Story Summary:

The Exile is the first book in a series of a historical fantasy adventure stories. The books center around the character of Mark North aka Kensi Lethias Nile. He was exiled to this world after aiding in the ousting of his king on his home-world Opawes. The series revolves around the characters adventures on this world as he attempts to return to his home and exact retribution on those people who exiled him.

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San Francisco Book Review – 4 Stars

In a quiet northeastern university, Mark North hopes to find peace from his memories of home and from the lives lost to him through acts of treachery. North only wants to disappear. But the past always has a way of catching up with people. The disappearance of his close friend Alvin draws North into a long, dark web going back hundreds of years to his time with the Knights temple. A centuries-old mystery must be unraveled: what really happened to the Templars and the origins of the two-faced demon Janus? It will be a race against time as enemies become allies and as North must figure out how to prevent Janus being unleashed. If North and his allies fail, it could be the end of everything.

While reading The Exile, I noticed that the first few chapters helped set up the rest of the book as well as set up the world behind the story. The first few chapters were very detailed (as well as the rest of the book), which helped with the background of the characters as well as the main protagonist and set up the lore surrounding the universe. The details that the author provided throughout the story helped me to get to know the characters. But my attention started to lag during these chapters, as it seemed like it took a while to get the story going, but, once I continued to read, I appreciated all the detail that was put into the first chapters, as I was able to understand what was happening, but I really enjoyed how the plot was driven by the characters. The book doesn’t rely directly on plot and is able to connect from the past toward the present by bringing in different angles and perspectives to the story. The action scenes were descriptive and made it seem like you were actually there, not just looking in on the outside. I personally enjoyed The Exile, as the book has a really unique storyline, a unique group of characters, heroes who you can root for, and villains who you want to be defeated.

Reviewed By: Ellie Woods

Author Bio:

Craig Washington is an author living in southern Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. His novel, The Exile, is the first in a series of historical fantasy adventures. He studied literature at the Universities of Massachusetts and London. He received a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a psychotherapist for 25 years, treating the mentally ill and at-risk teenagers. He has worked as a fencing instructor. He is a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and teaches in the evenings. In addition, Craig is a certified rescue diver and has dove throughout the Caribbean and Central America. He has travelled extensively through North and Central America, Europe and Africa. He can be contacted through Facebook and Instagram at the Exile Series. He can be reached via email at