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The Markings by [Catherine Downen]
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"Downen is adept at laying bare the hearts of her characters, and passages revealing the inner thoughts, fears, and hopes of protagonist Adaline are the novel's strongest." - The BookLife Prize

"If you enjoyed The Hunger Games you'll enjoy The Markings." - Amazon Reviewer

"I always love both unique fantasy and dystopian worlds, and Downen captured the charms of both with The Markings." - Amazon Reviewer

"Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down." - Amazon Reviewer 

"It was as heavenly as The Hunger Games." - Audible Reviewer

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Alexander is the first to break the silence. "So I think we've traveled far enough east, thus saying the castle is north, that we can start heading south, and deeper into the woods. If I'm predicting right, the Hounds, Paylon, Codian, and Chadian will all head into the western section of the woods. While we are in the eastern section."

"You know, it's horrible that they're called Hounds," I say, and my nose wrinkles up with disgust. 

"I hadn't given it much thought," Alexander admits. 

I glance up to him and his face looks distant and sad. He was trained to call them that. I know he isn't responsible for their title. "I didn't mean you were horrible for calling them that," I say gently, trying to make him feel better. "I meant the king is disgusting for treating them like dogs." 

I think about how literal my statement is. They are prisoners in their own body, forced to use their gift of enhanced smell to track. I know if we get caught that's what will happen to me since I have a gift. I won't be one of the Hounds because I have an enhanced sense of sight, but my mind starts to imagine the different ways I could be used for my gift and my stomach threatens to give up the fish I just ate. 

"We better get started," I say as I stand, determined to never have to be a prisoner again. 

I can feel my internal clock telling me I'm running out of time to make my decision whether or not I want to continue this journey with Alexander. The more time I spend with him, the more I realize I don't want to be alone out here. He's starting to feel like a friend, like a teammate in this mess. I know, now, that I've made my decision, and I lend him my hand.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B085TPG5SV
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 24, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 6387 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 402 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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    4.4 out of 5 stars 34 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Debut Novel!!! Must Read!!!
By Of Books &amp; Portkeys on May 22, 2020
I was lucky enough to be asked by @catherinedownen if I’d like to review her book. Boy am I glad I did. I read almost all of it in one day and just finished up the last little bit.

This is a debut novel. I am honestly shocked at how well written and thought out this story is for someone’s first published book. This is the story of Alexander and Adaline. They both possess a gift and are destined to free the gifted from the tyranny of the king.

The characters are as simple as they are complex. Just when you think you are beginning to understand the nuances of the two MCs, circumstances arise throwing a wringer into your theory. The characters are very realistic in this dystopian universe created from the aftermath of an asteroid hitting earth. Your heart will ache for the revelations these two make, yet it will yearn for both Alexander and Adaline to rise to their destinies.

The plot will ebb and wane much like Adaline and Alexander’s journey across the ocean to Libertas.... destination: freedom. Never once did I find myself distracted or wish for more. This book gave me everything I needed: a fast paced, engaging plot, realistic characters that elicit a variety of emotional responses, and an epic cliff hanger.

Book 2 isn’t expected to release into early 2021. Now to wait.

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If you are a lover of fantasy novels, I hope you download this novel and help to spread the word. I can express how much I truly enjoyed this story.
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