The situation called for desperate measures.
–Lilith Saintcrow - The Marked - c.2016
Awful things happen. Sometimes you’re left alive, but it leaves a Mark. They aren’t tattoos, and they express your hidden powers—and your hidden desires. They grow as you use them. And someone wants them very, very badly…
I’m not quite sure where I first came across Saintcrow, probably via someone on twitter. I know someone recommended backing her Indiego project, but I never marked down who it was, and alas, not that memory has gone.
I know at some point I had her mixed up with Deliah S. Dawson, aka Lila Bowen, but I’m pretty sure they aren’t the same person ;)
Anyway, somebody somewhere said back this book. And I am suggestible1 so I did, and so I got my hands on this copy of The Marked. It’s an urban fantasy novel2 which I know is a turn off to some people. But in case you fear the romance, don’t worry3 this isn’t a romance book. It is, instead, a book all about grief and loss, how your life can alter in a second. How those life changing events leave marks behind. And in the case of this book those marks are tattoos, of a sort, and give the bearer power. Different powers, different tattoos, different people.
And it is a really good, gripping read. It is well worth a read. I flew through it, and I will certainly be looking forward to where the story develops in the next book. It is “to be continued” and I’m so looking forward to that.