Wednesday, December 10, 2014

*Gizmos Early Reviews* Marked (Servants of Fate #1) by Sarah Fine

**I received this book for free from 47North via Amazon Prime Kindle First in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

*Book Blurb*

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?
*My Review*

"Protecting the future is more important that righting the wrongs of the past."

Marked is the first novel in Sarah Fine's Servants of Fate series. The story takes place nearly a hundred years into the future, and is told in dual/alternating narratives by Cacy Ferry, and Eli Margolis. Fine's world has been fundamentally changed by an event that isn't clearly explained, but you probably can use your imagination to figure out what exactly happened. Marked is part dystopian, part Greek mythology, part mystery, and lots of sex.  

Cacy Ferry is a paramedic for the city of Boston. She is fearless, brave, determined, and not afraid to kick someone's ass if they step out of line. She works in one of the more dangerous areas of Boston, Chinatown, where pirates are as dangerous as the waters running through the town. She also has another job. As part of the Ferry family (father Patrick, brothers Declan and Rylan, and half-sister Aislin), Cacy ferries the dead to their afterlife destination as part of a treaty between the Keepers of the heavens, and the Kere who mark people fate has chosen for death.

Eli Margolis and his sister Galena find themselves traveling from Pittsburgh, where it is mostly desert, to Boston where the waters are polluted, after Galena is offered a job at Harvard to further explore treatments for infectious diseases that plague the country. Eli, a former Army Ranger and a man who has a whole lot of baggage, teams up with Cacy and soon they are fighting not only for their lives and their patients lives, but thrown right into the middle of a major conspiracy.

There is a third perspective that readers will have to learn to deal with and that is Jason Moros, Lord of the Kere, who is as old as time itself. If you follow Greek mythology at all, you will also meet Jason's sisters, the sisters of Fate. Jason is an intriguing character that gets a whole lot of grief that has nothing to do with him. Hopefully in the next installment called Claimed, we will learn even more.

Overall, Marked is a story that leaves you questioning almost everyone's actions, and everyone's actions are to be questioned, including Cacy's and Eli's. Who is the villain, and who are the good guys? Why is a certain character important to the thread that binds everyone together? It is a story that takes up way too much on the sex, which I found myself skipping over, and less on the plot that hasn't been truly resolved, or explained. At this point, I will consider reading Claimed, the sequel, just to find out more about Declan Ferry and Galena Margolis.

Author - Sara Fine
Title - Marked
Series - Servants of Fate # 1
Published by 47North
Release Date: January 1, 2015
Genre: Dystopian, Mythology
Format: E-Book 332 pages

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