On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favoured by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates and their lives and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra's currentgift gives her pain and power - something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother's hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet and smarter than he knows.
Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive - no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive - or to destroy one another.
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By Mrs M. on 05-07-17
Worth hanging in there
What does Austin Butler and Emily Rankin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
A sense of the personality of the two main characters.
Any additional comments?
It did feel a bit slow to start, and the names of people are a bit too similar to each other and so different from names I recognise, that they did remain a bit confused even till the end of the book.
However, the world that Veronica has created is so interesting and really in-depth. This isn't a book with only a surface level of detail about some mythical world, with unrealistic events. This is very well thought through - they feel like real people, with real lives. It means you're invested in seeing what happens next. I felt Veronica invested herself in this world, and I wanted to as well.
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By Kindle Customer on 07-07-17
What made the experience of listening to Carve the Mark the most enjoyable?
So well read, bringing the characters alive, just as I imagined them in the book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Akos, the main male character in the book is loyal, wise and dependable.
Which character – as performed by Austin Butler and Emily Rankin – was your favorite?
Cyra was brought to life for me by Emily Rankin.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Since she was 8 seasons old Cyra has endured the gift of pain, a pain that only the enslaved Akos can ease. Both carry marks carved into their skin, one for each person they have been forced to kill. While fighting against the tyranny of Cyra's older brother together they learn that the condition of monstrousness doesn't have to be permanent.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Andrew on 07-03-18
Given up on this
Listened to over an hour but I've given up on it - boring, no idea who is who or who is doing what to whom, totally confused, not worth investing any more time. Not sure if its the narrator, but I can't tell any difference between the characters
0 of 2 people found this review helpful