Cyra’s brother Ryzek is a tyrant who uses her gift for his advantages and spreads fear in the country in order to protect his reign. Cyra doesn’t know how to fight her power and stand up to her brother until Akos steps in her life.
Akos and his brother were captured by Ryzek, watched his father die in front of his eyes and destined to serve his enemy. He almost lost all hope until he meets Cyra, who trains him to fight his enemies. Akos is the only one who can relieve her pain and give her strength to fight her brother’s regime. Together they must survive in the cruel world of Shotet. Soon they realize that they are destined for more than just survive Ryzek’s despotism, they have people to protect.
It’s interesting to read a new book from the author who blew my mind with an amazing series. The Divergent was so good that my expectations for Veronica Roth were the highest. I must say she didn’t disappoint. Although I still like Divergent a little bit more, Carve the Mark was a good book. You can’t take from her the ability to build a universe and make it imaginable, logical and easy to get into. The book is full of strange names and places but Veronica did her job well enough for me to dive into the story from the first pages. Both Cyra and Akos are amazing characters, I can see the resemblance with Tris and Four of course but it didn’t bother me, they fit the story, were very likable and grew throughout the book. I must admit, the novel was on a slower pace side, but the plot intrigued me, so I didn’t feel like I was struggling to get through it or anything. I’m definitely going read the rest of the series.
After finishing the book I was looking at other people reviews and noticed that many claim the book has race-related controversies, to be honest, I didn’t notice racism while reading… Have you?