by Sarah Fine
Series: Servants of Fate #1
Narrator: Emily Foster
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Narration: 4 cups
In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know—including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis—is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain. Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon—who happens to be Cacy’s father. Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past. But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time. Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli—and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?
One of my goals for 2015 was to read a Sarah Fine book since so many of my blog friends recommend her. I chose to listen to Marked the first book in her Servants of Fate series and it left me craving more. Marked was well crafted with characters I rooted for and twists I never saw coming.
Espresso review: captivating, unique characters and an interesting world
Caffeinated Breakdown of Marked
World: This urban fantasy takes place in Boston and weaves mythology into a dystopian world. Fines’ twist on the Fates and supernatural creatures was fascinating from the Scopes to the Fates themselves. Power struggles, romance and timeline threads held me spellbound. While we do not get all the pieces of this world, it was fleshed out enough to have me craving more.
Characters: From the very first chapters I was swept up and each character drew me further in. Cacy Ferry is tenacious, inquisitive and has such spunk. She is a bit of rebel choosing to be a paramedic instead of joining the families’ corporate business. It helps balance out her true calling. Eli is not your typical hero and I loved him. He is loyal, loves hard and hides secrets from his past. The tale is told in the dual perspectives of Eli and Cacy. To me this was brilliant and only enhanced the storyline and their interactions. The secondary characters and hierarchy were stellar. I love when an author fleshes them out and has me equally curious. We have villains and characters whose role we are unsure of making this a real page-turner.
Plot: I am going to be vague here, because Fine created twists I never saw coming. A human whose timeline will have a rippling effect on everyone involved and beyond is in danger. Sides are drawn, lines are crossed and figuring out where everyone falls is suspenseful. From the beginning, Fine has us invested from both an emotional standpoint and a “fate of the world” aspect.
Romance: Holy hotness and bring out the feels. The chemistry between Eli and Cacy is electric. You can call it insta-love if you want but Fine had no trouble making me believe. Every time these two were together, I felt the sexually tense and intense connection. Swoon-worthy with all the feels, Fine gave us scenes that melted my ears and she did it without making me blush. The angst and tension were brilliantly drawn out without making me pull out my hair. Instead, it had me holding my breath and demanding she find them their happy.
Narrator: Emily Foster is the narrator and we began a little rocky. She does a terrific job with the character but I found her narration to be too fast. I generally set my audible app between 1.25x and 1.75x. With Foster, I had to set it at 1x. Having said that within the first few chapters I was swept up in the story and found her voices and tones to be spot on. I definitely plan to continue on audio and hope she continues to narrate them.
Caffeinated Conclusion: Marked for the win! I am delighted and excited to continue the series, especially after the epilogue that left me drooling in anticipation. Sarah Fine lived up to the hype. Marked will delight fans of urban fantasy, dystopian worlds, science fiction and mythology based tales. The next book/audio in the series, Claimed releases in March of 2015.
“I came into this without expectations. Only hope. I’ll take whatever parts of you you’re willing to give.”
Question: Did I miss something? How was Cacy’s mother able to die if she was a Ferry? Isn’t the only way a Ferry can die is at the hands/command of the Charon, who at the time was her husband?
Sharon I have listened to book two as well and not completely sure which book I heard this in..but a human turned ferry will die when their mate does.
This one sounds great. I picked it up with prime offered it to me free but haven’t started it yet. You’ve convinced me it’s time too. Thanks for sharing!
Yes begin, book two comes out in March Mandy
Great review, as always :). I love audio books so I will definitely be checking this out.
I am so happy I finally read a Fine book and a good one at that 🙂
Well this sounds awesome. Love the cover too! I haven’t read anything by this author, but this sounds like a good place to start. I didn’t know audio could be listened to at different speeds. I will have to look into that! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Yes, there is a setting on most apps like Audible and Smart Audiobook App. It looks something like 1X when you open up book to listen. Click it and try different speeds till you find one that works best with narrator.
Daughter of Charon ? How unusual ! Your review left me drooling for this book 😉
Yes, the mythology, and fates were kind of cool in this 🙂
I haven’t heard of her novels before, but I do like that cover though. I always seem to discover books from your blog – lovely review!
I am glad I share new to you discoveries Benish 🙂
Again with the swooning, Kimba! 😀 Mrs Fine could be deemed a healthy hazard… I haven’t read her so far, but I’ve got to admit that you have me curious now. Plus I don’t think I’ve ever read an adult dystopia, so that should be interesting too. As always, an excellent review.
I love urban fantasy, and loved that the series was adult. I am going to try her YA next. I might as well confess I am a book boyfriend collector, slut, etc. I am all for the swoon 🙂
Okay, so this just moved WAY up my TBR list. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Fine, and UF in Boston (I love Boston) with holy hotness in there too . . . yeah . . . this sounds excellent 😉
Yes..I went with this because it was adult UF, and now I need to go back and try Sanctum her YA series
Isn’t it a great feeling to cross a book off your list? Glad to hear this book lived up to your expectations, the characters, romance and world building sound wonderful! Great review Kimba.
Thanks Jeann, now I can finally say I have read a Sarah Fine book 🙂
I love Sarah Fine but haven’t read this one yet! I’m glad you liked it.
I am glad I finally tried her Liviania 🙂
Your reviews are dangerous for my TBR pile, as I keep adding new titles to my wishlist! Love the sound of this one, but still haven’t tried audio books so think I’ll stick to physical books for now. Thanks for a great review!
hehe..just call me your book pusher 🙂
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Hmmm…I read scan and really liked it…and have heard great things about Sarah Fine but for some reason I think I liked this synopsis better before I got to the woowoo part …
I added Scan to my audio wishlist too 🙂
I’ve been wanting to read this but maybe I’ll grab the audiobook. It might be the fastest way to squeeze it in. I do love Sarah Fine!
I am delighted I snagged this one Candace
Okay, I’m captivated. I’ve not read Fine myself but now I’d like to. I was just thinking that maybe I’d use an Audible credit but if you were iffy with the narrator, I might try the book instead. I’m still an audiobook newbie. 🙂 Great review though. I’m happy you enjoyed your introduction to Fine.
No the narrator was great..I just had to keep the speed at 1x which is how it comes. Normally I can bump it up.
The cover looks kind of YA
Nope..no YA or NA here Linda 🙂
I’ve been wanting to read something by Sarah Fine too. I’m glad your first foray into her work was a success.
Thanks Lauren, it was good. I hope you try her soon 🙂
Thanks for the short and always sweet review Kim. I’ve heard of this author but I haven’t tried her but the genre, premise and your review are making my tbr pile cry uncle 😉
thanks Debbie 🙂
Sounds like a fun read:)! I love all these butt whooping chicks in UF at the moment.
I do too Lanie 🙂
I am excited to see another series of mine that I love you enjoyed! Sarah’s book are also so complex and fascinating 🙂
Yes…I am trying to read everything 🙂
“Marked was well crafted with characters I rooted for and twists I never saw coming.” — that is the sign of a great, must-read book! Thanks for the post.
thanks Angela 🙂
I love reading your reviews, Kim. I think you cover all the bases and do it in a fantastic way. Makes me want to read the book. 🙂
Awe, thank you Sherry. I appreciate the feedback.
I am so glad you tried Sarah Fine. I think she is brilliant. I am loving this new adult series. I really really hope you will try Sanctum, it is one of my all time fav books.
I though you said loving this NA series..lol, Yes, I am glad I tried her adult series first. I have Sanctum on my audio wishlist Heidi and look forward to trying it
I haven’t read a Sarah Fine book either, but this sounds like the perfect book to begin with! What appeals to me most about it has to be the brilliant world building and how well that is handled. That aside, it sounds like so many elements come together well here!
I really enjoyed it, and look forward to seeing where Fine takes it
I have seen this around but I wasn’t real sure about it but you make it sound like something I should try. It’s going on the audio wishlist for when I get some extra monies to spend on goodies. 🙂
I hope you enjoy it:)
Anther author to add to my TBR list! I haven’t read this author before, but so many bloggers are digging her. I must investigate. Great review! 🙂
I am so glad I tried her, and look forward to exploring more
Great review. This one sounds interesting. I’ll have to listen to a sample. I find it interesting when another audio listeners talk about changing the speed. I never do that and can’t picture myself doing it either. LOL I stay with the 1x speed for all my audios.
Oh too funny, Loupe got me started on adjusting speed. I tend to like 1.75 but it depends on the narrator.
I can’t recall coming across this series and the worldbuilding and twisty plot along with the feelsie romance sound right up my alley. Thanks!
I hope you check it out Sophia.
Sounds great! Urban Fantasy is a genre I really like, so I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks, Kimberly 🙂
Enjoy Silvia..I love the genre as well
Felicia the Geeky Blogger
Awesome! I have done that a few times–there are a couple of narrators that I either can’t listen to on normal speed or can’t listen to sped up . This does sound really good and Sarah is a new to me author 🙂
I jumped in when I realized it was adult.
YAY!!!!!!!!! *Sarah Fine Happy Dance* I’m so glad you finally got a chance to read her and were impressed as I continually am every time I pick up one of her books. I just loved Eli and Cacy together, and while this world was a touch confusing for me at times, I can’t wait to continue on with the series. Fantastic review Kim!!!
The world was interesting, sorry you found parts confusing. Yeah Eli and Cacy together are magic 🙂
Braine Talk Supe
Oh yay! I thought this was YA, and I saw the romancce part and I gotta do a fist pump! I’m reading her too because I loved her Steampunk book & she was also recommended to me. Yay to our blogger friends who has great taste in books!
Nope totally adult urban fantasy..I am looking forward to trying more of her work
I’ve heard of Sarah Fine but never read anything by her. I’m trying to step out of my reading comfort zone and this sounds fun. I love a good plot twist and throw in a great romance and it sounds like a good way to step out of that comfort zone!
This is adult urban fantasy, and would be a fun place to start 🙂
YAY! Welcome to the Sarah Fine fangirl club! 😉 I love all of Sarah’s books! I think she’s the one author whose books consistently amazes me. This one was pretty great too and I really enjoyed it. Eli and Cacy were such great characters and the plot twists!!! I can’t wait to see what you think of Claimed. I just finished it and it was so good!
You better get to more Sarah Fine books! You would love her Guards of Shadowland series. 🙂
Lovely review, Kim!
I keep checking for the audio of Claimed I cannot wait 🙂 is her Guards of Shadowland adult or YA?
I have read a few of her ya books and loved them. I didn’t know she did adult books too. This one look really good. I don’t mind insta love if its believable or makes sense or more of an insta attraction that leads to more. I love twists and turns too. This does sound like a winner winner.
Thanks Jenn, and they have time to build on the relationship.
glad to see you enjoyed her book 🙂 I haven’t read for this author before, Maybe i will try reading for her also, happy to see you are working on your goals, hope you actually complete all your goals by the end of the year 🙂
Thanks Alreem, I am glad I chose this as her first book
I have the same goal this year. I came close to reading this, but changed my mind and want to read the other series first. But now I’m back to wanting to jump o this series first. Sigh … such hard decisions in life.
LOL. I liked that this was adult and UF.
Ok now you made me curious. It’s UF? I saw it on NG but didn’t ask for it because well ok I’ll say it, I wasn’t that much a fan of the cover. But maybe I should. I’ll take a closer look. thank you!
Take a closer look 🙂 it is UF
Yay! I am so happy you read this and loved it Kim. I just started book two and it is just as good!
Oh nice..I am holding out for the audio. Good to know you are liking it 🙂
I loved Fine’s Guards of the Shadowlands trilogy and therefore I can’t wait to read this one! I’m so glad you liked it. I love when an MC has spunk and there are some good plot twists. 😀
Enjoy Kay 🙂 I am looking forward to trying some of other work
It sounds great Kim, I think I am adding it to my TRL. Thanks for sharing!
That is awesome Maggie, I look forward to your take on it 🙂