From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Bared to You
Years ago, Evangeline Hollis spent a blistering night with a darkly seductive man she can’t forget. But that evening of addictive pleasure has become a disaster of biblical proportions: She’s been branded with the Mark of Cain. Now Eve is thrust into a world where sinners are marked and drafted to kill demons. Her former one-night stand, Cain, is now her mentor - and his equally sexy brother Abel is her new boss. And Eve has become the latest point of contention in the oldest case of sibling rivalry in history.... Cursed by God, hunted by demons, desired by Cain and Abel...all in a day's work.
©2009 Sylvia Day (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
Love love love Sylvia Day's books and this is the start of a promising paranormal listen which is a fast paced story about celestial retribution as Cain and Abel fight and kill Demons for God but both lookalike brothers have fallen for the same woman - Eve but one brother marked her for servitude to fight Demons for God and one loves her. She becomes a pawn in the supernatural fight that has witches, werewolves, archangels, various demons, angels and, of course, marked souls and we, the listeners, are thrown in to watch the torment and mayhem as it unfolds.
Skilfully written and fresh the imaginative world building by SD is a totally new concept in the paranormal world and we have no idea what or who we are going to encounter next... we hear about God and his troops but what about Lucifer? It's got an attention grabbing first chapter then we are thrown into six weeks prior to it, couple this with sex, violence, drama, intrigue, plot twists, romance, likeable main characters and some evil ones too. You end up feeling like you're on a great mysterious funfair ride however, you don't know what it does, what comes next or where, when or how it's going to eventually finish but you know it's gonna be one hell of a ride and so all you can do is hold on tight and scream gimme more more more.
Worth a credit? Oh my God after this review..... it's a heavenly YES of course, and I pray Audible will give us the other 4 books in this series.
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
Totally new twist on the biblical story. Still the same good vs. evil. But, WOW! The world is overrun with demons that only the Marked ones can see. Evangeline has been roped into God's army, even though she is a proclaimed atheist. But events are slowly leading her to acknowledge the higher power. Evangeline is a totally, reluctant, kick-butt, type of heroine! I loved her character. The two heroes, yes, two heroes. At first I loved Alec and hated Cain, but now I don't know which one to cheer for. I listened to book 1 all day yesterday, sleep by midnight, and started with the second book at 9:00 the next morning! I was thrilled to see that Amazon has the 3rd book. I just don't know if I can wait for Audible. I might not be able to hold myself back! lol Also, Eve's Mom is a hoot. I can't wait to see how the love triangle is resolved.
PS Sylvia Day and Jill Redfield you ROCK!!!! Thanks for the fantastic listening experience.
This book was better than I expected, however, I'm biased because I love the author and narrator combination from the Crossfire Series. It was slow in a few parts but not enough to diminish my rating of the book. If you are one of those people who have a problem with the bible being in an erotic/romance novel don't get this book. The book is about Cain and Abel, however, I thought the story was evolved and related to the modern times in a very tasteful manner and was not offended at all.
The only problem I have is that this is the first book in the series and none of the subsequent books are being offered. I hope that changes soon.
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
Let me say first that book 2 is downloading as I type.
This series predates the crossfire series but man oh man does it pack a punch (or seven).
There is a whole world here that reminds me of the guild hunter series with its complex rules and nuances. I really hope audible gets more of these soon, right now there is just book 2.
So, what's the book about? Well, there is the biblical Cain and Abel but to be honest I'm not much of a religious person so on the bright side I went into this book without preconceptions! Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel. God punished Cain for killing his brother over a woman and sentenced him to be his executioner, he roams the earth doing Gods bidding....but he isn't particularly happy about it.
A woman Cain slept with 10 years ago, Evangeline, has been chosen to be a "MARK", this is for all intents and purposes a demon slayer.... But not all demons are bad, you have to be assigned by your handler to a particular demon hunt and until you are trained you are paired with a mentor. Eve's mentor is Cain, who moved heaven an earth to be assigned to her....and her handler is Abel....oh this is going to go well! (NOT)
The world is complex and cool and it is narrated by the lady who did the crossfire series so we get to hear THE voice if Gideon, oops I mean Cain, oh who are we kidding that is just a smokin' hot voice!!!! And there is enough sexual tension between Cain/Eve/Abel that I'm dying to know where this goes!
One word of advice, don't listen to the first chapter until after the last chapter.....it won't make sense and you will think the book is rubbish. 95% of the book is a flashback....or you can skip first chapter, listen at the end, and poof the book is magical!
I am trying to love this series. The first book was just ok for me. Not SD's usual style. There were an enormous amount of Biblical references. Some I got some I did not. Evangeline Hollis was a good character but I needed more romance. I like the tension between Cain and Able over Evangeline but there needed to be more. There are also so many different references to species and life forms that it was a bit hard to follow. Even saying this I still enjoyed the book and I am intrigued enough to get the next one just to see if the romance part picks up. Jill Redfield is one of my favourite narrators and she does not disappoint. She does a great job on all the voices and in making you captivated by the story. I would say that if you like paranormal books and suspense, then this is for you. If you are thinking there is going to be a lot of romance and sex, then look elsewhere. Overall it is between a 3.5 to 4 stars from me. You are either going to love it or hate it. I am sitting on the fence.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
A good listen if your into paranormal genre, not offended by biblical inference or sexual content. I enjoyed it and intend to get other books in this series. I'd say it's worth the credit.
Over the years of being an audible listener I have always stuck to historical listens or contemporary listens. I have never once ventured into the paranormal listen until the Marked series.
Sylvia Day made be a loyal reader once I listened to the crossfire series. After book 3...i realized I didn't want to start another series since crossfire left me hanging. I wanted to switch gears to a different listen to take my mind of the sour feeling of being left hanging...I decided to flip through SD's bookshelf and stumbled on the Marked series..I was skeptical i would get through the first few minutes but figured what the heck, worst case I could request to return the book? Let me say, SD awakened a new sort of interest with this listen!
Given I loved Jill Redfield in the Crossfire series, I figured she was a safe bet to walk me through breaking into this category of listens! And what a splendid job she did!
I loved Eve and her strong, formidable personality. At 18, without knowing it, she was destined to be marked simply because she was to much temptation to Cain- son of Adam & Eve. I will say at the beginning I was a bit lost, I kept stopping wondering if this was the first book. Get through the first 2 chapters and it will make sense!
10 years later, Eve is about to answer for her unknowing crime, and of course just to keep things interesting, Abel - Cain's brother - is the one to deliver the punishment in a very unusual and utterly heated way.
Now, the adventure begins with Eve trying to figure out what she is, why she was punished, questioning thing far beyond her comprehension and realizing everything she knew as a mortal and all her desires as a mortal are nothing compared with the path her life has taken now. Along for the ride are the lover she once fell head over heels for Cain and another man she can't quite make what to do with - Abel. Along the way she battles different species that seem to really want her dead barely hours after she is marked!
When I started this book I wasn't aware that it had some of the same characters as the Renegade Angels series. Since I had just finished the first book in that series prior to starting this one I was surprised, but pleased.
I greatly preferred this book to A Touch of Crimson! I mean, it's still not Crossfire equivalent, but it was much better than the start of Renegade Angels. There was plenty of action and romance. At first it threw me off, it's like the book started with the ending and then went back to explain how we got to that point, but you don't realize that until literally the very end. Or at least I didn't... maybe I just wasn't paying attention enough. Who knows.
I do like that there is sort of a love triangle happening, and can see where the drama would get better as the series progresses. I'm not into religion though - much like the main character - so I didn't lose interest at some parts and zone out.
I acquired this during a sale on audible.com, not a bad read, I may just get the next one in the series and see how it plays out.
Late twenties, mother of 2 love paranormal fantasy and Greek mythology
Yes, it's a refreshing change from the "twilight" and "true blood"-esc theme I've been seeing in paranormal fantasy novels lately. This book puts a twist on the bible and isn't preachy or boring. There is some strong sexual content but i'm ok with that because it's not a romance novel. Its a good story its worth a listen.
Alek is every girl's wet dream and on top of that is actually a good guy
No I have not to my knowledge she's pretty good except when it comes to different accents she stumbles through them and doesn't pronounce words correctly all the time which is a major pet peeve of mine I think if the story wasn't so good it would have bothered me more
As a professional crochet and knitwear designer I have a lot of time to sit and listen to books. Makes the work day better!
This is a very interesting story on an old classic. It kept me entertained the whole way through. But, I had a very hard time hearing the lower register voice of the narrator. Even with my noise canceling headphones I had to turn the volume up almost all the way to hear the mens voice but that in turn made the womens voice super loud!
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