The Lady of the Mark by Alex Hanson

booklover160's review against another edition

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Huge disclaimer: Yes it took me a year to read but I read maybe 85% of it within one sitting because it is so GOOD. It was definitely a case of 'I don't want the book to end so I won't finish it'.

I saw a TikTok of this book and was like 'oooh yes age gap romance, assassins, badass lady' and downloaded a free sample to my kindle. I LOVED IT. So I bought the paperback.

Quick aside: even though this is self published, the physical quality of the book is just as professional as any trad published book! It's very well laid out and the cover is stunning! Very very nice! And affordable! Highly recommend!

The plot is twisty and turny and while it doesn't hold your hand and walk you through everything, there are resources in the back to help supplement. I loved how the plot was never straightforward. I felt so on edge at every turn! I also enjoy how book 2 is neatly set up while giving our stars of book 1 their HEA.

And speaking of our stars of book 1... I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I adored how they are so flawed but doing their f*ckin best. I love that they learn and grow and compromise and felt so human. I love love love their romance too. It's so sweet and steamy and the mutual pining is *chefs kiss*. I don't typically read a lot of spice but this has a perfect amount for me. Enough to definitely be spicy but not enough to be considered distracting from the actual story.

As for the writing, I was so impressed. It's incredibly well written. The emotions were done just as much justice as the badass fight scenes. And fight scenes there are aplenty. I found that I could easily follow along with the action and I got lost a few times but in those chaotic messy scenes where even the characters are lost. It was just really well done.

There's only one thing I didn't care for but that's entirely personal preference.
SpoilerI'm not a fan of pregnancy tropes as plot motivations and our leading lady gets pregnant at the end and it causes quite a stir.

Overall, if you like badass ladies, action assassins, an age gap romance well done, and want to support an indie author; this is the one for you! I already purchased book 2 and hopefully that won't take another year to get through.

wathykite's review

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adventurous slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


jelliclepop's review against another edition

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This was so great ㅠㅅㅠ.
Loved the Three Musketeers vibes, loved the characters and the way the guild works, loved the romance and the action was SO good I can't-
Now I'll be living in a state of constant dysphoria until Heart of Jesparia comes out in paperback, I'm looking forward to diving more into this world.

My only complaint is that the world building isn't as fleshed out as I'd like it to be, cause I'm a big fan of getting enormous amounts of information (I know that this puts people off but I frikin love exposition when it's incorporated smoothly) and I didn't get enough here. I'm ashamed to admit it but even with the map I thought that the West-East thing meant that the whole continent was split in two by a wall, not just a city..

mt1203's review against another edition

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I really liked the book. I'm just not really in the mood to continue but I'm probably gonna read it at a later time

beleesten's review

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adventurous emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated


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alicia_ann_reads's review

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This is a solid 3.75 stars.

We've got a guild of warriors, political wars, backstabbing, and an age-gap/forbidden romance (more as a subplot)

The book was fast paced, and action packed but It did start to feel a little repetitive in that here we go again sense of an attack.

*Spoiler begins* I was also slightly let down by the revelation of who had turned against them.. the whole time I kept going back and forth with who I thought it might be, and when it was revealed.. it was kind of a lackluster non pivotal character. *Spoiler ends*

All in all though, a great read.
TW: Death, gore, kidnapping, bodily mutilation, 18+