• Soulmarked

  • The Fatemarked Epic, Book 3
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (825 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Despite the efforts of several of the fatemarked, turmoil and violence continue to plague the Four Kingdoms.

To the north, Annise Gäric ventures into the Hinterlands to discover the truth of the Sleeping Knights, who may be the only hope for her kingdom. Meanwhile, Tarin Sheary travels to Darrin in a desperate bid to repel the eastern forces amassing at Crow's Nest. Unbeknownst to either of them, a new threat rises in Blackstone.

In the west, Rhea Loren seeks to ransom her prisoners, Gareth Ironclad and Gwendolyn Storm, which will bring her one step closer to her goal of controlling the fatemarked. Relying on her ability to summon the ancient sea creature, Wrathos, she seeks to unify her people while persuading them that the child growing inside her was placed there directly by Wrath.

With his fatemarked sister in tow, Grey Arris sails toward Pirate's Peril in search of the truth about Shae's marking and the cause of her recurring dream of a pirate.

In the southern empire of Phanes, a slave rebellion is brewing, with Jai Jiroux and Shanti Parthena Laude at its core. But the Hoza brothers will not relinquish their power without a fight.

Finally, in Calyp, Raven Sandes' dragonia are growing, and she must decide whether to use them against the east, who continue to attack her desert borders. Simultaneously, Roan Loren shows up at her palace with an offer she cannot refuse, as he strives to learn the truth of the Western Oracle's prophecies and the origins of the fatemarked.

As always, Bane is lurking in the shadows with his new partner, Chavos the plaguemarked, plotting how to destroy those who would stand in the path of peace.

©2017 David Estes (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Millennial era nonsense

It was like listening to a 7th grade orchestra. No expertise, at all, In story telling. A pair of kings who were actually queens. And obese princess become Queen. No one more adult than a 12 year old. All childish guilt and foolish secrets. I hoped this was a trilogy so I would be done. I was expecting some cross-dressers to appear.(glad they didn't) Won't listen any further.

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Story never really seemed to progress

I tried with this series. I couldn’t really get into the story enough for it to hold my interest. I feel like the author tried to blend in too many divergent character stories. Plus not really a fan of the homosexual love story.

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Amazing

This series has had me captivated from the beginning! Wonderful listen. The narrator is amazing. Great books. all of them.

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Amazing Story, dont like postludes after story

this is an amazing series, thenonly thong i dont like are the Postlude stories after the book. instead of 4 hours of mini stories it should have been 4 hours of main story

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1 & 2 are better but this one is still good.

Gwen is a great character I wish that the author would have done a better job with the Roan character who comes across as being wimpy and whiny and yet has both males and females falling madly in love with him. I guess it's the authors way of being PC. Love the Annise character, a good balance of strong, compassionate, insecure, intelligent and loving. Rhea is just mental . . . enough said. I would have liked to have heard more of Raven and Grey, both started off as interesting characters but have been unimpressive as of late. The author has decided to make Roan the hero of the series which is too bad since he's the one character that does nothing for me.

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A compelling continuation

The storylines are intriguing, the romance and youth is not my favorite. I appreciate the inclusivity of various orientations and races. I look forward to starting David Estes’s next series that Michael j Sullivan reviewed, especially to see if/how the writing has matured. I’ll be continuing this series by increasing my membership level, after a short break with a public library listen (Sanderson’s Warbreaker) that finally became available!

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Overall a good listen

The story is great, I enjoy the writing style, and the time taken to elaborate on scenes, which put you in the same room as these heroes.

My only complaint, and this goes for the books before aswell, are the postlude stories. I dont mind getting more back story on characters, but I wish these events were more tied into the main story (almost all of them cover the past of charcters). Granted these stories show another level of interwoven depth to the relationships we already see in these epics, but c'mon 4-6 hours after every book of 1-5 shorts following what I consider mostly B line characters. I ofc don't want to miss anything that might be crucial for the next book, so I listen to them all. Some are better than others, but I feel a little annoyed when some of them really don't matter for the progression of the main story. The biggest of these which I'll warn you now *spoilers* if you haven't listened to this one yet, is the Beggar or the plague marked. This character had a whole extra short added to the previous book, and then was pretty much unceremoniously killed off by Bane, after serving no real purpose in the story, other than to give bane someone to talk to / build his own character development. By the time I get into the next book, and back to our main heroes in the proper time of the epic, I feel like a kicker that just got iced.

I know that was alot right there, and I hope I didn't push you away from the series, cause it is a good one. I have already gotten the next book, and plan on finishing the series. I'm also 4/5 books in David's kingfall series (waiting on the 5th to release). Either way I'll let you be the real judge, and I understand that some others may actually really enjoy the extra stories at the end.

Happy listening!

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Amazing Read!

Each book keeps getting better and better! Every chapter ends with a cliff hanger so you just keep reading till it's finished and then you start the next book. If you like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings you will love this series😊

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Well developed fantasy world.

further I get into the story the better it gets. this is one of those great stories that just keeps getting better and better I can't wait to start Death marked.

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Ore Monkey

That’s my favorite part

Ore monkey.

I love it!

Ore monkey.

I don’t think he used this enough.

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  • David
  • 04-13-18

Still very good

Really enjoyed book three, but I think some of book two was missing, as things had happened between books that i didn't know about.

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  • daniel
  • 05-16-18

very good.

this story is amazing and I can't get enough of it. I also like the reader

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  • Poppey
  • 09-18-20

Their Fate is Sealed

The Half Marked are joined; the key is complete; a lock is opened; their fate is sealed.

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  • Skyla
  • 03-11-19

Still - brilliant

This is page by page adventure and surprises - Thank you David for writing such an amazing story which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The concept is strong
The character development is strong - e.g. you find yourself liking characters that you shouldn't
The narration is really good - Derek does a good job at a female voice and making it credible
You look and think 24 hours wow that's long, but it's so good it feels like 5 minutes! He also gives you back stories at the end which give you further insight into the characters (he could have done these as flashbacks just as well)
never mind the book LOVED THIS SERIES

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  • David
  • 03-09-19

great series

A great original series. I've enjoyed book after book. If in doubt give it a go.

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  • Love my kindle
  • 05-15-18

Fantastic read!

Fantastic writing and performance! seamless transition from Fatemarked. so many twists and turns... love it!

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  • Katy
  • 08-11-20

continues to be epic

fantastic storytelling Dragons Magic Wars Knights honour special Powers all woven together in four Kingdoms leading towards an answer

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  • Tara
  • 01-02-19

great storyline

really good story with lots of interesting characters.
The plot thickens just waiting to see what happens next.

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  • Being Living Now
  • 12-30-18

Enjoyable story

having at times wished I had superpowers, or loved someone who did, this story is a journey into lands of wonder, there are characters I cheer for and love and some I understand the demise of. there are twists and turns and mysteries , and at times too much happening at once to properly follow, but it loops around and makes sense. definitely getting the next book.

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  • Cam
  • 09-08-18

can't stop listening.

they sucker you in with a free book them you are more then happy to handover money to keep going. epic doesn't even start to discribe this book series.

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  • D
  • 07-06-18

My new favourite series

I have loved this series from the very first chapter and it has just got better.