I wonder if it would be better just to call Carve the Mark ‘science fantasy’. It has spaceships and intergalactic travel, but it definitely has more of a fantasy flavour to it. All the characters have special powers called currant gifts, revering to a mystical power that connects the planets.
I liked this book very much. I haven’t read Veronica Roth before and did not know what I was going to get, but the cover lured me in.
There are two divided cultures on the planet where most of the story takes place. Off course they hate each other. The fierce warrior Shotet people and the softer farmers of Thuvhe. I was relieved to find that the Shotet wasn’t the token cruel and barbaric race. We get to explore their culture and see the art and the beauty in it. Cyra is a perfect example as she is a dangerous weapon, but also a kind hearted girl.
Just to point out: It’s not Romeo and Juliet. There is also a whole thing about prophecy and fate that lends a feeling of dread and frustration to the story.
Through the course of the book I became very fond of Cyra and Akos. Ryzek, the literal tyrant, is an excellent villain. He is really dislikeable. Especially how he uses his own current gift to get what he wants and how it affects people much deeper than a physical wound would.
There was some difficulty with character names. I can only remember the three I’ve mentioned already. The rest sort of blurred together. The ending was also very lukewarm. Clearly setting up for the next novel.
I have to add that the story reminded me a little of both This Savage Song and Vicious. I love those two books, so it makes sense that I would enjoy this one.