I received this book via the author, Scarlett Dawn. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: Cold Mark,
Published by Self Publish on 2015-06-30
Length: 268 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
"MY WORLD WAS FOREVER CHANGED."
Cold Mark - The Complete Saga
Thrown head first into a barbaric world she knows nothing of, Braita Valorn must adapt to a dark life as a slave of the Mian society--her existence depends on it.
Danger lurks, and Braita's lack of knowledge of the planet, Triaz, is now abundantly clear. On a mission to find her best friend, Jax, she must infiltrate the Crank Pit, a brutal complex where Mian enter, only to leave absent a heartbeat.
Braita Valorn is stuck. She has no real freedom, her existence dependent on what the men of Triaz decide. But she desperately wants it to be, and will do anything to capture it.
Judgments are made, an archaic stand within Mian laws, and Braita finds herself charged with treason. But never one to sit during a battle, she risks her last chance of release with blackmail.
Braita Valorn is a disaster walking. One mistake after another on the planet Triaz has landed her in trouble time and again.
Will Braita obtain her freedom?
Or will she finally accept a life she never asked for?
Cold Mark – the Complete Saga by Scarlett Dawn tells the entire story of Braita Valorn as she navigates the dangerous world of the Mian, first as a slave, then as a Soul. Personally I enjoyed this series from the first page! Falling in love with the dystopian-esque fantasy world created by the author I devoured each novella in just a few hours when they were released. Now they are all in one volume and I enjoyed reading it from cover to cover, Braita’s whole story in just under 300 pages.
Braita is a character that grew on me. She’s tough, trained as a soldier on her home planet Joyal (basically the planet humans escaped to many years earlier when Earth was no longer inhabitable). She has one friend, Jax, but physical intimacy is outlawed so the most they’ve ever done is just look at each other, and of course train together in combat. When something devastating occurs, her and Jax are traded to the Mian as slaves. Braita really isn’t ready for this brutal world but takes everything as it comes to her. She’s courageous in that while she is scared she faces it head on, not letting her fear show!
Then there’s the Plumas of the West and of the East. These guys are the heads of Mian society and Braita is bound to one pair through the mark she is given as a slave. These Plumas are interesting in their own rights. Each pair introducing Braita to Mian society and elevating her from her slave status. They care for her, but they also have the power to hurt her the most. It’s no wonder she doesn’t know who to trust!
The world-building is phenomenal, especially for a novella series! There is a lot of building around the Mian’s world but also character development. Not one of the secondary characters falls flat. I was fully invested in each and every person/Mian that Braita encounters throughout the course of the series. And the romance aspect….a little too hot to handle 😉
Overall the saga is a great science fiction, paranormal romance of the New Adult variety. Be forewarned there are some violent scenes, sexual scenes, and scenes of the 18+ crowd. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a good New Adult read (you know, one that’s more than just about the sex!).
For more information on each individual novella, see my reviews 😀