Release Date: 11/11/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Astarti’s master controls her through a Leash, a bond of energy anchored deep within her. Despite being one of the few remaining Drifters, able to manipulate the energy world, she cannot break free. She knows her fate: she will serve until she dies, at which point her master will harvest her energy to augment his own.
Oh, yes, she’s done some bad things in her master’s name. She’s not asking for forgiveness. She expects you to hate her.
What she doesn’t expect is Logan, a man meant to be her sworn enemy. A man with secrets as dark as her own.
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My love of myth and legend led me inexorably into fantasy, and I have no intention of leaving. Ever. I grew up riding horses and finally, finally, finally have one of my very own. (I’m hoping Astarti will get some quality horse time at some point, but Drifters don’t really need horses. Hmm.) I’m also an avid (but amateur!) mountain biker and whitewater kayaker.
I was born in New Mexico, grew up in Kansas, got my MFA in Michigan, and now live in West Virginia. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been is New Zealand.
My **spoiler-free** thoughts on The Griever’s Mark
I have to admit The Griever’s Mark had a slow start for me. There were so many descriptions early on that I felt a bit bogged down… and the Drift was a tough concept. Fatigue may have played into my early opinion… but you had to wrap your mind around a new concept for existence.
Once I passed my early hesitation, I fell into pace with the story. The descriptions flowed, the Drift became understandable and Astarti’s character emerged fully fleshed. That’s when The Griever’s Mark definitely took off.
Hurley did a good job creating a world with both physical and *almost electric layers. Her characters were likable yet flawed, the conflict palpable, and pace was excellent. The plot was well planned and unique. (I was thinking Lord of the Rings one minute and The Matrix the next.)
Would I recommend The Griever’s Mark? Yes.
Will I continue the series to find out what happens? Yes. I entered the giveaway on Goodreads for Chains of Water and Stone (The Griever’s Mark #2)
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