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The Fates Divide: Carve the Mark, Book 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Introspective, twist-filled finale explores love, destiny.

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age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

Personally I like this book way more than the first one. It was also more mature than the first. There is heavy making out that leads to third base and late s3x. Lots of violence. Uses of the s word and one f. Overall though, it is a great book and I loved it
age 18+

IT SUCKS

TOO SEXY

Is It Any Good?

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Roth's second book in the Carve the Mark duology is an introspective, romantic, character-based follow-up to the world-building of the first novel. There are some undeniable truths in this series: that Cyra and Akos love each other, that their fates are intertwined, that the Shotet and the Thuhve must learn to co-exist or risk annihilating one another. Roth approaches big themes from a personal perspective. In addition to Cyra's and Akos' points of view, this sequel includes Akos' siblings Eijeh's (the oracle whose mind was addled with Ryzek's memories) and Cisi's (who can shift others' moods) perspectives. Cyra's first-person chapters remain the most immediate and relatable, whereas Akos' third-person chapters swing between reflective and sympathetic to a bit slow.

Akos experiences a lot of growth, however, as does Cyra. [Spoiler] There's an interlude when the two aren't physically together, and it's heartbreaking but necessary for both of them to fulfill their destinies and save the world. Cyra and Akos must figure out whether their love is a choice or a foregone conclusion because of the prophecies about their lives. There's an almost biblical quality to their love story, as well as the complicated family dynamics surrounding the Noaveks and Kereseths in this second installment. Like Ruth and Naomi's "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people," Akos lovingly tells to Cyra: "In case you hadn't noticed... I'll pretty much go with you anywhere."

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