Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Marked Son by Shea Berkley

The Marked Son by Shea Berkley
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he's never met, he had no idea what.  When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents' farm, he knows he's seen her his dreams. He's felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.  Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life, because where they're going is full of creatures he's only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death... -

This was one of the more unique ideas I've seen in a while.  It was unusual, and I loved how the author was able to meld the human world with another dimension.  It needed a careful balance and she did a super job moving back and forth between the two without things becoming overwhelming or confusing.

Dylan was a very interesting character.  His mother was never a very good mother, and Dylan's character grows out of these unusual circumstances and makes him a little reticent, but also very self-sufficient.  At first he's kind of closed off, and it was rewarding getting to see him come out of his shell and blossom a little bit. 

Although there is a romance in the story, as he and Kera have dreamed of each other for years until they finally find each other, the romance was more secondary to me, secondary to the characters and plot.  I found it more interesting watching Dylan open up, find friends, and learn relationships, and who he truly is. 

The elements of this other world are dangerous and surprising.  Dylan gets his first glimpse into he might be, and what he's capable of.  There will be a sequel, and I'm looking forward to seeing how things progress from here.  A great start by Shea Berkley.

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