Set in New Orleans in the 1700s, The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green is definitely a gripping, historical fiction. It’s very well written and obvious that she did a lot of research. This is not a sugar-coated, everything-turns-out-amazingly-ok kind of book. It is gritty and sad with lots of drama and bad things happening; I guess you could say that it is truer to what life would have been like – a rough life in a new, rough country.
The characters are well-written and complex. The story is full of changes – some expected and others unexpected. There are references to the Bible and religion, but not a lot and they are well-woven into the story.