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Witchmark (Witchmark #1)

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C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance.

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

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Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Expected publication: June 19th 2018 by Tor.com
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
I would die for this book. I would die for the Super Important Agency Focus and I would die for the plot twists and I would definitely die for Tristan and Miles. also why is there another book like I want more but this wrapped up so well!!

review to come!!
Elizabeth
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book; an extraordinary first book.

Enthralling, fast-paced, and romantic, Witchmark unveils a fascinating world. Polk writes with assured ease. I can't wait for her next book!
Natasha
Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays.

s/o to tor.com for sending this to me.
Aliette
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely adventure/romance featuring a shell-shocked veteran working in a hospital in the wake of a devastating war, and the mysterious and aloof being who is here to investigate the disappearance of dead souls. Very strong atmosphere and strong characters (sister/brother relationship ftw), and an intriguing magic system.
j
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful magic, an intriguing mystery, a well-shaped world, sweet M/M romance, a sexy shaving scene, and bicycle chases. It's a good one.
Melliane
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I must say that when I saw the cover and when I saw that this novel was staging witches, I did not look for more and I plunged into it.

The world in which Miles lives is not easy, especially when someone has powers. He has been running away from his family for a long time because he is hungry for freedom and he hopes to be able to exercise quietly as a doctor. However, his life will change radically when he crosses Hunter’s road when one of his patients is poi
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Lisa
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THANKS TO THE PUBLISHER AND NETGALLEY FOR PROVIDING ME WITH A COPY FOR REVIEW, THIS DID NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK IN ANY WAY.


Witchmark is so refreshingly different from everything else I’ve read lately. It pulls elements from all sorts of familiar story types in fantasy and yet it feels like something completely new. Fans of urban fantasy might like the murder mystery plot and all the investigating that goes along with it. There’s also a strong romantic side-plot which I adored. Fans of
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Megan Lyons
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A strong 3 1/2 stars

I really liked this. It was a fun historical fantasy. It felt like a modern urban fantasy procedural, but with a slightly historical time frame. It took place in an alternative world, but during WWI, which gave it a mildly historical feel. The characters, and world building were well done. The queer romance was really fun and engaging. It just worked on so many levels. I was engaged right from the start, and couldn't put it down. It is a bit of genre fiction for sure, but has
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Witchmark is the first installment to a fantasy, clearly inspired by Edwardian England. While this book certainly has its flaws, I ended up falling for it very hard.

My falling hard for this book translated to reading it in one sitting. Luckily my toddler slept on and on and on during his nap but I’m not sure if I could have taken having to put this down during those last 100 pages. At that point there was just no stopping.

What I really liked about this book was the inclusion of the veterans an
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Nthato Morakabi
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must admit that the first few pages started off quite slow as the introduction of Dr. Miles Singer and Mr. Hunter seemed to include all these unnecessary details that did nothing more than paint pictures rather than tell the story. This form of writing was present throughout the whole book and took a while to get used to. Nonetheless as the story began to progress, getting to know Miles Singer and his amazing healing ability, this "historical" fantasy/mystery novella started to gleam like star ...more
LAPL Reads
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dr. Miles Singer is a man with secrets. First, his name isn’t really Miles Singer, it is Sir Christopher Hensley. He is a child from an aristocratic family of magic users who are deeply entrenched in Aeland’s government. While it is true that he is a doctor and a veteran, however he was never meant to be either. He was meant for a life of servitude to his sister, acting as a booster or battery, for her magical power. So he ran away, hiding his magical abilities and noble background, to pursue a ...more
Lizy
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this book as a free ARC from Copperfish Books, where I'm currently employed.

This book was an absolute delight. It was like a banana split on a hot day.

I have to be honest, I didn't expect this book to be as good as it was. I mean, c'mon. You can't tell me there's a book out there that's a soft sci-fi and a vintage-style mystery and a gay romance and it's vaguely steam-punk and it covers WWI-era culture and battle fatigue and the Golden Age of Mystery style mysteries seamle
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Kaley
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-pleasure
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from my place of employment.

2.5? Maybe?

My main problem with this is that it reads like fan fiction (I'm saying this as someone who has read more 100k+ fics than I could possibly count). When you start reading a fic, you already know who the characters are, so the author only has to give minimal development of their personalities and motivations, as well as the world they live in, because it's assumed that you already know. I feel like that's what happen
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Jessica
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12specfic
Beleaguered army doctor Miles Singer wants nothing more than to be left alone to quietly tend his patients and surreptitiously heal them using a "quaint" magic he conceals as tightly as he does his true identity. When a dying man is thrust into his arms claiming poison he joins with unlikely forces to solve the mystery of the mans death - but there are far greater conspiracies at play.

Miles is very deeply realized, and is moral heart of this story which grapples with so many aspects of modern s
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Victoria Janssen
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-f
Early Industrial Fantasy is my jam, doubly so when the characters are this good. Polk hooked me swiftly with the first-person narrator, a doctor, dealing with realistic issues, then kept me reading with the steady increase in difficulties he had to face and the multiple unexpected twists. I loved how what at first seemed like a straightforward medical/magical mystery opened up in several directions, deepening my knowledge of the protagonist and his fascinating world. I would very happily read mo ...more
Natty
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer - I received an ARC but don't worry I didn't spoil anything.

Immensely charming story. I really enjoyed the world of not quite England, and it's post war setting and mild steampunk flavor. The system of magic is fascinating and I enjoy how the author illustrates the disparity of class systems both within the magic community and without. The protagonist's romantic interest is also handled very well, managing to be both incredibly intimate and also classy and not too tortured. High marks
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Lindsey
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A slow burn mystery with elegant world building, fantastic characters, and really nifty magical elements.

Is Historical Fantasy a thing? If it wasn't before, it is now. Witchmark feels like a historical fiction mystery set in WW1 ... but takes place in fantasy countries and has magic flowing through. I loved every minute.

The one thing that I don't LOVE is that it's building towards another book. But I really can't wait to read what happens next!
Sarah Canfield
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a policy against reading book one of a series before there are at least a few more to read for a reason! I loved this story, the setting, the fantasy elements, the romance all of it. I spent all day yesterday trying to figure out what to read next because I enjoyed this one so much. It will be a great summer read.
Jessica
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
There were some plot holes and I wish there had been more character development, but overall I thought it was really good. The author created a really cool with a different set of rules of magic. I'm excited to see this story develop if it continues.
Sharade
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Review to come.

Lisa
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Recommended to Lisa by: ABA advanced reader copy.
This is great! I'm so glad this is the first in a series, I had no idea what to expect with this story and am now very ready for book two.
Ellen
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely tore through this inventive combo of steampunk, mystery, romance & sci fi - loved it!!! Will highly recommend from YA to adult - excellent!
Coolcurry
So good! Full review pending.
Crystal
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Miles is a good man. He’s eminently likeable, an honorable person and it’s easy to see why he’s trusted by his patients at the Veteran’s hospital where he has been working since his return from The War. He hoped to help others while the nation of Aeland rebuilds itself, but is instead thrust into a mystery. Why are the returning soldiers suffering abrupt personality changes and heightened rage? What is behind t
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