Book Review: Carve The Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship—and love—in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

CARVE THE MARK is the second pick of #2018FWTBRPick for the month of August! Don’t forget to click the link to see what it is all about! ❤

Carve the Mark is the newest offering by Veronica Roth – and is based on a different galaxy, on a planet named Thuvhe. People here have superpowers; or what is known “current gifts” and Fates are predetermined for the fated families and they are inevitable; foretold by the Oracles.  

The fate of Ryzek Noavek, the heir and future ruler of Thuvhe is already known; and when he does become the ruler; he takes a proactive action to prevent his own fate by kidnapping the Kereseth brothers – Akos and Eijeh.  

It is, however Ryzek’s sister – Cyra Noavek – one of the protagonists of Carve The Mark – her current gift makes her an invaluable asset to Ryzek; but which has also made sure he erased any familial loyalty she might have had towards her own brother.  

When her path crosses Akos; they form an uneasy alliance with each other; which slowly but surely, paves way to genuine respect and friendship.  

The start of the book is fast paced and at times, gruesome as well. In fact, I was halfway through the book before  I even realized it – yet after that the plot seemed to slow down; and it took me a while to get through the whole book. There is character growth, though, in the second part of the book – which made the second half of the book bearable.  

The ending of the book is what made the whole journey quite worth it – and I am definitely going to enjoy reading the conclusion to this duology – The Fates Divide. Yet, with the way the first book was written, there is no urgency in me reading the next book; which though is a shame; for Ms. Roth has immense talent that has my respect & admiration.  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐



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