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Dark Reign

(The Vampire's Mark #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,033 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Four blood-sucking princes. A beautiful anarchist. One dangerous mistake.

To the vampires who dominate each quadrant of the Lydian Dynasty, I’m only known as “Blackbird”—a masked vigilante who, at nineteen, is already public enemy number one.

To what’s left of humanity, I’ve been called a superhero, a title I neither welcome nor deserve. My only objective is to offer the
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published December 15th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I want to kick this book for sucking because it could have been really good. A reverse harem vampire romance in a world where humans are subservient to vampires and the heroine is an assassin trying to take down some ultra-sexy vampire lords sounded amazing. I'm a little confused by the world-building but vampires appear to be the result of a genetic mutation and have basically taken all the power for themselves, using humans for food an
Daisy Delfin
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
159 Jonas, Rachel Dark Reign The Vampire’s Mark, #1 94 - 4642
Reading Date: 28.08.2019 - 29.08.2019
Shelfves: rhf
Pages: 294
My rating (stars): 4
Read other books from this author in the future: yes

The first book I read form this author was Book one of the Lost Royal Saga. And The Dark Mark reminds me of it a little in the speed in which Jonas tells the story. It begins slow, even if the reader sees where this will lead in the long run, before the MC’s even meet. But around 40% the speed picks up an
Katherine Bogle
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap, I was not expecting this to be the 5 star read that it was! No reason for that really, I just didn't see it coming!

The world has ended and been taken over by vampires, but this is no typical dystopian society. The world building in this is flawless. There is so much built up and explained (but not overly so) that it almost has an epic feel to it. I loved Corina so much. She is such a kick butt girl and I feel for her immensely. I did like the guys as well, but I feel like I need to ge
G.K. DeRosa
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off, I'm not a huge fan of reverse harem but I love vampires and the storyline was super intriguing so I couldn't resist the urge to get my hands on an advanced copy. The world building is great, and I really love the whole premise. It's very different to anything else I've read in the vampire genre. Also I love the slow burn romance and I could not get enough of Julian. Holy hot vampire! I'm actually kind of sad the story doesn't just revolve around Corina and Julian because I absolutely ...more
Logan Keys
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come but this is epic!
Ashley Gallegos
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book! Can’t wait to read the next one!!!
Tiera McMillian
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: february-2020
Interesting start to this series. Super big fan of Rachel Jonas at this point as her books usually suck me in pretty fast. This story though, I had a little trouble getting invested. I feel like it is because though we have an interesting world the lack of backstory about the world really made it hard for me to fully picture things. Though we do get some explanations they sometimes felt a little out of place. Like why would someone need to explain to the FMC certain aspects when she has grown up ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Feels more like a prequel than a first book. Its good and I want to jump onto the next one but it is slow. The entire book is buildup and first meetings, just settling things into place. So now romance, or intimacy just yet. Just a bad case of insta attraction and breaking rules.

Cori is strong but has a vulnerability to her making her instantly likable. She knows what she can do and what she has to, so it will be interesting to see where things go and how she holds up. Then there are the guys.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel was very engaging. I love Cori as a lead, she is feisty and strong. Her connection to her humanity, and her goals is really inspiring.

Julian is probably my favourite of the princes. He seems genuine and caring. I cannot wait to see his relationship with Cori well as the other princes. This ending that you are prepared for still hits you like a punch to the stomach.

I want more details about Cori and her past, but as well as her future has to offer. I also want more Elle in
Aug 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Nothing really intrigued me about the plot or the characters. 1.5 stars (since i finished the book)
Natasja Hodgkinson
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reverse-harem
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Jessica Feeney
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book from start to finish I couldn’t seem to put it down. I can’t wait to see where book 2 takes Corina and her 4 princes
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well that ending was obvious AF. So far I don’t recommend the series but I have the next book so I’ll read it... 🤦🏻‍♀️ Hopefully book two won’t be like slowly watching a train wreck. 💥 🚞
Rhiannon Chillingworth
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant surprise, so more like 4.25 stars!

Set in a semi Sci Find dystopian reality, where 500 years ago humans lost the war to the vampires (Ianites as they're called here) humans are treated pretty much the way we treat our livestock. You are put to work, either physically or as a "sow" to breed more humans, your blood is systematically drained and bottled and fed to the Ianites. It is pretty horrifying really, but only lightly touched upon as a back drop to the world here. There ar
Patron Saint Fitzwilliam
This book reads more like a dystopian novel with paranormal themes. This story follows Corina, a human rebel living among allied humans in a world run by Ianites. Ianites are the author’s take on vampires, with their own elaborate political world, customs, and futuristic inventions. But the sucky part (<—see what i did there?) is that humans are little more than cattle (“sows”) who are used and killed. So, Ianites really are the worst. Bummer.

The pacing of the book was the biggest problem for me
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Corina, known as the "Blackbird" to her enemies was captured after a failed recon mission. Now with her fate in the hands of her sworn enemies; the four princes of the Lydian Dynasty, she must do what it takes to proceed with the mission or has she been compromised already?

In this slow burn, dark dystopian romance, Ms. Jonas certainly captures my attention. I devoured this book in one sitting and couldn't wait to have another bite of the story. Told mostly through the male characters POV, I am
I liked it, although i'm disappointed the epilepsy was brought up and then just thrown out. It annoys me when authors bring in disabilities and illnesses just to have them magically be fixed. Makes me wonder what the point even was. ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Vampire's Mark was a wild, crazy and incredibly dark... I loved it. If the other books in the series are anything like the first then Rachel has another hit on her hands but this time with a steamy reverse harem.

Five hundred years have pasted since the Fall, the war between vampires and humans and the world hasn't been the same. Vampires are the ruling class that is drenched in extravagance and luxury while humans are slaves, no more than animals to the vampires the reside over them. However
Alisha Thompson
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dark Reign is the first in The Vampires Mark Series by Rachel Jonas. It’s a slow-burn Reverse Harem and as you guessed it staring Vampires! I’ve been waiting to read this book for quite some time and that anticipation has paid off.
Vampires rule the new world and humans are no more than cattle but as most stories go there is an underground resistance out there trying to save/free as many humans they can and hopefully avoid capture and inevitable death.
Our heroine, Corina, isn’t perfect which I
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing. I fell in love with the world and the players in it. This is one of the rare books where I actually found myself kind of rooting for the humans given how life is for them. Most books seem to go the opposite way, where the 'humans' have the advantage of technology and use it again supernatural beings. That being said, Corina was the one that pulled me in and I completely fell for her. She's amazingly strong and a delight to get to know as a person. Add in Julian and wow, that ...more
Cristene M.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first book in this exciting series was really great. Between Corina and her group that try to rescue humans and the four future leaders of the the Ianites the prince's Julian, Levi, Silas and Roman, there's so much story that will keep you interested till the very and keep you wanting more. Corina is the most wanted fugitive in this world and the Ianites are out for her blood and punishment for all the trouble she and her group of liberators are causing them. She's known as Blackbird and the ...more
Nerdy Housewifey
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review for books 1-3

So I started book 1 of this series yesterday.... today at 4 am I finished book 3, only to realize book 4 (the final book in this series isn’t out yet). 😩😩😩 the author started another series so she doesn’t have an eta for it yet #firstworldproblems #bookaddict

So now I’m severely depressed *sigh* anyway it’s a great series... just quite the cliffy in book 3. I thought the way author handled the dystopian feel was very apt to what humanity is, at its core. We’re not necessarily
Christina Morley
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark Reign is a brand new dystopian series by talented author Rachel Jonas. Vampires rule and thrive while humans suffer horribly, especially the women. Corina tries to turn the tables one human at a time. Being human herself, she is the perfect sympathizer. One of her missions goes terribly wrong and she finds herself at the mercy of the four vampire princes of the Lydian Dynasty. It's bad enough that she has human blood pumping through her veins, but if they find out who she really is, things ...more
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Damit! I want more!

Ms.Rachel knows how to pull you into a story an not let you go till you finish it. I loved the direction she went with this dystopian world In this world Vampires are the dominant race with titles and what not and the humans being the minority lower class type. I was very entertained. I loved the female lead she was a strong likable character and the guys, well let me just say... Yaaaaaasss mam!

This was a quick read with a freaking cliffhanger. You know what I'm making cliffh
carrie thackston
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. The heroine, Corina was so easy to like from the beginning. The author made me feel the conflicting emotions as if they were my own. I loved the storyline of a time where after a war vampires rule and humans are basically cattle. Corina is a great freedom fighter and the princes are not likeable and monsters in the beginning, but then we see the loyalty they have for each other and Julian's concern for Cori and there is suddenly a human side to them. I loved that the author ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After having read and loved Rachel Jonas' other series when I saw book one of the Vampire's Mark was releasing this week I knew I had to read it ASAP even though reverse harems are not my thing. Although a popular genre I don't always find them right for me. Well I am glad to say that this book blew my expectations away and is going to leave me a bit distraught until the next one comes out in March (can you please make that sooner????). The vampire world, in this book, was one of elitism and sep ...more
Kavita Kumar-Karthik
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's been quite some time since I read a vampire book and so I was very much looking forward to reading this story.4 Vampire princes and 1 sassy rebel ? Count me in...

But but..this was such a disappointment. The four princes are just too plain and nothing really catches your attention. And Corina was too weak to be a rebel, and I don't mean her illness. Her attitude.. I expected something more wicked from her..Something manipulative..What a coup that would have been ?

But nah..she pretty much bec
Kiki DeGraw
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I almost pulled some hair out ya'll. I hit the end and that cliffhanger, there is a cliffhanger but it's worth it, got me, my squeak of dismay nearly woke up my sleeping boyfriend. I enjoyed the world build and the new take on Vampires, and it is new, I've read quite a few vampire novels and haven't come across this idea yet. One of the MC's struck me as a little angsty but it adds to his depth. I really look forward to the second book and getting to know this cast of characters and solve a few ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was a misunderstanding. Only when I had it on my tablet did I realize it was a YA story. Not my usual fare. Well, I had it, so I started reading.
Imagine my surprise when I read on and on and couldn't stop! Instead of the expected vapid teenage mush, I got a well fleshed out story that grew on me the longer I read.
The character arcs, while only in the beginning stages, are believable and varied.
The world building is interesting and different from any vampire-human society I enc
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