Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn Book Review
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All Bree wanted was to discover the truth about her mother’s death. But life has drastically changed since she began her search. Pulled into the world of magic and Arthurian legend, Bree is now fighting for her life at every turn. And the Order that should be helping her, would rather bury the truth about the war. Bree must find a way to control her powers and forge her own path. But it will be a path ridden with danger and heartbreak.
Tracy Deonn is a master storyteller. Readers will be drawn in by well crafted descriptions and strong characters. Each character has a complex mix of emotions, pulling them in different directions. And the way those emotions are portrayed, using various senses to amplify the way characters speak and behave toward one another, brings forth such a remarkable display. Readers can’t help but be pulled into the moment and carried along as the story unfolds.
One of the most powerful scenes is when Bree faces down the Regents about her heritage and how she came to have her powers. The outright lies by omission and ignorance displayed by the Regents are upsetting and eye-opening. As Bree argues and pulls facts right in front of them, they still wish to deny what is blatantly obvious. To the Regents namesake and covering up misdeeds to save their “honor” are more important. Readers will feel outraged right alongside Bree as the Regents refuse to look beyond their limited and bigoted behaviors.
Bree has so much to deal with, yet she never backs down. Bloodmarked will leave readers poised at the edge of their seats as Bree faces down one challenge after another. Be it demons, or the Order itself, Bree will not go down without a fight. Not to mention the number of twists and turns the story takes will ensure there is never a dull moment. And listening to the audiobook, all of the character’s emotions were amplified. The way narrator Joniece Abbott-Pratt brings the characters to life is stunning.
Bloodmarked is another strong installment to the Legendborn series. From the first chapter till the last, readers will be captivated by the story. And with the way this one ends, I cannot wait to see what the next book brings.
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