The Ancillary's Mark by Daniel Cohen

Title: The Ancillary's Mark
Author: Daniel A. Cohen
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication Date: November 4, 2010
paperback, 246 pages
ISBN: 978-1-935605-76-8

The legend of the Ancillary flower has existed for centuries. Foretold to bring out the limitless potential of its bearer, the flower and the legend have been forgotten by many. Recently, strange events in a shrouded Tibetan town have sparked rumors among those who still believe.       Jacob Deer is a quirky young man, bound for college, with an eccentric old librarian for a best friend, an obsession with sitting down in elevators, and a strange birthmark on his hand that's shaped mysteriously like the markings on the Ancillary's petals. When Jacob's mentor Mr. Maddock reveals to him his connection with the legendary Ancillary, it sets in motion a series of events that sends Jacob and friends across the world. Alongside an alluring young woman, a marine-reject, and a Tibetan kid obsessed with comic books, Jacob must face off against a vengeful maniac for the fate of the flower, the legend, and all mankind.

This book had me at colored-coded bookmarks.  I knew from right then that Jacob Deer and I are kindred spirits.  Jacob Deer is like your average teen. He likes to read, loves animals, and is the 'chosen one'.  Actually he's nothing like your average teen. After all his best friend is an elderly librarian, Mr. Maddock.  Mr. Maddock has been keeping secrets, the most important secret is that Jacob is the key to a mythical flower that is said to illuminate the potential in all that it reaches. Mr Maddock sends Jacob, his granddaughter Sophia, and military trained Diego, in search of this flower. The adventure begins here because they are not the only ones looking for this flower. They travel to Tibet with a crazy pilot named Rosie.  The characters are great each in their own way. Even the evil characters are great.  My favorite character, besides my kindred spirit Jacob, is Clark. Clark is a comic book loving  genius. I loved the story line. It was adventurous, humorous, and exciting to the very end. It has a few twists and turns that keep you guessing. I really enjoyed this book.

Daniel Cohen's blog is in the process of being created. You can follow him on twitter and you can buy The Ancillary's Mark on Amazon. It's available in paperback and Kindle edition.

*summary and picture taken from Good Reads
*received copy from author for review purposes only. This in now way influenced my review.
*I don't have an affiliation with Amazon and receive no compensation from them. 


  1. This sounds like a fun read. Great review! I'll definitely have to put it on my list. It sounds like my kind of book.

  2. awesome blog, do you have twitter or facebook? i will bookmark this page thanks. lina holzbauer


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