Blight Marked by Josh Erikson

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If I’ve made it to the third installment of a series it can be taken as a very strong sign that it’s in my favorites of all-time category. I used to be a completionist when it came to series – even if I wasn’t enjoying it much anymore I needed to know how it ended. I’ve done a 180 turn in recent years… it’s becoming rare for me to get past the first book in the series.

The world gets expanded even further in this one and omg there’s a sprite character and she honestly is one of my favorite things ever. She’s happy, bubbly and completely care free. I found the new aspects of the world building engaging and entertaining keeping me wanting to know more.

The tone was more appealing to me in this one when compared to Fate Lashed. Gabe had some shit to work out, and since he didn’t know what to do for most of the book there was this overall feeling of unease and anxiety. I like this one more. It had a careful optimism and fresh new start feeling to it. I very much so enjoyed reading about Gabe and Heather’s blooming relationship, and what exactly they were going to be about their succubus-soul-stealing dilemma.

Acamana being inside of Gabe’s dad took on a whole new level of “wtf”, even for the God of Lies it was a little over the top. New family shit gets stirred up and I kind of wish it was more relevant than it was much of the time.

I continued to enjoy Gabe’s tendency to mouth off, the puns, the dad jokes, the pop culture references – I’m here for all of it. The references weren’t overused, there was just enough to give an undertone of nostalgia and familiarity that keeps me warm to this series. The writing feels professional and polished with dialogue that’s both amusing and charming. Breezy prose that falls out of the way of the story made me forget I was reading propelled me through this story in no time.

This is also a most excellent listen on audiobook. Per typical, I adored the audio version and will continue to listen to new installments for as long as the author makes them.

TLDR: If you’ve made it this far, you’ll love this one too


  • Plot: 12/15
  • Characters: 13.5/15
  • World Building: 14/15
  • Writing: 14/15
  • Pacing: 13/15
  • Originality: 13.5/15
  • Personal Enjoyment: 10/10

Final Score: 90/100 – 5 Stars on GR