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Peek Inside Island of Exiles

On the isolated desert island of Shiara, the clan comes before self, and Khya is a warrior above all else. But when obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap

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In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.

On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.

But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run—a betrayal and a death sentence.


"Cameron expertly blends worldbuilding and intriguing characters with page-turning action scenes and a story that builds in tension and complexity. The novel's commitment to diversity adds new dimensions to thestory, as the cast is entirely nonwhite, and the clan recognizes nonbinary gender identities and complex sexual orientations. This is a rare gem of abook.... [and a] fresh, original series starter." Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Erica Cameron's ISLAND OF EXILES is a remarkable achievement: a fantasy world so richly imagined, so finely detailed, and so strikingly original, even the most incredible elements feel totally real. The energy of the desosa will tingle along your skin as you race through this amazing book, and at journey's end, you'll long for the sequel so you can immerse yourself once more in the mysteries of Itagami! Joshua David Bellin, author of the Survival Colony series

"Island of Exiles is imaginative, bold, and as electrifying as a Shiara storm." Lori Lee, author of Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite

A beautifully wrought fantasy filled with magic, rebellion, and romance, plus a strong, butt-kicking heroine to root for!" Lea Nolan, USA Today Bestselling author of ConjureAllure, and Illusion

"I was consumed by the savage mysteries of Cameron's harsh and haunting fantasy world. A story of love and loss as searing as the desert heat." Diana Peterfreund, author of For Darkness Shows the Stars

"Harrowing and heartfelt. The intricately-realized world of ISLAND OF EXILES crackles with harsh magic and gripping suspense." A.R. Kahler, author of The Immortal Circus series

"ISLAND OF EXILES has everything I've been looking for in a fantasy--powerful characters, magical powers that make me itch with envy, and a spoken language that is as intrinsic to the story as it is beautiful." Amber Lough, author of The Fire Wish and The Blind Wish

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755963
Series: The Ryogan Chronicles, Book 1
Release Date: Feb 14, 2017
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, lgbtq, multi-cultural, mystery & suspense, young adult, young adult fantasy, young adult mystery
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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Island of Exiles was a gripping, addictive, and captivating book. This book sucked me in from the very first page. Island of Exiles was a book that pulled me in and never let me go! I was pleasantly surprised by this book!

I loved the world the author created, but I did have some issues with wrap... ...more

By Madison February 05, 2017

Island of Exiles is a rich and epic fantasy, incredibly detailed with superb world building. I am picky about what fantasy novels I read, but this one far surpassed all my expectations and I am now eagerly awaiting book two in the series.

When I was offered a chance to read Island of Exiles I was... ...more

By Shannon (It Starts At Midnight) February 05, 2017

You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Ohhh guys, this one is unique! And has a lot going for it!  I am just going to get right into all the good stuff.

The world is incredibly unique. Like, so much. The creativity in this... ...more

By Danya February 10, 2017

This review and others can be found at my blog, Fine Print.

Have you been struggling to find an original, well written YA fantasy? Look no further! Here are 5 reasons to read ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron.

1. Creative World Building

If you enjoy complex social, political, and cultural contexts... ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) February 15, 2017

Haven't been reading much of late, but wow! I'm not a fantasy reader really, but honestly, I loved this diverse story and can't wait for the rest of the books in this series to release.

Tons of action, adventure, and there's a good reason why so many authors and even Kirkus Reviews have fallen ha... ...more

By Leah February 24, 2017

***I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***


In Erica Cameron's ISLAND OF EXILES, we visit a nation ensconced in magic and a hierarchy based upon strength and ability. They're is taught to put complete faith in their leaders and to put the well-being of the cl... ...more

By Brett October 20, 2016

I got the chance to read an early version of this book, and it absolutely blew me away! I can't wait for the release date so I can reread it - and so I can have other people to fangirl with!! ...more

By Alexa February 12, 2017

This book... is just... incredible. It begins so simply, not quite a “Oh, look, another magic-ridden high fantasy” feel, because it does have a very epic, even almost chilling start, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to be as mind-blowingly phenomenal as it actually is. That comes on slowly—yet... ...more

By diana (chaotic reader) February 21, 2017


This. Book. Is. So. Badass.

I admit I was so confused in the beginning with all the unfamiliar terms I came across (but hey that's what the glossary is for right?) but once I got myself familiarized with the world, the book just got a whole lot better.
I don't think I've ever read a bo... ...more

By Hannah November 23, 2016

I had the chance to read an early copy of this book, and I already can't wait for the sequel. The story is engaging and satisfying with high adventure, subtle yet steamy romance, and beautiful, diverse relationships. Key to this book are the well-developed characters. They give you a glimpse into... ...more

By Jenny February 05, 2017

At first I want to thank the team of Entangled Teen - a special thanks goes to Melissa - to give me the chance of reading 'Island Of Exiles' by providing an ARC in exchange for an honest opinion from my side!

The first impression, when I see a book is always the cover. Am I tending to read books w... ...more

By Joshua February 19, 2017

An unbelievably thrilling and inventive YA fantasy that sets the reader in the midst of a vividly imagined world and sprints through the wonders of that place without pausing for breath. (Well, okay, there are some quiet scenes to balance the action, but the pacing is intense throughout.) The nar... ...more

By Holly February 19, 2017

I’d been eager to read this book since I’d seen a post from Erica on Twitter about it and chatted with her briefly. I am a huge fan of fantasy, and this book sounded right up my alley. I also loved the idea that Erica would be exploring the idea of asexuality in the book, as I have never read abo... ...more

By Melanie February 07, 2017

I have to first start off by saying that the writing in this story is superb! The way that Erica Cameron creates a world that takes you away from the one you are in and makes you feel like you are a part of the one she is writing about is quiet an accomplishment. I have never felt so involved in... ...more

By Heather February 14, 2017

It is rare for me to know I am going to love a book just from the first page. This was one of those books. Erica Cameron's writing is breathtaking and I couldn't put Island of Exiles down.

I'll admit there were times I got hung up by unfamiliar words, and because the setting is in a tribal-like vi... ...more

By Emmyjo February 07, 2017

At first this book was a little hard to read because of the lingo that is used throughout the book. But by the 3rd or 4th chapter I got use to it and figured out more what the characters were saying. The story follows a young female Khya who wants to help her brother be a part of a clan like her.... ...more

By Cierra February 18, 2017

Thanks to Entangled Teen for the ARC through NetGalley!

"Heat, dirt, blood, death. Life is made of these things."

This was honestly one of the most original stories I've read in a long time! The world and society Cameron has created here is both intricate and thought provoking. Khya and Tessen ha... ...more

By Yomna February 06, 2017


Really great fantasy with well-written characters.

Full review: ...more

By Di March 12, 2017

Review to follow ...more

By Rebecca February 21, 2017

I've been really burnt out on YA recently, but I couldn't put ISLAND OF EXILES down once I got into it. I loved the relationship between Khya and Yorri, loved everything about Tessen, and simply adored the world building and magic system <3 I cannot wait for the second book to come out! ...more

By kariny February 06, 2017


Khya has always succeeded in her life. She has a rare and powerful power that allowed her to climb up to one of the highest fighting ranks in the island. Being the daughter of two of the second most powerful people...

By Kristie February 13, 2017

To say that Erica's new book is amazing, is putting it lightly.

I fell in love with her words when I received an arc of her first book, Sing Sweet Nightingale back in 2014; and every time I keep wanting more. Erica has a way with storytelling that I wish more people had the experience of reading.... ...more

By Coolcurry March 02, 2017

Island of Exiles is a survival focused YA fantasy novel that may appeal to fans of The Hunger Games.

The desert island of Shiara is a harsh world where allegiance to the clan means all. Khya, a young warrior, has ambitions to the council that helps the immortal elders rule the clan. Only one thing... ...more

By books are love February 19, 2017

This is my first read from Erica Cameron and I am excited to continue this series. We had wonderful world building and build up of the dangers, betrayals and loyalties. We get a slow build up of who is who and the social hierarchy as well. But mainly the dangers and who everyone is and the secret... ...more

By Anniek February 20, 2017

Khya lives on Shiara, a desert island. Having saved many lives in her clan multiple times Khya expects to be on the council one day. Every person in Shiara will have to go through their herynshi, one of their rituals. The outcome of this will determine the life and duties they'll have within the... ...more

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Erica Cameron

About the author

Erica Cameron

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years studying psychology and creative writing, basically getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Now, she’s the author of several series for young adults. She’s also a reader, asexuality advocate, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse who loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works. Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance. Riptide’s new YA imprint Triton Books will release both books in the Assassins series, Discord and Nemesis, in 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy set to launch through Entangled Teen, will launch in 2017 with Island of Exiles.

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