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    Wizardry at it's best

    This is a story about Ned, a human mage, that has lived with wizards his entire life. They have never shown him any compassion, and look upon him as basically cannon fodder. Ned travels to the Sierras to relax and happens to catch a kidnapping of a human girl, Amanda, in progress. He stops the kidnapping, and along the way he falls in love with her. He finds out that her older brother was kidnapped several years before. He meets up with his mentor, Karras, while helping Amanda's family. Amanda gets kidnapped again, and Ned has to enlist the help of the wizard stronghold that he grew up in to rescue her. I won't give away the ending, but it does have a happy ending. I found this book hard to get started, which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Once I got into the book, I couldn't put it down. Ann's description of the relationship as it develops between Ned & Amanda hooks you. Through their innocence, you can't help but fall in love with them both. The book is filled with Gods, Goddesses, and all kinds of "boogeymen". There is action & some violence, but all in all this is another must read of Ann's.
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    Ann Gimpel Has Done It Again-Another Great Read

    I was given a free copy of Marked By Fortune by Ann Gimpel in exchange for an honest review. This is another great read by Ann. Wizard’s put themselves above anything human or part wizard and human or anything else. Ned has been raised by Wizards, but barely tolerated by them. Ned is an Earth Mage. He is sent out to fight with the Wizards, hoping that he will be killed. Ned is sent to find a woman in the mountains and he winds up finding out what belonging to a family is really like. Ned has never felt that he belonged. Ned just wants to be accepted no matter what he is. Ann again weaves a wonderful story about how the humans are killing the earth with all the pollution. Again her description of the characters is so realistic that I can picture the demonic beings that spill from the bowels of earth. Earth’s Requiem is another winner written by Ann Gimpel. Be sure and grab your copy so you can look forward to reading it on a lazy afternoon.
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    Fabulous

    Ann Gimpel knows how to pull you into a story. When you read this book, you get pulled in and you feel like you are there, experiencing everything the character does!!
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    Not my typical genre of book

    I was given and ARC of this book for an honest review This is not my typical genre of books, but I adore Ann's writing so I took the plunge and read it, I have to say Ann did not disappoint me. This book was a hard read for me only because I do not enjoy Dystopia genre books, But Ann has a way of writing that pulls you into a story, You just come to love the characters and the plot, You feel a connection to them. I feel that if you enjoy Dystopia genre books then this is a book you will LOVE, Thank you Ann again for allowing me this opportunity.
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    A wonderfully epic coming of age story

    I’ll say it again, Ann Gimpel certainly knows how to build worlds. In fact, I wouldn’t hesitate to say she is an expert at it. The dystopian/fantasy world that Marked by Fortune inhabits is once again detailed and perfect for the characters she has created. And, while Ned is clearly the main character of the story, the way in which Ms. Gimpel shared the story from multiple POVs was perfect. You end up with this theatrical, movie quality viewpoint of all the action taking place. While Marked by Fortune is a dystopian fantasy it is also a coming of age story and romance. While Ned is surrounded by wizards centuries-old he is a mere twenty something, a babe by comparison. To boot he is a mere human mage. If there is one thing wizards scorn and look down upon it is humans. After all they are an infestation on the face of the earth. They have brought ruination down upon the world by depleting its resources and warring amongst themselves. So when the wizards find themselves engaged in war once again with the infernals of the evil gods what better place to send him than the frontlines where he might die the sooner. Human civilization is in ruins along with its cities and cultures. After a particularly exhausting battle, Ned is sent into the wilderness to find another woman like himself, a human mage. Who he finds and rescues is Amanda, the daughter of the mage he seeks. He finds himself smitten with the young woman. Amanda, her brother, Jon and parents, Lori and Rolf have traveled into the Sierras to escape the atrocities of the cities. They eek out a living from the land. Living close by is a reclusive wizard named Karras. He has taught Lori to talk with the animals. A few years ago, Jon disappeared without a trace. Now Amanda has disappeared only to be rescued from the infernal undead by Ned. So begins Amanda’s family’s enlightenment in the ways of magic. So too begins Amanda’s journey to love with a young mage. While their love is new, somewhat innocent, it is far from chaste even if they do not consummate it for fear of the cost to Ned’s magehood. When Amanda is kidnapped during a brutal days long battle with infernals, Ned will see betrayal and imprisonment but nothing will deter this young mage from saving his love, not even traveling to another world of evil, bleakness, and despair. Nor will it stop his companions on their own quest to rescue Amanda. The road to success is brutal and costly. The battle is epic. Success though has its rewards. Marked by Fortune has its wizards, mages, gods and creatures of the unholy. It is full of action and adventure. The characters are well drawn and compelling. The storyline is epic. If there is one downside to the story it is in the fact that Ms. Gimpel has stated there is no planned series. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good sword and sorcery fantasy. While the sexual content is limited I would still recommend this for a more mature YA or adult reader. Once again, Ms. Gimpel has created a real winner. *****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions*****
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