Saturday, July 20, 2013

"The Mark of Cain" by A.D. Seeley!
*Review & Spotlight*

*Materials & images courtesy of Goodreads; review owned by Desert Rose Reviews.

The Cain Chronicles, Book 1

~Published: October 2nd, 2012

~Length: 389 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, Romance

History as we know it is a lie. An intricate web of half-truths and falsifications spun by the most infamous murderer in history: the immortal, Cain, son of Adam and Eve. All so the truth of him and his power can stay in the shadows, with every oblivious mortal his pawn. The Mark of Cain reveals the truth.

After murdering his brother, Abel, Cain was unjustly cursed by God. When the curse becomes too unbearable for him and he faces immortality alone, Cain puts his energy into claiming the Earth as his own. Now, after thousands of years living his life as some of history’s greatest conquerors, the ruthless first son of Adam finally has a controlling interest in the world with the strongest governments secretly answering to him.

Tired of the bloodshed and manipulation that has brought him to this point, Cain is ready to relax. But God has sent someone to challenge his interests: a young woman named Hara, whose very life was foretold centuries ago.

To keep God from victory, Cain sets out to woo and corrupt Hara, planning to kill her once she is no longer God’s Chosen One. At first, as she edges off the path leading toward the fulfillment of the prophecy, Cain can’t help but feel smug. However, the closer he gets to her, the more he finds that Hara’s charitable presence causes him to feel shame for the first time in his long life, and soon he finds that he no longer wishes her harm. But the prophecy is clear on this; she has to die for him to win. When it comes to her end, will he be as selfish as he has always been, or will he sacrifice himself for the love of his very long life?

 About the Author

 A.D. Seeley
A.D. Seeley was raised in the wilds of Utah without television, which was quite conducive to the development of her imagination. For as long as she can remember, she has made up stories to lull herself to sleep, even to this day. Rarely interested in stories without darkness and pain, her interest in Vlad the Impaler led to a dream about Cain that eventually became the basis for The Cain Chronicles. Though in the city now, she still lives in Utah with her dog and stories.

 My Review

 5/5 Roses

When most people think of the Biblical Cain, they simply think of Adam and Eve's son, the first murderer in history. Satisfied with that label, we tend to just leave it at that, dismiss any other thoughts of Cain, and feel saddened by Abel's death. Well, what if we were to take a closer look at Cain? See life from his point of view?

What if Cain never died?

In this incredibly story, the “what if” becomes a reality, where we get a front row seat to Cain's lives throughout history, and see his life today.

Finally able to act on a prophecy from hundreds of years ago, Cain takes joy in the belief that he'll soon best God at His own game. The cherry on top of his thousands of years of doing everything he can to hurt and go against God, and nothing's going to stop him. Taking arrogant pride in turning the life of a young girl into a game, Cain sets out to unravel plans of his rivals, and finally have complete control over the Earth.

Diving into Cain's life, and seeing the world from his point of view, is truly fascinating. Taking on a very similar conspiracy-theory feel as many of Dan Brown's incredible novels, the what-ifs and maybes brought up in this “history” of Cain's life was an adventure I hadn't been expecting. I was constantly impressed with the historical references, and the amount of thought and research that had to have gone into creating this book.

A.D. Seeley certainly did a wonderful job at creating a deep, thought-provoking, and emotion-tapping book. Writing with a style that quickly wraps you up, she very effectively made this one of my favorite books, and is on my list of authors to keep both eyes on.

This story has exhausted every single one of my emotions, in the wonderful way that only a fantastic story can do. These characters pulled me in from the very first sentence, and held on tight til the last word. Connecting to characters in such deep ways, while having a new light shed on history as we know it, made for a truly wonderful read.

This is certainly a book, and I dare say, a series, worth reading. It would hold appeal for fans of most any genre, and has the potential to quickly become a favorite for most readers.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, by the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.


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