Title: Five Corners: The Marked Ones
Author: Cathi Shaw
Age Group: Young Adult/Teen
Series: The Marked Ones, book one
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A solid fantasy debut, I really enjoyed The Marked Ones, despite some errors, grammatically and plotwise. An enjoyable book for fantasy fans.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Sisters Kiara, Mina, and Thia are all bound by the same thing: They each have a mysterious mark on their bodies. Told by their mother that they are the only ones with this birthmark, the girls' lives are shattered when a group of strangers come to their inn. Forced to leave their home in search of safety and answers after a string of murders--all children with the very same mark--the girls discover that no one can be trusted, magic can come from just about anywhere, and love is closer than any of them could've imagined..
What I enjoyed:
-I liked the pacing of the novel--I honestly couldn't put it down, despite the misgivings I initially had
-The high-fantasy feel of the novel--I crave high fantasies every now and then and this honestly didn't disappoint, full of journeys, prophecies, forbidden love, and mysterious creatures
-Kiara, the strong-willed warrior girl who hides her soft heart behind a tough exterior
-Mina, the sweetheart, the dreamer who wants nothing more than to leave her area of The Five Corners and see what's outside her little village
-Thia, the youngest of the sisters, the resident cook and musician who has frightening, mysterious visions, and who learns a lot about herself as the novel goes on
-Caedmon, Teague, and Meldiron
-The compelling mystery that unwinds as the novel goes on
-The ending that left open for a sequel
What could've been better:
-This novel seriously needed more editing; at times there were serious grammatical errors and it was distracting
-At times I found myself rolling my eyes, because the plot became a bit predictable after a while
-I wish more had been said about the Elders and the other races encountered in the novel
-I found myself rolling my eyes more than once at the silly romance throughout the novel
Overall, I really liked The Five Corners! Next on deck: Flora by Gail Godwin!