Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Review: Marked (Servants of Fate #1) by Sarah Fine

Marked (Servants of Fate, #1)Marked

Author: Sarah Fine
Series: Servants of Fate
Pages: 332
Publisher/Source: Netgalley
Release date: 1st January 2015

Synopsis: Goodreads

In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know—including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis—is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon—who happens to be Cacy’s father. Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past. But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time. Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli—and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Marked by Sarah Fine is the first book in her Servants of Fate series and is a wonderful introduction to her dystopian world set approximately 100 years into the future that is now more or less lawless and run down due to an environmental collapse.

Our MC Cacia Ferry is a dedicated, respected and sweet character she is also what is known as a Ferry – she moves the marked dead onto the Afterlife. It’s a role she is dedicated to and keeps secret; it also helps in her job as a paramedic.

New to Boston and Cacia’s new partner is Eli Margolis, Eli was a character I instantly adored – he melted my heart with his dedication to his sister; but Eli also has a bit of an interesting back-story that I was eager to learn more about and I was quietly shocked when it was revealed. His past was heart-breaking but the type of person he was is one that I loved reading about, loyal, kind, smexy and devoted.

The attraction between Cacia and Eli is intense, I do call it insta-love/insta-lust but it worked and it was believable; their interactions had me swooning and the smexy moments were quite steamy. The secondary characters were all fleshed out perfectly and each play a pivotal role in the overall story, I was especially curious about Galena, Eli’s sister. I was not only curious about the Ferry’s and the hierarchy but also the Ker, immortal agents who mark people for death.

The plot was fast paced and engaging, I was keen to learn who the rogue Ker was marking people for death and was shocked at who it actually was and their motives, definitely not expected; I liked the element of surprise.

What reduced my rating for the book was the world-building, Pittsburgh was a wasteland and Boston was flooded; mention was made of how hard things were to come by such as flowing clean water but we don’t really find out what eventuated besides an environmental collapse to cause society to be the way it was. I was also curious about the pirate subplot and who/what they were but it wasn’t expanded upon unfortunately. I needed more details.

Marked introduces us to a deeply inventive world that pulls you in as we are introduced to the mythological Charon and Fates, it was creative and beautifully written, we get both Cacy and Eli’s POV’s which assisted the storyline, it moved along at a realistic pace and gave us many twists and turns I didn’t expect. The fast-pace and witty dialogue made this a book that was difficult to put down.

Marked was a great start to Sarah Fine’s dystopian/Paranormal romance series; I am more than eager to read the next book in the series, Claimed.


  1. Replies
    1. It was very different to her other books but just as great :-)

  2. I haven't read this book, although the cover is gorgeous. It's been on my TBR for quite sometime now - I agree about the details though, those are really important to make a good plot. Lovely review overall <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. Thank you Benish :-) the cover is gorgeous; I hope you get a chance to read this book.

  3. Yay, I have this one on audio and plan to listen to it next month *fingers crossed*

    1. I look forward to hearing your thoughts Nereyda :-)


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