Synposis: Komir, a young warrior from the mountains of Tremia, is trying to find his place among his tribe, the Norriel, when Fate knocks at his door in the cruelest possible way, to claim him as the hero he still does not realize he is. Together with his good friend Hartz he will begin a quest, an adventure full of mysteries and magical enigmas, which will lead him to discover his past, understand his present, and face a future of epic proportions.
“Marked” is a good beginnings of an epic young adult fantasy tale. It has multiple character point of view so the reader gets the opportunity to get background on several characters. Probably the only thing I didn’t like about the story was the vagueness about what “marked” means. I kept hoping that one of the characters would explain this phenomenon and if it was different from having the “Gift”. I also will admit that Komir is very stubborn and has a good amount of growing up to do. I sympathized with him about the strange situation he is in but wasn’t sure if I liked him. Most of the characters that were not villains were likable and felt realistic. Aliana has a kind heart and is generous.
The story line is complicated with smaller struggles happening between characters like the budding romance between Lomar and Jasmine. I appreciated that there wasn’t confusion when the point of view changed, which sometimes happens with so many moving parts. The book ends on a slight cliff hanger leaving the reader wondering if Komir was betrayed or attacked. Also left wondering if Komir and Aliana will meet and what is Kayti hiding? I look forward to reading the second book to see what happens next.