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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 Conjure, Allure, 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
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
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
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.
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
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
***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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
*I RECEIVED A FREE COPY FROM THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*
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
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
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
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