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Mark of the Mage (Scribes of Medeisia #1)

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Books never die, but they can be forbidden.

Medeisia is a country in turmoil ruled by a blood thirsty king who has outlawed the use of magic and anything pertaining to knowledge. Magery and scribery are forbidden. All who practice are marked with a tattoo branded onto their wrists, their futures precarious.

Sixteen year-old Drastona Consta-Mayria lives secluded, spending h
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Paperback, 180 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 23rd 2013)
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Jodie
Holy shiznit people! This book just took me on one wild whirly ride. If you love fantasy (and let's be honest, we all do), why haven't you brought this book or bumped it up on your TBR list? It's the bomb diggity!!

"You accept talking to trees, but you deny my speech?" He licked his paw, the move sulky. "Wolves are wiser than trees you know." Oran to Stone

Before beginning I was wondering if it was going to take me out of my comfort zone. I mean dragons? Talking trees? It's not an episode of Merli
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Tina
Jan 20, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
Mark of the Mage is a wonderful book filled with magic, heartache, rebellion and of course my favorite Dragons. I found myself being pulled into a world that at times brought me to tears and other times I was in awe of the courage the characters possessed. What a beautiful beginning to the Scribes of Medeisia series.

Drastona Consta-Mayria lives in the country of Medeisia that is being torn apart by a corrupt ruler. Most of her life she has spent with the scribes reading about history and gainin
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Heather andrews
Jan 26, 2013 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From page one the book gripped me and never let go, some of the parts in the book reminded me of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, "I have never heard of a Mage who spoke to trees." (get why I think of Narnia?) Oh sweet lord I loved this part of the book, "Oran sat back on his haunches, "you accept talking to trees, but you deny my speech?" He licked his paw, the move sulky. "Wolves are wiser then trees, you know." Poor Drastona it's like she went down the rabbit hole and into Wonderl ...more
Roxanne
Mar 19, 2014 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
I must admit that this book was one of the numerous free downloads I had my kindle. I started reading it not knowing what it was but expecting it to be a romance novel. The cover kind of looks like a romance and I was in the mood for a romance.

I was about 2 chapters in and thinking to myself "What the hell am I reading?"The trees are talking to her and there is a Mage which must be a witch or something like it. I didn't think I was going to like the book but told myself I had to read a little m
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Elisabeth Wheatley
I have so many feelings right now. This book put me through an emotional meat grinder and must be what Ron Weasley meant when he said “you’re going to suffer, but you’re going to be happy about it.” I wasn’t really sure if I would like the story when I started, but I became very attached to the characters very quickly and there were dragons. How am I supposed to resist dragons?

The plot:

This book was a quick, easy read and I appreciate that. Not all of us have eight hour blocks to devote to the l
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Pyxi
My review for: Mark of the Mage by R.K Ryals
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Shanna Roberson

Where to start? It’s so hard to come up with words to adequately describe the emotions that Mark of the Mage has invoked in me. I just hope to do it justice in this review.

In the land of Medeisia under the rule of a power greedy King, people die in the name of a lie; a lie disguised as a quest for purity and safety.

Drastona Consta-Mayria is content staying out of the affairs of State and deep within the Archiv
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Ali *The Black Heart*
Damn good YA Fantasy - review to come!
Mi
Mar 05, 2014 Mi rated it liked it
Very, and I mean VERY similar to Rae Carson's THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORN TRILOGY.

Alright the PROS:
- likable heroine, with the POTENTIAL of great mage power.
- dragons with humour
- a prophecy (all good that has done us, will explain later)
- cool sidekicks (the wolf Oran and TALKING trees)

The bad CONS:
- Kye (UGH!)
- The content (there's a lot of things going on)
- The Bad guy (aka the King)
- Stepmother and halfsister (evil - totally cliché)
- So little dragon action (CAMEO APPEREANCES)
- Random mention
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CrazyBookworm99
Apr 13, 2014 CrazyBookworm99 rated it it was amazing

A beautifully told story with a captivating plot and some interesting characters. The relationships between these characters are entwined perfectly and the unexpected twists come frequently. The start is intriguing and the end is sweet but the journey between the two makes a great book. I can't wait to read the sequel :) x
Dayna Wadge
Feb 23, 2016 Dayna Wadge rated it really liked it
4.5 stars ****

R.K. Ryals is an amazing author.
This is the second series of hers that I have started reading in the space of two weeks; I just can't get enough.

I absolutely love her writing and the way she brings her stories to life. So, why not five star's? well I give 5 star's to books that leave me flabbergasted and completely in love with every last detail of a book, the only thing that keeps me from five star ratings is that for me the endings of her books so far haven't been that heart st
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Adira
It really is amazing how many ebooks on Amazon are free and GOOD . Don't let the cheesy cover scare you off from reading this particular book.

The storyline is a bit reminiscent of Graceling and Queen of the Tearling in terms of being a medieval fantasy book, but the usage of fantasy elements are new and refreshing in terms of the main character, Dastona a.k.a Stone's powers. I highly recommend since the book is not only free, but well written.
Mike
Oct 07, 2014 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Not for me.

I made it almost halfway, to see if it'd improve, and it...well it did, but not enough.

We have the "Go dog go" writing style. I've seen that choppy abruptness work for other authors. Sadly it did not work here.

Then there's the fact that the protagonist, in a great chunk of story, doesn't actually manage to DO anything; she spends the whole first half of the book reacting. She's not only frightened, which would be understandable by itself, she's so frightened that she lets herself be
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Jodie & Bree - Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads
Holy shiznit people! This book just took me on one wild whirly ride. If you love fantasy (and let's be honest, we all do), why haven't you brought this book or bumped it up on your TBR list? It's the bomb diggity!!
"You accept talking to trees, but you deny my speech?" He licked his paw, the move sulky. "Wolves are wiser than trees you know." Oran to Stone

Before beginning I was wondering if it was going to take me out of my comfort zone. I mean dragons? Talking trees? It's not an episode of Mer
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Nanette Bradford
Wow. Seriously! I was so captivated by this book. I don't read many fantasy books but I love r.k. Ryals so I read this one and she proved herself a great author yet again. I was so blown away.I was instantly in the middle of everything stone went through. I felt her pain and suffering right along with her. I laughed at parts and screamed at others. I felt her hatred and remorse.
Drastona was the bastard daughter of an ambassador who's step mother and half sister treated really badly. When I say
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Jessica Leonard
Dec 11, 2013 Jessica Leonard rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked from the very beginning!

I had not read a book quite like this one and wasn't sure if it was up my alley, but after I was drawn into the very first turn of events I could not stop! Not for the dishes, laundry, and I think I even rejected a number of calls from my mom. Sorry mom.

The talent of R. K. Ryals takes you into another time, into another world where trees can talk, a wolf companion with a snarky attitude, and an intriguing shape-shifting dragon! The people of Medeis
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Rika Kali
Aug 05, 2015 Rika Kali rated it really liked it
Full review at- https://kinkyreader.wordpress.com/201...

Okay so this book is a lot like other YA books in that there is a professed heroine who is going to change the world or something but it is also unlike them in that the heroine is not weak or spineless or a martyr.

She knows her heart and she follows it.

I was also surprised by Kye and his total lack of arrogance and assholishness.

I am definitely going to read the next book.
Sarah
Jan 28, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark of the Mage (Scribes of Medeisia)

This was such a wonderful read. Right from the beginning it drew you into a completely different world full of scribes dragons and mage. I couldn't put this book down starting from page 1.

Drastona Consta-Mayria also knows as Stone a young 16 year old girl, an illegitimate child, traits of a mage and training in scribe. In one instant her life changes and she is thrust into a new world where her abilities bond her with the trees and animals and is becoming l
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Christina Silcox
This book is freaking fabulous! I had been in a terrible reading funk until I started this diamond in the rough, and Mark of the Mage reminded me why I love books so much! RK Ryals takes you on a spectacular journey into a whole new world. Stone is a wonderful heroine, she is smart, strong, and resillient. I felt so much through these characters, that I was talking out loud to them throughout the story. I love when a book is so well written that it plays out like a movie in your mind, and that i ...more
Amy McK
Apr 11, 2016 Amy McK rated it liked it
I've had this book sitting in my library for years and I decided to read it. The idea behind the story is good. An illegitimate child raised in a magic and knowledge scorned kingdom finds that what she does and love is no longer legal. There's a rebel camp, a dragon, and a prophecy. Girl is stubborn, does the thing, and while a semi important plot point is resolved, book ends. Overall I wasn't fully engaged, but it was easy to to finish and piece together what was happening through skimming.

Here
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Sue M. Van
Jul 25, 2015 Sue M. Van rated it it was amazing
Kings, dragons, forests, magic, and knowledge best describes The Scribes of Medeisia Series from Author R.K. Ryals.

In book 1, Mark of the Mage, the stage is set for an epic series featuring a young girl who would eventually become a woman with a touch for setting things right in a world gone terribly wrong.

Drastona Consta-Mayria, Stone for short, was raised to believe she could become a scribe. When her step-mother tells her she can no longer learn the ways of a scribe, Stone does not understa
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Matthew Olson
First, the good. I found the plot interesting. There were few grammar and spelling mistakes.

Now, the bad. The pace of this book was horrible. The action sequences were rushed to the point where I didn't know what was going on. The parts without action were so slow, I wanted to quit reading. I was thankful for the jump in time during Stone's training, but it should have came sooner.

The emotion and reactions of the characters were unrealistic. More emotion in the action sequences would have helped
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Betty
Nov 15, 2014 Betty rated it liked it
I am torn on my opinion of this book. I really enjoyed the plot of Mark of the Mage, but felt that the writing held the story back.

As I have mentioned, I liked the plot. The story is very engaging, and in the end that is what kept me reading the book. The plot uses many common fantasy elements. Magic, prophecies, a tyrannical king, dragons, etc. but it uses these in an interesting way that feels new and exciting. The world building is also fairly well done and supports the story. The world is n
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Daphne
Mar 05, 2014 Daphne rated it liked it
I was impressed by the world building in this book. I am kind of on the fence with fantasy because there are so many things that could go wrong, but Ms. Ryals created a beautiful world without thrusting everything at the reader all at once, which I really appreciated. Also, I don't think I've every read a book involving dragons before, and I'm pretty excited to read another.

I also liked Stone. Often, with a fantasy novel, the protagonist becomes rather whiny or sometimes too naïve, however, Ston
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Alison
Oct 04, 2015 Alison rated it liked it
Mark of the Mage is a really enjoyable short read. The world is that of Medesia, a sister country to a larger and wealthier Sadeemia. Medesia's King has become a tyrant, bent on destroying those with the power of magic or knowledge of scribes and in doing so gaining power through fear. Our main character Stone has both of these "undesirable" traits and goes into hiding with the forest rebels. Equipped with legendary powers and a team of rebels behind her, Stone embarks on a journey to enforce ju ...more
Gail
Apr 15, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it
Sometimes I forget how big a difference it makes in my day to be able to look forward to a good book at night. Though "Mark of the Mage" is not utterly flawless, it's pretty darn close. The characters are not typical, and the story is inventive; yet the book delivers the best of the YA formula: intense relationship-building, a fantasy world that's not too removed from what we know to be relatable, and an easy, engaging flow. My big gripe is a common one: "Mark of the Mage" is not a full book; it ...more
Donna
Jan 01, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fantasy
Just enough intrigue to make me want more. The characters drew me in and I can't wait to find out what happens next.
Alexis
Feb 06, 2014 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free, fantasy
I should have known this was the work of Ms. Ryals. I was reading this thinking, you know, I haven't had a book I enjoyed this much since the Redemption series.

I fell in love with the characters. Drastona, Stone, is just amazing. She doesn't give up but she isn't trying to be a heroine. I love her and her magic. Lochel (sp?) I hope I see more of him in the next book. He is entertaining. And then of course Books never die, but they can be forbidden. Then of course there is Kye. I knew there was
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Bonnie Rediske-
Oct 25, 2015 Bonnie Rediske- rated it really liked it
Stone is a mage, about to be married off at court to secure her families station. She has an awful step-sister who hates her, a step-mother who couldn't care less if she tried.

This book has a mix of regency, the inkling of romance to come, dragons, mages, scribes, wolves, etc. It has such a great mix of characters that really make this story flow. There are secrets that will blow you away, a war on the horizon and awesome prophecies. This is the perfect book for the 15 -18 year old and as the s
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Wilson E. Stevens Sr.
Oct 21, 2014 Wilson E. Stevens Sr. rated it really liked it
This book started slow, but picked up and became an interesting book overall. I was happy with it besides a couple small criticisms. The language was at a ten year old's level, and I think one of my youngest granddaughters in second grade could read and understand it just fine. I know that any one in the fourth or fifth grade could read it, and it seemed to be geared to young adult and experienced youth readers. I am requesting my daughter Michelle read it as she is a librarian, and is always lo ...more
Annie Allene
The best thing about this book and others by RK Ryals is that the main character is everything you want her to be. And I don't mean perfect. You know those moments in books where you cringe for all of woman kind because the girly, annoying, whiny main character does something SO STUPID YOU WONDER IF COMMON SENSE IS IN THEIR VOCABULARY?! Rest assured there were absolutely NO moments like that in this or any of the other work I have read by this author. It just felt GOOD to read. The subtly of the ...more
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R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home ...more
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