[BOOK REVIEW] Mark of Truth by Graceley Knox (Wicked Kingdoms #1)

I’m a sucker when it comes to stories set in Fae-lands. On top of that, this book was promoted by one of my favorite authors who writes about Fae’s herself, Amelia Hutchins, and I was a goner; I had to buy and read this book!

about the book

Ever Leath, leader of the deadliest crew within the Magical Enforcement and Containment Agency’s ranks, has always known she’s a half-breed—until a visit from her estranged mother changes everything. She’s determined to marry Ever off for political gain, no matter the consequences—even if it means Ever’s life.

Searching for the truth leads to disturbing doubts about Ever’s heritage, and just as answers appear, so does Dare Fitzpatrick. Captain of the Royal Goblin Guards and son to the current Goblin King, he claims he knows who Ever’s real father is and that she could be in danger. Ever doubts Dare, until he helps her escape the clutches of her would-be suitor and grants her shelter within the Goblin Kingdom.

Staying in Goblin, which has previously been off-limits to half-breeds, is a risk Ever has to take to keep everyone she loves safe. Neither of them planned on the fiery heat between them, but Dare won’t take no for an answer. Ever knows she can’t risk losing her heart to the cocky goblin, despite her attraction to him. At least that’s the plan.

Until it all falls apart.

my thoughts
The world Graceley created is such an awesome one I think! We come across Goblins and Fae’s of all kinds and everything in this magical world is just really beautifully written down I think. All of the ‘creatures’ are so interesting to read about and I love that they keep being mentioned every now and then, so that they remain to be a small part of the story that way, alongside following our main characters. There’s also some politics present and I always like coming across just that when reading books set in worlds like this. I love reading about Fae and Goblin politics and can’t wait to see how it all develops even more in the next book.

The story-line itself was a lot of fun to read and made for a fast-paced read but it wasn’t something I hadn’t encountered before, it wasn’t really unique, you know? It’s not a bad thing of course because I was 100% engrossed by it all but it’s the reason why I didn’t rate this book 5-stars in the end but 4/4,5.

But otherwise… Everything I read was just such a joy to read! I was hooked right from the very first page and it left me craving more.

“Maybe being different isn’t such a bad thing.
Maybe it’s something to be revered.”

The characters are all so amazing! I love the banter between Ev and Dare and their developing sexy romance. But I also love the other characters a lot as well. I love the already existing friendships but also the new founded ones. The friendships in this story are wonderful to read about. There’s enough focus on all of the characters to see them developing into unique characters; each and every one of them has their own little traits that make them unique and lovable.

Overall, it’s a really great read, consisting of an enticing story that takes place in some really awesome settings. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s into paranormal romance books. There’s a nice balance when it comes to story-line, character development, and romance development, alongside some steamy scenes. It contains just about everything I’m looking for in paranormal romance so it left me with quite a blissful feeling, thankfully!

I devoured every single page and as I said; I really can’t wait to get my hands on book 2 and 3! I’ll be binge-reading them for sure when they come in! I came to love the writing in this book a lot so I’ll definitely be checking out this author’s other books as well and I really hope you do too. I love reading books like these, that I come to love so much and hear what other people think about them. This is that kind of book, that I love promoting to other readers which hopefully gets them to read it as well!

Thank you so much for reading!

with love


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