The Mark of the King

The Mark of the King

Sweeping Historical Fiction Set at the Edge of the Continent After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must...

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Title:The Mark of the King
Author:Jocelyn Green
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ISBN:0764219065
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:416 pages

The Mark of the King Reviews

  • Rachel McMillan
    Dec 13, 2016

    A sumptuous, spell-binding evocation of life in 1720's Louisiana will keep you riveted. The compelling characters and alluring plot take as many twists and turns as a jutting river. I truthfully didn't know what to expect. Each third of the book pivots in another direction with a welcome surprise. This is far more than a run-of-the-mill CBA historical romance: Green puts poetic pen to an oft-forgotten seminal part of American history. To add, she infuses history with a natural sense of verisimil

    A sumptuous, spell-binding evocation of life in 1720's Louisiana will keep you riveted. The compelling characters and alluring plot take as many twists and turns as a jutting river. I truthfully didn't know what to expect. Each third of the book pivots in another direction with a welcome surprise. This is far more than a run-of-the-mill CBA historical romance: Green puts poetic pen to an oft-forgotten seminal part of American history. To add, she infuses history with a natural sense of verisimilitude. Everything from dialect to circumstance will have you living and breathing the 18th Century in its rough-and-tumbly rudimentary world.

    But more than just the pitch-perfect historical realization, Green proves adept at weaving a story defined by stark emblemization. Recalling Dickens or Hugo, Green does well at influencing her characters with a swift and soft encounter with Christianity and there is not one paragraph that smacks of inaccessible evangelism.

    Gorgeous language, a stirring romance ( fully realized with all of highs and lows of human fallacy), forgiveness, redemption and a chilling villain, The Mark of the King is one of the finest reading experiences I had in 2016.

  • Staci
    Jan 09, 2017

    Magnifique!

    The Mark of the King is rich in the history of New Orleans. Its history unfolds through the story of Julianne Chevalier, a 25 year old Parisian midwife. I knew that New Orleans had a French influence, but didn't know the details from the early 1700s. Simply fascinating. I really can't say enough about the historical element of this novel.

    Vivid imagery brings the environment to life. I could feel the humidity and hear the mosquitoes buzzing in my ears. I could visualize the young city.

    Magnifique!

    The Mark of the King is rich in the history of New Orleans. Its history unfolds through the story of Julianne Chevalier, a 25 year old Parisian midwife. I knew that New Orleans had a French influence, but didn't know the details from the early 1700s. Simply fascinating. I really can't say enough about the historical element of this novel.

    Vivid imagery brings the environment to life. I could feel the humidity and hear the mosquitoes buzzing in my ears. I could visualize the young city.

    Julianne is a likable, believable and flawed main character. Her story combined with the history kept the pages turning.

    Finally, there is the use of symbolism and a play on words that add to the novel.

    This novel is recommended for fans of Lori Benton.

  • Amanda Geaney
    Dec 03, 2016

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    Captivating! The Mark of the King takes place between 1719 and 1722, covering a period of Louisiana's colonial history that is seldom written about in historical fiction. Interesting facts about the living conditions in the French settlement, interactions with the Indians, midwifery, and early medicine bolster the tale, while Jocelyn Green's emotive writing tugs at your heartstrings.

    Falsely imprisoned in Paris's notorious Salpêtrière,

    Originally posted to

    Captivating! The Mark of the King takes place between 1719 and 1722, covering a period of Louisiana's colonial history that is seldom written about in historical fiction. Interesting facts about the living conditions in the French settlement, interactions with the Indians, midwifery, and early medicine bolster the tale, while Jocelyn Green's emotive writing tugs at your heartstrings.

    Falsely imprisoned in Paris's notorious Salpêtrière, Juliane Chevalier receives the king's brand, a fleur-de-lys, on her arm. Upon her conditional release, she and other female inmates are given the command, "Populate Louisiana and help secure our [France's] hold on the land. Now find your mate." She then embarks on a voyage to the New World with her body and soul shackled to a stranger through a forced marriage. Awaiting their arrival was the town of New Orleans — rugged, under supplied, riddled with disease and mosquitos, and under constant threat of attack by Indians who were allied with the British. Life was perilous for all, but for Juliane, being branded a murderer wrought additional suffering and shame at the hands of the townspeople. Who will offer hope in her despair or extend grace instead of judgement?

    Multi-dimensional characters are woven into a historical tapestry that in itself is stranger than fiction. Additionally, Green is among a shortlist of authors who have been able to move me to tears! Her relatable characters coupled with the books intrigue and refreshing originality earn it a 5 star rating. The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green is my first Book Club Top Pick of 2017.

    I received a free copy from Bethany House Publishers through the Netgalley review program. All opinions are my own.

  • Katie
    Nov 21, 2016

    This was on my favorites list by the 3rd chapter. Jocelyn Green wrote an unflinching story about the hardships and triumphs and challenges of colonizing Louisiana. I am not familiar with the history of Louisiana, so this story was new but rang with authenticity. The characters lept off the pages and the plot kept me reading (instead of cooking or eating or anything else).

    I highly recommend this book!

  • Jody Hedlund
    Jul 22, 2016

    The Mark of the King grabbed me from the first scene and wouldn’t let me go! The setting is vibrant, unique, and full of fascinating true details about the early French settlement in New Orleans. With arranged marriages, forced immigration, and struggles against starvation, the elements, and warring natives, the story is riveting. A must-read!

  • Heather Gilbert
    Jan 13, 2017

    Rarely do I encounter such well-researched, beautifully-written, theme-rich historical fiction as The Mark of the King. From the first page, I was riveted to Julianne's story. Chock-full of atmospheric detail, this novel transported me to a place I had never read much about, and even though it brought to light horrors I had never heard of, the entirety of the story was wrapped with the repeated theme of the grace of God. I love books that gently bring timeless truths to life (as opposed to spell

    Rarely do I encounter such well-researched, beautifully-written, theme-rich historical fiction as The Mark of the King. From the first page, I was riveted to Julianne's story. Chock-full of atmospheric detail, this novel transported me to a place I had never read much about, and even though it brought to light horrors I had never heard of, the entirety of the story was wrapped with the repeated theme of the grace of God. I love books that gently bring timeless truths to life (as opposed to spelling those truths out for us, leaving no room for nuance), and this novel does that. Best of all, it had a combination of factors that made it one of my new favorites: memorable, believable characters, unpredictable twists, and a story that keeps living in my head long after I turn the last page. C'est bon!

  • Dawn
    Jan 27, 2017

    I'll add more details once I write my review for the LitFuse Blog Tour in a few days... but I will add that the writing was EXCELLENT. Didn't hesitate giving it 5 stars.

    UPDATED:

    I've been following this book ever since Jocelyn Green announced it had been contracted and would be releasing in early 2017. And although I didn't know a thing about it, I couldn't wait to read it simply because it was hers.

    What I found in the pages of The Mark of the King was a story brimming with raw struggles, yet al

    I'll add more details once I write my review for the LitFuse Blog Tour in a few days... but I will add that the writing was EXCELLENT. Didn't hesitate giving it 5 stars.

    UPDATED:

    I've been following this book ever since Jocelyn Green announced it had been contracted and would be releasing in early 2017. And although I didn't know a thing about it, I couldn't wait to read it simply because it was hers.

    What I found in the pages of The Mark of the King was a story brimming with raw struggles, yet always pointing to hope. It's set from 1719 to 1722 and follows the heroine, Julianne, through some very hard times. There are quite a few POV characters along the way, which isn't usually my favorite thing, but it worked for this book. I think my favorite character was Captian Marc-Paul Girard because of the bond he allowed to grow between himself and a "marked criminal" despite his penchant for law-abiding and justice.

    This is a serious book. It is extremely well-written and basically BEAUTIFUL. Although there are many things in the book that seem unfair, it is written to be very true to the times the characters lived in. The Mark of the King will be sure to please fans of Lori Benton and Laura Frantz, but even if you don't read a lot of pre-revolutionary war novels, this one is one to add to your reading pile.

  • Nancee
    Nov 21, 2016

    Julianne Chevalier's life was in shreds. Convicted for a crime that she didn't commit, she was arrested and branded with the mark of the King of France. Forced to marry and travel to Louisianna with orders to help develop a colony resulted in near hopeless conditions. As a midwife she was scrupulous, but loneliness and adversity were her constant companions. Her brand induced recurring horrors.

    I loved Julianne's character, a strong, capable young woman whose sensitivity and fortitude accompanied

    Julianne Chevalier's life was in shreds. Convicted for a crime that she didn't commit, she was arrested and branded with the mark of the King of France. Forced to marry and travel to Louisianna with orders to help develop a colony resulted in near hopeless conditions. As a midwife she was scrupulous, but loneliness and adversity were her constant companions. Her brand induced recurring horrors.

    I loved Julianne's character, a strong, capable young woman whose sensitivity and fortitude accompanied her through struggles in a new world where the unknown was a perpetual threat. The numerous other characters throughout the book are well defined and credible as well. Growth in faith and redemption are important aspects.

    Descriptive elements throughout this book are brilliant, as pictorial as an artist's creation. Ex: "Bright green feathers seemed to sprout from the tips of their branches. Their limbs were hung with pale grey tendrils that swayed in the wind like witches' hair." The author portrays eloquent visions of the most mundane objects. The book flows in a poetic manner. Ex: "Spring rain drove into the ground like arrows, pockmarking the mud and stippling puddles." This detailing is so impressive. I savored every page of this book.

    Ms. Green has done a great deal of research regarding the historical details throughout this book. Steeped in facts, The Mark of the King is realistic fiction. The documentation and detailing of the subject matter is brilliant! I will be reading this book again. I don't say that about many books, but there are a few that are worthy of experiencing more than once, and this is a winner.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.

  • Madelyn
    Feb 14, 2017

    The ability of Jocelyn Green to depict a desolation so obsolete but personify inherent feelings within each of us is stunning. It was a joy to read the history of my hometown through the eyes of Green’s characters. I’ll see the French Quarters with new eyes, and appreciate the foundation of our state as one of hardship and turmoil, but also of perseverance and hope.

    The storyline was not, per say, new. I’ve read of midwifes and their loss of babies or mothers, and the judgement that followed (suc

    The ability of Jocelyn Green to depict a desolation so obsolete but personify inherent feelings within each of us is stunning. It was a joy to read the history of my hometown through the eyes of Green’s characters. I’ll see the French Quarters with new eyes, and appreciate the foundation of our state as one of hardship and turmoil, but also of perseverance and hope.

    The storyline was not, per say, new. I’ve read of midwifes and their loss of babies or mothers, and the judgement that followed (such as Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette, a novel I’d also recommend). This knowledge, however, did not detract from the book itself. I found the setting to be heartfelt and deeply researched - enlightening. I would have been interested to learn more about Baton Rouge’s history, but I do understand that the focus was in New Orleans, so it’s not a critique, merely a whim.

    Though the faith of the characters was rooted in Catholicism, the message and depictions of God’s grace and forgiveness were stellar. It was a heartwarming impassioned display of love that will be remembered by all those who read it.

    See my full review (with content warnings) here:

    *disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. The thoughts expressed are entirely my own.*

  • Sarah Sundin
    Feb 15, 2017

    Sweeping and stirring, The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green tells of grace in the middle of dishonor and despair. The writing draws a fascinating and unsentimental picture of colonial life, but the characters are at the heart of the story. Complex, moving, and real, Julianne and Marc-Paul and the side characters draw you into their world. They struggle with secrets, disgrace, and grief, and come out stronger. A touching novel you won’t want to miss.