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Kathrese McKee introduces us to the characters of Mardan’s Mark in such a way that I was not confused about who was who, and a glossary is included if you need help. I quickly had suspicions on who had good vs. bad intentions, which I enjoyed. I fell in love with many of the characters and cannot wait to read the next adventure in this series!
Mardan’s Mark contains a map at the beginning to help you understand the fantasy land of the story. There is travel by sea and land, sometimes with the help of horses. I hope no one is disappointed about the lack of dragons or other mystical creatures in this fantasy work. That didn’t bother me at all, but my daughter might miss it.
There is plenty of action and a bit of romance. We learn of our heroes’ strengths and weaknesses, their desires and responsibilities. It made me consider the pros and cons of slave vs. free and poor vs. rich.
I highly recommend Mardan’s Mark and can’t wait to share it with my children who are 17, 14, and 12.
A more detailed review below but contains spoilers so proceed with caution.
I obtained a copy of Marden’s Mark as a free Facebook give-away. I had not read anything previous by this author and so did not know what to expect. I was not instantly impressed.
A princess at odds with her father, is usually the mother, but standard fantasy fare, meh. Oh she is worried that she is too cold in her relationships. I worry about that myself sometimes. Maybe there is more to this… Hang on, who are these people? Three slaves on a pirate ship and unhappy about it. Fair enough. I would be unhappy too if I were a slave on a pirate ship. Now get back to the princess, I was just getting interested. Who are all these people? I can’t keep them straight, she has far too many siblings. Ok, a suitor. What is wrong with him? He seems perfect. But she isn’t happy, wonder why?
Ok, now things are heating up. The storylines merge and now I am interested. I also think I have worked out what is going on. The Pirate Captain is in the employ of an evil king, hired to abduct the heir and princesses. The slave Alden has a mysterious past. Clearly he and the princess are going to fall in love. He will be rejected by her father as a commoner, but then it will turn out that he heir to a wealthy barony. Not sure about the other two. Or the witch, she is a horrible character.
That is a rather big wave. Whoomph!
Hmm. Ok, new villain. Unexpected but this one is nastier than the last. Doesn’t know she is a princess, might actually rape and kill her. Stakes are higher. Kindness repaid. Shy by gifted healer paired with gruff but with a heart of gold barbarian. Three guesses as to where this is going.
Um. No villain. Interesting move. There is the Evil King and the man in green, but neither know where they are so won’t even be looking for them. That will hardly do. Oh, not a baron’s son after all but a missing Prince. Time to move on, good. A horse. Useful. Another town, good world building. Ah, the corrupt priest, a far more evil villain than the vulgar pirates and he is after the Princess for nefarious means. Stakes are higher yet again.
Now the action sequence begins and run. Separated. Found another horse, that will be useful. Re-united. Separated. Alligators? Not so useful. Re-united. Fire! More horses, very useful and run. Oh good a friend. A friend? You are going to do what if she has slept with him? Seriously? You have heard of the option of disowning right? And he is a Prince, her dad can’t really disagree too much with that match. Everyone just calm down. Opps, no run. Yes it smells, volcanos tend to.
And new villain needed again. Dear me she does go through them. Well there is the Evil King who may be planning an invasion. Alden’s newfound brother in law. The man in green who could be working for either or both of them. Then there is the Princess’s father. I think that is the one I would put my money on. He will disapprove of Alden, try to force her to marry someone else, she will have to give up her position and family to follow her love. I can see it all now. It all comes down to what happens when the meet. When they….meet…
Something wrong with my copy of the book. Seems to be missing the rest of the story. I kept going. I read the dedication. I read the acknowledgements. I even read the author’s bio. I made a start on the table of contents before getting control of myself. I went back and checked. No, it finished there. Without answering my questions. Without Book 2 being available! Is there any fate worse for a reader than to come across this?
If you don’t feel drawn to the characters at the start, keep going. It will be worth it.
Count the fantasy and romance clichés, then count how many times she surprises you with them.
Try to read the end without thinking “Seriously, you are stopping it there?” Go on, I dare you.
As I said earlier, I loved the look of the book cover. But I couldn't relate to the "character" on the cover. She looks too old to represent any of the female characters.
The story revolves around two main characters, Srilani and Aldan. They are very daring and intrepid. They do what they have to do in spite of their difficulties and are real enough with their limitations and their strengths. They are strongly supported by Srilani's siblings and Aldan's friends. Each of the side characters are well developed. I enjoyed the tension between Srilani and Sam, how she has to prove herself to him. Srilani grows from a haughty princess to a sensitive woman while Aldan leaves his pirate persona behind on his way to a heir. Sam is abrasive yet gentle while Linus is the strong silent type. Rene comes across as a gentle, mild tempered girl in the beginning but she develops a temper near the end. The twins,Maelan and Jamson are good sports to get through their ordeal with minimum fuss. The characters' growth is gradual and natural. The romance between Srilani and Aldan, and between Rene and Sam is foreseen easily. Maelan and Linus enjoy their camaraderie but we got to watch if anything develops between them.
The book starts right away with political intrigue and a pirate adventure. It combines my favourite genres - Fantasy and Adventure. The plot wasn't hurried. It includes trials to test the characters and a chase of getting over the obstacles to get to their destination. Their shipwrecked situation reminded me of the Swiss Family Robinson which is one of my favourite books of all time. The only disappointing thing is I don't see any map in the book. One of the things I love about fantasy books is the map. It helps to plot the course of the novel. Otherwise the book scores a perfect century!
In short, I am looking forward to the next book with bated breath. Hope I don't run out of breath before that! * grins*
My rating : 5/5
My reread factor : 5/5
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