The Marked Son by Shea Berkley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was received from Net Galley. This did not affect my review in any way.
Shea Berkley’s latest YA novel, The Marked Son, is an exciting tale of love, adventure, and danger, and it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The twists and turns throughout kept me reading till way past midnight, eager to find out what would happen with Dylan and Kera. I was not disappointed by this book at all. I was worried that it was going to end on a cliffhanger, but The Marked Son was wrapped up nicely while still leaving things open for a second book.
Dylan has led a life of constant change and flux. His mom never lets them stay in one place for very long, moving from one boyfriend to another, and from one small town to an even smaller town. Because of this Dylan has never been able to accumulate friends, and the only family he knows of is his mother. This all changes the day she drops him off at his grandparents, people he didn’t even know existed, and then leaves for some unknown place. Little did Dylan know that this sheep farm in nowhere Oregon was going to change his life forever. It is here that he will meet the girl that he thought only existed in the dreams he’s had since he was a little boy.
Kera lives in the land of Teag, a magical place that is separated from our world by a guarded barrier. Teag is currently king-less, and the powerful Navar plans to change this. But if Navar becomes King, their world will never be the same again. He is ruthless in his quest for power, and eager to strike down any undesirables - those whose blood is not pure and is tainted by being half-human. Kera knows that the only hope Teag has rests in the hands of a boy she’s only ever seen in her dreams, a boy with power that is unimaginable.
After joining up with Kera, Dylan discovers the reasons why he has never felt at home in the human world. He has always felt different from others, alone and disconnected from the world around him. Kera and Dylan belong together, and while their love for each other builds fast, it seems natural. These two are meant to be, and I can’t wait to see what happens with them in later books. I also really enjoyed reading about Dylan discovering his powers. By the end of the book he has grown in ways he’d never imagine. He’s found love, but he’s also discovered loss. He now realizes what its like to have friends and a family.
Overall, I think this was an excellent beginning to this series. It caught my attention from the very beginning and never let it go. I found myself not wanting the story to end. I want to read more about Dylan and Kera and the land of Teag. I would recommend The Marked Son to readers interested in stories of lands filled with strange creatures and magical people, and to those who enjoy reading about the love between two souls and what they will do to save each other.
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