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Exiled (The Never Chronicles #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  160 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Stripped of his powers and banished to The Never, James must save himself before he can save his fellow sorcerers from imminent demise. Prophesied by the greatest of all seers to be the sorcerer who would bring an end to the Epoch Terminus—the destruction of his kind—James grew up developing his powers under the watchful eye of his mentor, Akil Karanis. James's insular wor ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Live Oak Book Company (first published May 5th 2012)
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May 14, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Falsely accused James is sent into exile when he is convicted of a horrible crime.

I'm not a huge fan of books that go back and forth between different times, they are confusing and the book was slow at first. Saying that I really like the settings and the characters and the descriptions were great. The ending wasn't a great one, I'm not sure if I'll read the next one.

Thank you Live Oak Book Company and NetGalley for this ecopy to review!

This book sounded so cool when I first read the summary! James, a gifted sorcerer at the ripe old age of 17, is convicted of a terrible crime and exiled to The Never - a place from which no one has escaped - and loses his powers. I couldn't wait to read Exiled!

Unfortunately, this ended up being a case where the idea was far more impressive than the execution. Wagner's writing was fine, and there were even a few moments of truly lovely wording and imagery;
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Review was posted on The Oaken Bookcase on June 5, 2012.

James is a young man living in a Harry-Potter-esque hidden magical society in England in the late nineteenth century. He is accused and found guilty of a crime he did not commit and banished to The Never, an alternate reality where his sorcery no longer works.

There were things I really liked about this story - both The Never and the areas visited on Earth are described in beautiful detail.

The story alternates between a chapter telling of Ja
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Real Score: 3.5 stars

In his debut novel, Wagner has created a wonderful and complex tale of magic, intrigue and heart-pounding adventure that held my attention from start to finish.

The magic in this book is intricate, complex but breathtakingly beautiful. I loved the whole historical background and the careful detail the author gave to every aspect of his magical world. This is a very well-conceived world that is easy to get lo
Apr 28, 2012 Haley rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Firstly my thanks to Netgalley and Live Oak Publishing company for allowing me the chance to read this book.

So, what was it about? Is it worth reading? Gosh…this book was such a challenge for me. I started it last Monday and had the craziest week of my life so I only got to read bits and pieces until today. James is a…magic user. And he is also said to be the “anointed one.” But he is falsely accused of killing a man that is like a father to him and Banished into the Never. (banished Naked, I m
Jun 26, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
What do you get when you cross the Harry Potter series with the television show "Lost"? The answer: The Never Chronicles by J.R. Wagner. Book 1 titled "Exiled" throws you into a magical world that intermixes with an island fantasy realm.

This YA book introduces you to James, the center of a prophecy that will bring about change in the magical and unmagical world (the faithful and the faithless). He is exiled to The Never for a crime he did not commit and has begun his journey on how to live up t
Roger Greer
Apr 16, 2012 Roger Greer rated it it was amazing
A fun beginning to what promises to be an exciting series. It flows a little like that TV show, Lost, with the jumps indicative of the mind of James, the main character. He's at once confused and resolved, strong and questioning; he knows what he must do, knows he has the power to do it, but harbors that nagging doubt in all of our minds.

The settings are well described, the characters have depths that can make you love and hate them, but you know them.

A for sure must read for teenagers of all ag
J.R. Wagner
Feb 13, 2012 J.R. Wagner rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
well...since it isn't out yet, I'm the only one who gets to formulate an opinion! Don't worry, I'll take it down come June 5th and let the world decide.
Sunshine Somerville
After reading some other reviews of this book, I have to wonder if we read the same book/version. I have a feeling the older-style feel of the writing trips some people up or doesn’t move fast enough or seems boring, but for me the writing was perfectly fitted to the setting, pace, and themes of the story. The fantasy elements of the Never are described beautifully, and the dialogue feels natural and appropriately dated…if that makes sense. I thought the pacing was perfect, and I was never bored ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy adventure, coming of age stories
Recommended to Katy by: JKS Communications
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
Allizabeth Collins
May 20, 2012 Allizabeth Collins rated it liked it

After reading the book blurb and examining the atramentous, yet alluring cover art, I was ready to phase into the unfathomable world of The Never. The Exiled started out strong, J. R. Wagner's writing ability immediately apparent - his lambent language and imagery strewn across each page; however, after the first few 'flashbacks', I was more confused than engaged. The lines between past and present were unclear, and they did not seem to be in James' point of view, but recounted from a mo
Jul 14, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
Exiled opens up a new world that Fantasy lovers will have a blast exploring. Here we are introduced to the "The Never", a place where people go who have been exiled from normal society. Mysterious islands, giant plants, man-eating reptiles, it all makes an appearance here. Couple this new world with the fact that the rest of the book is set in Europe circa the late 1800's, and you have a very fascinating setting to get lost in. Hands down, this was my favorite part of the book.

The characters are
Gina -   Behind the Pages
Jul 11, 2012 Gina - Behind the Pages rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, 4-star
Be at Behind A Million And One Pages on 12 June for a exclusive review of Exiled then stop back in on 13 June for an exclusive Interview with J.R. Wagner! Join the blog tour!

I am completely and in love with the world that J.R. has built in The Never! The world is built up perfectly and I am completely sucked into this new and exciting world. The character building of James on his journey through The Never as well as everything he discovers on the way, as well as things he doesn't discover just a
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
The first chapter of this book was so promising. It pulled me right into what I thought would be a really intriguing story.
And while it was intriguing and there were moments that were pretty good, this book unfortunately lagged in a lot of places and I found myself wanting to skim through the slow parts.
I think this could be a really great series. Maybe after the initial world and character building that always happens in the first books of new series, I will like this series a little more.

Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Jan 03, 2013 Brooke (The Cover Contessa) rated it really liked it
I want to thank the author, J.R. Wagner, for sending me a copy of his book to read and provide an honest review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
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
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I tend to enjoy stories with magic, witches, wizards, any of that good stuff. Mostly because I wish so badly magic was real haha. This one was definitely a unique one though. The word witch or wizard is never used, instead magic users are referred to as sorcerers or "The Faithful" and the non- magic users are called the "Un-Faithful". The idea in this story is that everyone in the world is capable of magic. All that is required is complete faith and belief that m ...more
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Jun 15, 2012 Faye {Daydreaming_Star} rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog on June 5th 2012, here

I was hooked on this book from the very first minute that I saw the synopsis. It was thrilling and enthralling and had me wanting to know so much more. I was not let down when this book finally made its way into my life. It is such a unique and interesting read that really pulls you headfirst into the story. I would have no trouble recommending this book to others so I urge you to go and pick up a copy. The story and style are or
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

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, certainl
Sierra Abrams
Exiled (#1) by J. R. Wagner
Pages: 312
Release Date: May 5th, 2012
Date Read: 2012, April 17th-30th
Received: ARC via NetGalley
Rating: 2/5 stars
Recommended to: 12+

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 C
Sandra "Jeanz"
May 15, 2012 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it really liked it
BLURB from Goodreads
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
Posted on Book Chelle.

JR Wagner's Exiled is the first in The Never Chronicles series. The cover is dark and mysterious, a perfect reflection of the synopsis. I was intrigued by the story, and you know me, I was lured by the cover.

In Exiled, James Lochlan Stuart IV has been wrongly accused of murder. For his unfortunate punishment, he is exiled to The Never, a place no one escapes, and is stripped of his powers. Set in Europe in the late 1800s, James is determined to find his way back. What he do
May 17, 2012 ~Kate~ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars, ya
When looking through the new books that Netgalley had, I stumbled across this which sounded really good that I just had to try and I'm not sure whether I should have bothered as I ended up not liking it like I thought I would.

The cover looked a little creepy with using darker tones. I loved that it looks like they have used a photograph as it gives it a more realistic feel and something I was able to visualise a lot better than other books have done in the past. Also inside the book at the begin
Jun 20, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks, arc-s
I was very excited about reading this book because I really like books with magic in them, but this book left something to be desired. The story started out strong and had me hooked, but then it just went downhill. First, there was the switching between time periods and points of view, which we really confusing, especially since the time periods were jumping all over the place back and forth and not in any sort of order. I kept loosing track of when the different events occurred and in what orde ...more
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Jun 11, 2012 ⚝ Ŧáẅņá ⚝ rated it really liked it
The Story

There is the world of people who don't believe in magic, the "unfaithful" and in this same world there are the "faithful" who believe in and can perform magic. The faithful have a prophecy about the end of all magic and sorcerers, there is also a prophecy about one who can save them all. James has trained his whole life knowing that he was this person the prophecy told about, however, events have been sent into motion and he has been exiled to The Never. The Never is a place outside of
Jun 03, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Sunday, June 3, 2012Review:Exiled by J.R. Wagner
4 stars Exiled is a about a power fight,prophecy,magic and the boy it all falls around. This story jumps all around in time and place. I listened to it on my kindle and sometimes got lost because I did not realized it had jumped again. So I recommend just read it, don't listen to it. The story starts in 1989 in South America during a hearing. James Lochlan Stuart IV is on trial for murder. He is found guilty and sent to the Never. No one comes bac
Apr 10, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, but I just don't think it was for me. I didn't like it, but I didn't NOT like it either, so I'm giving it two stars for just okay.

The first chapter had me so intrigued, and I was sure I was going to like this one. However, the rest of the book was not as exciting as the first chapter, and I patiently went through the pages waiting for something to happen. There were small adventures here and there, but by the end of the book, I didn't feel as if I was any furth
Roxanne Kade
Jun 13, 2012 Roxanne Kade rated it really liked it
Exiled is an exciting adventure which takes place within the realm of The Never as well as the everyday world. James, a young sorcerer destined to become the Anointed One, is forced to live a life on the run, as his parents do everything they can to protect him.

A twist of fate sees James being banished to The Never, a magical realm created for those found guilty of various crimes. He wakes up to find he no longer has his powers, and he struggles with the new, strange world he finds himself in. B
Aug 28, 2012 Jagged rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-have
This book had so much potential...but it just wasn't put together right.
The premise was very intriguing. But it took me forever to read this book. After half-way I had to MAKE myself read it.
Unfortunately, I read this in such a monotone that it was grating and difficult to get into.
I did not care for the writing style or structure of this book. It's hard to follow, and you forget everything important as you read. There was no real excitement and part of that was because any time you got close to
Heather Boustead
By J.R. Wagner

James has been falsely accused of a murder he did not commit and exiled to The Never. Though James is the Anointed One, a powerful sorcerer who will bring about the end of the Epoch Terminus a war between the Faithful, those who believe in magic, and the Unfaithful, those who do not, in The Never James does not have any powers in this strange land where even the plants are dangerous. Along the way he meets a woman who shows him how to find water that makes him feel stronger
Leanne Maala
Jul 26, 2012 Leanne Maala rated it liked it
Exiled is J.R. Wagner's debut YA fantasy set in the 19th century and introduces us to a dark new world of magic. Think Harry Potter + Alesana.

Let's start with the bits that bothered me a bit, shall we?

First, the book started too slow and I wanted to skip a few parts just because they dragged on too much. Second, the book constantly switches between time periods, and I wasn't really a fan of that. The time-switching left me hanging a few times and had me confused, since they weren't really in a
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