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Srilani is second in line to the throne, and she‘s always known what is expected of a princess — bring honor to her family and marry well. Aldan has been a pirate‘s slave for as long as he can remember, and all he wants is to be free. The Twin Kingdoms have been sister nations for centuries, but now their unity and existence are threatened by enemies both inside and outside their borders.
After pirates abduct Srilani and her three siblings, they are stranded behind enemy lines and across the Great Gulf. As the eldest, Srilani is faced with the dangerous task of bringing her father‘s heir home. She convinces Aldan and his two fellow slaves to share their journey to freedom. These unlikely allies — seven young captives —must defeat the web of lies, murder, and betrayal tearing the kingdoms apart.
Pirates, princesses, and prophecy combine in an epic adventure. Plunge into the fray!
I’m becoming quite the fan of young adult fiction, thanks to Kathrese McKee and YA author Mary Hamilton. When Kathrese asked me be an early reader I readily agreed, anxious to read her book after hearing such great things about it. I wasn’t disappointed.
From page one I was thrust into a world of royal intrigue, intense fight scenes, a bit of romance, and more. It was hard to put her book down, because I just wanted to find out how the siblings would get back home. The scenes with the pirates are worth reading the book alone, but if you need more incentive then read on. Kathrese does a great job of weaving a tale of hope into her story line. She doesn’t take the gospel and drill it into the book page by page, but rather she is gentle and persuasive. I enjoyed watching the characters grow in their faith little by little as they experienced heartache and triumphs.
I loved the variety of characters, but found myself attached to a two in particular. Linus, a slave who doesn’t speak much but has a rich back story begging to be told. I also would love to see more of Sirlani’s younger sister, Maelan. I kept waiting for her to take on more of a story line, but it never happened. I have a feeling we will see both of these characters again!
This would be a great introduction to fantasy for anyone who isn’t sold on fantasy books. It’s a fun read, but with characters that are endearing. It’s also a book that can cross over into anyone’s library as a favorite read, while being enjoyed by adults or teens.
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Kathrese is currently hard at work on Healer’s Curse which runs concurrently with Mardan’s Mark. It will be published this March.
Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.
Mardan’s Mark is the award-winning first book in the Mardan’s Mark series.
Once upon a time, Kathrese worked as a systems engineer for EDS and various oil and gas companies. Then, she taught Reading and ESL at the middle school level. These days, she edits fiction, home schools her children, and turns a blind eye to the feral dust bunnies lurking beneath her desk.