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(The Fatemarked Epic #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,141 ratings  ·  183 reviews
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They are the fatemarked. Misunderstood. Worshipped. Hated. Murdered at birth. Their time to step into the light has come.

An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren
Kindle Edition, 494 pages
Published (first published March 1st 2017)
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David Estes Thanks for your interest in Fatemarked! This series is more New Adult to Adult as it has adult themes. There are both adult and young characters, but…moreThanks for your interest in Fatemarked! This series is more New Adult to Adult as it has adult themes. There are both adult and young characters, but even the young characters face adult situations. It is geared toward an older fantasy audience. I hope this helps! If you do get the chance to read it, let me know what you think :)(less)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread on Audio

What is it that comes rolling across the plains to kill

Okay, there are so many characters in the book. It's not really confusing because we go back in forth through each little groups journey which eventually connects them all in one shape or form.

We have:

1) Bane
2) Roan
3) Gwen
4) Grease
5) Annise
6) Arch
7) The Armored Knight / Arme/Tarin
8) Sir Dietrich
9) Zelda
10) Sir Drunk Craig
11) Rhea
12) Bear Blackboots

Okay, so there are a lot more but these are the ones I like the most.

David Estes
Mar 01, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE November 9, 2017: Whew, what a journey this year has been! Releasing 5 books in The Fatemarked Epic (more than 4,000 pages!) in less than a year was no easy feat, but with the upcoming release of Lifemarked (Nov. 21st), I made it! Fatemarked is now a #1 Amazon bestseller in three categories (Military Fantasy, Medieval Fiction, Arthurian Fantasy), and I couldn't be happier with how this series has been received by readers. THANK YOU for all your support. For those who love epic fantasy in ...more
Karen’s Library
When I heard that David Estes was writing a new high fantasy series, I was thrilled because I knew he was a huge Lord of the Rings fan, as am I! I loved his sci-fi series, Slip, and his dystopian series, the Dwellers and Country saga so I knew a fantasy from him would be nothing short of amazing!

And wow!! Yes! Fatemarked is his best work to date!! In Fatemarked, we are introduced to the land of the Four Kingdoms and the Kings and Queens and princesses and princes. We also meet several of the Fat
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2017
Four Kingdoms. A Prophecy. Knights. Jousting. Dragons. A Metal Forest. Royalty. A Killer Plague. Curses. And so much more...

Fatemarked should be the definition of epic high fantasy. The Hundred Years War has been raging across The Four Kingdoms, creating nothing but violence and vengeance for all of its peoples. But, there is a prophecy saying there will be peace brought to the land from a chosen few, the Fatemarked. It is also destined that one will be the King's Bane, who will create death and
Lauren Stoolfire
Fatemarked is the first book in a brand new epic fantasy series by David Estes and it is an excellent addition to the genre. It has something for everyone from great world building, plenty of action, well developed characters, superpowers, and a dash of romance. This is a must read! I need book two, Truthmarked!
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Fantasy lovers at late have been almost spoiled with a plethora of well written fantasy with excellent world building and interesting characters. Based on this I jumped into Fatemarked with quite some enthusiasms. Unfortunately while some elements within were interesting, execution was sorely lacking in the book.

The story revolves around four (or five) characters, initially separate but brought closer together toward th
Kimberly Vanderbloom
I was blessed with the chance to get an early copy of this fantasy because I won a blog contest. I entered thinking there was no way I would win but I decided to take the chance. I won and I was thrilled. I had to dive in to the Four Kingdoms and see what it was about. I've heard a little bit about it over the past few months and I knew it would be added to my TBR. I have to say that I was absolutely blown away. It is my new all time favorite high fantasy series. It is actually now in my top fiv ...more
Ms. Just One More Book  (Kris Miller)
In a world where corrupt rulers dominate the Four Kingdoms, the Hundred Years Wars has ravaged more than three generations of kings, queens, and citizens. The cycle of vengeance and violence continues.

An ancient prophecy by a legendary oracle promises the return of peace to the Four Kingdoms by a chosen few, the fatemarked. Those marked at birth and blessed with specific magical powers. One shall be the King's Bane, bringing death to the warmongering rulers, he is dark and death. The other shal
Victoria Zigler
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was totally awesome! The worldbuilding was amazing, the characters are all quite interesting and believable, the plot contains the perfect balance of action and quieter scenes where you can catch your breath while learning more about the characters and their world, and the descriptions are fantastic (in fact, those with weak stomaches may find them a little too good, since there are wonderfully described scenes of violence and blood in this story, as well as the more pleasant images th ...more
Jodi Woody
I am a huge David Estes fan so of course I joined his mailing list to hear about all of his new books. In one mailing he was giving away some ARC copies of his newest book. Most of his books, and my favorites are dystopian for YA. “Fatemarked” is the first in a series of epic fantasy. I entered the drawing and won a copy. I was a little nervous due to the different genre of this one. I so loved it! I do enjoy a good fantasy and this one does not disappoint. One of the things I like about Mr. Est ...more
Dustin Breese
Just couldn’t get into it. For sure it is a teen book, or at very best young adult focused. The prose is very mute. The characters have potential, but aren’t developed to where I have a love or hate for any of them. I’m struggling to know what the world really looks like.

Stopped reading at 25% point after a street urchin is questioned by the king for being a spy and is suddenly part of the king’s war party, and continually keeps burping out questions to the king’s court and being annoying and th
Gilbert Stack
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fatemarked is the sort of book that the term “epic adventure” was coined to describe. Huge in scope, it chronicles (what are presumably) the end years of a Hundred Year, three generation, war that has devastated four kingdoms. The cast is vast, but surprisingly easy to remember and come to love. This is so, perhaps, because each is doing radically different things and functioning in easily discernible cultures. As a result each character has a very distinctive flavor that keeps them from blurrin ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a truly wonderful book!

A beautiful high fantasy book that is a true page turner. Despite the numerous characters the book was a joy to read. Each chapter was so fulfilling I just couldn't put the book down until I was finished. Highly recommended!
Sheree Bonita
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved a lot of the characters and can't wait to read more.
Julie Bird
Maybe this was going to get much better later on in the book, but at 30% in, I just didn't care anymore.
Scott Wozniak
Solid story

The story had good shape, with surprises and building drama. It had some tropes (the prophesied boy who had hidden magical powers) so I took a star off for some creative lack, but it wasn’t just another copycat story. I took another star off for characters that felt a little too obvious and single faceted. But it wasn’t bad. Just not fully nuanced.
JoJo Gozy
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I'm so glad I took a chance on this book. I'm waiting for a few authors to (hurry up) finish writing the books that are supposed to be completed this month. So, going through my kindle unlimited selections, I find this jewel. Action, adventure, deception, insanity and lots more. Give it a chance, you'll love it.
Shauna Gordon
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diamond in the rough

My husband found this series and recommended it to me. What a great find! Well written, with excellent character development, and enough action to keep the story moving. I can't wait to see how it all plays out and what difficult decisions will be made.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a world. All the kingdoms and the stories of the individuals intertwining and building the story. But I think I may be rooting for two groups that will be fighting each other. How to choose?

I have book two in my reading queue.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-reads
You know it's a great book when:

You look forward to any free time so you can read some more

You can visualize the authors' "world"

You find yourself wondering what characters who aren't featured in the current chapter are up too

This book is great.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I wish I could say I expected great things but unfortunately I was skeptical, now that I have read this fantastic book I can say I was totally wrong this book was everything it promised. I will write a full review tomorrow since it's late now and I need time to collect all my emotions.
Aisha-Kimberly Hashmi
Roan and Prince Gareth, I think I am in love with the both!!!!
C.S. Lane
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off readers, this book is sooo much better than the cover art leads you to belief!

Fatemarked, by David Estes, is a fantastic fantasy read. The reader is drawn into a totally well-rounded, well-developed, fantasy world with multiple realms. That is the thing that struck me almost immediately about this book when I read it: the amount of in-depth thought that the author went into to build his world. Trust me, it will wow readers.

There is not one lead character, contrary to what the book's co
Jess (DYHMD)
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really love taking risks on books and authors I have never once heard of until seeing either appear on my Goodreads newsfeed. It is always a 50/50 chance I will enjoy it, or otherwise hate it; sometimes I might find the book ok.

Estes's Fatemarked cover drew me in, the write-up made me plunge ahead into what could be, another wrecking of my reading time. Thankfully, this was not one of those misses. This was a fun read; the descriptions of the world were really good and the characters were int
Larry Thorne
Mar 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Nov 02, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-physical
Look at that COVER!!!!
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was a recommendation from another author I read. I really enjoy his work so I thought I'd give this a chance. This book was ok. It was kind of all over the place to start out; one of the characters ends up on a plague colony with dragons guarding it? There's not a great sense of the distances between locations as the chapters tend to hop around. But once past that the book settles down and is pretty good. The world is basically divided into four empires/territories/kingdoms that seem t ...more
Michael Long
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatemarked is a new epic fantasy by author David Estes. Going into this, I didn't really know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The book has some really well-developed characters, a lot of mystery, some great world-building, and a lot of action including a few battles.Throughout the book is a prophecy in which the main tyrant rulers of the various kingdoms will die in order to bring peace. Several meet their fate in this novel but there are plenty more for future novels. Also, it f ...more
While the author has some talent, I'm not sure it is enough to cover the scope of the attempted story. This, like so many other fantasy novels from newer authors, suffers from an over ambitious scope in which the details of the world, and the large number of character viewpoints just confuses the story and makes it hard to care about any of the characters individually. On the whole, the idea behind the story is not terrible, the execution however, ends up feeling fairly juvenile and rushed. If t ...more
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Fatemarked Epic (5 books)
  • Truthmarked (The Fatemarked Epic, #2)
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“Sometimes there are those who must die in order for there to be peace.” 0 likes
“opening to reveal toothless maws. He knocked their disease-weakened arms away and fought onward. When Roan reached the top of the human pyramid, he was exhausted, his knees trembling, his back sore. Even his bones felt weary, the constant use of his power sapping them of all strength. Three plague victims were trying to grasp the stone, but their dark skin was slippery with sweat from the fever burning through their bodies. Hearing Roan’s approach, they turned, their lips contorted with pain. “Help me,” one said, his” 0 likes
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