Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Marked Son (Keepers of Life #1) by Shea Berkley

The Book
Release Date: 2 August 2011

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he’s never met, he had no idea what.

When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents’ farm, he knows he’s seen her before... in his dreams. He’s felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.

Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he’s completely insane or he’s about to have the adventure of his life, because where they’re going is full of creatures he’s only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death

My Opinion  4 STARS
A good fantasy read in the realms of Robin Hobb and Maria V Snyder.

Loved that for a change we mostly had the POV from the male side and only a little from the female side.

Dylan really has had I rough in his life, and being dumped with his grandparents really doesn't make things any easier, even if he does finally meet the girl that he has been dreaming about since he was young.

Shea Berkley builds another realm/dimension that is fundamentally like ours, but with a few subtle differences.  Magic being one of them.  New creatures emerge alone with ones we have heard of like the Gryphon.

Lots of things happen within a very short space of time and it keeps you on your toes.  The cliff hangar is good, but you can kind of tell who the new person is when you get there.

A very good young adult series.

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