Inked is an action-packed young adult fantasy, with relatively simple but very solid world building. While I liked the main character, Caenum (what a lovely name!), as well as Dreya, I had a bit more trouble connecting to Kenzi and I often wondered if he was a genuine friend or if maybe he had some tricks up his sleeve. Because of that, I didn't *really* care much about him, but at the same time this kept me reading as I really wanted to know if he was the good or the bad guy. Speaking of bad guys... without wanting to give anything away, there was another character I never fully trusted, and I turned out to be right about that one.
All in all, I found Inked a fun story to read with a unique concept and plenty of action that encouraged me to keep reading.
Rating: 4 stars
Source: free copy from the author in return for an honest review
Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.
And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can't escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.
But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.
Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.
Eric Smith takes you on a high-octane fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being different… only to discover that fate is more than skin deep.