Carve the Mark is the newest offering by Veronica Roth – and is based on a different galaxy, on a planet named Thuvhe. People here have superpowers; or what is known “current gifts” and Fates are predetermined for the fated families and they are inevitable; foretold by the Oracles.
The fate of Ryzek Noavek, the heir and future ruler of Thuvhe is already known; and when he does become the ruler; he takes a proactive action to prevent his own fate by kidnapping the Kereseth brothers – Akos and Eijeh.
It is, however Ryzek’s sister – Cyra Noavek – one of the protagonists of Carve The Mark – her current gift makes her an invaluable asset to Ryzek; but which has also made sure he erased any familial loyalty she might have had towards her own brother.
When her path crosses Akos; they form an uneasy alliance with each other; which slowly but surely, paves way to genuine respect and friendship.
The start of the book is fast paced and at times, gruesome as well. In fact, I was halfway through the book before I even realized it – yet after that the plot seemed to slow down; and it took me a while to get through the whole book. There is character growth, though, in the second part of the book – which made the second half of the book bearable.
The ending of the book is what made the whole journey quite worth it – and I am definitely going to enjoy reading the conclusion to this duology – The Fates Divide. Yet, with the way the first book was written, there is no urgency in me reading the next book; which though is a shame; for Ms. Roth has immense talent that has my respect & admiration.