I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fatemarked by David Estes
Series: Fatemarked Epic #1
on March 1st 2017
Genres: Epic Fantasy
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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.
Fatemarked is a new epic fantasy by author David Estes. Going into this, I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The book has some really well-developed characters, a lot of mystery, some great world-building, and a lot of action including a few battles.Throughout the book is a prophecy in which the main tyrant rulers of the various kingdoms will die in order to bring peace. Several meet their fate in this novel but there are plenty more for future novels. Also, it follows quite a few characters but probably my favorite is Roan, a guy with the gift of healing, but who is reluctant to use it because of things that happened in his childhood. He is very much an anti-hero in a sense, but his wit and humor are situations really move the book along. Overall, this was a great page-turner and it is really well done. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.