The Book ✯✯✯✯
Carve the Mark is a brilliant addition to any YA Fantasy/Science Fiction lover's library. I can't believe it has taken me this long to get around to this gem, but at least I got to enjoy our local public library because of it.
Cyra is a difficult nut to crack--and she's supposed to be. There is no instant romance, and there is not an instant character bond with any of the characters. Cyra begins as an enemy. Akos begins as a young, immature, angry person. But my goodness as they actually grow it is dream character development made a reality.
Though her chronic pain is through a "currentgift" I adored having a strong female lead that also dealt with daily debilitating pain. It was a beautiful way to give chronic pain suffer's a glimpse of themselves in a fantasy world where they can still be capable, strong, intelligent people are seen as more than their illness.
Akos is just an all around good man. Black and white morals with unending grace shown to all around him, and he's the perfect swoon-worthy character.
Ryzek is the perfect antagonist. A truly evil person, it does not go unnoted that he was not born that way--but made.
In all, you really should check this one out ASAP. You won't regret it.