Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review Blog Tour and Giveaway: Factions: Coup d'Etat by Marian York

Title: Factions: Coup d’Etat
Author: Marian York
Release Date: November 21, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Dystopia
Publisher: The Zharmae Publishing Press (

Book Description:  Factions: Coup d’Etat, by Marian York, is a gripping urban fantasy novel, a dark and often frightening portrayal of a world torn by greed, the lust for power, and divergent personal loyalties.

Four factions rule the great city of Axis and fight for increased control and power. Everything is at stake and every strategy, no matter how desperate or questionable must be considered. Will Minya’s orchestration of forced genetic enhancements on the Leinka 

faction continue unabated or will Minya, always resolutely loyal to Leinka, seek outside help to alter that course and risk her faction’s dissolution? Every choice will either alter the path to peace or enter a new path to destruction.

My Thoughts:

Fighting, unrequited love, friendship, magic, genetic enhancements, this book has it all. Factions: Coup d’Etat is about a city at war for 800 years with 4 different factions vying for power. The original leaders are long dead. It’s likely that no one even knows why they are fighting one another. And within it all people are still people, trying to figure who they are, what they want, who they are loyal to and how to fill that void of loneliness.

One of the main characters is Minya, and throughout the book, we learn her history bit by bit. This allows us to really get to know her and understand her well, and her relationship with Shiori or Shi as Min calls him. Minya belongs to the Leinka Faction, but Shiori is a neutral who gets kidnapped by the warring factions and forced to work for them until he escapes or is kidnapped by another faction. Shiori and Minya a good friends and even when Shiori is not working for the Leinka Faction he watches out as best he can for Minya.

I really liked the loyalty in friendship between Shiori and Minya; both were willing to give their lives for the other. It made me cry for Minya at her pain of the thought of Shiori dying and leaving her alone in the world. I appreciated the strong character that Shiori displayed. He seemed very noble to me.

This novel is thought-provoking in respect to what we find acceptable as strategies for war. In this particular situation it was genetic enhancements. The Leinka Faction was researching and experimenting with enhancing its members with genetic engineering. Unfortunately, not all of their engineering was taking a permanent hold. When the genetic engineering broke down, it caused extremely painful, horrible deaths.

There is a lot in this novel. I gave it 3 stars.

Thank you to Zharmae Publishing for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Author Bio:


Hi!  This is Marian York talking to you directly.  So here's some info about me:
I was born and raised in East Texas.  My dad's a freelance artist and guitar teacher who spent a lot of time making up stories for me and my brothers to enjoy.  Mom has a love for books that she passed down to me and she truly inspired me, with her love of literature, to write.
Since I can remember, I've loved video games, anime, and graphic novels.  Their influence can be greatly seen and felt in my work, I believe, and I remain an avid gamer and fan of certain anime.  I love the snow and falling leaves... my favorite season is Fall and Halloween is probably the holiday I look forward to most every year.  If you want to know more about me, check out my blog or drop me a line!

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