BIRTHMARKED by Caragh M. O’Brien
How it begins “In the dim hovel, the mother clenched her body into one final, straining push, and the baby slithered our into Gaia’s ready hands.”
PRIZED by Caragh M. O’Brien
How it begins “She grabbed the hilt of her knife and scrambled backward into the darkness, holding the baby close in her other arm.”
PROMISED by Caragh M. O’Brien
How it begins “Gaia notched her arrow and drew back the taut string of her bow.”
There are two other short stories that belong with this series that shed a little (enjoyable) light between the first and second, as well as the second and third novel.
Gaia is the girl who helps bring life into the world and finds herself rather alone in it. The world is full of the unknown, fear, loss and sacrifice. Somehow, there is also perseverance and hope – new life and survival.
I enjoyed this series as much as I enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy. I got through it quickly and stayed up late to see what happened next. I didn’t get bored with the relationships or with the story and had plenty of characters to become attached to.
If YA is your thing, and you’re a fan of the commitment it takes to get through a series, give this one a try, I think you’ll like it.