Island of Exiles

In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.

On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.
But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya’s home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she’s never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run―a betrayal and a death sentence.

Kirkus Reviews Indie Book of the Month- April 2017

Junior Library Guild Selection

A beautifully wrought fantasy filled with magic, rebellion, and romance, plus a strong, butt-kicking heroine to root for!
— ~ Lea Nolan, USA Today bestselling author of Conjure, Allure, and Illusion
Starred Review: Readers won’t be able to put this book down, as the excitement begins from the first page and only grows from there. Cameron expertly blends worldbuilding and intriguing characters with page-turning action scenes and a story that builds in tension and complexity. The novel’s commitment to diversity adds new dimensions to the story, as the cast is entirely nonwhite, and the clan recognizes nonbinary gender identities and complex sexual orientations. The lexicon of unique terms and concepts may be intimidating to some readers, but the vocabulary adds fantastic texture to the world without distracting from the plot. This rare gem of a book has a lot to offer readers, including magic, action, and intrigue on the edge of a knife.

A fresh, original series starter, bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth.
— Kirkus Reviews
I was consumed by the savage mysteries of Cameron’s harsh and haunting fantasy world. A story of love and loss as searing as the desert heat
— Diana Peterfreund, author of For Darkness Shows the Stars
Harrowing and heartfelt. The intricately-realized world of Island of Exiles crackles with harsh magic and gripping suspense.
— Alex Kahler, author of The Immortal Circus series
Erica Cameron’s Island of Exiles is a remarkable achievement: a fantasy world so richly imagined, so finely detailed, and so strikingly original, even the most incredible elements feel totally real. The energy of the desosa will tingle along your skin as you race through this amazing book, and at journey’s end, you’ll long for the sequel so you can immerse yourself once more in the mysteries of Itagami!
— Joshua David Bellin, author of the Survival Colony series
Island of Exiles has everything I’ve been looking for in a fantasy—powerful characters, magical powers that make me itch with envy, and a spoken language that is as intrinsic to the story as it is beautiful.
— Amber Lough, author of The Fire Wish and The Blind Wish
Island of Exiles is imaginative, bold, and as electrifying as a Shiara storm.
— Lori Lee, author of Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite