Title: The Shadow Mark (Lords of Davenia #2)
Author: Mason Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 13, 2017
Genre(s): High Fantasy
Page Count: 329
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 1.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A Lords of Davenia Novel
Auraq Greystone, once a military officer with a promising future, exists on the fringe of society. Accused of murder, Auraq is on the run from the ax—until two fugitives crash into his solitary life. One is a young man named Kane. The glowing marks on his arm pulse with an otherworldly power, and they have made him the target of a sinister organization called the Order of the Jackal. When the old man protecting Kane dies in an ambush, Auraq swears an oath to take his place.
But the runes are far more significant than they realize. They are a message from the shadow realm, a dark memory of the past—one holding evidence of a bloody massacre and its savage architect; one that will shake the kingdom to its foundation. Risking arrest and execution, Auraq fights to get Kane to the capital city where the cryptic marking can be unlocked. And with assassins close on their trail, Auraq might never get the chance to show Kane what’s in his heart—or the way their journey together has changed him.
The Shadow Mark is an epic tale of magic, murder, conspiracy, betrayal, and—for the two men tasked with unraveling the mystery—love and redemption.
The Shadow Mark is a phenomenal, engaging and action packed story set in the backdrop of a world filled with magic and mages and also a shadow realm. The story was captivating and I was completely engrossed in the book from the first page.
Auraq and Kane are two characters who are different as night and day and along the way they form a beautiful bond. Their love story is very subtle and a little understated but as I read the story I found myself rooting for them. There is a lot of action and a suspense in the story. Auraq’s past and how he came to be where he was at the point in the story and how he meets Kane and how he becomes his savior has been portrayed really well. I really loved the book cause the author has mixed a lot of elements to create a story that is alluring, captivating and intriguing. I especially loved the paranormal element. I really loved the way the author made the story as much as about Auraq and Kane as everything else that happens in the book.
The Shadow Mark is a beautifully crafted story and if you like paranormal/fantasy story with a very sweet and subtle love story, this is your book.