Book Review: Five Corners: The Marked Ones by: Cathi Shaw

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Ink Smith Publishing

Publication Date: January 30, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Growing up in a sleepy village untouched by distant wars and political conflicts, it was easy for Thia, Mina and Kiara to forget such horrors existed in the Five Corners. That is until the dead child is found; a child that bears the same strange birthmark that all three sisters possess. A Mark their mother had always told them was unique to the girls. Kiara's suspicions grow as their Inn is soon overrun with outsiders from all walks of life. Strangers, soldiers and Elders who all seem to know more about what is happening than the girls do. After Mina barely survives an attack in the forest, the sisters are faced with a shattering secret their mother has kept from them for years. As danger closes in around them, the sisters are forced from their home and must put their trust in the hands of strangers. With more questions than answers, Kiara finds herself separated from everyone she loves and reliant on an Outlander who has spent too much time in army. She doesn't trust Caedmon but she needs him if she has any hope of being reunited with her sisters and learning what the Mark might mean.

Review: Three sisters, Thia, Mina, and Kiara who share the same strange birthmark live and work with their mother at the Inn. When Kiara learns that there are children who are being murdered who share the same strange mark, she is suspicious. Then Outsiders arrive at the Inn and the girls learn they are part of an ancient prophecy. Their world is shaken upside down and now the girls must discover the truth for themselves.

FIVE CORNERS is the first book in what promises to be an epic fantasy series. The three sisters are very different, with good reason. Thia has visions and is a healer, like their mother. Mira is a musician and loves the outdoors. Kiara is a beautiful warrior who has no time for fancy stuff. When the girls are forced to leave their home, they must each take their own path to find their destiny. I liked each of the sisters for different reasons and enjoyed learning about the history of this world. The author created an intricate and complex world with different societies all united by a prophecy. FIVE CORNERS has a little something for everyone – fantasy, mystery, action/adventure, and romance.

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