Young Cyra Noavek is in constant pain and Akos Kereseth is the only person able to relieve her suffering. Unfortunately, their families are from opposing cultures.
In Carve the Mark, readers are introduced to a galaxy that is pervaded by an energy known simply as "the current." The current endows each of it's nine planet's inhabitants with a gift known as their "currentgift."
While Cyra's currentgift gives her and anyone she touches pain, Akos's gift allows him to stop the current of anyone he touches. So, anytime he touches Cyra, her pain significantly diminishes.
Rating (G, PG-13, MA)
PG - Some violence
Carve the Mark has an incredible plot and the story is absolutely beautiful. I confess that I fell head over heels in love with the two main characters- Cyra and Akos. What I did not fall in love with was the writing- especially in the first few chapters. The writing felt disjointed, so much so, that it distracted from the awesomeness that was the plot. In the opening chapters there was not enough description and yet it somehow also felt wordy. I'm guessing that part of the problem with the writing was that we met the main characters when they were very young and the writer was attempting to present the world from the supposed simplicity of a child's perspective. The problem with this is that children aren't simple-minded, they are just as observant as adults. They may not come to the same conclusions that an experienced adult would, but a child does notice their surroundings and form opinions based on these observations. So, I wish that kind of thought-processing had been reflected in the opening chapters.
In any case I kept reading because the story is amazing and I had to see what was going to happen next. As I read, the writing became better and better. Characters grew, the action picked up and tension increased. Towards the middle of the book I was absolutely hooked.
In conclusion, I suggest readers hang in there with Carve the Mark! It seems like it's going to be the start of a fantastic series!
Review By: P.L. Jones