ARC Marked by Rebecca Zanetti – 5 Stars

Marked (Dark Protectors, #7)Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book #7 in the Dark Protectors series

I received this book for review from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life…

Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice…

My Review:

This was a satisfying end to this series I began this year.  The last book wrapped everything up nicely, although one character’s ending was a little anti-climatic, but I’ll go into that in a minute.  The book did leave an opening for the story to continue, perhaps in the spin-off series or even in future book based around the Kayrs family.  Personally I hope the author returns to this setting and gives us more books around these men and their mates in the future.  I can however appreciate the need to take a break and work on something new.

There were quite a few surprises in this book, of which I won’t be going into so I don’t spoil anything for long-standing fans.  Of course the mystery of Zane’s lineage was addressed in this book and I must confess it surprised me along with his abilities.  We also had the coming together of Janie and Zane.  That was no great shock, but I was delighted to see how they ended up mated.  I really like Zane and his family, of which we got to know better in this book.  I think they will make a great contribution to the extended Kayrs family.  Typical to these types of stories they are a great match and compliment each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Another thread that was tied up in this book was the virus that attacked mates in this world.  I was all prepared to call the author out on this being too easily ‘fixed’, but should have realized the book wasn’t finished yet…  The twist in regards to the Virus about broke my heart and the full scope of how nasty this bug really was brilliant.  Again I did not see this coming and have to hand it too Kalin and his people for both their patients and the low in which they will stoop to destroy their enemy.

Of course Janie fulfills her prophecy and we end up with a tenuous peace between most of the species that inhabit this world.  I can totally seeing this continuing on in the spin-off series.  The only let down for me was how the author ended things with Kalin.  This part I did find a little too easy.  His plot line was almost an afterthought and while I appreciate  his ending I think he deserved more page time.  He played such an important role through the whole series he deserved more.

There were some really touching moments in this book.  It was nice to get to see everyone and their mate one last time.  The plot twists kept me guessing up until the end and I hope they all have a bright and happy future ahead of them.  I was going to end with this book, being it is the last in this world with these characters.  The author is going to start a spin-off series based around the witches.  Their stories have been my least favorite while reading this one, so I was content to see how this ended and be done.  Well then I read the damn book and I’m not so sure anymore.  If there is even a chance I could get to see how some of the future generations of this series end up it might be worth reading about the witches.  We will have to see.  I might have to give the new series a try.

 

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