WITCHMARK, by C.L. Polk, Tor Publishing

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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.

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.

MY THOUGHTS:

I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review.

Yipeeee! Now THIS is fantasy!  I loved, loved, loved, it!

The magic system was excellently portrayed and very original–YES! AND, the world building–bang on, the relationships crisp, sweet and enthralling (and a bit heated but not explicit), and I love Miles and his personality–he’s so flawed, it’s adorable!

So much of a fun read! Pace was steady and tension present; plot was set up and pushed forward by tension and conflict. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  I devoured this book in one sitting.

Whew! I can’t wait for book two!

I gave this book:

5-star

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