• The Song of the Marked

  • Shadows and Crowns, Book 1
  • By: S.M. Gaither
  • Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The old gods are growing restless. An ancient evil is stirring. Can they stop the coming storm?

Mercenary Casia Greythorne cares about two things: completing whatever her latest job is and earning enough coin to buy the expensive medicine that's keeping her mentor alive.

So when the king himself offers her a job, she can't resist the massive reward he offers - even if it means working with Captain Elander, the arrogant, mysterious right-hand to that king.

Her partner may be infuriating, but at least their mission seems simple and quick enough: investigate the origins of the strange plague that's been ravaging their empire, help find a cure, and then call it a day.

But in a land brimming with old magic and meddling gods, nothing is ever that simple, and nothing is ever what it seems.

As the bodies pile up and strange monsters begin to wreak havoc throughout the realms, Cas and Elander will have to work together to protect their world whether they like it or not. Because one thing is clear: Something ancient and evil is stirring in the shadows of that world.

And their empire will not survive its full unleashing.

©2020 S.M. Gaither (P)2021 Tantor

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A little slow at first

It was a little slow at first, but finally picked up. I liked the premise of the story, characters were likable. It was interesting to see a main character have anxiety being an issue instead of just self-doubt. Anxiety plagues everybody at some point but many people suffer with anxiety. It’s interesting to see a character written with such. The narrator is fabulous! Looking forward to book 2!

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Very good narration

I really enjoyed this story! It has some fighting, romance, and fantasy (my type of book). The narrator did an amazing job using different voices for each character, she also puts a lot of emotion into the dialog. Normally I don't really write reviews, but I noticed one of the other reviews stated the world building was a bit confusing. I would recommend reading the Queen of Cursed Things series first. It is set in the same world and a lot of the gods and powers are explained in that series (and it seems to take place before The Song of the Marked ). So, when I started this book I recognized a lot of names and terms used. You don't need to read it first to understand (or enjoy) this book, but in my opinion it helps. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I'm currently reading the second one.

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Loved it!

If you love epic fantasy with some spice, then this is for you. Magic, love, friendship, betrayal. What more could you ask for?

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Ehhhhh.

The book starts out okay, decent world building and sounds kind of interesting at first, but is a major let down. Most of the important stuff that happens is all info dumped disguised as dialog. And throughout the story the main character is supposed to be portrayed as a “strong independent woman” but most of the time she just sounds like a child throwing a tantrum. The story also doesn’t have a resolution- I know a lot of series continue on but each story has a beginning middle and end and this one just has a beginning and middle.

Also, “It’s not cliche if it’s done right”, but this story is definitely not done right.

I did finish it because the chemistry between the main character and love interest is written pretty well. It’s obvious the author enjoyed writing those scenes, but it doesn’t make up for the rest of the book.

Will not be picking up the next one.

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Weak or Strong?

Is she so strong that she is weak? Or so weak she only pretends to be Strong?

I really wanted to love this character. How could I. She starts out Badass and becomes Weak and Gulible. Why?

The voice actor was amazing! Alot of the one on one dialog was great. But the story line just left me frustrated. ugh grrrr
I have absolutely no desire to continue with this series. Yes. I did complete this book

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Hold on to your seat

I was not prepared for the epicness of this book! Cas and her band of rebels are tight knit and definitely enjoy some shenanigans, but when a bet puts Cas in the sights of non other than the kings second, life turns sideways for all involved.

The banter between Cas & Elander alone was non stop and perfect. The adventures and mythology were one of a kind and that ending... omg that ending!

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I need the next audio book ASAP please!!

I love Jesse vilinksky’s make accents and I can’t read the second book without having the audiobook to get that correct!

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WONDERFUL

Great story, well versed and the narrator brings it to life. I hope the collaboration between the 2 will continue. I'm excited to read all SM Gaither titles.

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voices for each character are amazing

the voice acting is great. I feel the mythology in this world is a little messy, a bit difficult to follow, but you get the gist! I do feel like some time was wasted no non important parts but overall a great listen. I'll be listening to the next one😊

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Not for me

This book was just not it for me. I was excited to try out this new fantasy romance but it had me feeling so blah during and after that I won’t be continuing with this series. Started off intriguing but then it just went downhill and dragged on and on. I think if I got invested in the characters or plot or magic system or world, it could have been better, but sadly none of those grabbed my attention ever. This was a book club read so I just wanted to get it done but I could feel myself getting slumpy-feeling just trying to finish this, it made me want to jump back into some comfort/favorite fantasy series just to make everything better. 😅 Blah, oh well, onto a different book!

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  • Alaina Carroll
  • 09-07-22

Amazing

Wow. Where to start. I loved this book. The world building, the characters, the romance. I loved it all. I’ve already downloaded the next two books. I know there’s five in the series so hurry up audible and get the rest of them on here. The narrator, by the way, was exceptional. I loved her and she really brought all the characters to life. I’m off to listen to book 2 and if it’s anything like this one I’ll of listened all night and will be reviewing tomorrow. It really was that good.

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  • Bethany Luke
  • 09-29-21

That narration!!!

That accent!!!

Ok so I read this as an audiobook and I was just so thoroughly surprised and I enjoyed this so so much. The narrator was absolutely fab. There was so many different accents that it really separated out every character and made them so individual. I never knew I could find a women narrating a man so sexy haha Scottish accent was just *chefs kiss*. It really made me invest in the relationship built up!!

Had just the right amount of spice for this budding romance I think. It was all about the build up of how much they really started to care for one another! Loved it.

Felt like it sort of got a bit info dumpy towards the end because one minute you couldnt really tell what was going on or the magic system and then next it was all laid out to you in a matter of minutes.... or maybe I was just to invested in the growing romance haha

Overall I really enjoyed and cant wait to move onto the next.

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  • 08-07-22

a m a z I n g

it's hard to find books written AND narrated to such a high standard! thank you to the author and to the reader for brining it to life! 100000% recommend ☺️

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