My review for: Mark of the Mage by R.K Ryals
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
One quote comes to mind when I think of how this book made me feel:
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Yup, that pretty much sums it up. It’s so hard to come up with words to adequately describe the emotions that Mark of the Mage has invoked in me. I just hope to do it justice in this review.
In the land of Medeisia under the rule of a power greedy King, people die in the name of a lie; a lie disguised as a quest for purity and safety.
Drastona Consta-Mayria is content staying out of the affairs of State and deep within the Archives but one cruel betrayal cost her everything. Now bearing the mark of a Scribe, she is deemed an outcast and a criminal in the eyes of the King.
But what is unknown to the King’s army and even to herself is that Drastona is so much more than just a Scribe. She is a Mage and with the most powerful of magic running through her veins. She is a Mage that can speak to nature, to the trees and to the animals. She is a threat to the mad King.
With his continuing madness of killing innocents just because they have magic in their blood or knowledge in their minds; something must be done before hundreds are slaughtered in this evil man’s name.
There are others like her that would be willing to fight if she will lead. Will her magic be enough to bring down the corruption within the Royal house? Or will they all meet the King’s mage-fires?
Truthfully, I am still reeling from the whirlwind of emotions that this book has caused in me. It is beautiful and heartbreaking. There were times when I had to stop reading and just hug my kindle. Seriously, I am not kidding. It’s no secret that I am a huge scifi/fantasy lover. I’ve adored this genre ever since I was 9 and I first picked up C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I fell head over heels with the idea that one could create such a vivid place with only words; a place where dreams and breathing meet.
Ms. Ryals has taken this genre and made me fall in love with it all over again. Reading this book brought back all of my fondest memories of how I felt when I was 10 and sneaking the flashlight out to read until dawn. If you haven’t read any of her books, please do. It will change you. I know it has for me and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
“The book would not die. Books never die.”-R.K. Ryals
No they don’t but we can be reborn within their pages. A hauntingly beautiful story and I can’t wait to continue Stone’s journey.