Published by E.J. Godwin on June 4th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Adult Fiction
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.
The concept of the story really caught my attention. The first chapter, I really picked up on the fatherly love Caleb had towards his son, Warren. I was a little upset how Warren was basically reduced to a three-year-old. But I was pleased that he was making progress throughout the book. I thought the writing was well written and described the scenery and details superbly. However, a few times it felt more like it told me what the character was doing, pulling me out of the universe and submersion of the story. I did find the story really easy to follow, especially when there is a handy dandy glossary in the back! The names of the characters, towns, and planet were so creative, yet strange that I found myself getting confused. But again, that glossary really came in handy! There were a lot of times when I found myself wondering what was going to happen next. At times, I wish there were more details about Earth, how it was different and similar, and even the technology it had. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I am really pleased with how the story ended and am looking forward to reading the second book.