Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark

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Fantasy Book 1 of 2

Audiobook narrated by: Austin Butler and Emily Rankin

4/5 Current Gifts

What is it about?

There are two things you need to know about this galaxy:

  1. Everyone has some type of magic referred to as a “current gift”. Each person’s gift is unique to them but can include things such as not feeling pain, making fire, talking to machines, etc.
  2. A small portion of the population is “fate favored” which means that they have a fate. A fate is a future event that comes about in all of the futures that the oracles can divine.

Cyra is part of the Noavek family which rules over the nation of Shotet (I don’t know how to spell anything because I listened to the audiobook.) They rule primarily through brutality and fear. Cyra’s brother has a fate that makes him look weak, and as such the family will go to any efforts to try and change his fate, up to and including trying to capture the oracles who read the fates.

Akos’ mom is the nearest oracle, but he won’t let the Shotet break his family so easily.

Was it good?

Yowza. That whole explanation is longer than my usual book reviews. I guess the story is a little hard to explain, but once you understand what’s going on it is actually really interesting. I enjoyed the audiobook and both narrators did a fine job, although I felt that Mr. Butler read a little slowly.

The relationship building is slow and realistic, and the action is rapid but not overwhelming. I liked this book, and I think you will, too.

Have you read this series? What did you think? 

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