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The Hundred Years War rages on, with tensions between kingdoms growing ever more strained.

While Annise Gäric and her forces march on Castle Hill to retake the northern throne, her cousin, Rhea Loren, wages a naval war against Blackstone. Meanwhile, Roan Loren and Gwendolyn Storm struggle to breach the gnarled, vine-choked undergrowth of the Tangle in their quest to reach Knight's End and learn more of the true purpose of the fatemarked.

In the south, a Calypsian empress is murdered, and her daughters fight to claim the empire and wage a civil war against their estranged father's armies. In Phanes, slavery runs rampant while a rebel group fights to free the oppressed people. A master named Jai Jiroux looks to help the rebel cause, an act of treason punishable by death.

Surrounding the Four Kingdoms is the pall cast by the Kings' Bane, who continues his quest to kill eight rulers and thus fulfill the Western Oracle's ancient prophecy, which he believes will pave to way to peace across the realms.

©2017 David Estes; 2018 Podium Publishing (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • JS
  • 06-05-20

Fatemark and Truthmark series

I have to say this is an excellent series. I am a critical reader and dislike badly written fantasy series. Tolkien's books are the high mark and this book falls very close to that level for me. Granted the author did not make several languages like Tolkien but the story line, development of characters and chapters are excellent. One is never overloaded with details like some of these books and the action is well presented. Also no use of sex to spice up the story. There are love situations but presented well. All in all, a great read and i am only on book 3 of the 5.

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I’m done

Though it started subtly, this whole dialogue and character development has become tedious and wholly aggravating.

At first, I thought the inclusions of modern identity politics were just an acquiescence to publisher demands, but by the end of this book, I suspect that the author is deliberating a literal mockery of Christianity, as the “virgin birth” becomes the vicious scam of a sociopathic little wretch, and the “peacemaker” is a confused bisexual vegan. — I’m not so sensitive as to run and hide from things that are flippant towards my own epistemic, but this... is pretty ugly.

I’m sorry I waisted these 40 hours trying to “find peace” with it.

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AN RPIC CONTINUED

True storytelling that keeps giving you that “I never want this to end” emotion. Estes writes and Perkins perform a perfect duet delivering The Fatemarkd series. EPIC!

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Not for me

Won't be moving on in the series. I usually try to finish them but it's not getting better.

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bored

action is nearly non existent . just jumps around so much from character to character I lost interest

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woke garbage

A woke fantasy novel complete with a bisexual vegetarian protagonist. Only women are allowed to hold any positions of power in this story and there are non-stop woke undertones. Typical sexist woke garbage.

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I. Am. Hooked!

Great story writing and pace building toward battles of epic proportions! Looking forward to the next book, for sure!

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Good story.

Great series thus far. Waiting on the next book. I recommend this series for a change of pace

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Pathetic story

I feel sorry for the guy who had to narrate it aloud. The author of this travesty must despise women in general. You have an obese self-loathing princess, a shallow halfwit beauty turned evil queen and an elf who cant get over lost love for several human lifetimes. And there is a horrible gay romance between idiots. I told myself that if I bought it, I had to listen to it, or id've never put myself through this dumpster fire.

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Same issues from book 1 carry to book 2

My biggest issue is with the editing, or lack thereof. The analogies used throughout just don't make sense. They disrupt the story. I don't want to give any spoilers but most of the examples I have are with events that happen to the characters. Small errors or inconsistencies in details are not an issue or derailment to a good story but when repeated again and again it takes away from the story. Details like that are what separate the great authors from the good ones.

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  • 09-25-18

A must listen!

What's not to love about the 2nd book in the series?

If you love the first you'll love this. The way the characters grow and change, it really feels like I'm there with them. The story grows as they grow and the more you find out, the more you want to know!

Looking forward to the rest of the series :)

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  • David
  • 03-06-18

Just a really good book

looks like it's going to be a really good series, can't wait for the next 3 books to listen to

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  • Poppey
  • 09-08-20

Three are Dead, Five Will Follow

Although enjoying this fantasy so far, I do wonder about the male “heroes” in fantasy as, with the last few books I have listened to, they all seem to think with parts of their anatomy other than their brain and, therefore, come across as being quite weak.

Moving on, I have the feeling that Bane may not be the good Fated that he was designed to be, but time will tell. Rhea is showing herself to be a rather nasty queen. Annise is hard to like, but no-one is perfect! I am looking forward to book 3

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  • Skyla
  • 03-11-19

Wow David does it again

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 22 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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  • Love my kindle
  • 04-27-18

Epic journey and performance

Wonderfully written and narrated. A tangle of energy, deception, victory and sorrow keeping the listener guessing and wanting more. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Katy
  • 08-04-20

excellent writing

great storytelling, the narrative flows well and never gets boring, the postludes are an excellent finishing touch, giving the back story to all the new characters that were introduced in each book.
no swearing or blasphemy.

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  • Evon Hoogeveen
  • 04-24-20

New favorite fantasy world

Second book in the series and im hooked.
Amazing character's with plenty of action and suspense. On to the next episode.