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If you haven’t heard of Leigh Fallon’s Carrier of the Mark then you must be living under a rock with no Internet connection. Okay, okay, I’m kidding, but the buzz around Ms. Fallon’s debut has been tremendous and great. I was both excited and nervous to read this book, though. Excited because it sounded like The Perfect Book for Me. Nervous because Leigh is a friend of mine and I was worried I wouldn’t like it. Well, turns out, I didn’t like it—I loved it.
Let me start off by saying Leigh’s writing is beautiful. She has this knack for turning words and sentences into images so lush and concrete that the beauty and wonder of Ireland unfolded in my mind. The story would not have been the same without the Irish setting and Leigh has done such an amazing job of making capturing its beauty in words and making it believable. I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland and much like Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss, which made me feel as though I was experiencing France myself, this book took me on a little trip I didn’t want to end.
The astounding writing doesn’t stop with the setting, though. I really love Megan and her voice is authentic, believable, and I found myself relating to her more than I thought I would/could. I really enjoyed her relationship with her dad and her new friend Caitlin. Despite having a relationship with Adam, Megan never stopped hanging out with her family or friends, which is another reason why I love her and want to be friends with her.
Speaking of Adam, he’s going to have people swooning all over the place. He’s a bit awkward in the beginning, but in a very charming way and it’s easy to understand why Megan is drawn to him and even more so when their identities are revealed. He is such a caring and intense character, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for him and Megan in the next book. Overall, the romance is a strong aspect of the story and although it felt rushed at times, it plays out wonderfully.
Just like the gorgeous setting, the book would not be the same without the intriguing and well-thought out mythology. At first I was a bit confused, but I think it’s because I was so excited I was reading too fast. I’m not going to say anything else because I’m afraid I might spoil it. But I will say that the mythology is refreshing and will captivate readers.
All in all, Carrier of the Mark lived up to all the hype! It’s a great read with a fast-moving plot, wonderful characters, and amazing descriptions. Leigh has written a sweepingly beautiful story that will enthrall readers and leave them in awe and wanting more.