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Blight Marked

(Ethereal Earth #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Becoming a target is never great, but it’s a little worse when the people trying to kill you are technically the good guys.

Gabe escaped the Ether with the ultimate prize, and he thought that meant he was done with deadly cosmic games. But the nightmares infesting his life have different plans, and they’re not asking nicely before dragging him back in. It turns out holding
Kindle Edition, 397 pages
Published March 11th 2020 by Josh Erikson
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Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy fans
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

This series is pure entertainment, get on this as soon as you can!

“Deep down we all believe we’re frauds. But it’s only when we stop believing that it actually becomes true.”

Hero Forged was good, Fate Lashed was incredible, and thankfully the second book wasn’t a fluke. Blight Marked, the third book in the ongoing Ethereal Earth series by Josh Erikson, retained the overall quality displayed in Fate Lashed. At the
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gabe is in trouble. Yeah, yeah you say, of course he is. That’s his thing. Except now he’s in TROUBLE. Serious end of the world stuff. More than before. Doubly more. Triply more. Whatever. Trust me, the shit has seriously hit the fan this time. If he doesn’t get hold of the remaining six Iglas, darkness will swallow the world whole, and Gabe is not having that happen just as his relationship with Heather is finally staring come together. His ‘why me’ attitude isn’t cutting it, it’s time to save ...more
TS Chan
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review copy of audiobook received from author in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars.

Josh Erikson has utterly upped his game in Blight Marked. A heady concoction of compelling character development, interesting worldbuilding, exhilarating action scenes and great humour, the only thing that made it even better was Erikson's stellar self-narration.

Now, I can't exactly call myself well-read in the urban fantasy subgenre, but I've read the more well-known published series like Dresden Files, Kat
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
I’ve had this book marked as “currently reading” for most of 2020. Who am I kidding? I’ve not touched this in months so it is time to officially class it as my latest DNF.

I loved the first Ethereal Earth book and while I never felt the second book measured up to the first book in terms of quality I did still enjoy it so I’m not quite sure why I never managed to get into this third instalment of the series at all. It is disappointing as I really wanted to love this one!

Rating: 2 stars.

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Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I’ve made it to the third installment of a series, it’s a very strong sign that it’s my favorites of all-time series. I used to be a completionist when it came to series – even if I wasn’t enjoying it much anymore I needed to know how it ended. That’s done a 180 in recent years with it becoming rare for me to get past the first book in the series.

The world is expanded even further in this one and omg there’s a sprite character and she honestly is one of my favorite things ever. I continue to
Calvin Park
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gabe and company are back for more banter-filled adventures in this third installment in the Ethereal Earth series. Picking up shortly after Fate Lashed left off, Blight Marked wastes no time hooking the reader and speeding to a satisfying—and epic!—conclusion. Along the way there is plenty of humorous banter, lots of adventure, more puns than you can shake a stick at, and loads of authentic character development. If you haven’t started reading Erikson, you should.

There is so much that I loved
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Full review is here, on my blog!~

This is the continuing story of Gabe Delling, who is a (former? still kind of?) con man who is now, more or less… uh… the superpowered savior of the world.

After the events of the last book, Gabe and his girlfriend/succubus Heather are in a race to beat the bad guys to a number of super powerful artifacts, which will threaten the entire universe as they know it if left in the hands of evil. The stakes are so high that even the other, less bad but still bad guys ar
Maja Ingrid
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The series continues to deliver. I can't say much without spoiling anything. But the stakes are set even higher as the last book and the hunt for the remaining Iglas continues. Old and new friends are joined in our ragtag team. Some were more friends and a happy add than others.

Next book's gonna be CRAZY
Queen Terrible Timy
This review was originally posted on RockStarlit BookAsylum!

"Sometimes the end result of a thing is so much better than the component parts that it really doesn't matter what it was before it fell into your lap. People are the same... except they can continue to improve. I have to believe that's true, and that we can all become what we want without being held back by what we were. There's darkness in all of our lives, right? That doesn't mean we should have to wallow in it."

Despite my reading sl
Rob Hayes
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've said it before... but I'll say it once more. I'm not a fan of urban fantasy. It's just not my cup of tea. In fact, I can name the number of urban fantasy series I like on one brutally maimed hand. I also don't like pop culture references in literature because they feel cheap, tugging on the old heart strings to make us feel misplaced affection. This series is urban fantasy and is loaded with pop culture references. I mention this because it needs pointing out what the books are up against.. ...more
Jon Adams
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Still tied for my favorite urban fantasy series.
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you haven’t read the first book of the series, Hero Forged, you can check out my review of it here. Some spoilers for the previous books below.

“Josh Erikson continues to astound in Blight Marked, the third outing of the Ethereal Earth series,” is how I began writing this review. Then, I realized I’d said something almost exactly the same in my review for Josh’s previous book, Fate Lashed. I hate to repeat myself – it would be nice, JOSH, if you screwed up once in a blue moon. (!) Would make m
Steph Warren
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*I proof-read this novel and received a free ARC of the final book, with no obligation to review at all. This review is unbiased and represents my own personal opinions.*

Blight Marked is the third in Josh Erikson’s Ethereal Earth series, and if you haven’t already read Hero Forged and Fate Lashed then go and do that, right now! This is a series that builds on the characters and main plotline as it goes, so while technically you could read them out of order, why on earth would you want to miss ou
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
The pace was really break neck for this book. The ending was Deus ex machina times X but has become normal for this series. Will definitely continue reading the next books in the series. It's fun. ...more
Kevin Potter
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well holy $#!+
Josh Erikson has already proven himself to be at the absolute top of the urban fantasy game, yet once again he has outdone himself and blown away everything that's come before.

If you only read one urban fantasy series in your lifetime, this should be the one!

Now, I've said this before but it bears repeating. I am normally 100% against fiction authors narrating their own books. For most, the author's brain gets in the way of the narration and they just can't let go of their ideals,
Paul Henderson
Apr 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021

The third book in the Ethereal Earth series is in many ways another example of all the plusses and minuses of the first two. There is some witty repartee between Gabe and Heather and some cute self-referential allusions, though the references to pop culture, video gameplay, and standard fantasy tropes don't feel ironic as much as homages to the source material.

However, the battle and fight scenes are still oddly both too long and too confusing. The characters as written are both weak, flawed,
John #Audible
This series is done for me. Let me sum it up in my mind.

1 ) Fetch quest, of the same thing they performed last book
2 ) High school level romantics ( YA ), Heather needs to go; more annoying than a barbie doll.
3 ) No balance to the world, meaning everyone wants to kill poor Gabe. There is no faction for Good or Law to keep most of these umbra's in check.
4 ) Waaaaaaaaay to much inner monologue.
5 ) Bad of the baddies just re-spawned? again no balance.
6 ) The Old God/Demon , only one still; no Goo
Tim Putney
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Urban Fantasy! I can’t get enough of this series! A++

Each book just keeps getting better and better. One of the best and funniest urban fantasy series I’ve ever read. I look forward to the next book and rereading this series. I will recommend it to all my friends and family. It’s got everything I’m looking for in a book/series; action, mystery, mythology, gods and monsters, love and friendship all mixed with humor and epic battles. This story kept me up late to finish ‘just one more chapte
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than Fate Lashed because of the character and story progression. Gabe and Heather still make an awesome duo and their relationship in this book is done much better than the previous.

The plot and characters were the strongest part for me. The conflict is huge and there is a lot of action, though at times I felt too much as I almost became exhausted with how long things went on.

Looking forward to the next installment and may give the audiobook a try since I continue to hear go
Ryan McCoin
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Solid finish

This is a really good book in a really good series. The Ction is top-notch, characterization is very deep and realistic, character growth is meaningful and impacts plot, dialogue is snappy and smart, plot has interesting twists and turns. A really good series in a rich world that could go far.
Meghan Remington
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-fantasy
Absolutely phenomenal series. A smartass conman bumbles his way into an insane situation and gradually becomes a better person with each book. The dialogue is snappy and fun, and the action doesn't stop. Cannot recommend enough. ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Man I love this series and Penny was a delight.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Overall: +6/10
It got a bit formulaic and doesn't deviate much from earlier books. Nothing really new and the wow factor was totally diluted.

There are threads left for another set of books perhaps, but I'm not really vested unless there's significant improvement.

Writing/Plot/Pace: +6
Same as earlier reviews of mine. The book really misses the oomph effect despite having an end of world theme, which is disappointing. Also the schtick of useless protagonist who pulls a rabbit when loved ones are i
Marques Jenkins
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every book has been an improvement. This has quickly become my favorite ongoing Urban Fantasy series.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon ...
Nevar Impossible
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is not out yet. However I am so excited to connect with old friends!
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Josh Erikson doesn't have any fancy credentials to tell you about here. He lives in rural Nebraska (US) with his wife and two children, where he mostly reads, writes, and reads about writing. His many awards and accolades include some beautiful photoshopped certificates he printed at home and a yo-yo trick contest he once won at a fun fair in a grocery store parking lot.

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