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The Expatriates

(The Expatriates #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  35 reviews
They told him his world was destroyed.
And they were the last to escape.
They thought he was safe.
They were wrong.

Seventeen-year-old Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that's not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar--someone who can m
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 16th 2014
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Jim Wales life is about to be turned upside down. He knew he had a special power but he never imagined he was in hiding from an ominous power that would stop at nothing to gain Jim's ability.

O'Flynn's writing takes us on an adventure between our contemporary world and the hidden world in another realm. They are a just a band of young friends trying to save their loved ones, struggle with loss and being pursued by evil (both visible and hidden).

The Expatriates was a truly promising start to a new
Dominick Evans
Nov 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
I had a lot of problems with this book. While nothing was wrong, technically, I found that explanations of what was happening (i.e. the synopsis better describes scholars than the book) were lacking. I also found some of the wording and phrasing to be written awkwardly.

I found it hard to invest in many of the characters. It is hard to care about his family, when we barely see them, Sam is ridiculous, and even Jim's relationship with Charlie leaves much to be desired. It is hard to invest in a bo
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my book. I wrote it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it!
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book, I wrote it, and I hope you enjoy this story as much as I loved writing it. This is the first in the series. Look for book 2 in 2015.
S. M. Metzler
Review by S. M. Metzler

Have you ever judged a book by its cover? Well, don’t. It’s not healthy.

When I received in the mail a paperback copy of indie-published Song of the Sending by Corrine O’ Flynn, I just walked around for a while just looking at the front cover. It’s beautiful; I’ve always loved blue-dominant art.

Interestingly enough, I eventually decided to sit down and read it. Surely, I thought, if the author had put so much time into such a pretty, eye-catching cover, she would have put e
Sandy Courtney
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an adventure! Jim's world turns out to be way more complicated than he ever thought, and that's saying something for a teenager who can communicate with animals and lives with his family in a traveling carnival.
The action begins on page one and carries through to the very end. This book had me reading at night in bed with my flashlight like I was 15 again. Ms O'Flynn has created a world of magic where even the characters are awed by all they encounter. Jim's relationships with his animals
Dania Ramos
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a teenage carnie, Jim Wales travels town to town performing with animals until he receives a mysterious message that leads him to take the most important journey of his life. Along the way, he learns to harness his magical powers and gets some help from his friends - some human, plus a couple of animals. But Jim faces difficult choices that will forever impact those closest to him as well as countless people he's never met.

Corinne O'Flynn expertly weaves fantasy elements into a tale about a t
Matthew McCoy
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Upon reading this fine novel, I have renewed hope that the art and craft of storytelling is alive and well today. This adventure from Mrs. O'Flynn captures your attention from the start and then guides you through a roller coaster of adventure, drama, mystery, magic and young love.

Through the use of familiars, we are able to watch our hero Jim grow into adulthood before our eyes, and see how he grows into his role as a key figure to the future.

I don't want to give away any parts of the novel, ju
Heidi Kneale
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The plot was a bit slow in the beginning for my tastes, but it picked up. Oh, and the plot thickens nicely towards the end.

I like how the "bad guys" aren't flat, but have their own issues and hopes and dreams (okay, so some of them are despicable, but not blandly so). Also, I like how the plot was not predictable, with some interesting twists and turns. I liked the sense that there was a whole lot more going on that first appears.

Enough of the plot was rounded up to be satis
Darrell Grizzle
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corrine O’Flynn has created a fascinating fantasy world that had me captivated from Chapter One. I loved the telepathy between the main character Jim and his tiger Bak, as well as the relationship of Jim with Charlotte, one of his companions on the quest. A lot of familiar fantasy tropes are here, including the young man who discovers he has a hidden destiny, but O’Flynn breathes new life into old familiars. The novel ends not with a cliffhanger but with several plot threads unresolved. I look f ...more
ben hartman
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Expatriates

This is a very well written book and is a very interesting book once you get into it. It is a fantasy story and is very unbelievable but interesting plot. I could tell you a lot about the story but don't want to spoil it for you. The end of the story was quite a surprise for me. Don't get discouraged at the first chapter but continue reading and you will find it very interesting while unbelievable.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Song of the Sending (The Expatriates #1) by Corinne O'Flynn is a young adult novel, full of adventure. Despite living in a travelling carnival, James "Jim" Wales feels like he doesn't belong there. He's always felt as if he's not from the Modern World. One day, he receives a bird messenger, carrying a note from someone he believed to be long gone. Black Riders soon attack the carnival, led by a terrorist named Eldred. He is what is known as a Scholar, born with a symbol. As it turns out, Jim has ...more
Just another reader
This was a beautiful tale, weaving together fantasy concepts of world building, a Keystone that connects and keeps all the worlds in sync, including our modern world, and makes it possible to realm shift from one world to another, magical scholars, and extraordinary characters with out-of-the world powers. The first half was a tad slow to move along, but the pace picked up soon enough and was gripping later on..
Margo James
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different style of travel between worlds. Very exciting and action packed.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

The Expatriates is the first book in the Song of the Sending young adult fantasy series by Corinne O’Flynn. Seventeen-year-old Jim knows he was not originally from this modern world: he can tap into animals’ minds and has friends with other abilities. Brought up to believe that his original world had been destroyed, he is shocked when he receives a message saying he is needed back home. Jim’s life is completel
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What a fun adventure!

The first paragraph of this book had me hooked. Playing on my love for tigers, stories featuring the gift of telepathy with animals, and energy manipulation, Song of the Sending was tailor made for this reader.

The character development was done well, showing several characters going through many different trials and challenges. The main character, Jim, was definitely the main focus though, and his story was great to follo
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Expatriates (song of the sending, #1) by Corinne O'Flynn

Jim Wales lives with a traveling carnival and can talk to animals. One day he finds out his family has been hiding him since he was little. Jim
learns he is a scholar, and he can manipulate energy using magic. The bad thing, someone is hunting these scholars, and Jim in number one on the list.

Jim hears from his father which he thought had died twelve years ago. Soon their carnival is attacked, and Jim's mother is kidnapped. Jim goes on
Linda Zeng
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a perfect read while listening to the Skyrim soundtrack. I'm going to be honest. You're reading experience will be GREATLY increased if you listen to the Skyrim OST while reading this book.

The writing proves to be very readable and everything flows pretty well. The world-building is very solid. In fact I really like this world and I haven't fallen in love with a world for a pretty long time. If anything th
Maghon Thomas
This is the first book of a new series, a YA fantasy with other realms and excellent characters. Jim is 17, but not from this modern world. He has some powers- like reading animal's minds. He has friends with abilities. He thinks his world was destroyed but he realizes everything's about to change when he receives a message to come home. Chaos ensues then. He and his two friends Same and Charlie then go on the run for their lives and trying to find a way home. Oh and his friend, Bak the tiger. H ...more
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

Overall I thought the book had merit. It was a little slow in the beginning but really started to pick up when they finally crossed to the other world. There's a lot of promise to this book and I think it could become the first in a thoroughly enjoyable series; however, some of the plot was a little obvious(such as when he first meets his dad I just knew there was something off about the scene) so hopefully in future installments this
Melanie Thompson
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jim lives with a circus where his talent of communicating with animals comes in handy. Others in the circus are often more than what they seem on the surface, too. But the circus is merely a cover for a group dedicated to protecting Jim as the last Scholar and the hope of his people. When his location is revealed, Jim is forced to run with two friends, his Tiger, and a strange bird. They cross to an alternate dimension and find a world they never knew existed. Jim and his friends must fight and ...more
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received Song of Sending as a free copy from the author. The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. This one started out in a bit of a hot mess-- if I hadn't committed to reading it, I would have been tempted to put it down after the first two chapters. It's not that the writing is bad, quite the contrary, I enjoyed the action sequences especially, but the beginning was a hodge-podge of actions and reactions where the reader has no context to make sense ...more
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This isn't the type of book I usually choose to read but I enjoyed it. It kept me interested and always curious to know what was coming next.
Maybe because this isn't the genre I usually read, the different language slowed me down a bit but I really liked all the characters. Well, maybe I didn't LIKE all the characters but I felt they were well written. I also enjoyed some of the creative items like the map and the coin.
The one thing that bothered me was the "voice" of Bak, the Tiger. I wanted h
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it

First chapter hard to get into.

Chpapter 7. I'm hooked loving it.

I enjoyed the book,I think Bak really made the book. The story line was interesting but poor Dan.

If you are into fantasy this is a must read.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book. Well written and constructed plotline with interesting main characters.
Look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Keep up the good work Corinne!

Happy Reading!
Robin Murray
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this very creative story and I am looking forward to book two! The story took a bit to unfold but well worth it!
Jenni Schell
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. I found it very easy to read and a lot of fun. I can't wait to see where the story leads in the next book.
Zan Marie Steadham
This is a richly detailed coming of age and quest story that draws you into a world of wonder and surprising revelations. I will be looking for part two of this new series.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Light fast reading fantasy. Somewhat spotty in plot and no real ending
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Corinne O’Flynn is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and mystery books. She's the author of The Expatriates fantasy-adventure series, Witches of Tower Hill paranormal suspense series featuring the award-winning Ghosts of Witches Past, the Aumahnee Prophecy urban fantasy series, which she co-writes with Lisa Manifold, and the Half Moon Girls murder-mystery series. She is also a publisher wi


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