Witchmark

Witchmark

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 M C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betr...

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Title:Witchmark
Author:C.L. Polk
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:B0756HL8LR
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:318 pages pages

Witchmark Reviews

  • Stephanie
    Aug 19, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

    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. ...

    Mon avis en Français My English review 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 a...

    That cover though. I?m powerless against that cover and all the magical steampunk romance it promises. Take my money! ...

    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 wo...

    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 ful...

    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 ass...

    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 f...

    I think the only reason this exists is because Tor was looking to push themselves as a diverse SFF publisher, and nary anyone sent in some LGBT+ fantasy except Ms Polk lmao. It?s a very thin, straightforward book, and I thought it might be otherwise because of the reviews and the p...

    I need a sequel ASAP so I can see certain characters die suspended over a slow fire I mean what ...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Jun 22, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

  • Megan Lyons
    Apr 17, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

    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. ...

    Mon avis en Français My English review 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 a...

    That cover though. I?m powerless against that cover and all the magical steampunk romance it promises. Take my money! ...

    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 wo...

  • Elizabeth
    Nov 27, 2017

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

  • Thomas
    Aug 13, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

  • Stephanie
    Jun 19, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

    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. ...

  • Aliette
    Sep 24, 2017

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

  • unknown
    Oct 26, 2017

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

    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. ...

    Mon avis en Français My English review 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 a...

  • Carol.
    Oct 06, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

  • Kaley
    May 31, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

  • Susan
    Jul 06, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

    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. ...

    Mon avis en Français My English review 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 a...

    That cover though. I?m powerless against that cover and all the magical steampunk romance it promises. Take my money! ...

    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 wo...

    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 ful...

    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 ass...

    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 f...

    I think the only reason this exists is because Tor was looking to push themselves as a diverse SFF publisher, and nary anyone sent in some LGBT+ fantasy except Ms Polk lmao. It?s a very thin, straightforward book, and I thought it might be otherwise because of the reviews and the p...

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★
    Sep 27, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

  • Lindsay
    Sep 12, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

  • Lata
    Oct 28, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

  • Riley
    Jul 24, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

  • Robyn
    Sep 13, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

  • Lisa
    May 18, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

  • Manisha
    Sep 02, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

  • Bogi Takács
    Sep 30, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

  • Gary
    Nov 08, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

  • Amy
    Jun 26, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

    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. ...

    Mon avis en Français My English review 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 a...

    That cover though. I?m powerless against that cover and all the magical steampunk romance it promises. Take my money! ...

  • Aleksandra
    Jul 30, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

  • Lindsay M.
    Aug 06, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

    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. ...

    Mon avis en Français My English review 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 a...

    That cover though. I?m powerless against that cover and all the magical steampunk romance it promises. Take my money! ...

    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 wo...

    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 ful...

    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 ass...

  • Natasha
    Feb 20, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

  • Acqua
    Jun 18, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

  • Quartzen
    Jun 26, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

    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. ...

    Mon avis en Français My English review 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 a...

    That cover though. I?m powerless against that cover and all the magical steampunk romance it promises. Take my money! ...

    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 wo...

    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 ful...

    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 ass...

    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 f...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Jun 04, 2018

    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 ...

  • The Nerd Daily
    Jul 12, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

  • J1B
    Jul 07, 2018

    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 ...

    It's quite, so very, very twee. The good stuff: it is very charming. There's a sweet romance. There are men bicycling. There are feisty ladies. And I wasn't inclined to either fall asleep or throw the book once. The background: There's a very Edwardian England feel about it, all ...

    historical ? magical ? gay ??? murder mystery ? I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected ...

    2.5 stars Wanted 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 hel...

    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 devel...

    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! ...

    Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays. s/o to tor.com for sending this to me. ...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 Ae...

    An short fantasy with a setting inspired by Edwardian England and with a compelling protagonist. Dr Miles Singer is a returned veteran working at a hospital as a psychiatrist. Only that's not the whole story: he's also Sir Christopher Miles Hensley, a powerful Secondary Mage, who wo...

    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. ...

    I really liked this. It?s a rich world (beware, you do get dropped in the deep end), with a compelling main character and a wonderful romance to boot. I will eagerly read the next one! ...

    I enjoyed this fast-paced story with its post-World War I analogue world. I thoroughly liked Miles Singer, and his sweet romance with Tristan Hunter. I liked the magical system and the way class was used to indicate acceptable and unacceptable magical practitioners. And though I took a...

    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 wh...

    New Writers. A Box Of Chocolates... Can be sweet finds! I always feel like the box of chocolates quote when I open a book of a new VERY new writer. And, this one was a bittersweet find. I kind of lost interest at midpoint, and found it was a struggle to finish. My Overall...

    I enjoyed it, but review probably a bit later, because I'm still thinking about multiple aspects (and also, another round of Jewish holidays is coming up). Content notice for nonconsensual power exchange. (There is also consensual power exchange, so it's not only that.) Source of...

    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 ...

    RTC ...

    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 fantas...

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Holly Angus Our 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 wh...

    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. ...

    Mon avis en Français My English review 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 a...

    That cover though. I?m powerless against that cover and all the magical steampunk romance it promises. Take my money! ...

    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 wo...

    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 ful...