"Explosive conclusion to the Realm War, as love conquers demons"
Reviewed by Make Kay
Posted December 11, 2014
MARKED is book seven in the Dark Protectors world,
and is the
final book in the series. I've been a faithful follower
this series for its whole run, and I am so sorry to see it
wind up. I'm very excited to learn that there is a
series starting next year, Realm Enforcers, that sounds
like it will be about children from the Dark Protectors
world. I can't wait to see where Zanetti takes us next!
This series is a fabulous mix of intrigue, military
science, and paranormal romance, and book seven does not
The overarching story follows the Kayrs family, who lead
not only the vampire nation, but also the Realm, a
coalition of vampire, shifters, and witches. Years ago,
the evil Kurjans declared war on the Realm by creating a
deadly virus that infects vampire mates. No cure for the
virus has been found, and war has broken out as the virus
causes mass chaos. The tension has been beautifully
sustained throughout the series, always keeping me
clamoring for the next book. In MARKED, the stakes rise
even higher, with a wonderful twist to the viral plot
I thought was oh so very clever.
Janie Karys is a human, stepdaughter of the vampire ruler
of the Realm. Janie met Zane in dreams when she was very
young, and they have been connected through those dreams
almost her whole life. At four years old, Janie dreamed
that they would be friends and thus end the war, before
world even knew the war. What Janie didn't realize is
the first time she met Zane in real life, he would be
across the negotiating table at the peace talks. Zanetti
skillfully makes me feel Janie's shock at the unfolding
Zane has been drawn to Janie since the minute he met her
her dreams. He's been balancing on a razor's edge in his
uncle's kingdom, trying to keep himself safe and his loved
ones protected too. But how can he balance the needs of
his family against the burgeoning and overwhelming passion
he discovers with Janie? Poor Zane, my heart ached for
him, and for Janie and the massive pressures placed upon
her. I loved how protective Zane is of Janie, and how
an alpha guy could be so sweetly possessive.
MARKED is a
very satisfying wrap-up to the triangle from Janie's
in the first six books, and the action kept me revved from
the moment I opened the cover to the time I turned the
page. I am sorry to say goodbye to so many characters I
have grown to love; dare I hope we may see some
in the splinter series coming up?
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Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was
friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was
before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated
cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how
dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the
negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real lifeâ€¦
Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and
solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they
His need for her could destroy everything heâ€™s worked for,
but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her
Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of
or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie
who makes the choiceâ€¦
Marked- Rebecca Zanetti â€“ Excerpt PG
Garrett Kayrs lifted his head and took a deep breath.
and way too deliberately, he set Janie away from him.
"Janie?" he asked his sister.
Her hands fluttered together, her eyes wide. "It just
Garrett growled, his eyes flashing a bright aqua, then
Zane dropped into a fighting stance just before the
slammed him into the rock chimney. Shards ripped into his
back and pinged off the floor. "Knock it off." He cuffed
Garrett on the side of the head the same way he would his
brother Logan before punching Garrett's thigh and knocking
him to one knee. "I have ten years of combat experience on
you, kid. Wait for the right time to battle."
Garrett shot a punch up into Zane's groin.
Zane doubled over, waited, and then groaned when the agony
hit. His eyes watered, while his temper flew. "Damn it."
slapped his hands above Garrett's ears, careful not to
his skull. Then he grabbed the young vampire by the nape,
pivoted, and threw him across the room.
Garrett landed on the table and smashed to the floor.
Holy fuck. Zane leaned over, trying to breathe again. He'd
forgotten vampires fought dirty.
"Zane!" Janie rushed forward and bent to help her brother
up. A table leg rolled across the floor. "Stop hurting
Son of a bitch. Zane was the one with swollen balls.
"Everyone calm down," he groaned.
Garrett swore and leaped through the air at him.
Logan intercepted Garrett with a tackle a second before he
hit Zane, the two young soldiers impacting the door and
flying right through it. Snow billowed up and covered the
"Garrett!" Janie jumped to her feet and rushed outside.
Zane reached out with one arm and caught her at the waist,
forcing her to a quick halt. She struggled against him.
"No," he said. "Stay away while they're fighting." If one
the men accidentally hit her, they could take off her
head. They were young and out of control . . . and both
"Screw you," she muttered, turning and aiming a punch at
He turned at the last second, but she still grazed his
groin. Nausea skidded through his gut. Damn fucking Kayrs
family—they all went for the balls.
The sound of punches and grunts echoed from outside, and
Janie fought him hard, trying to get out there.
"Stop." Zane was done being gentle. He picked her up by
arms and strode across the room to drop her on the bed.
bounced, her eyes on fire, fury spinning a glorious red
across her stunning face. He leaned in until his nose
touched hers. "Get off this bed, and I'll flip you over my
knee, regardless of who's here."
She blinked, rage darkening her eyes to a midnight blue.
Then the combative woman tried to kick him in the balls
He swiped her foot away from his junk and pivoted to glare
at Sam, who sat on a chair in front of the demolished
a bowl of carrots in his lap. Sam finished chewing one and
"Stop them," Zane ground out.
Sam shrugged. "Why? They're evenly matched and have too
energy. Let them beat the shit out of each other."
The soft cry of distress from Janie struck right to Zane's
heart. A tree crashed on the earth outside. He turned.
here and I'll get them." He pinned her with the glare he
gave young soldiers during training and waited until she
He didn't believe the nod for a damn second.
The young fighters burst through the door frame, ripping
half of the wall apart. Furious hits and kicks punctuated
groans and growls.
"Enough!" Zane reached down and dragged them both up by
Logan punched him in the ribs, and Zane threw him down
He bounced twice.
Garrett snorted and hit Zane in the knee. Zane tossed his
ass down, and the vampire bounced three times.
"Let's try again." Zane hauled them both up again. Bruises
and cuts marred their faces, while anger vibrated around
them. He shoved Garrett. "You're scaring your sister."
he pushed Logan the other way. "You're pissing me off, and
you ruined my cabin."
Both young soldiers turned to view the missing wall. Snow
drifted around, and the heat from the fire dissipated.
Garrett turned again, his gaze finding Janie. "How the
Zane stepped to block his view, his voice lowering to
deadly. "Watch your tone with your sister."
Janie scrambled to her knees and leaned around Zane. "Are
you all right, Garrett?"
Garrett snarled. "Sure. The jerk here hits like a girl."
Janie's indrawn breath, he hastily added, "A girl who
been trained to fight."
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