Thursday, 5 May 2011

Marked: Reviewed

By Elizabeth Naughton

THERON – Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He’s the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld.

From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn’t exist in real life—silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her.

She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron’s duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendant of Hercules, he wasn’t strong enough to resist the pull in her fathomless eyes, to tear himself away from the heat of her body.

As war with the Underworld nears, someone will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

This  book was a Christmas present my my friend Miss Shame (I got here the Dark Magic books) and I am so pleased she introduced me to the books as I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was in fact different to a lot of the paranormal fantasy/romance (or whatever it is now called) that I normally read. Why? I had never come across an Argonaut before. I know there are lots of books out there which draw on Greek myths and heroes but this was the first I had come across which used the idea of the Argonauts. (I did love the film Jason and the Argonauts when I was little, I know it was old even then, but when you are 6 those stop motion fighting skeletons are scary!)

This book was clearly an introduction into a new world which allowed us to experience more of the wider world as well as following the main plot, the building relationship between Theron and Casey and will she survive the threat on her life. It is a very complicated tale, but at no point did I feel lost or confused. I really like the world and was truly saddened by some of the deaths in it.

What did I love? I love how she saves him and cares for him, how he seems unable to control her, even her unconscious mind when he tries to wipe. I really enjoyed how the story had undercurrents which unfolded as it went on and we find not everything or everyone is what they seem, but there is just enough information so we suspect thereby including us into the secret.

I came to this boo fresh and knowing nothing about it and writing this is really hard because I loved that I knew nothing and therefore I don't want to give anything away to those who have never Read it!

Theron is your typical alpha, hot sexy and broody but he meets his match in Casey who always felt she was somehow different, but she doesn't realise how different, others however do (she works in a really interesting bar) and we find that she has been in part involved in their world for a while, she just doesn't realise that. Casey is strong and smart and funny and dare I say it almost amazonian.
A great read, I am heading to the book store to get the next few! I suggest you do the same, grab yourself a lounger and a drink and sit in the sun and indulge yourself in a great book! Don't forget the fan, when Theron gets going you will need to fan yourself!

I give Marked 4.5 frilly knickers out of 5! Thanks Shame, you are the best!


Shame said...

So glad you liked it hon. So far there's only 2 books out. The third comes out in Sept.

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