Carve the Mark
Although they are from warring nations, Akos and Cyra’s futures are intertwined in this fantasy novel that provides a rich look at two enemy cultures. In a world rich in detail, character, and conflict, Akos and Cyra develop an appreciation and understanding of each other as they must face difficult decisions, divided loyalties, and dangerous situations on their journey to pursue what they know is right. An engaging story for senior secondary students, it may help mature readers explore themes of identity, resilience, and socio-political dynamics. The book lends itself well for an independent novel study or as a literature circle option in the classroom.