Witchmark (Witchmark, #1) by C.L. Polk

Witchmark (Witchmark, #1)

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.Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved...

Details Witchmark (Witchmark, #1)

TitleWitchmark (Witchmark, #1)
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Lgbt, Romance, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Witchmark (Witchmark, #1)

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    You know when you read really good fanfiction, and yes, you know that there might be a few tropes, but you are just so invested in everything within the story, and you want to praise it forever and send it to all your friends? That’s how I feel about this book. This has all the good qualities of really good fanfiction [well-used tropes, story beats we can sense but still aren’t bored by, excellent and likable characters] and then all the good...
  • Riley
    historical ✓magical ✓gay ✓✓✓murder mystery ✓I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected
  • Acqua
    Witchmark is a novel I find very difficult to sum up, because it's one of the few books which are many different things at the same time - a sweet m/m romance, a paranormal, a murder mystery, an exploration of class privilege, a novel about the consequences of war - and manage to develop all those aspects.I have to say that the first few chapters weren't exactly easy to get into. I was a bit confused by the world at first, I didn't understand wha...
  • Thomas
    2.5 starsWanted to love this one but struggled to connect to its writing and characters. I most enjoyed the elements of class conflict and family strife. C.L. Polk writes about class privilege and servitude well, and the tension between our main character, Miles, and his family helped imbue Witchmark with surprise, intrigue, and betrayal. However, as other reviewers have said, the book reads like fanfiction at times, where the characters and worl...
  • Elizabeth
    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
    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.
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I have to admit that the stunning cover of this book was what first caught my eye. Then, I read the blurb and my weakness for a world that is like our, but with magic won me over. Just imagine a world that is a reminiscent of Edwardian England, where a war has been going on, between Aeland and Laneer. Miles Singer is a doctor, but he is also born with powers that have destined him to be a slave to his family. A fate he didn't want, so he ran away...
  • j
    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.
  • Aleksandra
    Where do I even start...I’ve struggled a lot while reading it. The atmosphere of the story is oppressive and unsettling, it’s been some time since I’ve read the book like that and my poor heart has tried to abandon me but I’ve finished the book and I’m very pleased about it.Witchmark is adult fantasy novel, set in a world resembles our of mid 20th centuries. It feels like alternate England of 1930-50s based on customs, traditions and st...
  • Kaley
    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 tha...
  • Lisa
    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 al...
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly AngusOur protagonist Sir Christopher Hensley goes by the alias Miles Singer, in order to escape his discovery and continue living a mundane life as a psychiatrist in a veteran’s hospital. His country has been at war; one which Miles has seen first-hand. He went to war to escape his destiny as Sir Christopher, but when he returned home, he couldn’t leave his past behind. When his patient...
  • Stephanie
    A really lovely, lyrical romantic fantasy novel with an Edwardian feel and a truly distinctive magical system. I was lucky enough to get an ARC, and I enjoyed it so much! It isn't fast-moving, but it's really lush, gorgeously written and full of emotion.
  • Melliane
    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI 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 cr...
  • Megan Lyons
    A strong 3 1/2 starsI 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 do...
  • J1B
    Every so often I read a book that reminds me just how good MM fantasy can be and this is one of them. Witchmark has flavors of steampunk, fantasy, and some Fullmetal Alchemist-like plot elements which result in a very enjoyable magic mystery conspiracy novel. The characters are all fully realized, strengths and flaws alike. The mystery was a little predictable, but ultimately satisfying with that touch of horror that demands both the characters a...
  • Lindsay M.
    This...did not work for me. Everything about it felt underdeveloped (the worldbuilding, the plot, the characters, the romance, the relationships, seriously EVERYTHING) and I skimmed the last 20% because I just didn't care. I read in another review that it feels like the author just assumes you know everything about the world already, a bit like fanfiction, and just throws you in with little explanation. I have to agree, and it really dampened my ...
  • Quartzen
    Hmm, I enjoyed this one!A story that starts off rather quiet, at times even domestic, until a few isolated incidents- a doctor trying to heal a troubling delusion shared by his patients who are soldiers returning from war, the apparent murder of a leisure column journalist, and a fae man trying to figure out why the souls of an entire country are no longer reaching the land of the dead that his people guard- converge in a relentless sequence of b...
  • 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 ...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    WITCHMARK is a sweet story full of magic, bicycles, romance, and mystery. It'll delight fans of Edwardian England, though it's based in an alternate world where the war between Aeland and Laneer impacted lives and changed fates. I was immediately drawn into WITCHMARK as it jumps straight into the main mystery.However, my attention began to drift a few chapters in. There's very little description or buildup in WITCHMARK. Dialogue is relied upon fo...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    If you’re a fan of Martha Wells’ work, you may enjoy this debut fantasy novel with a gay lead.Miles Singer is in hiding. He ran away from his family, escaping a dehumanizing future as a walking magical battery. But if witches like him aren’t bonded to the elite weather mages, then they’ll be carted off to an asylum for sure and never heard from again.Nobody knows about Miles magic or who his family really is. He values his freedom, and he...
  • Stephanie
    I need a sequel ASAP so I can see certain characters die suspended over a slow fire I mean what
  • Erica
    At first, a small voice inside my mind whispered: maybe you've just come to expect too much?, but then another, louder, voice replied, firmly: nope, you've just read enough books that have wow:ed you to know that this isn't one of them .
  • Taryn Pierson
    At the beginning of the year, I had a little Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket, and I used it to preorder some of my most-anticipated books of 2018. It turned out to be super fun to get books in the mail, especially books that I was so excited to read. I still like to get new releases from my library, but due to their limited budget, there’s often a long wait for library copies of highly anticipated releases, so it’s a special treat...
  • Nthato Morakabi
    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" ...
  • Hélène Louise
    (I thank Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review)This book was just a perfect read for me! I loved it so much that I've already pre-ordered the paper book (no hard cover version, a shame, but such a magnificent cover!) and will certainly reread it before reading the next one.The atmosphere was great, with a definitive European world war vibe in an imaginary fantasy world. A little bit like steampu...
  • Aussie54
    I loved this. I was drawn in right from the start. I loved Miles and Tristan very much, and enjoyed watching their emotional and physical connection develop. I liked the secondary characters, who were all believably fleshed out, in particular Mrs Bass the landlady; Mrs Sparrow, Tristan’s housekeeper; and Robin the nurse at Miles’ hospital.The plot was intriguing; the pacing excellent. We are thrown into the deep end right from the beginning, ...
  • Alison
    So good! I loved this. Miles is a great character and I loved following along on his adventures. The mystery is really intriguing and I found it hard to put down as the story progressed. The world-building is top-notch and the magic system is really cool. The setting is an Edwardian-England-like fantasy land in the aftermath of a great and terrible war. Class is a big issue in the story and Miles really struggles with his noble background and goe...