Review: Return to Exile

Posted by Derek Chamberlain on Sunday, September 8, 2013 Under: Book Review

Return to Exile by E.J. Patten

Book One of The Hunter Chronicles

Simon & Schuster, 2011

(Kindle Edition) $6.80


Great Read: ☆☆☆☆☆


I just finished reading this and I have to say, this was one of the first books that I really enjoyed reading on my Kindle app (the other was Mur Lafferty’s Playing for Keeps). I’m old-school when it comes to books and, despite loving the idea of being able to carry around a library full of books on one device, I just haven’t found many of them enjoyable enough to get me all the way through it while using an e-reader. But I didn’t come here to talk about my foibles, but rather to laud E.J. Patten’s book. 


This is a Y.A. that, like Harry Potter, appeals to an adult audience. Or, well, I’m pushing 40 and it appealed to me, so I’m extrapolating. 


The main character is an eleven year old boy named Skyler Weathers, though everyone calls him Sky. There is something strange about him, and about his family. His uncle is an eccentric who teaches Sky to make traps, do puzzles, and study weird stories about monsters and the people who hunted them. When Sky and his family move back to his hometown, Sky discovers that the books he thought were just strange tales are all true and that someone wants him dead for his part in one of them. It’s a coming of age tale, among other things, and is fast paced and compelling. Having just read this one, I’m eager to go out and buy the next one, and I’m hoping the one after is going to be available soon enough to feed my need for more of Sky’s story.


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Tags: "e.j. patten" "hunter chronicles" 
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