{ARC} Book Review: Fatemarked by David Estes

May 28, 2017 Review 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC} Book Review: Fatemarked by David EstesFatemarked by David Estes
Series: The Fatemarked Epic #1
Published by Author on 2017 March 1
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 472
Format: E-book {ARC}
Source: Author
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In the spirit of fantasy epics like George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, The Fatemarked Epic promises immaculate world building, an ancient prophecy, a mysterious source of magic, a diverse cast of characters, war, political intrigue, and romance.

The Hundred Years War has ravaged more than three generations of kings, queens, and citizens across the Four Kingdoms. Corrupt rulers dominate. Religious intolerance runs rampant. The cycle of vengeance continues to turn with the seasons.

An ancient prophecy by a legendary oracle has been long forgotten. The prophecy promises the return of peace to the Four Kingdoms on the backs of a chosen few, the fatemarked, individuals marked at birth and blessed with specific magical powers. One shall be the Kings’ Bane, and will bring death to the warmongering rulers, using fear to force peace; another shall be the Peacemaker, bestowed with the rare ability to heal. Opposite sides of the same coin, dark and light, death and life, the Kings’ Bane and the Peacemaker are responsible for the fate of an entire continent.

As they fight to achieve their destinies, adversity will hinder them in every realm: in the frozen north, assassination attempts and a brutal power struggle; in the holy west, a vicious queen and her self-righteous army of warriors; in the mysterious iron-clad forest of the east, revenge and glory rule the day; and in the southern empires of Calyp and Phanes, maturing dragons, slaves, and a civil war.

To truly fulfill the oracle’s prophecy of peace, both the Kings’ Bane and the Peacemaker, as well as the other fatemarked, will need to overcome those who seek to destroy everything in their pursuit for power.

Everyone who knows me would probably know by now that while I’m not fond of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, I’m a big fan of the TV show.  And this love has enabled me to pick up the books and plow through them despite the pain.  I just couldn’t get into GRRM’s style of writing but I must admit that all the political maneuvering and the overall plot of ASOIAF are mindblowing.  Had GRRM’s writing style hooked me, I would have loved the books as much as the TV show but alas, I and ASOIAF are not just meant to be.  So here comes this hunger for a series that might be able to fill that gap and whoa (as fate would have it), I came across David Estes’ Fatemarked and I was like, “This must be it!” Unfortunately, it isn’t.

On the other hand, Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings is one of the best books that I’ve read in my entire life.  If could give it all the stars in the world, I would.  As such,  coming across a book that’s pitched as “In the spirit of Fantasy epics like GOT and TWOK, the Fatemarked epic blah blah….”would be a dream come true for me. So I immediately hustled to request an ARC of the Fatemarked and with my heart pounding, proceeded reading it. Alas, disappointment washed over me after reading the whole book.

Don’t get me wrong, Fatemarked wasn’t bad because it has its own merits but comparing it to ASOIAF and TWOK…? Now, that’s a problem. Fatemarked is fast-paced, straightforward and had some interesting characters. But it was simplistic and predictable whereas ASOIAF and TWOK are not.  So my point is, don’t pick up this book because of ASOIAF and TWOK because you’ll be disappointed. Read it if you like a fantasy epic with multiple POVs, short and direct storytelling, and fast paced.  There’s also a good romance brewing somewhere in the book, too.

Ok, I’m really sorry if this review seems incoherent but I’m sure there are a lot of reviews out there that have pretty much articulated every thing about Fatemarked.

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