Series: The Protector #1
Published by M.R. Merrick on April 1st, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Supernatural, Vampires, Young Adult
Source: bought online
Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase's birthday, the bloodline stopped.
Exiled without the Circle's protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle's agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can't do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.
In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle's plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other's life depending on it.
Chase Williams is a hunter within the Circle who lives with his parents. His mom a water elemental and his dad a fire elemental. During his ceremony where his element is called forth, nothing happens. His own father denounces his son and wife and together they are exiled to live with humans.
Now I had reason to believe this was targeted towards boys but even so I enjoyed reading it very much. There’s enough action packed into these pages as many as there are words. The story keeps us moving along and it gains momentum until the climax which wasn’t too surprising. Nonetheless, the characters, plot, and setting all tied nicely together which added to the development of the story. The fight scenes are descriptive and fast and I couldn’t help but be intrigued as I watch them battle it out in my imagination.
Chase is an arrogant hero, yet his intentions are pure and when he finds The Circle are not what they seem to be, he is resistant at first but there was too much evidence to back up the claims. Rayna on the other hand is quick to act, and has a lot more fight in her than most of the characters I read about. All the secondary characters like bad-ass vampire Vincent and resourceful but scaredy-cat demon Willy all add to te story and don’t deter the reader from the plot.
Truly a story worth reading and I can’t wait what M.R. Merrick has in store for Chase and his demon hunting skills.