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Mardan's Mark

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Death is not their deepest fear.

Abducted by pirates and taken behind enemy lines across the Great Gulf, Princess Srilani is determined to save her sisters and younger brother, the crown prince, from captivity.

She convinces their caretaker, Aldan, and his brother slaves to share the perilous journey home. This ragtag group of unlikely heroes sets out on a quest — pursued b
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Kindle Edition, 455 pages
Published December 25th 2014 by Word Marker Books
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Shantelle
Oh my heart! *happy sigh* I have officially found another fantasy series to love! Mardan's Mark by Kathrese McKee quite exceeded my expectations and held me captivated for the length of an epic journey. ... And, I can't wait to read more! It was amazing, humorous, sweet, and filled with action and adventure.

The story centers around a princess named Srilani, the eldest daughter of King Terson and Lady Kaelan. She is a leader by nature, bold and determined to be heard. But her father continually b
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Tricia Mingerink
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read this book! Seriously! I heard lots of good things about it and was expecting a good book, and it still blew me away.

The characters are excellent. Srilani is a tough girl who can fight her way out of trouble but also has a vulnerable heart. Too many books and movies don't get that balance. Either the girl is an almost heartless, kick everybody's butt kind of girl or she needs saving all the time. Sometimes in Christian fiction, the tough girl is the one who needs to be softened until by the
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C.B. Cook
This book wasn't too bad, I just don't think I was in the mood for it. BEWARE CLIFFHANGER, PEOPLES.

The Good
-Character names. Srilani is such an awesome name. Also Linus, Maelon, Jamson, Drajna... So wonderful.
-Linus. HE WAS MY FAVE, OKAY? He's a minor character, and I liked him way better than anybody else, even Srilani and Aldan. Seriously, he's so cool. He has awesome night vision, he's just... I dunno, awesome. :P HE INTRIGUES ME.
-Biscuits. What can I say? He was hilarious. (view spoiler)
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Deborah O'Carroll
(Posted with reviews for the rest of the series here!)

An exciting tale of pirates and princesses, friendship and siblings and romance, survival and adventure! I thoroughly enjoyed myself reading this book. :)

I feel like there’s a lack of sibling stories out there, and it was neat that our heroine, Princess Srilani, ends up on this adventure with two sisters and a brother. I also particularly loved the friendships—really good, believable ones which start out rocky sometimes. There are so many rel
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Jessica Dowell
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mardan’s Mark Review:

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review, so here it is:
It has been a while since I have been so captivated by a book! I spent the better part of two days neglecting my Christmas crafts, laundry, and other adult-type things because I was reading this book.The characters and their individual stories, including the supporting characters, kept me glued to my Kindle for several straight hours. I loved the way the relationships and the characters (inclu
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Mary Hamilton
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of fantasy-type books but agreed to read an early version of this book and found it captivating. Now that it is published, I intended to skim through it to refresh my memory before writing this review. Instead, I found myself caught up in the story all over again and reading it through to the end. It was even more enjoyable the second time around. It has a perfect mix of action, danger, adventure, romance, and mystery.
I won't recap the story as that can be found in the descri
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Death is not their deepest fear.
Abducted by pirates and taken behind enemy lines across the Great Gulf, Princess Srilani is determined to save her sisters and younger brother, the crown prince, from captivity.
She convinces their caretaker, Aldan, and his brother slaves to share the perilous journey home. This ragtag group of unlikely heroes sets out on a quest — pursued by cutthroat pirates, merciless priests, and marauding soldiers — to return the heir to his kingdom before
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Laura Kurk
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Debut author Kathrese McKee has delivered a genuinely original work of imaginative fiction in Mardan's Mark. The historical setting, a world with elements of our own world’s past, feels familiar, but McKee’s gifted touch creates enough distinction that readers get to view history objectively.

The plot of Mardan's Mark weaves together elements of mystery, political intrigue, supernatural insight, romance, and adventure, and transports readers to a place where greed and deception have created an i
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Raechel Lenore
Hmm…I am quite torn about this book. On one hand, the adventure was fantastic. On the other hand, the spiritual aspect of this book caused great concern for me. If it weren’t for that, I would’ve really adored this book. It was terrifically written, the plot engaging, and the characters very like-able, my favourite being Sam. I know most people loved Aldan as the main male character, but for me, while Aldan was okay, I really liked Sam. I liked Rene’ too until a certain scene came about.
I really
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Lisa
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of fantasy type books. Needless to say I have read a lot of sub-par fantasy books, but this one was awesome. I was totally captivated from the very beginning. It has adventure, intrigue, complex relationships, a little romance, and has nothing inappropriate in it. I read it in 2 days and could not put it down. I look forward to the next book coming out. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a unique plot with lots of twists and turns!
Adriana Gabrielle
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story was amazing and beautiful and I loved it! Royal children kidnapped by pirates and they end up escaping by the help of three slaves aboard the ship? AWESOME! Let the adventure begin! It was beautifully written and so well done! Eeep! Loved it so much!


Read the full review here: https://adrianagabriellewrites.wordpr...
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R.J. Rodda
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this fantasy adventure romance enough to buy the next book.
Lisa Godfrees
I love this book.

I was gifted with the opportunity to provide feedback pre-release, and I just finished reading the final version. (So - disclaimer - I received a copy of this book for free from the author for the purpose of a review but this is my honest opinion). It's such a wonderful story. There are pirates and princesses but this isn't your typical pirate and princess story. It's so much more than that. There's kidnap, escape, adventure, danger, intrigue, politics, and stumbling on a secre
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Gin Hunt
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Even though this book was a wonderful 400+ pages, I read it in one day-i just couldn't put it down. The person on the cover didn't appeal to me so I wasn't too interested but the reviews tempted me so I started reading-and didn't stop till I was done! I never even turned the tv on. This book was so good it put you right there, in the middle of the story as it happens. Even now I can shut my eyes and I'm there again with my characters.
Also, even though this book is number 1 in a series i
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Linda Yezak
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Kathrese McKee wrote a doozy of a YA epic adventure, full of action, danger, and daring.

Srilani, oldest daughter of the king and trained in all kingly ways, and her sisters and brother, heir to the throne, are captured by the enemy who carry them away by sea. Aboard the ship, they meet Aldan, a slave since youth, and his "brothers," also slaves on board. A hurricane shipwrecks the boat when they are far from home.

When the heroes reach land, they find themselves on enemy shore. Secrets are reveal
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Carrie Johnson
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mardan's Mark is a fast paced fantasy with twists and turns. It is a heart-pounding novel that leaves you wanting more. The characters are many, but unique in personality from one another. They become more like friends or family by the end of the book. This book is packed with adventure! It is clean with no graphic violence, sexual content, or profanity. It is a must read for anyone who likes action, adventure, appropriate romance, or fantasy. I can't wait to read more from Kathrese McKee!
David Justiss
It held my attention, but I probably won't read the others in the series.
The cover claims that it's a fantasy, but nothing fantastical happens*. There's no magic. none at all. Sure, there's a character who is called a witch. She doesn't do anything. Being set in another world does not make it fantasy (not at least by my standards). They escape from pirates at the beginning, and run away from evil priests at the end. Besides that, their trials include a broken roof, a swamp (oooh snakes and alli
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J.F.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Marden's Mark was a highly entertaining tale full of adventure. The royal children were kidnapped by pirates and befriend their slaves in a shipwreck. Their new friends attempt to help them home.

I won't spoil anything by going into too much detail. Let's just say the characters, story line, and action didn't disappoint. What I did find disappointing was the "to be continued" at the end. But at the time I'm writing this review, the next installment, Marden's Heir, is available and the final insta
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J.F.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marden's Mark was a highly entertaining tale full of adventure. The royal children were kidnapped by pirates and befriend their slaves in a shipwreck. Their new friends attempt to help them home.

I won't spoil anything by going into too much detail. Let's just say the characters, story line, and action didn't disappoint. What I did find disappointing was the "to be continued" at the end. But at the time I'm writing this review, the next installment, Marden's Heir, is available and the final insta
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Rachel Tyler
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very intriguing story! I can't wait to read book #2. Good plot, clean romance, and great characters.
Kat Heckenbach
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this book is very good, very smooth. Some really great description! I could really picture everything in the story world and every character. And I very much liked the characters, particularly Alden. He's loyal and brave, yet down-t0-earth and not by any means perfect. He and his best friends are slaves on a pirate ship, and the author does a good job of making it all feel pirate-y while keeping things very clean. Srilani and her siblings are interesting, too, and their royal upbr ...more
Kerry Johnson
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
One of the reasons I love the holidays is for the lazy time to read; once presents are opened and meals are finished, I love digging into a good book. This year was no exception, and the focus of my mental attention was on Kathrese McKee's debut novel, Mardan's Mark.

Talk about an absorbing, exciting book! I'm not a big Kindle reader (still prefer real books), but I tapped away at those electronic pages until my pointer finger was calloused and my eyes were blurry (that came at around 2am).

Mard
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Lyssa
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, must-own
This book was great. It was recommended to me by the author's assistant based on other books I'd enjoyed (namely, Patrick Carr's novels) and I'm so glad!

This is an epic fantasy story with strong religious themes modeled after Christianity.

I liked that obstacles were met with almost immediately. Enemies were not built up as larger than life, looming like an oppressive evil presence hunting them to the ends of the earth, like some other books. This was good for keeping my stress levels down witho
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SparksofEmber
I really enjoyed this book. What’s funny is I got so sucked into the story that I didn’t notice the similarities with By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson until I was nearly done with the book. It’s a great example of two stories with similar premises yet totally different execution. And I loved how it wrapped up – with one part complete so you get that sense of satisfaction, even though there’s more story to go. (Which I am very much looking forward to reading.)

There are quite a few characters in
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Kathryn Friesen
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mardan's Mark is so enchanting and full of love. Immediately after the first few pages, I could tell I wouldn't be able to stop reading. Aldan captured my interest right off-the-bat and I could never let go of the book. Then, he met Srilani, a very strong female character I could identify with. Kathrese McKee did a splendid job of portraying their relationship as friends and co-leaders.
With two loveable, believeable protagonists at the head of this book, facing the crazy challenge of escaping f
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R.J. Metcalf
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man, I love this book!

I bought it on a whim at Realm Makers this year, and I am sooo glad I did. Within just a chapter, I was intrigued. Within three chapters I was hooked and wanting to forsake all else in my day just so I could read more.

Start to finish, it is well thought out, with dynamic characters and constant action-- be it something going on with character development or battles or such. I thought I knew what the Mardan's Mark was, until Mrs McKee completely side blinded me with the u
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Danielle
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want to pick up this amazing adventure story and keep reading, but I have come to the end.

Kathrese McKee introduces us to the characters of Mardan’s Mark in such a way that I was not confused about who was who, and a glossary is included if you need help. I quickly had suspicions on who had good vs. bad intentions, which I enjoyed. I fell in love with many of the characters and cannot wait to read the next adventure in this series!

Mardan’s Mark contains a map at the beginning to help you und
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Stacey
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin. This book was amazing! The writing was fantastic and the story amazing. I loved the characters, the story world, the tension and the start of what appears to be a romance. Kathrese gave us a true page turner for her debut novel. I have read this book TWICE and had the same reaction both times, I couldn't put it down. Now, the wait begins for book 2. The torturous (is that a word?) long wait. I hope she has mercy on her readers and doesn't make us beg. It isn't a ...more
Rabid Readers Reviews
I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.


When I see a book with 33 reviews on Amazon and none of them below 3 stars (76% of them 5 star reviews), I think “Wow! That person has a lot of relatives.” No book is for everyone, right? No book can really have it all? If you are a fantasy reader, “Mardan’s Mark” might just be that book that has it all. It has action and adventure. Threre are Kings and Queens. There’s humor, romance and action and a Princess doing it for herself with th
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Floryie
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book starts right away with political intrigue and a pirate adventure. It combines my favourite genres - Fantasy and Adventure. The plot wasn't hurried. It includes trials to test the characters and a chase of getting over the obstacles to get to their destination. Their shipwrecked situation reminded me of the Swiss Family Robinson which is one of my favourite books of all time. The only disappointing thing is I don't see any map in the book. One of the things I love about fantasy books is ...more
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Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life's difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.

Once upon a time, Kathrese worked as a systems engineer. Then, she taught Reading and ESL at the middle school level. These days, she edits fiction, writ
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