A Tale from the Chronicles of Magnus

Fiction - Dystopia
188 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2024
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Author Biography

I've worked in television, film, video games, private investigation and law enforcement, but writing is my first and last obsession. I published my first short story at 17 and have won more than a dozen writing awards since, including a Reader's Favorite Gold Medal. EXILES is my first full foray into dystopian fiction. I had a blast writing it and I think you'll love it too.

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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Exiles is a gripping dystopian thriller by Miles Watson. The story follows Marguerite Bain, a smuggler and captain of the Sea Dragon, who gets an unusual assignment to provide supplies to an exile living on the remote island of Beausejour. But Marguerite doesn't adhere to the strict instructions of the Employer, and when she gets her hands on the journal of the exiled Enitan Champoleon, she delves into his story. Champoleon was a tramp, deserter, and masterful liar who inadvertently spawned the influential revolutionary group Solution to fight against the Order's ruthless regime. However, he soon realized that by doing so, he was offering Europe to a complete megalomaniac with grand plans to set up his own totalitarian regime. Meanwhile, someone from the Watch has infiltrated Marguerite's crew.

Mystery, espionage, and political intrigue lace the pages of Exiles. Miles Watson has built a believable futuristic dystopian world featuring authoritarian regimes, likable rogues, and revolutionaries with flexible morals. The setting is fascinating and immersive, while the plot is full of surprises and unexpected twists and turns that you never see coming. Watson moves the plot at a brisk pace, with compelling characters who have layers to unpeel beneath their outer personas. The narrative features a story within a story, and I enjoyed Champoleon's backstory almost as much as Marguerite's action-packed adventures. Their brief interaction toward the end was immensely satisfying to me. The author also excels in building suspense, tension, and intrigue through the narrative, which is absolutely captivating. As a fan of dystopian tales that mirror real-world issues, I loved this book and can't recommend it highly enough.