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Marrow Charm

(The Gate Cycle #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  184 ratings  ·  111 reviews
'In his pursuit of the occult, the Third Reich opened the Gate to a realm of magic and brought the world to ruin. The Gate was eventually closed, but They were already in our world and They were hungry.'

-The Lost History, Library of Avergard

Azure ‘Azzy’ Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of th
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by The Parliament House
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Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Solid fantasy! My only criticism is I never truly matched the summary concerning The Third Reich. There were hints of it but I thought that piece could have been more developed.

That being said, I didn't feel the story was missing much without that connection. Characters were solid and I enjoyed reading from the different perspectives. The Wolf reminded me a bit of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, which I really enjoyed.

The conclusion leaves a lot of loose ends and I will waiting for the seque
Candace Robinson
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read several books by this author and what I love most is that each one is different yet all amazing! The writing in Marrow Charm is especially wonderful and lush with gorgeous world building and a unique plot. We get multiple POVs here, each told in third person and they are all my little babies!

The characters all had distinct personalities and I especially loved Azzy and Kai! Also, I need book 2 already!
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Although I got an advanced reader's copy from Netgalley, this book is officially out as from today and I recommend everyone to get it!

When starting this, I found it to be slow tbh, and It took me awhile to actually start enjoying it. But when it became good, it stayed that way until the end.

Majority of this book is spent, by the main character (Azure), trying to find her brother who was cast out from their society because of his magic/power. It was slow at first until a wolf that she rescued a w
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2019
This is such an AWESOME book!!! A friend recommended it to me, and I am SO GLAD she did!!!!! I would have missed out on an AMAZING story!!!!

The world in this book is sooo well written, that I felt like I was there! And there is a lot going on in this world. There is the below, where the story begins, and then there’s the above!!! Neither is safe really. Magic has done a job on the people, mentally and physically. The main character, Azure or Azzy, goes above ground with her guardian, Bixby, to s
Marta Cox
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
This turned out to be an intense dystopian story that actually felt more like a fantasy. It’s set in a future when mankind have retreated below ground to escape the horrors unleashed above. Magic is a taint that twists and alters those infected meaning monsters roam at will and normal humans fear for their lives.
We meet Azzy who lives with her brother Armin and their guardian in Heap, an underground city that’s gradually decaying. Azzy is resourceful, caring and frequently ventures above seekin
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magic is unruly. It cannot be controlled. When released it breeds dark creatures, creates monsters from pure flesh and diseases born of magic meant to consume.

In a moment when words are greatly needed I am at a loss to properly articulate the captivating read this was for me. The author writes fluently and effortless bringing the scenes and characters to life in your mind. This book could easily be considered horrific with the description of the Above creatures and the natives to the territory.
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Marrow Charm
Author – Kristin Jacques
Series – The Gate Cycle
Cliffhanger? - Yes
Publication Date – October 1, 2019
Genre – YA Dystopian/Fantasy
Rating – 4 1/4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story

OMG…it’s been awhile since I’ve read anything other than Historical Fantasy and what a treat it was to be able to read Marrow Charm where we mesh the fantasy with the dystopian and on top of that…this
Anja H.
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

This was a really good book! It took me a while to finish though.

It's been a while since I read a dystopian, and I love what the author tried to do here. She introduced us a rich world with wild magic and a whole new system, but it was a bit much at times, because I feel like you really get thrown into the middle of it all right from the start!

This was basically non-stop action, with Azzy and Armin hurtling from one bad event to the next, and I just couldn't fathom how one (o
Amber R. Duell
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kristin's voice is abolsutely magical! As is this story!
Laura ☾
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

4 stars!

Marrow Charm is a fantasy/horror tale set in a dystopian world, where the few Humans who survive live below ground in makeshift towns, because the world above-ground is crawling with monsters. The protagonist, Azure (Azzy) is a fierce heroine, who doesn’t agree with how society below-ground is (including gruesome practices such as eating their deceased, and casting out those who are ‘tainte
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-tbr, 2019-reads
This book was just what I needed right now - filled with page turning action and a heroine I could root for. I got major Bloodborne vibes or any kind of Gothic video game as we would encounter monsters like bosses in the story - but not all monsters were evil (which I high-key enjoyed). Azzy is also our relatable protagonist who kicks some serious butt with a wolf companion as she goes on a journey to save her brother. Super interesting with a very atmospheric world, this was such a thrilling re ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
This was amazing! From the very beginning I was sucked into this story and it just got crazier and more exciting. The sibling bond between Azzy and Armin was my favorite part of the story. I love seeing siblings that are close and would do anything for each other. Azzy is a great main character, she cares for others, even those she doesn't know well, and will take on blame or pain if she thinks it will help someone else. She made a lot of great friendships throughout the story, especially the wo ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Azure ‘Azzy’ Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground, but Below is no safer than Above. Magic borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities, a sickness that creates aberrations from the stricken: people twisted by magic. It is an existence of fear and constant dread. When Azzy’s brother, Armin, is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determi
Spirited Stardust
I can't believe this book hasn't been published - it's friggin awesome!
Sheila Goicea
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, The Parliament House, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Cannibalism, Death, Gore, Slavery, Injury, Abduction

We fear magic and those who are tainted by it. So quick to exile these doomed souls, be they innocent youths or beloved spouses. We expel those who fall prey to their own
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much The Parliament House!

Marrow Charm, though it was interesting and great at some parts, can be confusing and a bit of a letdown. There’s an interesting world-building and a fast-paced story line, but the plot, for me, failed to bring me as a reader to new heights. I give this one 2.5 stars

Atmospheric writing
The writing was one of the things I really liked about this book. It was dark, it was atmo
Pattricia Mesa
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019-reads
Yesterday when I completed this book, I had a panic attack; not because the book ended in a cliffhanger, but because the last author’s note informed that Azzy (the leading character) needed more readers for her story to continue. I still don't know if that's the case since I got an e-ARC, but before I proceed to write my in-detail review, I want to invite everyone reading my words to please give this story a try. I promise that by the end of it, you're going to be thankful you were introduced to ...more
Tracy Auerbach
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was such an unexpectedly wild ride, full of heart-wrenchingly tragic circumstances, exotic creatures, and complex relationships.

Marrow Charm springs off its pages with beautifully descriptive writing and an interesting, unique tone. After reading so many books, it’s rare that I find a truly fresh voice, and Jacques did not disappoint in that area.

I found myself continually drawn back into Azzy and Armin’s world, enjoying both perspectives and equally captivated by what was slowly revea
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. I was so excited when Parliament Press sent me this book to review, and it did not disappoint.
Kristin Jacques weaves a world that is full of horror and beauty in this dark sci-fi/fantasy novel. Azzy is an incredible character that you begin to root for from the very first chapter. Weaving in magic and a post-modern world that has been destroyed by war isn't an easy task, but Kristin walks the line of science fiction and fantasy seamlessly.
The tension is this book is incredible,
T.B. Caine

World building is great
Characters are all great
Dialogue was great


I don’t have any complaints with the writing or the delivery. It was all really solid. Like a solid 5/5 with no complaints.
Kayla J. ~ Master of Dragons & Assassins
Review to come.
Shorouk Abd Elhamid
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: under_rated, e-arc
This book was provided as an e-arc by netgally

I loved this book.The story starts with a fight with an eight eyed creature and I became instantaneously hooked.I loved the family aspect here alot. Both of them were compassionate and perfect.

The world was very interesting but I think we needed a little more info in the beginning. There was always something new happening that we can learn from and that was a great point for me to be intrigued the whole time.By the ending,I was totally immersed in th
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolute page-turner. Love the level of creativity this author has. Can't wait for the next one!
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I have voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!

Do you ever read a book awaiting some kind of conclusion or twist or big reveal and it just never comes? Yeah.

Marrow Charm is a story about a world in which magic twists and corrupts people, turning them into monsters. Humans live in underground cities, plagued by sickness, hunger and monsters, and ones tainted by magic are mercilessly banished to the above world that’s full
Dasha Slepenkina
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-reads
A big thank-you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for giving me a copy of this book for an unbiased review.

3.5/5 - Liked it quite a bit, rounded up to 4 stars.

This book is the first part of a series and quite honestly, I can't wait to continue the story. As it is set in a magical futuristic dystopia, it combines several genres. This is an ambitious undertaking, but Jacques masterfully builds a world that is believable and thoroughly packed with monsters and magic. Although it borrows them
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Received this as an ARC via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

Kristin Jacques's novel is very fast-paced, so fast-paced that I had a hard time following what was going on. There are makings of an interesting world but it is not explained enough to make me invested in it or the characters. So many things are mentioned and as a reader it is to be understood that these things are important to the world and the characters: The Rot, The Above, The Snatchers.. While I do understand the gist of why t
This book was an impulse read and I couldn't be happier to have read it!! I absolutely adored it!! Azure, or Azzy, has she is better known, lives with her brother under the care of their apothecary guardian in the underground city known as the Heap. It's a town on the edge of complete ruin and Azzy does all that she can to keep her brother safe and help her neighbors as best she can, by risking trips into the dangers of the Above.

When tragedy strikes and Azzy is separated from her brother, the r
Laura Newsholme
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a creepy, fairy tale-esque and wonderfully drawn world this is! This tells the story of siblings Azzy and Armin who live in the relative underground safety of the Heap, far away from the above, where dangerous magical creatures roam. When Armin is cast out for showing signs of magic, Azzy must undertake a dangerous journey to try and rescue him. I loved the world here - we are thrown straight in, which is a little jarring, but once I found my bearings, this is a rich fantasy land full of ma ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars

The Gate between realms was opened by an evil ruler allowing magic to invade the human world bringing ruin and mayhem along with fantastical beasts, vicious monsters, and a taint that transforms people into something more. Azure “Azzy” Brimvine lives with her brother and guardian underground where most humans have fled. Those living below the surface have a tenuous life of privation, plagues, and monsters in the dark waiting to prey on them. The magic twists them into piteous beings. A
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Mother of two, caffeine addict, sleep deprived book eater.
Kristin Jacques writes primarily speculative fiction, dabbling with dark adventures, monsters, mayhem, and the occasional sarcastic zombie.
When not at her computer spinning tales she is generally herding cats or snuggling with her gremlins.

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