Do not hesitate. Do not contemplate mercy.
The Lorian Empire took everything from Dayne.
His family. His home. His people.
He will carve a bloody path through Epheria. He will have his vengeance, by blade and by blood.
This is his story.
The story of The Exile.
The Exile is a companion story to Ryan Cahill’s The Bound and the Broken, and the second novella to come out of the series. The narrative is broken into 4 parts and tells the background story of Dayne, who appears in book 2 of the series and becomes an important figure and fan favorite.
I love that this novella is focused on Dayne, because his past is very mysterious in the main novels. To make him the primary figure in this book and delve deeper into his history and motivations. I enjoyed learning more about him, and, not only does this add depth to the two books in the series that have already been published, but it will continue to do so as the series progresses.
I was unsure at first about the way the story was split up in 4 sections with time jumps. Honestly, the book is so good I wanted more of it. But, in the end I think Cahill made the right choice. Dayne has such a rich history, that to dig into every detail would have made this book into something it is not. As a companion novella to the main story, this book contributes to that work in a positive way without taking away its shine. And I love that about it.
I want to take a minute to talk about Cahill’s writing, as well. The writing in every book I read from the author is better than the last. I was really impressed with so many aspects of The Exile. Cahill knows exactly when to give more detail and when to back off. The characters are believable, and the storyline is adventurous. There is always a ton of emotion involved, as well. I am most impressed, though, with the pacing. That is an area where, in my opinion, the author has most improved.
If you have not started The Bound and The Broken, read it (books 0.5, 1, and 2). Then read The Exile. Come for the side story, stay for the great writing, and enjoy the ride this series takes you on.
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