I was honored to receive The Marked Hosts as a 'to-be-released' novel. Since I'd previously purchased two other books by this author, I expected great things.
The Marked Hosts is about Contessa Torain, a sort of emissary between humans and Brevia (soul-eaters). She's at the top of the Devortus (her home) caste system but she finds herself distracted by a Draior child and the safety of her loved ones in her homeland.
First off, I love the amazing book cover. Book covers are a huge tidbit for me, like eye-candy. I've seen Johnson's in-process cover creations on social media; she's got a true talent. As for the story, it was a difficult read. I was looking for an intriguing, dark sci-fi of a thriller. Instead, I found a near impossible plot to follow.
The author carries a rudimentary style of writing that feels convulsive. The story's there but due to the way it's written, I couldn't enjoy it. The characters are under-developed, but I feel it's due to a lack of anthropological background on Devortus. Much of the information given feels made up along the way and caused a bit of conflict with previous data. Lastly, the author took away the reader's ability to see what was happening and where. I found everything told to me instead of described, even the most basic of details, preventing me from seeing what was taking place. I still have no clue as to what Contessa and Cezon look like. To the reader, this is vital to the imagination; they need to see the characters in their mind's eye.
I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I couldn't; I found myself stopping and starting up several times. When I did finish the book, I realized there was a story with possibility. It just needs more structure and proper flow. This author is determined and I see her improving with future books.
Have a great week and and even better book!📚
Rating: 👓/5 Specs
*Starers is next.
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