As I’ve said before, I always try to review books in light of their genre and subsequent target audience. Mark of Destiny by KT Webb is a coming of age fantasy for children and teens. Set in an ancient world, Alderwood, an orphaned teenage girl named Honor discovers after receiving her tattooed mark on her sixteenth birthday that her destiny is to save the kingdom. A reuniting of the inhabitants of the magical kingdoms with the human realm and support from the boy she loves and the people she considers family will give Honor the allies she needs to fulfill her destiny.
The premise of Mark of Destiny is very appealing. KT does a great job of setting the stage, introducing compelling characters, and building an interest in the reader. I quickly bought in to the plot and was interested in Honor’s story. However, as the tale progressed there were a number of issues that really kept the book from reaching its full potential. Even though it is marketed in the children/teen genre there is no excuse for the number of proofreading errors that kept popping up. Consistent grammatical and spelling errors in a story really distracts from the the reading experience. If this was my only critique I would have given it more stars.
As it was, there were significant issues I had with the story that really detracted from the overall reading experience. As the plot progressed towards the climax, too much time was spent discussing and rehashing the battle plans. I got to where I was skimming through pages of the book to get to the next scene. Without giving away spoilers, I was also disappointed in how an acknowledged traitor was handled; both by allowing the traitor the ability to be part of their group and to escape. Finally, I felt as though the “climactic ending” left me scratching my head in confusion.
I really wanted to like Mark of Destiny and believe that it still has a lot of potential.