first page and then leaves you begging for more on the last. (Lucky for you guys, the second book is now available)
Joy (joyous reads)
Oct 22, 2011 Joy (joyous reads) rated it liked it
This is not first time that I’ve read something that I didn’t feel as enthused as everyone did. I’ve just gone through the reviews for this on Goodreads and everyone seems to be in complete agreement. Heck, it averages 4.74 stars, a quick indication that it truly is an awesome read.

Once again, I’m on the outside looking in.

This book is short, and such, should’ve taken me a day or two – tops to read. But I’ve had this fermenting on my currently reading shelf since last Saturday and it just wasn’t
Nov 27, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
**** Originally posted to Bookish Blog as a part of MEN in YA Event

Supernatural (the TV Show) meets The Mortal Instruments in Matt Merrick's insanely addictive, action-packed novel, Exiled. This excellent debut sparks and crackles with so much detail and emotion that it's virtually impossible not to fell in love with it. A superb cast of characters, clever dialogues, exciting plot twists and rich visual tapestry - all that makes it a book that readers simply can't afford to pass up! An absolut
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Mar 31, 2012 Haley ~ YA-Aholic rated it really liked it
Rayne was quick to comment. “My, can it be true? One day you’re calling me a filthy demon, and next you’re having sleepover with an Underworlder?” “What can I say, he was prettier than you.”~ Rayne and Chase

What a read! Exiled by Mathew Merrick was a fantasy-action novel at its best! If you’re looking for an awesome, action, paranormal novel with a male main character then look no further! Exiled will have you up late at night needing to know what Chase was going to get himself in and out of nex
Shellie Cruz
Jul 01, 2012 Shellie Cruz rated it really liked it
Matt gives us one hell of a story in Exiled, one that I didn’t want to put down and super glad I already had Shift - the second novel in the series - when I was finished. We are thrown into a world of demon hunters, demons, half-breeds, trolls, goblins - and on that note, never piss one of those off, things can get a bit scary - witches, and other dimensions. I was instantly hooked and couldn’t flip the page - or in my case tap the screen - quick enough to find out what was happening next.

Jul 05, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I am always excited, and a little nervous, to read a debut from a new author. Especially when that brand new author is a friend. What do you say if you don’t love the book? And if you love their work, how do you dish out the praise without others thinking your just blowing smoke on behalf of your friend? Well, luckily for me, my problem is the latter. MR Merrick has written an excellent opening book in what I believe will be a fantastic series.

With Exiled, MR Merrick has managed to build an exc
Jul 01, 2011 Ashton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, legendary
WOW. Just plain WOW. This book was an incredible action packed, fast paced, thrill ride, that kept me hanging on until the end.
I absolutely loved this book, and am definitely looking forward to a sequel!


M.R. Merrick's writing style is fantastic. I'm not a big fan of 1st person stories, but this was written so well, I forgot it was in 1st person. He is so detailed in is his descriptions, you feel like you are right there in the rooms and situations with the characters. The plot and storyli
Mar 18, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of the reviews on here said the writing was very childish and not great. I have to disagree. I enjoyed the writing of this particular novel. I thought MR Merrick did a nice job setting the scene early on in the book and throughout the book. The idea of "The Circle" was a bit hokey but it fit the premise of what Chase and his mother were dealing with. I really enjoyed the demon hunter working with the demons on this one. I found the female lead Rayna fun and edgy with a take no BS attitude ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing
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Exiled is all sorts of amazing! It is the first book in The Protector series and pulled me in from the very first page.

Mr Merrick has written a real page turner, the main hero is Chase Williams – an exiled Demon Hunter forced out of the Circle (a group of Guardians protecting the human world) with his mother for not obtaining his power over an element on his 15th birthday – he has disgraced his father who saw him only as his legacy and has
Ashley - The Bookish Brunette
Chase is a demon hunter- without an elemental power. For this disgrace to his father's legacy, he was cast out of the 'protection' of the Circle with his mother to live among the humans.

However, the demons that roam our world seek Chase out without fail... OVER and OVER again... night after night... Let me explain quickly, a demon can be any creature of the Underworld: vamp, shifter, witch... etc. And there are only a few ways to kill said demons,

"Cut off his head or pierce his black heart- tho
May 23, 2013 Isalys rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, ya, ebook, indie
I should first admit that this was the first Indie book I've ever read. Sad, I know! The thing was that I figured Indie books would be very hit or miss, but I guess the same could really be said for any book. My biggest fear was that I'm Twitter-pals with M.R. Merrick and he's an AWESOME human being, but what if I didn't like his book? Really glad to say that wasn't the case ;)

Merrick offers us a fresh, new take on an old concept. Chase, our male lead was trained to be a Hunter (the good guys) b
Sep 20, 2011 Loretta rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:
The summary of this book sounded so good. So, when Matt contacted me to review it I was very excited to read it. I get the cover too, after reading it. At 1st I was like... "wassssup with the tree?" But now, after reading it I think the cover fits perfectly.
This book had so much action. From page one. I was very in the book. Literally, all day! The story doesn't concentrate on love. There is no love triangle. You are not filled with so much overwhelming information, that it is hard
Feb 15, 2012 Megs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Exiled because of all the hype surrounding Shift. I though perhaps M.R. Merrick is just extremely good at P.R., but people seemed to genuinely love this series, so I thought I would give it a try. While M.R. Merrick may be a PR genius, he is also a talented author. Exiled was a very fun read! It was extremely fast paced with never a dull moment, but it was executed well. No confused faces or flipping back trying to figure out what was going on. Nope, overall I was very pleased with t ...more
Heather Robbins
Dec 03, 2011 Heather Robbins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
Review: 5x5

WOW! Let me just say that I totally loved this story!! You have demon hunters, demons, witches, warlocks, halfies, and The Circle. This is an action packed thrill ride that will blow your socks off.

Chase, well he is just an intense character! He is fiercely loyal to his mother and slowly comes to trust some others. He has a great personality and you will like him instantly! Chase' mother has the same great personality as her son or should I say he gets that from her? They are on their
Jul 23, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Excellence in it's purest form. Fantastic pace, from beginning to end the book never let's break. The writing style and plot was stunning, it will keep you guessing. The characters were marvelously created. The author has an amazing talent for character building and development. Over all this book was a complete WOW factor I still can't believe. I definitely will move this to the top of my recommend list. Buy the book, you'll love it.

Me, My Shelf and I
Jul 31, 2011 Me, My Shelf and I rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read, 2011
4.5 Stars to be exact - Fans of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare will LOVE this book! See full review here:
Angeline Kace
Oct 04, 2011 Angeline Kace rated it it was amazing
Very well written!!
Oct 01, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it
Exiled is one of the many reasons that I thoroughly enjoy reading a very good and intense paranormal/fantasy book.

Mr. Merrick does an extremely good job of really describing everything in great detail yet not derail from the story. It makes the story come to life as you read. The worlds that are created are so unique and interesting, it becomes impossible to not find yourself wrapped in this book and everything that goes on.

Chase is exiled from The Circle as a teenager with his mother. After som
Jan 12, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok
This is a hard review for me to write since it seems like I’m the only one that didn’t love this book but I’m just going to be honest and let you know what didn’t work for me.

I thought the premise of the book sounded interesting and so many people seemed to love it so I thought I would give it a go. The book starts off with its foot on the accelerator and doesn’t slow down. It is very fast paced with non-stop action but I wanted more from the characters as far as development and back-story. For
Keren Hughes
Apr 03, 2012 Keren Hughes rated it it was amazing
Original review at

EXILED was not what I was expecting. I'm not quite sure exactly what I expected, but I can say that it surpassed my expectations and hopes for how good it would be. It was amazing and has fast become one of my new favourite books by one of my new favourite authors.
For a start, it came from a male POV, how unusual is that in this market?! Well I have only read 2, perhaps 3, so it's unusual for me, at least.

Demon hunter Chase Williams is
Jenny Engler
Apr 07, 2012 Jenny Engler rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jenny by: Matthew Merrick, Ashley Dugan
I hate that I was so late reading this book.
Matt, you done good. Real good.

Starting with the cover.....
A tree with the fire and water coming from both sides.
You know the conflict from just looking at it.

From the very first sentence,

"I dodged the razor sharp claws coming toward me and turned to face the demon."

I was hooked.

Matt has a style of writing that I adore.
You can literally close your eyes and *see* the scene that he described.

"I did a dive roll to pick up the blade
Amy Fournier
Nov 30, 2011 Amy Fournier rated it it was amazing
I had been hearing about this book a lot on twitter, and decided that I needed to get it. I am so glad that I did. You want a book that will keep you turning pages? This is it. I tend to stay up late reading anyways, but there was just no putting this one down. It was engaging and interesting. There were so many different elements to it. Different dimensions, vampires, goblins, trolls, and all sorts of demons. It was full of action and emotion. I really loved the characters and the storyline.

Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
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
Jessica Johnson
Nov 20, 2011 Jessica Johnson rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to read this book for a little while. Partly because I heard all the great reviews about it. I also wanted to read it because I kind of know the author (trough Twitter). All I have to say it:
Whew! What a ride! This book was a nonstop action read. I felt bad for Chase because he got into some sort of fight every day it seemed. I loved Chase's heart and his passion for doing the right thing in this book. No matter what was happening around him, he strived for the justice that was
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M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, and The Rise of Genesis. 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 a large bowl of cereal.

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