Magick Marked

Adult
Rated 4.70/5 based on 13 reviews
Vampire Rhowen Vasile has been promoted to executioner—a promotion she never wanted. Now she has two responsibilities: execute criminal vampires and protect her race's Kamen, one of five ancient relics said to harness all magick in the DarqRealm. When the Kamen Rho swore to protect goes missing, she must join a team to recover what's been lost or risk losing the magick of their world forever. More

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About Chauntelle Baughman

Chauntelle is a writer with a special love for the genres of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She also adores musical theater, walking around barefoot, wearing scarves and eating chocolate – not necessarily in that order. When she’s not busy working in the Houston oilpatch, you find her spending time with her husband at the lake. For more updates and information on her latest releases, please visit her website at www.clbaughman.com.

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Review by: Becca E on Sep. 03, 2013 : (no rating)
Excellent book with humour and quest type action.Had a little bit of everything,vampires,werewolves,shapeshifters,magic users and elves.Loved the young ,female vampire executioner who said things like "That really chaps my ass".Definite sequel coming to answer some lingering questions and finish the story.Nice romance storyline also.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: punk angel on Sep. 02, 2013 : (no rating)
Magick Marked was a great book. I read it in one day because I could not put it down. It had elements that are common in books now like shifters, werewolves, and vampires but it had originality to it with paranormal characters that are not common such as magick movers and syphons. The plot was original and I was well thought out so that some questions were answered and others will not be answered until the next book in the series comes out. It left me questioning who to trust which is a good thing in order to keep people reading the series. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone! Now I can't wait for the next book to come out so I can see how the story evolves!!!

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
(and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was!!!Please come out with the next book soon!)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Shari Romanow on Aug. 18, 2013 :
Shari Kay's review Aug 18, 13  ·  edit
3 of 5 stars
bookshelves: 2-star-reads, add-a-half, pnr-uf
Read in August, 2013

2.5 ✿'s Magick Marked is a story about a newly made vampire, Rho, and her search for some stolen gems, or Kamens, that when combined can bring about the end of magic as they know it. Each species, (Vampire, mover(wizards), shifters, werewolves, and Fae) were entrusted with one of the Kamens to keep safe. Our heroine was given the Vampires' Kamen just shortly before it was stolen.

I had several issues with the plot of this story...mainly it making any sense. First we find out that Rho is the King's assassin. Why? She is considered a baby in the world of vampires at only 2 years removed from being turned. If she was some kind of badass as a human, we are not told about it. Why is she given this implied important role? Secondly, why is she given the Vampires' Kamen to protect in the first place? Why would she be charged with such a grave duty without even knowing what the stone is? And how was it stolen from her? The book makes no reasonable case as to how someone even knew where to look for it.

There are numerous other instances where actions just don't seem reasonable. Such as, a team is formed to hunt down these missing Kamens....one from each species except the Fae....why is that? And why does the team gather at a warehouse and sit for a week? They were supposedly trying to figure out who might have stolen them but doing nothing proactive to actually get a clue as to their whereabouts. When they do get some information, it doesn't come from any sleuthing on their part. It literally comes knocking on their door.

I did like Rho and her love interest, Eldon. I thought the author did a good job with creating distinctive characters in Eldon's sisters and Rho's sire, Frederick. But there were just too many things that happened in this book to throw me out of the story as I would just start thinking, "Why the heck would they do that?".


I kindly received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: sal654 on Aug. 15, 2013 :
I really liked this read. It has all the elements I enjoy in a beginning of a new urban fantasy series. There is plenty of action and of course an underlying who-done-it that kept me reading to find out what would happen next and why. The characters were great and I have found a new heroine to cheer for in Rho, who is a great kick heinie, no nonsense gal. There were times I giggled at the snark, times I cringed at the anger, and I came close to crying when . . . (no spoilers here LOL). The DarqRealm is definitely a new world to explore with all the prejudices that are faced in real life with each supernatural group believing they are better than the other, as well as Rho's insecurities that make her very believable. The characters are thrown together over a world ending crisis and must work together to accomplish their goal or die. The writing was smooth and I really enjoyed the style. The world and character building was everything I could ask for in a fun read. While the book ends on a "to be continued note," it was not frustrating, but rather has me anxious to read the next installment in the series to see where we go from here as there is obviously more story to be told. I requested this book for read and review from the author and received it with a request for my honest review without any compensation whatsoever, other than the joy of reading a new book
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: april reynolds on May 25, 2013 : (no rating)
What a great book, cant say i have read a better one as of late.I can not wait for the second book to go into my collection. The author has taken the worlds of vampires, werewolves, witches, shifters, fae and mixed them so tightly together. The book explodes with so many different things at the end you can not possibly wait to read the next in the series. Who will live who will die and what will happen to the forsaken lovers that have already faced so much that any more may actually take their very souls. Wow is about all i can say! great book great read. given to me on library thing for review!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alyssa Maria on May 21, 2013 :
3.5/5 stars

Magick Marked is a story that follows Rho (a vampire) who is sent on a quest with other paranormal beings (a magick mover, shifter, and werewolf) to retrieve a stolen stone called a kamen. These four teammates must put aside their differences with the each other and work together to stop a thief who wants to obtain all the kamens. Strange things happen along the way with a lot of action and twists. This is the first book of The Darqrealm Series.

Characters:
The story is told in third person through Rho and Eldon (the magick mover)—but mostly through Rho. Rho is a fairly new vampire who is also an “executioner” to the King of the vampires. (The Prince of the vampires created her.) She was put in charge of protecting the vampire kamen. Before turning into a vampire, Rho had a troubled past that the reader finds out about. Coming together with the other supernatural characters is not something she is thrilled about, but she believes in her duty and carries out what must be done. As a strong female character, she does not like to feel weak or the need to be protected. Eldon is a magick mover – which is a like a wizard. He initially gives Rho a protective spell to keep the kamen safe. Eldon comes from a family (two sisters included in this book) that hates vampires and do not trust them. However, he finds himself thrown into this adventure with one. Being able to sense magic, Eldon can recognize fae magic, as well. A fae is not one represented among the team to bring back the kamen. Each species has its own norms and rules so that conflict can easily arise within the group.

Plot: The plot moves along well. There is plenty of action to read about. This is the first book in the series so do not expect all of your questions to be answered right away. There actually might be more questions by the time the book concludes. One tiny thing that was a little distracting for me was the cursing in the book. I’m not against cursing, and it can make the characters more realistic. However, I think it could have been cut down a smidge without taking away from the story. I also wondered how vampires can turn humans into vampires. I do not remember reading about that fact.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It has many paranormally elements (magic, vampires, shifters, werewolves, and fae.) The story held my interest throughout. If you like paranormal mysteries, you might want to give this book a shot.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dawn Genna on May 14, 2013 :
I was given this book from LibraryThing for my honest opinion of the book. My honest opinion.....I LOVED IT!!! The story line is captivating, the characters are interesting and the interaction between them is believable. All of the main characters are strong in their own right. Pulled together by missing artifacts, they become a team working together to save the world as they know it. They are all from different species, but they learn to work together and become friends. Yes, it's another book about vampires, shifters and magic, but it unlike any I've read so far. It is a fresh breath in the world for this kind of book. Thank you to Chauntelle Baughman for creating this series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dawn Genna on May 14, 2013 :
I was given this book from LibraryThing for my honest opinion of the book. My honest opinion.....I LOVED IT!!! The story line is captivating, the characters are interesting and the interaction between them is believable. All of the main characters are strong in their own right. Pulled together by missing artifacts, they become a team working together to save the world as they know it. They are all from different species, but they learn to work together and become friends. Yes, it's another book about vampires, shifters and magic, but it unlike any I've read so far. It is a fresh breath in the world for this kind of book. Thank you to Chauntelle Baughman for creating this series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephen Merritt on May 11, 2013 :
I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. The authors ability to develop characters that draw you in is excellent. The only annoying part is that I have to wait for book 2 to come out to see what happens next.
This is a story based around a newborn vampire turned against her will but to save her life who is drawn into a paranormal world of extreme drama. Like all other stories, the races of vampire, shifter, werewolf and magic user don't get along, but are drawn together for a common mission affecting them all and the 5th race called the Fae. From this premise the story evolves in detail and the characters are very well developed to leave you on a cliff hanger just waiting for the next chapter.
Very well written, hard to put down once you start. Even woke up one morning reaching for the book to continue from where I left off the night before.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cori B. on May 02, 2013 :
I so loved this book. Period. Yes, Magick Marked by Chauntelle Baughman was one of those books you wouldn't put down even if your house was on fire: you would take it with you and run! :P Anyway, what I'm saying here is that I loved this book, but I said that already, so let's just review it.

I liked the writing and the language: it was all very realistic, like if I was actually there too, even while having a story set in some magical world surrounded by mythological creatures. The way the story is told is engaging, captivating, full of mystery and (let me breath, please) so intense that I almost cried when I was done with the book!

Characters like Rho are rare: the badass female lead character is used very often, but the way Rho is described, how she acts, what she is, is something I rarely see in books with strong female leads. When creating a character like our Rhowen Vasile, I think one could easily end up with just a bunch of vampire strenght, some coarse language, and stuff like that combined with a physically pretty yet empty minded body. The mix would give us just an empty and boring character, but what I found in this book was the exact opposite: Rho is badass, tough, strong, stubborn; but she also has a story behind what she is, or the way she acts. Chauntelle Baughman was able to create an intriguing character, a little fragile girl turned into a lethal creature by life events, still able to feel emotions and even fall in love. In one word: brilliant!

While I really loved Rho, what really made me love this story the way I do is how well Baughman mixed fabled creatures together. I'm used to see vampires always against werewolves and stuff like that, but here we've got something really different. The author was able to perfectly mix each member of the team. Make you mad at each of them when they were arguing with another one and then make you want to punch in the face that one you felt sorry for when he's the one fighting with the others. I think that it was perfect, how Baughman was able to make me feel each character so close and so real.

The only thing that felt a bit strange was that, while the story is told by a third person (the author), it seems like the characters were talking. I think that the way the story was told was just brilliant, but the way the author commented and put her characters' thoughts in the narration while she was the one telling the story felt a bit weird. Judging by the way Baughman told the story, I believe it would have been better if she used her characters to narrate the it, instead of doing it herself like if she was one of her characters. This is just a minor detail I would have changed, nothing too bad to make me change my mind when I say that I loved this book, but just something that would have made it 110% perfect in my opinion.

Things I liked: Rho and Eldon's relationship since the very beginning, Rho herself, how the language is used in the story, and those little jokes the author put here and there. How well Chauntelle Baughman created the whole setting, rich of details and feeling almost real. I loved the team, no member excluded, and I liked how much their relationship changed during the story. One other thing I really loved was Rho's interest in tattoos and what they meant to her. I felt so close to her way to think about tattoos, and I loved this detail the author put in her story!

Things I didn't like: As I said before, I would have preferred that the story was narrated by characters and not in third person. Not because I don't like stories told in third person, but just because for me it was like the author was a bit too much involved into her characters' thoughts. So, yeah, maybe viewing the story through characters' eyes would have been better.

I would recommend this book: Yes, I'm recommending Magick Marked by Chauntelle Baughman. I loved the story, the characters, the writing and I believe this would be a great read even for those that aren't big fans of paranormal and fantasy!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amy Dean on May 01, 2013 :
I found this book to be very enjoyable. Sometimes when I read books that incorporate several different supernatural beings I find it to get to be too much. However, I thought this book did a good job and the characters interacted well together. I really liked the main character Rho, and enjoyed her and Eldon's relationship. I thought the storyline was fast paced and keep me wanting to read on. I will definitely read the next in this series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bobbie Klebe on April 27, 2013 :
I loved the book! This book puts a new spin on the vampire. The characters learn about themselves and grow through the first book. Makes you want to read the next book to know what happens in the story!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Ritter on April 23, 2013 :
Magick Marked is about a world filled with paranormals, who are forced to work together to find the magical kamen, that was stolen. I found the plot quite unique. The characters were also well written and grew with the story. This is not just another "vampire" book. I like reading vamp books but at the same time so many make me roll my eyes as I am reading. This book is not like that at all.

It has been some times since I have read a book and actually got goosebumps while reading because it had me so on edge. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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