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Ravenmarked by Amy Rose Davis
Epic fantasy fiction author Amy Rose Davis takes readers on a journey into a complex and character driven world where everyone has their part to play in bringing peace back to Taura.
Kindle and NookBook Edition 2011
Back Cover: For one with the ravenmark, there is no balance.
Connor Mac Niall has everything he wants. As the best freelance man-at-arms in the known world, his reputation brings him jobs that provide adventure, women, and money in abundance.
But Connor has a secret: He’s ravenmarked. The avenging spirit of the earth, known as the Morrag, has chosen him to be her angel of death–to kill those she wants killed. Connor has run from her call half his life, and working as a freelance helps him keep the need to kill quelled.
When Connor reluctantly agrees to escort a fleeing royal heir to safety, he has no idea that the journey will bring him face to face with the Morrag–and require that he choose between destiny and freedom. He finds himself confronted with old regrets and new choices. On one side pursued by a sorcerer who wants him dead and on the other side tempted by the Morrag to submit his will to hers, Connor unwittingly escorts his charge right into the path of greatest danger for them both. He faces a choice: Submit his will to the Morrag’s control, or let the royal heir die.
Set against a backdrop of romance, political instability, and magic, Ravenmarked is the first in a five-book epic fantasy series titled The Taurin Chronicles.
Lara’s Review: Conor MacNiall is given a great task, transport the Taurin heir to safety. Begrudgingly he accepts the task, not because his mother the Brae Sidh Queen asks him, but because he will receive something he desperately wants in return. As Conor’s journey begins the readers learn about the beauty and volatile nature of Taura. A new king has usurped the throne, Forbidden are roaming the lands, the Brae Sidh are in jeopardy of losing their magic and the Morrag is calling for justice with blood.
There are two pairs of characters that drive the story. Conor & Mairead and Braedan & Igraine. These characters are very complex and each adds a unique depth to their own storyline, while at the same time, enhancing the overall plot. Each characters storylines are easily kept track of and do not get tangled or lost, as they tend to do in some novels.
The characters and the world they live in all make Ravenmarked stand out. Amy takes this epic fantasy story one step further by incorporating the struggles with women’s rights and slavery. Two key themes that clearly stood out by the end of the book. Once I understood Taura and how the characters all fit together I had a hard time putting the book down. There are so many unique elements to the storyline that keep the pace moving. I look forward to reading the next book.
This book has mature themes and is not really age appropriate for young readers.
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