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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.

The Ryogan Chronicles are best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Island of Exiles
Book #2 Sea of Strangers
Book #3 War of Storms


"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
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Miranda February 10, 2017

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 wrappin ...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 tol ...more

By Danielle's December 14, 2017

Khya lives on the island of Shiara. It's isolated and harsh. Every day is a challenge. Most die young.
Magic, secrets, and half-truths are all around.

Khya was close to her brother, Yorri until his apparent death. Now she is determined to find the truth. She is a trained warrior and dedicated to prot ...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 crea ...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 in ...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 clan ...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 hard ...more

By Di November 30, 2017

I have NO idea why this book hasn't had more hype! I really, really enjoyed it and it's like nothing I have ever read - which is saying something, especially in the YA world!

The world building is complex, thorough and absolutely fascinating: Erica Cameron has done an AMAZING job of creating a d ...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 th ...more

By diana 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 book ...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 th ...more

By lacy November 27, 2017

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

initial thoughts;
I will admit. At first, I wasn't super into this book. There was a lot of information and a lot of names that really confused me. Since this island is an island o ...more

By Sky February 06, 2018

please tell me why more people aren't talking about this book????????????


How do I even begin talking about this book? Straight to the point, I really freaking loved it. It’s all the things I could want in a book. Survivalism, fantasy, strong female main character, diversity in all the characters, a ...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 with ...more

By Hillary April 01, 2017

From both a plotting/worldbuilding and diversity standpoint, this was fantastic. The plot and the incipient romance tied together well, and the world the story took place in held true. The story also features numerous characters of a third gender with their own pronouns (ey, em, eir; like they, them ...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 about ...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 Lex April 06, 2017

I think I just found my new favourite series. I loved everything about this novel. The characters, the world, the world building, the relationships, the magic, the terminology, THE PLOT TWISTS, the character development. Everything. ...more

By Nicole December 15, 2017

This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This first book in the series throws us into a strange and deadly desert world where every day is a fight for survival.

What Fed My Addiction:

Utterly unique.
I’ve never read anything like this series, and the world that Cam ...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 villa ...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

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 a s ...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.
But ...more

By Cap June 02, 2017

At the beginning, I wasn't quite sure what to make of the story, because there were terms that were a little hard to follow, but I got used to them eventually, and fell in love with it. About halfway through is when I really got engrossed in the story, not wanting to put the book down. Something abo ...more

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Erica Cameron

About the author

Erica Cameron

Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.

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