Title: The Griever’s Mark
Series: The Griever’s Mark #1
Author: Katherine Hurley
Genre: YA Sci-fi & Fantasy
Release Date: November 11th, 2014
Source: ARC from NetGalley
Rating: 4 stars
Before Astarti’s mother abandoned her to the deadly ocean tides, she gave her infant daughter a parting gift: a tattoo known as the Griever’s Mark, meant to carry her into death. But before the tide could claim her, the Earthmaker Belos, cast out by his people for his cruelty and for delving into forbidden magic, found and saved her. At least, that’s his story.
For seventeen years, Astarti has served Belos, using her control of the energy world, known as the Drift, to help Belos gain power throughout the kingdom of Kelda. Though she hates her master, the Leash he has anchored deep within her makes defiance impossible.
But when Logan, a handsome Earthmaker with his own reasons to hate Belos, recognizes that Astarti may be more than she seems, Astarti begins to unravel Belos’s lies: about her Mark, about her parents, and, most importantly, about her power. Astarti also discovers that Belos’s plans are bigger and more terrible than anyone has guessed, and she must decide: how much will she risk to stand against him?
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
At the time I finished this novel, I didn’t fully appreciate it. The days that followed, however, I found I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Certain scenes and dialogues kept popping up in my mind and I would return to the passages to reread them. The Griever’s Mark is a story rich in both mythology and original characters.
In fact, it is a rare day that I like every character, good or bad, just because they are so well written. The female lead was strong without being a Mary-Sue, while her male counterpart was equally interesting. I enjoyed that both were multidimensional and grew throughout the story.
The only complaint I have is that I wish the author would have explained certain magical/fantasy aspects better. I am not sure if I just wasn’t grasping the concepts, but after rereading it a couple times, I would move on if I still didn’t understand.
Overall, I felt it was an interesting story that kept me interested until the end and didn’t let go once I finished. I appreciated that the author wrote well enough that I didn’t even realize it was a YA novel until I was filling out the genre for this post.