• Fatemarked

  • The Fatemarked Epic, Book 1
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (1,789 ratings)

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Fatemarked

By: David Estes
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
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Winner 2018 SOVAS Award for Audiobook Narration - Teens, Best Voiceover

They are the fatemarked. Misunderstood. Worshipped. Hated. Murdered at birth. Their time to step into the light has come. 

An ancient prophecy foretold their coming, the chosen few who will bring peace to a land embroiled in a century of mistrust and war. When kings start dying, that hope and belief swiftly turns to fear. Roan Loren is one of the fatemarked, but has hidden his mark of power his entire life, fearing the damage it might cause to those around him. 

A great evil is coming. He can't hide anymore. 

In the spirit of fantasy epics like Throne of Glass and The Lord of the Rings, enter a world of magic and dragons, kings and queens, and victory and defeat, during a time when honor and valor still meant something. 

©2017 David Estes (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Enjoyed it!

My taste in fantasy and the way it's written may be different from others, but I thoroughly enjoyed this!

I thought the story was a little different than most fantasies, though it has knights and battles like most.

The narrator did a fantastic job!

As I said, my taste may be different than a lot of listeners because I've NOT enjoyed many fantasies that are listed on many of the "recommend" and "best" lists.

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No cookie cutting-Complex world,Complex Characters

I got and ad for this book on facebook and looked it up on audible and I must say Facebook knows what I like because this book was fantastic. at first I was doubtful of the book, but I really liked how the author David Estes responded to each and every comment, author to reader interaction is so rare these days. Also a adore the character development throughout the series especially that of Rhea Loren and many others. There will be wars, courtly intrigue, and intelligent characters who know when to communicate information and when not too. Overall good read.

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millennial mentality

A cowardly bisexual healer, a self loathing obese princess, a queen so fragile that a scar on her face drives her insane ; A cast of characters living with an army of guilt, none of which is their own. This was both the 1st and the last book of this series that I'll read,

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another epic fantasy adventure

from character development to multiple plotlines this book really hit home for any fantasy loving nerd like myself and not to mention it has Derrick Perkins reading it which is almost just as good as the writing

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Written to fit an ideology, not the story it tells

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book has the makings of a great book. A potential of a heart wrenching romance, sullied by a half-hearted and forced attempt at a bromance the characters don't seem to be suited for. It's got a self-loathing"ugly duck princes" and a promiscious spoiled princess that both would be queens. Both story lines are poorly developed, with the first hinting at being big and obese when the book clearly implies giant halfbreeds exist in that world. Instead of touching up on this millenial issue the character could have been a giant halfbreed and we could all suspend the disbelief and it'd make her struggle that feel much more real. The other, promiscuous girl on the other hand is ignorant and evil to a fault.

There are some glimpses of a great book and a great cast of characters, an amazing story to be told, only to be sullied by the underlying ideology they were shoehorned in. The story could have been written for this set of characters but these sets of characters don't fit into this story.

Has Fatemarked turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. The genre is healthy and going strong. It has only diminished my view of the author. The book seems to hit all the buzzwords and in doing so smothers what would be an amazing story. I can listen to it but am i left with a feeling of regret and sadness. How an author led a wonderful story and some great characters astray by trying to tick all the checkboxes. There was time to introduce a gay character in books following or change the promiscous princes into a promiscious gay prince hidding his identity before the court. There were loads of way to do it and in the end decided to damage the story for the sake of signaling his virtue and political opinions.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes of the book are Roan's and the female scout's interactions. Their interaction are written far more deeply than any of the japes that are supposedly romantic between him and Gareth and a reason why i feel the characters are out of place. The whole book permeates with flashes or brilliance interrupted by a Frankenstein like hodgepodge of writing designed to appease an audience and not to further a story.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book, and the series in turn could have been great, still featured a large giant-halfbreed princes (which would explain her strength and allow her to be a strong female character) with problems trying to fit into a human court, a gay promiscious prince hiding his sexuality before the kingdom and a fear stricken main character that falls in love with a tsundere elf like creature and their problems in the world without a hodgepodge of cliches. And sometimes the author's true ability does shine forth, but it rarely comes from the interactions of the main characters who are shallow and dull and shoehorned into a purpose they shouldn't have. The Arm, The Elf, The Thief, all amazing characters and sadly, subservient to an ideological goal.

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The book had amazing potential, sullied only by the author's desire to inundate it with modern cliches and morality, putting story second to the message about his own politics and views he wanted to telegraph with his selection of cast and supporting characters.

It makes me sad, because i can see, i can feel the gem the series could have been, but it is not. It's a hapless attempt at screaming "look i'm liberal too" by butchering a story with poorly developed characters and a myriad of bad decisions and cliches when it could have been so much much better. The moment the story strays away from the politicized main characters the writing becomes smooth and characters spring alive in the contrast to the bleak and desolate buzzword anthem of a political persuasion.

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Im hooked ! Amazing Story !

The characters are awesome. The plots intriguing. I’ve found my next binge. Excited to see where it all comes down to.

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Very Good

An interesting introduction and begining to a captivating and epic fantasy world. Definitely a must read or listen!

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Good storytelling

This was a nice break from the typical nonfiction books I listen too. Enjoyable storytelling and good storyline.

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awesome

enjoyed the in depth character development and the story development. can't wait to read the rest.

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good

I believe that I have heard the narrator before and love the way the author did the post stories to explain the actions of some people.

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  • KEOGAARD
  • 07-26-18

unfortunately pretty boring

Finished the book but never was truly captivated. found myself having to rewind after missing sections with simply loosing interest. Had hoped for more so sadly cannot recommend.
Though I do appreciate the effort by both author and narrator

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  • Jordan
  • 09-25-18

Superb Series!

I don’t usually write reviews but this is an amazing listen!

The characters, the story, the writing, the narration. It’s just all so good! And I really love the postludes that give so much depth and back story. You really get to know the characters and they almost become like family.

If you like a good fantasy and being drawn into a story then this is perfect.

10/10

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  • Skyla
  • 03-11-19

A real epic adventure - thank you

This is page by page adventure and surprises - Thank you David for writing such an amazing story which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The concept is strong
The character development is strong - e.g. you find yourself liking characters that you shouldn't
The narration is really good - Derek does a good job at a female voice and making it credible
You look and think 19 hours wow that's long, but it's so good it feels like 5 minutes! He also gives you back stories at the end which give you further insight into the characters (he could have done these as flashbacks just as well)
never mind the book LOVED THIS SERIES

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  • Belinda Norton
  • 10-01-19

awesome and not predictable

I found this book by searching for the narrator, something I have not done before. I have not been disappointed. the book is very true to it's genre but it's characters are satisfyingly imperfect, while engaging, the marks are pleasingly different, the storyline never predictable.

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  • Marcus
  • 11-17-18

Dire. Do not bother!

The writing is wooden, the characters are cliches, and the ‘story’ is both ridiculous and mind numbingly tedious.
Do not waste a moment of your life on this rubbish.

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  • Jon Buckeridge
  • 02-11-19

Kinda Meh, but just engaging enough.

Well it's not great, but the narrator does a good job at bringing it to life, to the extent I'll probably buy book 2... probably.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-22

absolute dribble

you might have been OK if you were little more subtle with the woke crap

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  • Samedi
  • 10-20-18

Clumsy, awkward dialogue

The unfummy, unbelievable, two dimensional dialogue stops me from being able to suspend disbelief and enjoy the story the way everyone hopes they can with a good fantasy novel. I've pursued it for a few hours, but can't hold on any longer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-22

boring storyline.

I kept waiting for this to get better. but it really doesn't. I've listened to roughly 20 hours and I gave up on it.
it has guy on guy romance, so if that thing is for you then good news. it wasn't for me and I had to stop listening.
the narrator does a decent job. the story itself lacks any spark. it reads a bit like fanfiction. this is my first book from this author and its going to be my last

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  • Mikael
  • 10-27-22

Well written but extremely melodramatic book

My god this was a heavy listen because it's insanely melodramatic. Every single character is basically the edgelord character in a TTRPG group. Everyone has a horribly tragic backstory, nobody wants to be someone important even though they're literally marked for greatness and bloody hell it's just unbearable at times.

By far the hardest audiobook I've ever listened to, but I can't give it less than 3 stars because it's considerably better than average story, even if I got basically no joy out of listening to it and won't continue the series unless someone puts a gun to my head.

It's not bad by any means, just incredibly dire but not to the point of being so grimdark it's just a comedy either.

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  • Cameron
  • 08-15-18

Great story

The story is great to listen too can be a little hard to follow as I jumps around the characters but still a great story well worth it looking forward to the next book

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  • Love my kindle
  • 04-10-18

Great read!

This is the first fantasy book I have read outside of JR Tolkien's works and I loved it! Very entertaining and character rich. Looking forward to delving into the next book.

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  • Wendy Crawford
  • 09-20-19

Could have been better if only ....

The last chapters that came after the main story was finished should have been first. They held the story before the story and puts it into perspective.

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  • Shelby
  • 07-05-19

Excellent story

A fresh new concept to explore in a rich, full detailed world. Can’t wait for the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-18

Not terrible, not great.

It is ok... dialogue was often not believable. The story didn't keep me hooked. Overall ok if you like the genre, but there are better options. I did like the voice actor.

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  • Joelle
  • 03-06-22

Do not be put off by the “young adult” category!

I would have missed one of the best books I’ve listened to in a long while if I had avoided this book due to it being classified as YA. Spend your credit, it’s worth it.

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  • Chris
  • 01-18-22

Boring

I was tempted to get a refund for this book but thought I'd see how it ended. For those of you trying to decide if you want to get this, I highly recommend that you move on. This was so dull. I didn't care about any of the characters and couldn't wait for the book to end.

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  • Paul
  • 12-01-21

All the characters suck, not just figuratively

Are there any sf/fantasy authors that aren't full blown cringe woke writers. Could we get just one series without muh strong independent whamen that beats up all da bois and rainbow gay shit?
Just one?

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  • Roy
  • 09-28-20

Wow captivating

Fantastic storyline with interesting characters. Simply awesome and I already purchased the other books - well done!

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  • brett
  • 08-22-20

exceptional read

well written story line, a great job done by the narrator five stars for me