The Song of the Marked Review

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About the Book

An ancient evil is stirring. The old gods are growing restless. Can she stop the coming storm?

A Devastating Sickness

For decades, the Kethran Empire has been plagued by a strange illness that leaches the very life and soul from its victims.

The Girl Who Survived

Casia is one of the Fade-Marked—one of the few people who caught this sickness and lived. Why she lived is a mystery even to her and the outcast crew of mercenaries she calls her family. It also makes her an intriguing target for the young, enigmatic king-emperor, who claims he wants to work alongside her to find a cure.

Unfortunately, working alongside him also means working with the handsome but infuriating captain of one of the most prestigious branches of the Kethran Army.

A Soldier With No Past

This infuriating Captain Elander also has secrets: A past that Cas can’t seem to uncover, a powerful but strange brand of magic, and a deep distrust of the very monarch that he’s sworn to serve. She feels oddly drawn to him in spite of these things…

But can she really trust him?

The Fate of an Empire

As the bodies pile up and strange monsters begin to wreak havoc throughout the realms, Cas and Elander will have to work together to protect their world whether they trust one another or not. Because one thing is clear: Something ancient and evil is stirring in the shadows of Kethra.

And the empire will not survive its full unleashing.

But how can they save a world where nothing and no one is what they seem to be— including Cas herself?

Review

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Ok, so I haven’t read any books from the Serpents and Kings trilogy but holy heck, after reading this book (which is set in the same world) I have been MISSING OUT! I had really high expectations going into this book because, well, just look at this cover! And the synopsis is just just exciting! And I am here to say that after reading it I still think everyone and then some needs to read this book.

Ok, this book is thicc and I LOVE IT! I am such a sucker for extensive world building (as usual, here’s looking at you Tolkien for making me this way) and I just loved how I got to spend so much time in this world. And it’s the perfect combination of adventure and slower parts. I love books with a lot of action and I love books with a lot of descriptors. BUT, when I find a book that has TOO much of either I tend to get bored. And The Song of the Marked didn’t fall into that trap! It was just so well done and had an amazing cast of characters that I absolutely loved getting to know!

So, now that I’m done with book one I’m going to be wallowing and waiting for book two. I mean, it should take too long. Right? BUT, in the meantime I have a whole other trilogy to binge! But if you love fantasies and epicness and adventure and new worlds you definitely have to pick this one up! It’s the perfect stay up late and lose some sleep read!

About the Author

As a kid, S.M. Gaither spent way too much time playing video games like Final Fantasy and reading every book she could get her hands on instead of doing silly things like her assigned homework. As an adult…Well, not much has changed. Her goal is to write books that distract others from their life’s obligations, too, thus creating an army of fellow procrastinators over which she can reign supreme. These days, her personal ​favorite places to procrastinate are in the mountains near her North Carolina home, in the company of her husband, their daughter, and their very spoiled dog.

*I received an earc in exchange for an honest review!*