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Mark of Destiny: An Epic Fantasy Novel by [James, Azrael]
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Length: 401 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2160 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Branch Publishing (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a well written, exciting and unusual epic fantasy. You are immediately drawn into the lives of the characters as they discover their fates and battle to overthrow a cruel regime, in the hope of bringing peace and magical balance back to the land. I loved the characters in this story, from the inherent goodness of Illadari, to Tizrah's journey of discovery, Korlin's change of heart and even Eco's evil insanity; their characters have depth and the relationships between them are complex. You become invested in their lives and want them to see where their stories will lead. The plot has lots of adventure, complexities and some great twists and turns. It draws you in and keeps your attention until the very end. I liked how the story, even though it is the first in the series, is complete. There is no cliffhanger ending, but there is some open ended story threads that leave you curious and will hopefully lead into the next book. I will look forward to reading the rest of this series. I received this book at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs way up! 7 Mar. 2017
By Sarah carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Mark of Destiny is an epic novel that sucks you in from the start and takes you down a journey of exciting twists along the way. I found myself wanting to keep going even though it was like two in the morning! I loved Tizrah and Korlin, but the character I loved the most was Illadari. He was awesome! If you're in the market for a new epic fantasy author, Azrael James should be one you consider. For a debut epic fantasy novel, this one was amazing. Recommend to anybody who enjoys reading fantasy.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're missing out if you pass this up! 4 Mar. 2017
By Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this early as an ARC and enjoyed it immensely, which has led me to immediately purchasing it once I saw that it was available. I plan on rereading it again. It truly is a pleasant book.

The story was well thought out and quite unique. The magic system is quite unique and I wish I had thought of something like it. It had many different phases and I enjoyed the twists and turns it took me down. The pace is good. The first third of the book was absolutely fantastic. I was willingly reading it over Furies of Calderon. That was followed up by a bit of traveling that I didn't love but traveling is a necessary evil and it's hard to make that super exciting. Beyond that, I loved every bit of the plot which tied well with the setting and the characters. The last third of the book was quite unpredictable. I had no idea where it would go but it was a satisfying end.

The characters were my favorite part of the book. Azrael did a great job with creating compelling characters that were easy to root for and/or against. There is a wide variety of personalities and as a result a good variance in relationships throughout the book (that are interesting and are fun to visualize). As mentioned above, the characters are utilized well with the plot.

Grammar was wonderful. Didn't encounter any errors. Azrael's style is unique and should keep the reader entertained. The prose is well done. It's just right.

Overall, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 and with this being his first book I have absolutely no qualms about having to round up to 5. I'd recommend anyone that enjoys well-thought-out and varied magic to check this out. Now that I write this, I realize that Azrael has given himself an opportunity to expand even further with both the magic system and Belstrom in his next book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, wild ride! 29 Mar. 2017
By Matthew Frazier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Azrael has created a new and exciting take on magic that captivates the reader while providing a great foil for the story! I would recommend Mark of Destiny for any fan of fantasy! I look forward to the next book in the series!
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked this! Epic, but not overly long. 11 Mar. 2017
By Trish (I read too much!) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Mark of Destiny follows Tizrah and Korlin as they each set out to discover and meet their fates. Tizrah finds herself marked after an odd encounter on a road, while Korlin is set the task of tracking her down and capturing her, despite knowing nothing of her identity.

What I like most about this story is that both main characters are truly likeable, even when one seems to be pitted against the other. I love how their stories evolve and intertwine, making this a complex, but satisfying read. I also dig the humorous situations and banter, as well as the modern, but not too modern, language used by the characters. It feels epic, but the style and length make it great for folks who prefer books that aren’t big enough to knock someone out with.

I was a bit surprised Korlin turned out so nice based on some of the hints about the High Wizard’s School of Curogath. With so few making it through and one of the final few being slaughtered at the ceremony to induct them, I’d have thought he’d be a harder man. I also wanted to know more about how the Curo magic works. The rune magic is pretty well explored, but I never got a feel for the Curo side. Also, the elven remnants have magic, but that isn’t explained much either.

Overall, I really liked this story. I think fans of epic fantasy, magic, and quests will love it. Also, it’s a great choice if you like these sorts of reads but don’t want to dig through flowery language or overly long books.

I received the review copy of this book from the author.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 9 April 2017
By Frank Steele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed “Mark of Destiny” and found it exciting and interesting. It’s a fantasy set on the world of Belstrom, where a high council of wizards (mages) have ruled since a series of wars nearly 400 years ago, in which they overthrew and virtually wiped out practitioners of another sort of magic, the Maaka. Now the Maaka are back, led by a personable young woman, and there are all sorts of friends and foes, as well as wandering gods and elves who are masters of illusion. And some of the friends may be foes, while some of the foes may turn out to be friends. Overall, a good book, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series as it comes out.

It’s well-written and largely free of typos and errors, although there are a few (I’m an editor, so I notice these things). The story is a good one, and it’s hard to put it down once you start. The characters are likable--or evil, in the case of villains, of course. Some characters are still a little one-dimensional, without much depth, but I think that will be remedied as the series continues. I think these are just growing pains, and the full-grown series will be a good one. Give it a try if you’re in the mood for a good fantasy.
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