The Exile by Craig Washington

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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Kirkus Reviews:

A masterful melding of fantasy, history, thriller and full-throttle action.

Washington’s debut work weaves multiple storylines from across time and space into a gripping, unflagging epic. The star and narrator is college professor Mark North, whose introductory dream, violent and otherworldly, signals a past and demons that are anything but ordinary. Evidence soon mounts that his waking self isn’t exactly normal, either. He launches his own rogue investigation after a colleague is accused of sexual improprieties with students. What is initially presented as academic politics mushrooms into centuries-old intrigue, flinging North from a fictional northeastern university across centuries, continents, worlds and back. The journeys link the same core players: Knights Templar, secret societies, and deadly demons hellbent on entering and dominating this realm. Their machinations mix with campus scandals, historical battles, artifacts with special properties, ritual sacrifice, martial arts, shifting allegiances and interdimensional travel, all laden with double-dealing and physical desire. Little of this is beyond North’s ken, though he’s no Indiana Jones with a bullwhip. That initial dream hinted at more than the state of his psyche, and he meets each assailant, acquaintance and magic spell with a readiness, knowledge and prowess. In the vividly detailed fight scenes, he’s an enigmatic, engrossing action hero with enough personality flaws (anger and vengeance being high on the list) and attitude to maintain appeal. Washington offers intelligent language and an impressive command of storytelling, heavy on whiplash-inducing plot turns, while the voluminous appendix recognizes the challenge of so many characters and exotic names. A few questions are left unanswered, which will only whet the appetite for more.

A worthy twisting of fantasy and history.


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


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