Book Review: Rite of Exile by E.J. Godwin

25729250Title: Rite of Exile

Author: E.J. Godwin

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Publication Date: June 4, 2015

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

How far will a father go for his child? How much will he sacrifice?

Accused of murder, Caleb flees with his son Warren to begin a new life far from Earth. But when his ship crashes on an unknown world, Warren is injured, condemning the child to a slow death before his twentieth birthday.

Telai is the first of her sword-wielding race to meet these strangers from the sky. Her loyalty to her people demands caution, yet she cannot ignore the plea in Caleb’s voice, or the desperate longing in Warren’s eyes. A connection takes hold, a bond even her clairvoyant powers cannot explain. Should she trust her instincts? Should she trust her heart?

Caleb embraces the unhurried lifestyle of their noble cities, and swears an oath to protect Telai’s people. Determined to save his son, he discovers a passage in their archives about an ancient talisman that could cure any disease–but was so powerful it sent an entire race to the brink of destruction. Now he faces a terrible choice: Pursue this faint hope, betraying his oath and his growing love for Telai … or watch his son wither away until he dies.

Rite of Exile is the first book in The Silent Tempest trilogy.

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

This is one of those reviews that is difficult to write. I know that Rite of Exile is the type of book that could develop a following and that many readers will love it, but it’s not my favorite type of book. It reminds me of when I read The Lord of the Rings. It’s a good story, good writing, but took me forever to get through it.

I like the idea of a planet that is similar to Earth. It has always made sense to me that if there is other life out there that the planet, and the life on that planet, would be similar to ours.

Caleb would do anything for his son, Warren, and it’s amazing what he accomplishes with the goal of finding a cure for him. I don’t believe in spoilers so I’ll just say that Caleb is such a smart man and good student, it was difficult for me to believe that he was so stupid when it came to what he had in his possession.

There are some interesting twists which cause suspenseful moments and if you like adventure, the last third of the book is just that. The end of Rite of Exile stops at a good point, but there’s more to come, more to be resolved. I recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction/fantasy sagas.

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About the Author

(from Goodreads)

4117856E. J. Godwin doesn’t write fiction. He creates worlds to discover.

Even when he was a shy, 10-year-old boy he could never stay away too long from his one never-faltering passion, the stories and artwork of his imagination. Even today he still enjoys art as a secondary outlet for his creativity, but the written word has always provided the most freedom and flexibility. For that reason, fantasy and science fiction have always been his favorite genres. As the years passed he added more depth and texture to his inventions, until now, with the help of his editor, Erica Orloff, he has released his stories for readers to enjoy, and hopes to share more in the future.

He lives in Michigan with an abysmally stupid yet endearing Persian cat, and enjoys bike riding, hiking, 3D graphic design … just about anything that frees his imagination.

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