- Series: Soulseer Chronicles (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623659205
- ISBN-13: 978-1623659202
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,377,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marked (Soulseer Chronicles) Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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"I loved this book. The characters, the atmosphere, the banter, the romance, it all worked. Marked is a wonderful debut for Tingey."―A Fantastical Librarian
"Marked is a gripping and tantalisingly sexy read. I loved the strong-willed psychic protagonist Lucky, as well as the courtly intrigue, terrifying supernatural assassins, and thought-provokingly buff daemon bodyguards. Team Jinx."―Holdfast Magazine
"This is the kind of story that sucks readers in very quickly and you end up completely losing track of time while you're reading. I cannot wait to see where it goes from here. I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series."―Endless Reading
About the Author
Sue Tingey spent twenty-eight years working for an international bank before leaving corporate life to work for an arboricultural consultancy firm. She lives with her husband West Sussex, England. Marked, book one of the Soulseer Chronicles Trilogy, is her first novel.
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After a few slow chapters, Marked thankfully picked up again. My favourite parts of the book happen after Lucky heads for the daemon underworld, accompanied by three bodyguards she has met earlier in the book. I loved seeing her adjust to the underworld, which has a similar feel to it as many of the 'fae lands' you see in other books. Lucky is in a position where she's going to get tangled up with the court politics of the underworld, and she has to learn quickly that things work very differently here than they do in the normal world. I also got a bit of a Merry Gentry vibe as Kayla's retinue of bodyguards is increased and they all happen to be very good looking men, particularly as two of them are very strong in their own right and have clashing magical powers. That's definitely a good thing though, as I loved that series, but I hope the love triangle doesn't end up taking over the plot in the rest of the series.
I really enjoyed the political manoeuvring, and I'm looking forward to more of that in the next book, Cursed. I think the characters are well written - there are a lot of opinionated people, but they all have their own distinct personalities, which can be hard to pull off. And there's a dragon who can change his size, and dragons are always a good thing.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and will picking up book two in the series when I can find it. I'm giving it 7/10.
[Review first posted on my book blog; link is in my profile.]
There's a strong romantic thread to this book that I'm still not sure how I feel about. On one hand, it's a classic love triangle between the lead woman, her earnest new friend, and a "bad boy" archetype. Done a zillion times in a zillion other places. On the other hand, there are strong hints that rather than having to choose between them and make the readers suffer through that manufactured angst, Lucky will end up with both of them, in what I hope will be a stable functioning triad. I can't say for sure, but that's what the book seems to hint at, especially toward the end, and quite honestly, I think I'd prefer it that way. Partly because I like the dynamic of all three characters, and partly because I think flipping the love triangle trope on its head would be a welcome change.
The whole book really took off, I thought, after Lucky discovered her heritage. The first part of the book was interesting enough, setting up Lucky's past and her abilities and what sort of person she is, but once the Underlands aspect came into play, the whole story became much more engaging. Having to navigate a new world, new society, in which familiarity is expected but isn't possible, in which weakness can't be shown, created an interesting minefield for Lucky to navigate. That being said, it was also frustrating how many times Lucky's entourage flat-out refused to explain things to her or took over representing her "for her own good." I can understand some of the necessity in that, but it rubs me the wrong way when you have a group of dudes constantly telling a woman to stay silent for her own good.
On the whole, I think Marked had more positives than negatives, and even if some things annoyed me, other things generated enough interest in me that I'd like to continue reading the series is possible. I want to see where it all goes. Tingey's writing style is good; maybe in need of a little bit of polish in places, but still good, and I found myself pretty caught up in the story and wondering what would happen next. Worth checking out if you're a fan of urban fantasy and you're looking for something that bucks a few trends.
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