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Peek Inside The Marked Son

When Dylan Kennedy sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents’ farm, he knows he’s seen her his dreams. Only he can save her world from an evil lord. Where they’re going is full of creatures he’s only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death...

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Seventeen-year-old Dylan Kennedy always knew something was different about him, but until his mother abandoned him in the middle of Oregon with grandparents he’s never met, he had no idea what.

When Dylan sees a girl in white in the woods behind his grandparents’ farm, he knows he’s seen her before…in his dreams. He’s felt her fear. Heard her insistence that only he can save her world from an evil lord who uses magic and fear to feed his greed for power.

Unable to shake the unearthly pull to Kera, Dylan takes her hand. Either he’s completely insane or he’s about to have the adventure of his life, because where they’re going is full of creatures he’s only read about in horror stories. Worse, the human blood in his veins has Dylan marked for death…


"Realistically dark, The Marked Son is a fast-paced fantasy touching upon serious issues like abandonment, belonging, and identity, along with heaping doses of action and a touch of romance." -- Laurie, Reader Girls Blog

"You know a book is freaking awesome when you read it in 7 hours and risk getting in trouble at work just so you don't have to put it down." -- Emma Marion, Goodreads Reviewer

"The Marked Son is intense from start to finish. It was absolutely engaging and sucked me in immediately. I fell completely in love with Dylan by page three." -- Sarabella, My Vamp Fiction

"Something I did not expect was the level of emotion this book pulled from me. Shea has written her characters so well that it is easy to become emotionally invested in their well-being. There are moments that brought tears to my eyes and had me shouting at the injustice that befell them." -- Meaghan, A Bookworm's Haven 

"I loved this book. I was confused and intrigued and pissed and in love all at the same time." -- Rosa, Goodreads Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781620612309
Series: Keepers of Life, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 31, 2012
Page Count: 352
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, overcoming odds

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By Alexa September 27, 2011

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

Whoa. That was awesome.

I didn't realize how much I would end up loving The Marked Son. Before I read this book, I read some reviews and opinions seemed kind of mixed. It's amazing how different people's reading experiences can be when reading the... ...more

By Darynda July 06, 2011

As I said in a recent blurb, reading Shea Berkley is like watching magic unfold before your eyes. I want to be her when I grow up, and I adored this book. Love, love, love the hero. ...more

By ~Tina~ August 11, 2011

Poor Dylan, he really has had a tough go of it pretty much his entire life. His mom is anything but traditional, he has to keep going from place to place and for as long as he could remember he's dreamed of the same girl, pale, hauntingly beautiful in the cold eerie woods.
He's always known he wa... ...more

By Nicole November 30, 2012

Poor Dylan has always felt like he just didn't belong anywhere. His basket-case mother uproots them from their current home, due to the same reason as always. Her loser boyfriend breaks up with her. This time however, his mother is taking him back to her childhood home. To meet a grandmother and... ...more

By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson July 24, 2011

My Cover Thoughts: I absolutely love this cover. The cover draws you in because it is a picture of a guy with piercing violet blue eyes staring into your soul. When I first saw the cover I said I have to read this book and I searched and searched for an ARC copy and when I was able to get one tha... ...more

By Debbie July 21, 2011

WOW! I finished The Marked Son thirty minutes ago and my heart is still racing. This book is amazing. Its like I took off on the most fantastic paranormal fantasy adventure ride, and still haven't touched ground.

The storyline and plot just don't quit. It keeps taking you higher and higher, and j... ...more

By Tamra July 08, 2011

The Marked Son will take you on a fantastic journey that includes some self-discovery, lots of action, loads of adventure and heartwarming love. A must read for all ages.

By Jody July 28, 2011

It isn't often that you get to read a book and be taken on a journey that is so fantastic and unique. I didn't know what to expect with this book because the synopsis didn't really give me a feel for the the category this book would fit in: vampires, fey, etc. I know understand that this book doe... ...more

By Trisha August 07, 2011

What I loved about this story was being inside Dylans head. Its different and unique to live a story from the guys point of view, and Dylan Kennedy is an amazing character. What he grew up dealing with, a mother that cared little for him, made him into a tough guy, but vulnerable, too. He truly d... ...more

By Meaghan August 17, 2011

Wow! I finished this book a half hour ago and my heart is still in hyper drive. The action in this book doesnt let up for a second and I loved every minute of it! You enter this world with Dylan as he is being driven to his grandparents house by his mother. He assumes it is just another stop on t... ...more

By Valerie July 26, 2011

The Marked Son by Shea Berkley

My Summary:

Dylan Kennedys life sucks. His mother moves them around every time her relationship with some guy goes south. No one seems to remember Dylan and he has no friends. There is the dream of the beautiful girl that he has had for, well for a long time but thats... ...more

By Rogier August 18, 2011

My thoughts:
Cover: I absolutely like this cover.WATS NOT THE LIKE A BOUTH IT? A couple of YA Fiction covers are hideous , or the cover is the best thing about that book, meaning it sucked. Not this one the cover added to the book, you could see Dylan ,that the way I imagined him. The cover draws... ...more

By Jennifer (Books&Barks) August 13, 2011

Shea Berkleys latest YA novel, The Marked Son, is an exciting tale of love, adventure, and danger, and it kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The twists and turns throughout kept me reading till way past midnight, eager to find out what would happen with Dylan and Kera. I was not d... ...more

By Carla-Book Monster Reviews January 11, 2012

My Review (By Book Monster Guest Reviewer)

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book since I didn't read the blurb, but I absolutely loved it! It had pretty much everything including action, romance, drama and friendship.

Dylan is 17 and hasn't had the easiest life so far his mother moves him aro... ...more

By Kate November 30, 2011

First Impression:
Dreams? An Evil Lord? A teenager who thinks he's completely insane or he's about to have the adventure of his life? This summary had me at hello.

While Reading:
The Marked Son is definitely not my typical YA read. But that is really what drove me towards it in the first place.

As th... ...more

By Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) January 20, 2012

The Marked Son is a story that instantly takes ahold of the reader because the main character, Dylan, is just so enigmatic and alluring. His 17 years have been rough with a mom thats constantly chasing the next fling and hes as jaded as they come, but theres just something about him that will p... ...more

By Krista October 12, 2011

I did go into this book a little nervous about the whole seeing a girl in his dreams and then she comes to life theme because I have read it before. What I think was different about this one is that the girl comes from a different place.
I really enjoy reading books from the boys perspective, it... ...more

By Kelly July 23, 2011

I absolutely loved this book.
It was different than any other book I've ever read -- with it's unique world, 17 year old male lead, and it's switches from 1st person to 3rd person -- but those differences only enhanced the story and storytelling in my opinion.
It definitely kept me enthralled.
Ju... ...more

By Robin July 08, 2011

An amazing debut from a talented author who I expect to see on bestseller lists soon. Shea's hero is a boy who grabs you by the heart from the first page as he tries to discover who he is, and realizes very quickly he is more than he ever believed. I was crying for him one moment and cheering the... ...more

By Carey September 01, 2011

(4.5 stars) I really enjoyed this story and specifically Dylan, the main protagonist. Initially, I had a little difficulty switching between the Dylans first person contemporary point-of-view and Keras third person fantasy story. But by halfway through the book, I couldnt put it down. Although I... ...more

By Bella July 27, 2011

The Marked Son was for sure a well written story. I felt like I was in the story, the adventure the action and the love was breath taking. I really enjoyed the adventure I was on and the fact that I did not want to put the book down and needed to get to the next page for more! The action was one... ...more

By Danielle September 05, 2011

Ditto on what Darynda Jones said! Remarkable writing from Shea Berkley, this is not the voice of a debut author. The Marked Son is a polished, compulsive and completely entertaining read. I can't wait for more! ...more

By Emma September 17, 2015

You know a book is freaking awesome when you read it in 7 hours and risk getting in trouble at work just so you don't have to put it down. ...more

By Hana July 07, 2019

Suka juga dengan kisah ini :) ...more

By Brooke (The Cover Contessa) September 23, 2014

I want to thank Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I will be participating in the blog tour for the second book and have also read that one, so I needed this one first! Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion... ...more

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Shea Berkley

About the author

Shea Berkley

Shea Berkley is the author of The Keeper of Life series for Entangled Publishing. "My series is all about monsters, magic, and mayhem that take the reader on a wild fun-filled ride." When Shea isn't writing, she's doing random activities to keep her mind occupied and away from causing trouble. Whether it's kickboxing, driving waaay too fast or baking waay too many cookies, she does it like a pro. But mostly you can find her licking chocolate off her fingers and keyboard as she types (she takes multitasking to new levels) 'cause those pesky people in her head won't leave her alone. There's probably medication for that, but she refuses to silence the muse.

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