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Witch Fire (Burn Mark #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  273 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Lucas and Glory are hard at work in WICA (Witchkind Intelligence and Covert Affairs). As part of their training, they learn more about the witch-terrorist organization Endor. It is believed that Endor has infiltrated a boarding school for young witches in Switzerland, so WICA sends their two youngest agents—Lucas and Glory—to the school undercover. There, they learn more a ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published April 11th 2013)
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Emma Bradshaw
Just finished this. Even better than Burn Mark. Great character development and wonderful world building once again. Love Laura Powell's writing
Liberty Gilmore
Well, this one screwed my reading plans for the week.

I got the first in this series (100 word review to follow in monthly round up) when I saw this one on NetGalley, and finally got round to reading it the other day. I immediately had to pick up the next instalment, which tells you something about the quality of the series. Out of the window went my carefully constructed book review spreadsheet. Witch Fire was immediately bumped to the top.

The world Powell creates is both fascinating and unlike
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James
Just as good as the first one, with a few parts being far better. The story gets going much faster, without spending 70+ pages talking about the characters' personal lives. Lucas and Glory both get far more character development, and it's great in both cases (with a small exception I'll get to in a moment). And there are a few expertly-crafted twists that tie into the story perfectly.
It's hard to get into detail about the plot without spoilers. So suffice to say, it's a bigger conflict than it
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Danial J
This book is about a group of kids that are a witch and warlock. This book was written by Laura Powell. Two teenagers that are working for the British queen. These teens will have a hard time when they leave London. They were sent to Switzerland to get information for the queen. They both fake who they are to gather the info for the queen.

They get a lead on a experimental brain implant and that leads them to South America. They get in a lot of danger and they need the others help to get the fin
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Rose
Just as good, if not better than the first. Yay for romance! And action! And all things WICA!
Ruby Black
When a book is as good as BURN MARK, I'm always skeptical about the second book (if its a series). Its very hard to find a second book that is as good as the first. In rare instances where the second book actually is in danger of beating the first book in awesomeness? Absolutely brilliant! WITCH FIRE was a thrill to read. It was fast pace and unexpected, keeping readers on edge (I would burst out randomly with omg! Blahblahblah happened! Scaring the people in the room). I loved that the main cha ...more
Bookworm1858
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Last year, I read Burn Mark, a tale of witchcraft set in an alternate version of our own contemporary world. In that book, posh Lucas and chavvy Glory discover their abilities and set out to negotiate what those changes mean for their lives in addition to battling a larger plot against witchkind. Some of the things I liked most about that book were both main characters, which seems to be rarely the case; its clever incorpor
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Tia
I told myself I would read this novel, just to see if it was better than the first because IMO the first really sucked. The second was about the same. I don't see how people think this series is great. They must not have much taste in literary talent if they loved this novel. I dislike it for the most part.

The main female character is made to look like an uneducated redneck tool, it's as if the author thinks that people who don't go to school would talk like that.. it just screams ignorance to
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Witch Fire is the second novel in Laura Powell's Burn Mark series, the first of which I read and reviewed last year. This second installment picks soon nafter where Burn Mark left off with Glory and Lucas working for WICA (Witchkind Intelligence and Covert Affairs). The pair are tasked to investigate an exclusive boarding school in Switzerland where the WICA suspects Endor is recruiting the witchkind sons and daughters of high profile and wealthy citizens.

Witch Fire combines espionage, politics
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Cheryl M-M
This is quite a clever little book.
It is set in a dystopian world of humans and witches, who are feared and rejected for their power, which is called their fae.
The author has the witch hunters or anti-witch brigades going back to the use of barbaric, archaic and medieval methods of witch torture and exposure. Using methods like witch dunking to get the alleged witch to admit to their crime or witchdom.
That's right you read that correctly, the good old dunkeroo game. If you swim you're a witch a
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Kirsty (overflowing library)
I got really excited when I finally got a copy of this book as I loved the first one in the series and actually found time to reread book one in preparedness.

This instalment is just as good as the first and whilst very different in its feel it had all the elements I loved about the first book and added to it. The story picks up shortly after book one ends with Lucas and Glory training to prepare for a mission for WICA the organisation they have recently been recruited to. I really love the two
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Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Witch Fire picks up with Glory and Lucas, they have joined WICA, Witchkind Intelligence and Covert Affairs, being registered witches and allowed to practise witch work as part of their job, including sky leaping. Soon they are faced with their first mission and are being sent undercover to Wildings School to investigate Endor's interest in it's pupils.
While there they find out more about an operation that can remove the Devils Kiss mark and the magic within that person, however this operation is
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Suzan
Apr 16, 2013 Suzan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys YA Paranormal
I really enjoyed this sequel to Burn Mark. I love the connection between Lucas and Glory and how Laura Powell has crafted the world they live in and the characters around them. I can see Lucas' father struggling to accept the changes in his son, he genuinely loves his son and is proud of him but it seems that the Fae is still a big unacknowledged barrier between them.
Glory is still clinging to a lot of prejudices that are still getting between her and Lucas but I have hope that the events in thi
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Ally
I didn't expect much from the sequel of Burn Mark. In fact, I wasn't expecting much of anything because of the low standards Burn Mark set.

But Witch Fire totally blew me away. I was amazed by how much the book improved. I loved it so much I reread it, savoring most of the pages. There's a lot of reasons why this book is the new and improved. (I'm going to do this by list, because I'm into listopias at this moment).

1) The romance. I love it. The pairing that we had always been waiting for happen
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Erika
This review is also on Living for the Books

3.5 stars

Definitely better than the first book. From what I remember Burn Mark was a bit slow and hard to follow because there were just so many characters, but Witch Fire starts off with plenty of action and it was much easier to understand.

The best part about the book was the witchwork. Most of the books that involve witches have them casting spells and waving magic wands, but not this book. The witchwork requires a little more work than that and I th
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Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)

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***This is book 2 in the series, do not read this review if you have yet to read Burn Mark, there WILL be spoilers***

Wow. Breathe. Breathe some more. Blimey, Witch Fire is a definite roller-coaster.

It picks up a few months after Burn Mark with Glory and Lucas now working for WICA, their identities and fae still being kept secret from the world. Lucas’ father has resigned but got another job high up in witch/human politics, and Glory an
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Sean the Bookonaut
Witch Fire continues the adventures of Glory Starling and Lucas Sterne, that began in Burn Mark. It’s not necessary to have read Burn Mark; Powell does an excellent job of providing enough back story to fill in new readers and not annoy fans who have already read the previous book.

Powell continues her unique blend of espionage, adventure and witchcraft. The gritty, understated “British-ness” I found in Burn Mark remains and further endears me to the series. The fact that it’s YA might turn off s
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Shelby Murrell
Cover: Like Burn Mark I thought the cover was amazing and beautiful and really eye catchy

Again like Burn Mark though I felt it was really slow paced until the end. I didn't intend on reading any more books by Laura Powell but as it was in the series I simply had to! I enjoyed it so much more as the action picked up earlier in the book than in Burn Mark. This was a vast improvement as I preferred the change in the characters in this adventure than Burn Mark as it was more thrilling and preferred
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a_tiffyfit
What if the witches of the 1600s persecutions were real and they had proliferated and became part of our society? That is what this novel's premise is based on. And this proliferation isn't just in the United States near Salem, but all over the world. Although it is accepted that there are witches in the world, registration is demanded and required by government. Some protest against this bias and go rogue to fight back. Some in protest resort to minor but strong and well-formed criminal groups. ...more
Sabrina
I must say this book was MUCH better than the first! It still had the one apostrophe thing in the dialogue that BUGS me, but I am willing to make exceptions for a good book. Where I felt the first book had very little going on for how lengthy it was; this book had a TON of action packed adventure that ended too soon! These books are complete opposites it the general plot and structure, but the story line in each book held my attention even if I feel that the second book was certainly an improvem ...more
Varsha Seshan
I always judge a book by its cover, and this one said: Ancient witchcraft. Modern world. And then the title Witch Fire.
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HarryPotter Rocks
I loved this book, because the switch was a really good switch. also, I think that the title relates to the book really well.
Chrissy
I am totally hooked by this series, a blend of supernatural and contemporary alternate reality. The setting is modern day London in a world where the Inquisition (yes, the one no one expects) serves as a government agency and the ability to do witchcraft -- the fae -- reveals itself in late adolescence. There is some very realistic and somewhat reluctant romance between the main characters but it takes backseat to the twisty plots and fascinating alternate world. For me, this means this series m ...more
Teri
My only complaint about this book was that the ending was too vague. I couldn't tell whether the story was finished, or whether the author intended to write another book in this series. As a result the ending felt half-baked. The rest of the story was great, and the author did tie up the loose ends of the plot central to the main story. She left enough of a mystery about Glory's future to make me question whether it was finished though. If this is the last one, I'm a little miffed the loose ends ...more
Jennavier
I'm pretty sure this is the last book in the series, something that makes me a little sad. Witch Fire is set in a really original alternate world, where witches are real and crime is rampant. It was fascinating and creepy. I liked the characters. They had really interesting arcs that were incredibly compelling. The only thing I didn't like was how busy the books was, but I suspect that's because Powell had to wrap it all up. Over all I would recommend the duology.
Ruth
Great book!! I loved Witch Fire and the first book in the series - Burn Mark. The characters (particularly the main two; Glory and Lucus) are well developed and interesting. Lucus is not your stereotypical 'Mysterious Guy' and Glory's background justifies her independence and attitude, making her a believable character too. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend the series!
Troy Maciejack
"Witch Fire" was a decent read , if your into fictional books. I enjoyed the multiple changes in the setting, from England, Switzerland, and South America. I was also surprised with the "romance" between Lucas and Glory, It did change the mood quite suddenly. I was shocked when I found out about the brain implant, which obstructed the "fae". I finished the book on December 1st of 2013.
Mickayla Hendren
very difficult to understand but in the end it was ok
Kati Lear
This book is freakin good! Must read! Amazing witch tale. About two young witches against the world (or so it feels to them). Awesome detective work. I loved the first and I love this one. This one started out kind of slow and confusing but soon things clicked for me and I just couldn't put it down!
Stefanie
It was better than the first book, although I do wish that Glory had more time to reflect on her feelings when she finally met her mum. The plot was certainly more dramatic and it did finish the storyline established in book one especially in regards to what happened to Rose.
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Laura Powell grew up in rural Wales and now lives in West London. She wrote her first book while studying Classics at Oxford and worked in publishing for five years before leaving to concentrate on her writing.
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