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Witchmark

av C. L. Polk

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Serier: The Kingston Cycle (1)

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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. Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family's interest or to be committed to a witches' asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn't leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans' hospital, Miles can't hide what he truly is. When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles' healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient's murder. To find the truth he'll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he's ever seen.… (mer)
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I received for free from Tor. The author is quite capable with a unique story but I do think there are some issues. I won't be continuing with the series for these reasons but will keep one eye on the author.

~It's kinda tame. Like middle grade tame. Except the last 10%. That is some sick shit. It becomes very dark out of no where really.

~There are all these powerfully magical beings but we only know they are, they hardly do anything with it until the last 10%.

~Insta-love. I have no idea why Tristan loved our MC so much. Flirty and lusty okay but "I want to spend eternity with you" wasn't believable as early as it was being said. If romance is your preference, please know this is not a romance story IMO. Though I'm not an expert and maybe it's going to knock the romance out of the park in Book 2. And what's up with you broke my wrist? I guess that will be in book 2 and hopefully it will explain insta-love.

~I'm not articulate enough to explain but there was something off with pacing or the explaining. We need breadcrumbs, proper flow. Consistency. We need answers to all things brought up. Maybe their editor was new?

~The doctor with all his gifts was kinda dumb at times. He didn't have a proper sense of concern for his own safety. He was living a with a secret identity and he hardly behaved that way. He acknowledged the danger and then did dumb stuff. Too casual with all the risk. How could he just leave his book in his desk? Also as stated above, Tristan said "you broke my wrist" but the doctor doesn't even question it. wtf.

~The difference between mages, witches and secondaries isn't explained well enough. As well as the types of magic. Who displays magic, who sees other's magic, who gets which magic... I think we get a stronger understanding by the end but that is a lot to expect out of an ending. I rather not sit in confusion during the journey.

I swear I liked some stuff. I kept reading and looked forward to where they would go in their investigation. I enjoyed the doctor's gift or maybe the idea of his gift. The time period was interesting. The doctor's favorite nurse was interesting. I hope we'll learn about her in book 2.

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  Seayla2020 | Dec 19, 2020 |
I loved this book, it gave me feels. The romance was SO CUTE. I need more books with this kind of gay romance, between adults, between witches, in a world with magic, in an adult fantasy story like this one!

Also, the romance didn't overtake the plot of the story, the intrigue was great as well! I would like to have more rules for the magic system but it was good anyway. The political system, the morals of the society and overall the word itself was great, it felt immersive without long, boring details about everything.

Also, I really really liked the characters. Miles was adorable and strong, and we need more gay men like him. Tristan won my heart in the first page he appeared. Grace was a little irritating but I could understand her. Robin, the nurse, she's intriguing and for what I read the third book is about her and I'm really glad for that.

I "predicted" the problem with the soul, the possession part, but I think is a cool mystery anyway and it bends really well with the word and the magic itself. I also liked that they couldn't resolve the problem convincing all the others mages because that would be the easy solution.

The thing with the souls at the end, when they bonded with Miles was really cool, how he felt and saw the memories of all those people and everything. Also, the stakes... I thought for a moment he would die lol


This left me wanting to read the second book right away so I could discover more about this world and the story, so I hope I'm able to read it soon. ( )
  Merlucito | Jul 30, 2020 |
Please overlook the ugly cover and read this, it's worth it.

RTC. ( )
  irisssssssss | Jun 17, 2020 |
I honestly did not know what to expect with this except that a ton of people I know swore by it. So sure, I barely looked at the blurb and dove right in, basically clueless.

What I found was a mystery soon after a world war, featuring a hounded mage serving as a doctor in England. Cool. And yet, for me, the charm was in the strong voice, the genuine sympathy, and the wonderful details of the time and place.

Of course, there's a lot of really horrible situations going on here, like being bound magically to a Mage's will, becoming a battery to someone else's magic. The Doctor went to war to escape that fate and became a doctor... but the world pulled him back into the old horrible intrigue.

And then the love story happens. And let me say this... I was charmed to death. :) Yes, it's LGBT, but I have to admit it's just charming as hell. :) The meet-cute fit perfectly with love at first sight but in this case, it's hard to tell whether the Fae is charming the magician or vice-versa. :)

The rest of the novel had a freaking awesome plot, too.

I think I'm going to be following this author for everything she does. I am totally trusting her. I did not expect to like this or any of the subject half as much as I actually did.

It just goes to prove: Good is Good. No matter what. :) ( )
1 rösta bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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  hexenlibrarian | May 19, 2020 |
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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. Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family's interest or to be committed to a witches' asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn't leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans' hospital, Miles can't hide what he truly is. When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles' healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient's murder. To find the truth he'll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he's ever seen.

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