On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.
Maybe I’m just a sucker for star-crossed (or other side of the tracks) love stories, but I also love a story that lets me dive into a new world and new culture. Carve The Mark is right in the sweet spot. Not too romantic, not too cerebral. It’s immersive, smart, raw, and emotional. Not to mention, it’s unexpectedly sexy in a good way—no actual sex, though. Think Tris and Four in the original Divergent book and then notch up the emotional levels.
It took a little bit to get into Carve the Mark, but once you do it sweeps you up and never lets go. I definitely recommend it. You can preview the book in the widget below.
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