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Summary

They are the fatemarked. Misunderstood. Worshipped. Hated. Murdered at birth. Their time to step into the light has come.

An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren is one of the fatemarked, but has hidden his mark of power his entire life, fearing the damage it might cause to those around him.

A great evil is coming. He can't hide anymore.

In the spirit of fantasy epics like Throne of Glass and The Lord of the Rings, enter a world of magic and dragons, kings and queens, and victory and defeat, during a time when honor and valor still meant something.

©2017 David Estes (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • Mike
  • 21-04-18

Starts off strong but goes downhill

I like this type of story, young characters that grow and become great warriors. However, this story starts out in this direction, and goes downhill and then picks up speed to level out to a repetitive storyline. The use of the phrases, his heart skips a beat, blood ran cold, truth died on his lips..... I get it. I listened for 10 hours of this book, and then switched to music. This book could have been cut in half by just stop repeating the same old self loathing quotes. Very disappointed.

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  • andrew
  • 13-02-18

The reviews made me hopeful- the story fell flat

Not until the postludes did I feel anything for these characters. The story was not gripping and if not for the excellent performance of the reader I wouldn’t of made it through. You fooled me again Audible.

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  • znidarsic.blaz
  • 30-04-18

Written to fit an ideology, not the story it tells

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book has the makings of a great book. A potential of a heart wrenching romance, sullied by a half-hearted and forced attempt at a bromance the characters don't seem to be suited for. It's got a self-loathing"ugly duck princes" and a promiscious spoiled princess that both would be queens. Both story lines are poorly developed, with the first hinting at being big and obese when the book clearly implies giant halfbreeds exist in that world. Instead of touching up on this millenial issue the character could have been a giant halfbreed and we could all suspend the disbelief and it'd make her struggle that feel much more real. The other, promiscuous girl on the other hand is ignorant and evil to a fault.

There are some glimpses of a great book and a great cast of characters, an amazing story to be told, only to be sullied by the underlying ideology they were shoehorned in. The story could have been written for this set of characters but these sets of characters don't fit into this story.

Has Fatemarked turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. The genre is healthy and going strong. It has only diminished my view of the author. The book seems to hit all the buzzwords and in doing so smothers what would be an amazing story. I can listen to it but am i left with a feeling of regret and sadness. How an author led a wonderful story and some great characters astray by trying to tick all the checkboxes. There was time to introduce a gay character in books following or change the promiscous princes into a promiscious gay prince hidding his identity before the court. There were loads of way to do it and in the end decided to damage the story for the sake of signaling his virtue and political opinions.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes of the book are Roan's and the female scout's interactions. Their interaction are written far more deeply than any of the japes that are supposedly romantic between him and Gareth and a reason why i feel the characters are out of place. The whole book permeates with flashes or brilliance interrupted by a Frankenstein like hodgepodge of writing designed to appease an audience and not to further a story.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book, and the series in turn could have been great, still featured a large giant-halfbreed princes (which would explain her strength and allow her to be a strong female character) with problems trying to fit into a human court, a gay promiscious prince hiding his sexuality before the kingdom and a fear stricken main character that falls in love with a tsundere elf like creature and their problems in the world without a hodgepodge of cliches. And sometimes the author's true ability does shine forth, but it rarely comes from the interactions of the main characters who are shallow and dull and shoehorned into a purpose they shouldn't have. The Arm, The Elf, The Thief, all amazing characters and sadly, subservient to an ideological goal.

Any additional comments?

The book had amazing potential, sullied only by the author's desire to inundate it with modern cliches and morality, putting story second to the message about his own politics and views he wanted to telegraph with his selection of cast and supporting characters.

It makes me sad, because i can see, i can feel the gem the series could have been, but it is not. It's a hapless attempt at screaming "look i'm liberal too" by butchering a story with poorly developed characters and a myriad of bad decisions and cliches when it could have been so much much better. The moment the story strays away from the politicized main characters the writing becomes smooth and characters spring alive in the contrast to the bleak and desolate buzzword anthem of a political persuasion.

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  • @tone0189
  • 05-02-18

Not much happens...

I did enjoy the book, but the story would have benefited from fewer characters and a stream lined plot.

The author did not seem to know if he wanted to focus upon the characters or the world changing events happening around the characters.

This resulted in what, I believe, to be a detraction from the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-18

too many voices

it was hard to follow along because there are so many characters I didn't know who the protagonist was. it made everything confusing.

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  • Nathan
  • 12-05-18

Awesome story!!!!

What an awesome story of heroes and battles, love and honor! Cannot wait for the next book!!!! The narrator made the tale come alive!

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  • Jeremy
  • 18-05-18

Just couldn’t get into it

I thought this book was very confusing. Way too many characters with names that sound alike made it hard to keep them apart and next to impossible for me to get “into” this book.

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  • Karen
  • 28-02-18

Incredible epic high fantasy!!

When I first heard that David Estes was writing a new high fantasy series, I was thrilled because I knew he was a huge Lord of the Rings fan, as am I! I loved his sci-fi series, Slip, and his dystopian series, the Dwellers and Country saga so I knew a fantasy from him would be nothing short of amazing!

And wow!! Yes! The Fatemarked Epic series is his best work to date!! In book 1, Fatemarked, we are introduced to the land of the Four Kingdoms and the Kings and Queens and princesses and princes. We also meet several of the Fatemarked, those with marks on their skin who have special powers, for good or bad, light or dark...

And yes, there be dragons!! There is ancient prophecy, and knights, and sword fights, and jousting. And so much action!!

We meet Roan, one of the Fatemarked, along with one of my favorite heroines, Annise! These two are my favorites, but the cast of Fatemarked is huge and I had so many other characters that I was rooting for, like the snarky Prince Gareth, Gwendolyn, Rhea, Arch, the Armored Knight, Grease, and so many others!!! Even Bane! David has a way of making his characters flawed but very human, and very relatable. No one is perfect in the Four Kingdoms.

The world building is incredible and definitely epic! I loved going back and forth to the map in the Kindle edition to track each character's journey.

And the writing!! The writing is astounding and David has completely surpassed himself with this series! I couldn't wait to do a re-read by audiobook, and Derek Perkins as narrator surpassed all my expectations! He was brilliant and perfect for this series. I just downloaded Truthmarked on audio and I'm looking forward to continuing my Fatemarked audiobook experience.

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  • Glorianna
  • 19-02-18

millennial mentality

A cowardly bisexual healer, a self loathing obese princess, a queen so fragile that a scar on her face drives her insane ; A cast of characters living with an army of guilt, none of which is their own. This was both the 1st and the last book of this series that I'll read,

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  • Squido
  • 25-04-18

You will not regret reading this!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would (and actually have) recommend this audiobook to several of my friends so also enjoy epic fantasy. This book reminded me of the Game of Thrones series (without the excessive amounts of murder and sex scenes). The plot goes so far beyond what each individual character sees and is experiencing, but it isn't hard to follow as long as you are paying attention.

What did you like best about this story?

In my opinion, the best part about this story are the characters. David Estes is a master at developing characters and making sure that, even if you don't like certain parts of them or certain actions that they take, you can't help but still sympathize for them. There are so many fantastic characters in Fatemarked and I love each and every one!

Which character – as performed by Derek Perkins – was your favorite?

My favorite character would have to be Annise. Though she is plagued with doubts about herself, she ends up stepping forward in the end and is such a strong female character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I couldn't put this book down! Normally I only listen to audiobooks in the car when I'm driving to work or on a long trip, but I found myself listening to Fatemarked whenever I had free time.

Any additional comments?

Fair warning: the story switches character point of views fairly frequently, but the transitions are very well done. Each new point of view is preceded by the narrating character's name and location.

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