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Dawn of the Exile

(The Infernal Guardian #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  537 ratings  ·  45 reviews
For the damned, redemption may be just a mad dream…

Years have passed since the demon Tarrik and his master, the sorcerer Ren, destroyed the servants of Samal and suppressed the very essence of the vile lord. The cost was greater than even a demon could have imagined. But in the realms of demons and humans, no evil can be fully controlled, and no one’s true fate can be fore
Paperback, 383 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by 47North
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James Tivendale
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I was sent a review copy of Dawn of the Exile in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Mitchell Hogan for approaching me and 47North for the NetGalley widget.

Set ten years after the conclusion of Shadow of The Exile, the second novel in The Infernal Guardian series sees Tarrik Nal-Valim, one of the most well-crafted and likeable demon characters in fantasy facing a trial regarding his actions in the human world and the following consequences. Five demon lords are presiding and after his
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks-own
Really enjoyed this second installment! New adventures, new characters and characters we know and some of the story felt a bit the same too. A fun read nonetheless!
Anne Monteith
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mitchell Hogan has become my second favorite authors; he’s in excellent company with Michael J Sullivan being in the number one spot. I love this series that’s’ set many years before the beginning of the Tainted Cabal series (please get book 2 out soon).

The prologue picks up where Shadow of Exile ends; Tarrik Nal-Valim is mourning Ren’s death and has returned his exile in the Guttering Wastes of Shimrax where he’s been exiled. When he’s summoned before the council of lord, he hopes that his dee
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Publishing Date: March 2019

Publisher: 47 North


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.6/5

Review: This story continues on the heels of a very good novel that I reviewed awhile ago, “Shadow of the Exile”. Tarrik is once again summoned by a sorcerer with nefarious plans and away we go.

This author is very good at creating intense movement coupled with great character development. When you look forward to every scene and silently root for the characters to prevail, you have a winner. Most sequels s
Al Burke
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good addition to the series. Review here - ...more
R Smith
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hope there’s another!
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ive become a Hogan fanboy. So far everything I've read by him is super fun. Set a few years after book 1, we are immersed into Tarriks world, his friends, his enemies both old and new, as well as great world building. Its not over the top confusing but its not too basic. I love the levels the demons upgrade to. Hogans has this way with words that enables you to feel every emotion possible. Second to this, the pace is unrelenting with great action pieces. Highly recommend this ...more
Amanda Cimorell
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This was good. It wasn’t as good as the first, but it had its moments.
(They didn’t eat as much in this one, haha.)
I was a little worried because I thought Ren was really dead and Linriel was going to be the new love interest.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
This book was a bit repetitive in parts and I found myself scanning over them quite a few times.
I really do like Tarrik as a character and the push-pull between him and Ren is great! I do think they are quite good together.
Looks like there is go
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can’t remember being so enthralled by a story that I’d read the first and second installments back to back. However, this wasn’t a great as the first but it was still an engaging read. There were some really nice surprises and twists I didn’t expect. I really like the world Mitchell Hogan has created. The demon world, the Orgrols and the Undying Ones were so interesting. I wanted to know of their history. Again, Tarrik was great, flawed, and an absolutely joy. There were some weird moments in ...more
Maxine Robinson
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Release day is today 12/3/19

To say I was excited when I realised Dawn of the Exile was up on NetGalley would be an understatement. I whooped a bit and jumped straight in. You see, while I didn't think book 1, Shadow of Exile, was perfect, I really enjoyed Tarrik. He is a great character. My review can be found on my blog. He is a demon, stuck in exile, guilty of staying in the human world and loving a human woman. He is an upper level demon and past all the chaos that the younger demons bring wi
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
(ARC received from 47North via Netgalley)

A good sequel to the first novel Shadow of the Exile, which begins right after the climactic end. I enjoyed reading this. It is an entertaining romp with likable characters, and shadowy threats brimming with malice. There is awesome magic, action, demonic assassins, undead gods, that adds up spice to the interesting world of the novel. It has a pretty simple story-arc with doses of intriguing mythology, and a fresh modern take on some of the tropes that
Anders Haywood
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two outpaces it's predecessor in every way!

Book one of this series easily earned a spot in my top 5 reads of last year. It really drew me into the world and this only improves on that.
Several years have passed and Tarrik is still ecking out a living in the wastes, his actions of the first book not redeeming him in the eyes of *most* of the demon lords.
He is one day summoned back to the world by a human sorcerer, one who he met the last time he was summoned.
To avoid spoilers, I won't go on,
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book, Shadow of the Exile, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one, too. It took me a while to get into this story but once I did, I was hooked. Ren and Tarrik along with a few extra characters once again team up to try and defeat the biggest, baddest demon, Samal. There is lots of adventure and betrayal. Ren’s sole focus is on destroying Samal at all costs while Tarrik assists her in order to achieve redemption in his demon world. Their friendship grows stronger and while not exactl ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much more than I could have expected after a brilliant Book 1

This series has been an absolute breath of fresh air!
I had been searching for a while for the perfect fantasy/adventure book and I am so happy I chose Shadow of the Exile and now this book. I was weary at first as I’m used to a female POV and don’t usually like demonic themes but I’m glad I ignored my preconceptions as this is a masterpiece. No tacky sex scenes as filler, no one dimensional characters and no loose ends in the plot.
Marcy Chestnut
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway, ebook
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm so glad I did, otherwise I would never have read it. Tarik is an engaging character, with a substantial amount of development over the course of the book. The world-building is expansive and coherent, and the non-stop action kept my interest. There is enough description of prior events to make sense, so that reading the first book isn't really necessary, although it makes for a better understanding of the characters and their motivations. All together, ...more
Kerry Smith
A great ending to what has been so far a brilliant duology by Mitchell Hogan. I absolutely adored Hogan's books as his protagonists are usually the enemies in majority of fantasy novels. In The Infernal Guardian we have Tarrik - a Demon in exile (for falling in love with a human) as the main character. Though he is unfortunately torn from his realm & bound to Sorcerer's he uses cunning, skill and a burgeoning talent to get himself freed from his tormented exile. ...more
Paige Belfield
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully written, with a cast of characters who each have their own incredible strengths. I do sort of feel that it took a while for everyone to find their rhythm again after the events of book 1 and it felt like most of them had regressed, which I struggled with. But it fell into a good dynamic pattern after a while.
David Drewry
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved It

This was a great follow-up to the first book in the series. I loved how another character/demon was added to the storyline as well as involving other important characters.. With all that happens to Tarrik I am looking forward to what happens next and will he ever become a demon Lord.
David J Bilan
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great conclusion to an exciting tale of magic and chaos.

When a demon is exiled for hanging out with humans, even though he was summoned, is summoned again, barely escapes and gets summoned again it start to seem like Groundhog Day but with different people doing the summoning each time. Will he survive this time? It’s a wild ride and a page turner.
Jacqueline Walker
Something a bit different that keeps u reading.

I have neglected a fantasy novel predominantly about demons but I am so glad that I have read the 2 books in this series as they've been brought to life in a really original way. Great storyline and am now looking to read more by this man.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely amazing continuation of the first book. The world building and character development are absolutely phenomenal.
There is not one thing I can fault about this book, it might be bias since this book plays exactly to my personal tastes, but I absolutely loved it and would recommend the series to anyone who loves fantasy.
Nigel P
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another outstanding tale

I am really enjoying these characters, I like this version of demons for some reason, to me at least, it feels right. The characters are strong, the stories are very character focused but even so the secondary characters also feel 3 dimensional.

Looking forward to book #3
Heath Rogers
A decent enough 2nd installment

The plot was pretty good, but did seem a bit repetitive in places. The action was gripping, but some of the extended fight scenes did get bogged down in a lot of extraneous detail.
Kevin O'Malley
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine story. If you read the first one, you kind of know what you will get

I like the demons facing ethical dillemmas in this world. We have a lot of power corrupts, but everyone seems to start with reasonable motives.

I LIKE it.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Never thought I would view a Demon as a hero.... characters were well developed and the story never lagged. Excellent read... cant wait for more books from the Author.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first

This is s better than the first book! It is thoughtful, but full of action. I really enjoyed seeing the characters grow and the story progress. I really hope there are more to come!
Jo Randall
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this book was stronger than the first. The relationship dynamics were interesting and fun, the story fast paced and full of action. I would have read this in one sitting if life didn't keep getting in the way! ...more
Dave Emma
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michell Hogan gets better and better with every book he writes. This is absolutely my favorite of his so far, and I look forward to all his future work. Keep them coming sir!!
Robert J Smith
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic book with a different angle. This book was a breath of fresh air.
Sharon Phelps
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterfully told science fiction/fantasy

Spellbinding! I hung on every word. I absolutely love the characters and the story and can't wait to see what is going to happen next.
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