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Exile

(Bloodforge #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00L2N1CNI.

On the fringes of the Verian Empire, two small boys stumble upon a strange altar, buried in the heart of a mountain. There they awaken a horror unseen for generations, that will descend upon the realm of men while it is at its weakest. For Veria is a nation at war with itself, only recently recovered from a blood
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Published June 16th 2014
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Fiona McShane
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Whilst climbing the mountain of Widowpeak, two young brothers (Loster and Barde) discover an ancient chamber. There, they awaken something, something from stories of old, something that would have been better left sleeping.

Three years pass. Loster, now fourteen, is haunted by what happened in the chamber that day. He is a boy filled with fear. When he is sent to be a priest, he thinks it is the best thing for him.

The Forester, Beccorban, is a man with a past. He has another name, one that str
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Gonçalo
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a ride.

I've been meaning to write this review for a long time but, alas, I'm a procrastinator at heart. Anyway, being that Tom Stacey is not one of the big names in the fantasy scene (yet, at least) I couldn't let this book pass without me leaving a review.

I was a bit fearful when I started reading Exile, I must admit. When it all starts with Loster and his brother uncovering an ancient temple, I started fearing that I was in for a rehash of the cliché "young-boy-finds-something-magical-and
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Melanie
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
"Exile" is the saga of a land breaking apart after a young boy inadvertently releases an ancient demonic/supernatural force (known as the Echoes) upon the world. Four unwilling heroes—the infamous Helhammer, the noble Lord Callistan, the feisty former prostitute Riella, and the young boy, Loster--find themselves thrown together as they fight this new enemy that is about to dominate (and perhaps annihilate) humanity.

The story’s language is engaging, the fight scenes are dramatic, and most chapte
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Stuart Thaman
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
With a host of heroic characters set in a majestically sweeping landscape, Exile delivers the very definition of epic fantasy. Alien creatures that imitate humans in near-perfect fashion undermine the kingdom of Veria and herald the onslaught wrought by the Echoes, an ancient race of humanoids bent on recapturing their homeland. High atop a mountain, two young brothers stumble upon a Bloodforge and accidentally set into motion the death of their kingdom. Exile begins with a wonderfully heroic th ...more
Kilayla Pilon
Though the writing was well done, I couldn't get too far in the book. I do not mine perspective switches in chapter forms, but when it's every other paragraph as it was in this novel, I found it impossible to imagine anything I was reading in my head. However, despite this, it had an amazing opening and I would have loved to continue onward had it not been for the perspective.
Don
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author, the publisher, and of course, Goodreads for this 'free' reading copy.

Strong plot and characters.

Great start of a very interesting fantasy series.
Ronnie  Rigsby
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exile

It was a little slow at the start but it Ga t better hope the next book is coming Thank you
Muhemed Masika
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To be lost in a book
What a feeling of relief
Abby
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review so here goes:

Exile opens with two brothers, Barde and Loster, sons of a local lord, in a forest, where they find an entrance to an altar in a mountain. There they encounter a huge, armored creature, who kills Barde, and Loster manages to escape.

From there the story continues three years later, following multiple POV characters, detailing their conflicts and journeys.

The story is really set up into two parts: For the first half,
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P.D. Kalnay
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received free a copy of Exile from the author in exchange for an honest review. That doesn't affect my review of the book, except that I will make no comments on price point or value.

This is the first written review of a book I've ever done. Usually, my review for a book would be me handing it to my younger brother, who likes the same kinds of books, and saying, “Here, this is good.”

What is it?
Exile by Tom Stacey is straight-up fantasy. I’m sure somebody has already gone to the trouble of nami
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Matthew
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Exile is the promising beginning for an intricate fantasy series. The characters are so uniquely, and thoroughly flushed out that I feel as though I deeply know them. They each have their minute idiosyncrasies and quirks that I look forward to seeing (although I will admit that I was growing frustrated with the constant Loster/Barde headache moments; we get it, Loster's got some crazy stuff happening in his head. Beating us over the head with it doesn't make him seem cooler) The setting seems li ...more
Shayne Carter
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lets get one thing straight before I make a review. I sit next to the author of Exile, Tom Stacey, at work (yes, he has a day job) and I consider him to be a very good friend. This however will not affect (affect? effect? I don't know, Tom would though, he's a decent writer) my review. I do some amateur photography and he has given me some pretty honest feedback so we know where we stand...if there is no integrity on the internet then what will the world become?

Now, i'm not the most experienced
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Robert
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free as part of a first reads giveaway. However, I will not bias my review based on that fact.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this book and would give it probably a 4.3/5 - I'd like to thank Tom for providing a free copy to me (sorry the review took so long, I was abroad until 2 days ago). Congratulations on a strong (first?) novel.

If you want a plot summary, read other reviews or the above plot summary, I like to get down to business.

The most accurate and gene
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Robert
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free as part of a first reads giveaway. However, I will not bias my review based on that fact.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this book and would give it probably a 4.3/5 - I'd like to thank Tom for providing a free copy to me (sorry the review took so long, I was abroad until 2 days ago). Congratulations on a strong (first?) novel.

If you want a plot summary, read other reviews or the above plot summary, I like to get down to business.

The most accurate and gene
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Amy Sanderson
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Free copy of the book provided by the author, in exchange for an impartial review.

In the heart of the Verian Empire, two young boys are about to awaken a dark horror, something not seen in their land for generations. An appealing simple premise, perhaps, but it's one that sets a far wider-reaching and more complex plot in motion in Exile, an epic fantasy novel filled with war, rebellion and a cast of strong characters.

It's the latter, in particular, that I found appealing. Too much of the 'grimd
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Taylor Baldwin
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pack your bags, assemble the crew, and get your tail out the front door; an adventure is about to happen because some old bad guys are back, they're mean as hell, and they are super pissed.

That would be my one line synopsis of this novel and I have to say that I quite enjoyed the ride. This book is fantasy to its core and doesn't pretend to be anything else (I mean that as a complement). An ancient evil is unwittingly released back into the world and you need some heroes to step up and fight ba
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Barb McKinley
The book starts quickly and I was captured by the story...then we skipped years and it started again and seemed to slow. I thought that, this being the first in a series, it had a lot of set up for future books.

The characters didn't develop well for me. I found it hard to relate to them as there was really not a lot of background. There is really never any reason given for why the creatures are there, who they really are and where they came from. The creatures are an army come back to take a lan
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Stephen
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
On the fringes of the Verian Empire, two small boys stumble upon a strange altar, buried in the heart of a mountain. There they awaken a horror unseen for generations, that will descend upon the realm of men while it is at its weakest. For Veria is a nation at war with itself, only recently recovered from a bloody rebellion, and the time of heroes has passed. The empire is in a state of chaos, and while its ruler, the Empron Illis, rids the land of his remaining enemies, unseen forces are gathe ...more
Yaritza
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Won this book from GoodReads. The story plot was very good and the writing.I really enjoyed the prologue of this book. Really caught my attention and interest. Tom really made me feel all the pain that Kiren endured with his injuries. I just couldn't get over when the lady came and used a knife to cut his finger to remove his ring not knowing that he was still alive. The constant cutting with a dull knife had my hair standing. He was very strong to lay there as if he was dead while someone did s ...more
Jason
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received this ebook quite a while ago from the author with the request that I give an honest review when I was done. Life has gotten in the way this first half of the year for many reasons and reading the book took way longer than I would have liked. This is of course to no fault of the author. I really enjoyed this book in it's entirety. From the first chapter I was a little concerned as the violence was of a very shocking, graphic nature that I do not read in books I choose frequently. What ...more
Charles Hoole
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received book through Goodreads Giveaway.

As a fan of fantasy stories, I found this one to meet my expectations. I enjoyed the novels stronger characters, Beccorban and Callistan, and how they trek through this crisis the land is suddenly plunged into. I can't say that the character Loster is a bad one, but can come off as a bit one-note given his circumstances, showing most of his growth in the latter half of the story. I plan to read the next entry into this series at some point in the future,
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Amanda Mic Perkins
Exile by Tom Stacey is the kind of book that picks you up by your throat and starts shaking you, and doesn't let go until the last page. And even on the last page, it doesn't let go of you, you're still dying to know what happens next. I cannot WAIT for the second book. The monsters are amazing and terrifying and PERFECT. The characters are deep and interesting. The writing was beautiful. (The only issue i had was the overly detailed depictions of gore, but the good far outweighs that.) Great bo ...more
AK Mama Reads
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
While I certainly wasn't blown away by anything strikingly original, I did rather enjoy this fresh take on epic fantasy. The characters endure a great deal of trial, and their thoughts are presented in an interesting way, while not slowing down the action. The pace never really lagged, and after a bit of a rough start, you become engrossed in the vivid journey through another world. 4 stars for Tom Stacey's first installment in the Bloodforge series, which means I'm looking forward to the next p ...more
Dave Dando-moore
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review, but this has not in any way influenced my review.

Exile by Tom Stacey is an extremely enjoyable fantasy novel - the first part of a new series. I'm a huge fan of fantasy as a genre and this book certainly didn't disappoint. There's a kind of old school fantasy flavour running throughout, with an epic backstory with well fleshed out characters that keep you reading. I look forward to future instalments.

Thanks Tom for the free book.
Sally Wolf
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A pair of brothers exploring, a fatal attack, Echoes in the night that look like men, and a great war, are the underlying themes for this novel. Yet there is so much more going on it will almost take your breath away trying to comprehend it all. The characters are solid and carry the story with power. Their lives interact masterfully allowing the story to flow off the page into your imagination. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, war, science fiction, or character driven st ...more
C. Stuchl
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-books
Loved it. Hope the next one is out soon. I don't really like long books but once I got going on this one I kept at it. Three major story lines that set the pace and fleshed out the main characters. When they all joined it was non-stop action. This book is well worth the time to read it. A whole new world and new evils to conquer. Secrets to uncover and lies to discover. Way to go Mr. Stacey keep it up.
thank you for the free book.
Joannes Rhino
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't read fantasy book a lot because I personally think that it's hard to visualize things in real life. However, that's not the case in Exile. Clearly, the author has quite stunning imagination. I don't need to explain in detail about his writing skill because he did a great job in using words. And amazingly, when I read this, I feel like there's a movie screen playing inside my head. I know this book is gonna attract more fans when it goes into a big screen. Fingers crossed.
Casca Green
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Exile is an energetic, driving dark medieval fantasy full of dynamic characters. The slipskins in particular are deliciously terrifying, and Callistan and Riella were a joy to read. I look more to seeing more from Tom Stacey!
Barry Effler
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent fantasy! An ancient evil awakes and an unlikely quartet will try to save the land from it.

I do not like reviewers spoiling a story and so do not try to a summarize the action.

This one is worth reading and I am eagerly awaiting a continuation sequel.
Mamoon Ahmed
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I generally don't read fantasy fiction, but this had me hooked from the first page. An epic story, with great characters and a brilliant ending.

Hope it catches the attention of more people.
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