February 10, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron
Book one in The Ryogan Chronicles
Publisher: February 14th, 2017
Publication date: Entangled teen
Source: eArc from the publisher
Rating: 4 hearts
In this diverse, gritty survival fantasy, a girl warrior turns against her island clan to find the brother they claim died, uncovering secrets. Perfect for fans of Graceling and Snow Like Ashes.
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.
Island of Exiles tells us the story of Khya, she has magical powers and lives in the desert.
There are several ranks in this society, I will make simple and speak of the most important. The Miriseh who are the equivalent of the gods, they are 10 in total and work with the Kaigo who they can be compared to the political and ruling class. Then there are the Nishin divided into 6 categories, they are the defenders, the army in a certain way, then there are the Ahdo, also divided into 6 categories, they are more the guards. And lastly, the Yonin, who are the lowest classes, occupy themselves chiefly with household and agricultural tasks.
The Herynshi is a trial undergone by all citizens the moon of their sixteen birthday, which defines the class in which each person will be. Khya has a young brother, Yorri, he is her blood brother, they are the only one in the city and their bond is very special.
I will stop here for the story and let you discover it by yourself.
The story is told only by Khya, she is strong and independent, she’s also very protective of her brother and sometimes she’s too arrogant for her own good. She’s working with a squad under the order of Tyrroh with Rai and Etaro, her best friends. I like that Khya, even if she has doubt, can follow her instinct, she knows that something is weird in the city and she will try to find answer.
Tessen is the male character in the story and I really like him, he is stronger than Khya but his magic is different, I like Khya very much but she is mad with him because of the promotion he got and not her. He will try everything to make her trust him, and sometimes she doesn’t deserves him at all.
Sanni is a Yonin but she is also Yorri’s lover, she will do everything to help him, even if what she does is treason. Sanni is a simple person, she also has magic but the more important thing is that she loves Yorri so much and she isn’t afraid of the Miriseh.
This story is good and the world building is great, at first it was a little complicated to get into this world, but once you’re inside, it’s hard to get out. I really liked the evolution of the relationship between Khya and Tessen, but also that of Khya and Sanni. I also appreciated this connection to the gods and the relationship that this may have in our time.
I will not tell you more but know that this is the first book of Erica Cameron that I read and I will read the suite with great pleasure, to know if they will get out and especially how.
Quick word: An epic adventure is the desert.
About the author
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 YA imprint Triton Books began the Assassins series with Discord in September 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy through Entangled Teen, launched in 2017 with Island of Exiles. Next up, Erica will be working with Entangled Teen to create a young adult science fiction trilogy pitched as Star Trek: Voyager meets The Expanse and Battlestar Galactica; Pax Novis is set to fly in 2018.