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Ravenmarked (The Taurin Chronicles #1)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  12 reviews
For one with the ravenmark, there is no balance.

Connor Mac Niall has everything he wants. As the best freelance man-at-arms in the known world, his reputation brings him jobs that provide adventure, women, and money in abundance.

But Connor has a secret: He’s ravenmarked. The avenging spirit of the earth, known as the Morrag, has chosen him to be her angel of death–to kill
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Published January 28th 2011
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N.M. Martinez
I'm not a huge fan of fantasy, especially Epic Fantasy, but I honestly enjoyed reading this book.

First off, and one of the most important things to me, the writing is superb. It was so easy to fall into and just as good as anything out there I would find on a book store shelf.

Second off, the characters are each unique and outstanding. Braedon, as the usurper of the throne, was the first pleasant surprise. Mairead, the proper royal heir, is the second.

And third, the world building is fantastic. T
Tasked with transporting Mairead, the heir to the Taurin throne, to distant Sveklant by his mother, the Queen Maeve, Connor discovers that this is far more than his usual job. Tracked by a Forbidden, he must come to terms with who and what he is. At the same time, is Braedan, the usurper to the Taurin throne, all that he seems to be at first glance - a callous unbeliever who causes chaos in the realm? Igraine, Princess of Eirya, finally finds a purpose for her life in her appointment as ambassad ...more
J.C. Hart
Reading this novel was like coming home. It sent me back in time to my teens when I devoured the books of Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings, and other weavers of fantasy. It reminded me why I love pure fantasy – not urban, not paranormal, not contemporary, or any other of those new fandangled concoctions. Sure, they are great if thats what you like, and I do like them when the stories are well told and not more of the same old. There just seems to be an overwhelming number of those books, and far ...more
Lara Dunning
Conor MacNiall is given a great task, transport the Taurin heir to safety. Begrudgingly he accepts the task, not because his mother the Brae Sidh Queen asks him, but because he will receive something he desperately wants in return. As Conor’s journey begins the readers learn about the beauty and volatile nature of Taura. A new king has usurped the throne, Forbidden are roaming the lands, the Brae Sidh are in jeopardy of losing their magic and the Morrag is calling for justice with blood.

There ar
Somewhat to my surprise, I liked this book quite a bit. I'll definitely buy the sequel.

What I liked:

-- The world building. The author has presented a fairly unique and complex world. The world consists of several nations/regions in competition, if not conflict, across which are spread 6 races/species. Three of the races/species are "good"; three are bad. On each of the two "sides" one of the races is basically human with "no" magic; one is basically elven with magic; and one race is completely
Jennie Ivins
Going into this book I knew very little about the story, but became hooked in the very first chapter! Amy has created a unique world with an interesting magic system and great political intrigue all tied together by the prophesy of a coming queen. She has managed to create a compelling epic fantasy without using the standard tropes usually associated with one. And while there are no elves or dwarves, the supernatural creatures of her own design will make you want to find out more about this extr ...more
Pauline Ross
I’ve been enjoying the author’s articles for Fantasy Faction for some time now, but never thought to check her own website. Lo and behold, here’s the first part of a traditional-style epic fantasy. I had a look at the sample, and just kept on reading. To me, this kind of story is like coming home after a horrendous long-haul flight, or falling into your own bed after a week’s camping, it just wraps itself around you like a warm duvet. There’s a strong warrior with a secret, an innocent long-lost ...more
Don Grant
First, you need to know this is the beginning of a series. Second, now that you know that, this is an excellent example of good fantasy writing. The complexity of the characters and the intricacy of the plot rivals any that I have read. Davis has created a world of mystery, magic, and romance that keeps the reader turning pages quickly to find out what happens next. Echoing the themes of Macbeth with shades of Tolkien the author takes us on an exciting journey into her imagination. The only down ...more
Tesa Moyer-feagins
Can't wait for the next one.
Judi Murphy
I loved it! It has been a while since I have found a book so completely un-put-downable (I burnt my dinner reading it). Amy Rose Davis's words bring the characters alive; they induced me to care what happened to them, to smile when times where good, to hold my breath when trouble came calling.

My only complaint is that I have to wait until next year to read the second book in the series.
I loved this book - read it twice, in fact!
Amy has created a rich and layered fantasy world where mysticism and pragmatic actions merge seamlesly. Her characters are solid, every action rings true to their personalities and histories. Questions of faith and social fairness are asked, and are not easily answered, and the action never stops.
I can't wait for her to finish Bloodbonded!
Kimberly Kinrade
Love this author and this book. Can't wait for the next one!
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