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Witch Fire

(Burn Mark #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  458 ratings  ·  57 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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Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
My review for the prequel:

I think the story doesn't show me as much emotional tension and depth as with the first book, but it's always welcoming to see more of this alternative world with magic outside of just London. I think the characters are really the strong points of this story; with adults behave like adults, agents from the secret forces and gangsters act like they know how to do their jobs seriously and teenagers act believably like teenagers, wh
Emma Bradshaw
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just finished this. Even better than Burn Mark. Great character development and wonderful world building once again. Love Laura Powell's writing ...more
Hannah Pike
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it

I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Witch Fire is the second installment in the Burn Mark series by Laura Powell.
This book follows Glory and Lucas as they deal with the challenges that are in front of them. 
Both Glory and Lucas are in training for WICA,  a goverment approved program for practising witches.
Lucas finds out more information about Glory's mother from the inquisition and both of them have been sent on another potentially dangerous undercover mission which in
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m going to try to keep this review short because I have a feeling that if I ranted the way I want to about how much I didn’t like this book then we would be here all day. No one’s got time for that. I think the biggest thing that I had a problem with when it comes to this book is the fact that I was told the two main characters would be acting as spies at a boarding school for young witches and they were only there for “a month” which meant maybe 50 pages of this book. I didn’t mind them prepp ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just as good, if not better than the first. Yay for romance! And action! And all things WICA!
Annabelle Heath
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
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good and Interesting :)
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this first book just a touch more then this one, but both stories were quite good. I hope there are more to come.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
The premise is interesting; I enjoyed the first book. But there's a lot of info dumping, which made it difficult to connect with the characters. ...more
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
S.B. Wright
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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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
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
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sara Chowdhury
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was amazing. So many feelings!!
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
After taking about three years to get around to reading Burn Mark, I amazed myself by reading its sequel just a few months later. With a good foundation to work off, Witch Fire steps things up a notch with a fast pace and gripping plot.

My main complaint about Burn Mark was the sluggish introduction, although I really love the world and rich social history Powell has created in both books. With that strong base, Witch Fire moved at a consistently swifter pace, jumping into the action with only a
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
James Tullos
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Cheryl M-M
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica B
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Witch Fire has been one of the best books I’ve read this year. It was great from the start and it just kept getting better and better. I will admit that it didn’t have as much tension or suspension as the first book; however, I still loved the book. The author, Laura Powell, proceeds to write a magnificent and different world with witchcraft and government agencies. She does a wonderful job allowing us to come back into the world with Lucas Stearne and Glory Sterling. The book is about two teena ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Ruby Black
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The adventure that Lucas and Glory started in Burn Mark continues in Witch Fire. They are both working for WICA. They are sent to a private boarding school to investigate reports that Endor is working on some plan through the students there.

Along the way, they find Rose, a student that they knew from home. She had gone through a surgery to remover her fae. The last time Glory had seen her, Rose had been in an unresponsive state. Glory finds her well in the town in Switzerland where the boarding
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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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