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(The Kingston Cycle #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  39 reviews
After spinning an enthralling world in Witchmark, praised as a "can't-miss debut" by Booklist, and as "thoroughly charming and deftly paced" by the New York Times, C. L. Polk continues the story in Stormsong. Magical cabals, otherworldly avengers, and impossible love affairs conspire to create a book that refuses to be put down.

Dame Grace Hensley helped her brother Miles
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by
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Lulu (the library leopard)
hell yeah i'm rating this 5 stars without having read it fuck off with your lesbophobia!
Apr 27, 2019 marked it as anticipated-2020
Shelves: ff-romance, wlw
I haven't read the first book in the series yet but I can't wait to catch up so I can read this book with a F/F ROMANCE! I love SAPPHIC WOMEN and I love reading about WOMEN LOVING WOMEN wow, in fact I don't get how anyone would NOT want to read about WOMEN BEING GIRLFRIENDS!!!

Imagine shitting on a whole romantic genre, therefore shitting on a whole very real and very stigmatized and underrepresented community of women??? Imagine giving a book one star because it's going to be f/f? Ahah who the




Update: 5 starring this because y'all's lesbophobia is so ugly.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy
I admit I was super thrilled to get ahold of this after enjoying Witchmark so much. As a beautifully written fantasy/intrigue/romance with all the hallmarks of a late King George's England, (Aleland, that is,) it was super stiff-upper-lipped, bursting with repressed emotion, and it ended on a VERY strong magical note.

This sequel, however, has a very different tone. Yes, if you're looking for an F/F romance to match the M/M romance of the first, I'm sure you'll enjoy it... eventually... but the
Mel (Epic Reading)
Nov 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Witchmark was one of my fave novels last year and I can’t wait to visit this world again. So excited for this one!
Grace wasn’t exactly my favourite Witchmark character but I’m too curious about the aftermath of the events of the previous book to let this one pass.

Also it’s an FF romance () .

Ps: I don’t get why some readers/reviewers are rating this book 1 just because of the FF romance. Like WTF, FF romance isn’t disappointing at all.
I hope the third book will be about an aro-ace spec baker and an enby witch just to piss you off even more. #cake
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this sequel! Fantastical, thoughtful, and un-put-downable, I flew through STORMSONG and want the third in the series NOW.
Sep 24, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: q, yff, tbr-sequels, adult
An f/f sequel to one of my favorite books of this year!
I can't wait [and also that cover is gorgeous I love purple]
Apr 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Adding this to my TBR because I've heard great things about this series, and to offset all the stupid comments about f/f pairings. Read it or don't, but stop being assholes because you a) hate lesbians and b) don't think they should have rich adventures, great sex and all the love they deserve. Fuck off with that shit.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
after how much I loved Witchmark, I absolutely can't wait for this sequel — I think it's focusing on the lead character's sister and I think? she's also sapphic? I don't know dudes don't ask me but I'm EXCITE
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I hate it when main characters change in a series I wanted more of Miles and Tristan. ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If people think they can "1-Star" a book without having read it, because it doesn't meet their levels of m/m-romance fetish... then, let me take this chance to give it 5 Stars in advance to support
- an incredibly talented author
- an incredibly beautiful series
- an incredibly strong, faceted female protagonist

Thanks for coming to my TED-Talk.
✨    jamieson   ✨
May 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: anticipated-2020
I wasn't 100% sure if I would read this since bk1 had it's own ending and that was just an "I liked it" book for me, but then I found out this is about Grace getting a girlfriend so now I'm definitely reading it
Jul 03, 2019 marked it as anticipated-releases
Shelves: wlw
I'm just a simple lesbian who wants to see Grace slapped with the real world and grow into a character I can love, and it helps when the real world rides on the back of charismatic and clever reporter who I DID love in Witchmark.
E.D. Walker
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually rate books I haven't read yet, but people are one-starring a book they haven't read that isn't even out yet (like it's not even at the galley or ARC phase yet) just because it features a romance between two women.

I loved the first book in the series and I can't wait to read this one!
Alex Alden
Dec 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
I absolutely *loved* the first book, but the fact that this one is changing main characters puts it immediately into my "will not read" pile. I was really looking forward to having more story for Miles and Tristan.
Dec 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: adult, 2020-tbr
Advanced copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley. RTC.

I detested Grace for most of the first book so I'm very interested to see if she can overcome that in this one.
[weeps openly in Gay at 3 in the morning]

CL Polk is just.... really, really good at writing books, and I love Dame Fiona Grace Hensley with my ENTIRE heart. I'll write a real review when I'm no longer crying and have gotten some sleep.

When I finished, I just sat on my bed at 3 in the morning, weeping, because C.L. Polk is very good at writing books. At maintaining a slow but intense pace, at forging characters who are real and tired and clever and make mistakes, at stringing you along with
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Stormsong continues the fabulous and atmospheric world building from Witchmark, while expanding on the tension. Continuing to balance the actions of the past as well as the pursuit of our future lies firmly on Grace's shoulders. Stormsong is a book that revolves not only around political tension or an electric romance, but around Grace's struggle to figure out who she wants to be.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved Witchmark. It is the book I have to tell everyone to read, regardless of their genre preferences. I'm curious to see how the story plays out from the perspective of Grace. I didn't like her much in Witchmark (we weren't supposed to) but considering the fallout from that book, it only makes sense to follow the character most entwined in that society. I'm excited to see where it goes.

I'm disappointed by how many people think changing main characters ruins a story. Some of my favorite things
Paige Morgan
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Witchmark was brilliant, and this will be, too. Take your lesbophobia elsewhere.
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
lesbophobia? not on my watch!
Jason Bennett
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jimmity cricket I cannot wait!!
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Emma Cathryne
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Alexia Cambaling
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to NetGalley and Tor Books!

Warning: May contain spoilers

Stormsong is the sequel to Witchmark which is a book I really enjoyed last year. In the first book, Grace’s brother Miles, a war veteran and doctor was the protagonist and together they uncovered the dark secret that their father and many members of the upper class have hidden from them and the public. In this book, those secrets are starting to come out and
Katherine Ehlers
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a digital galley of Stormsong from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Stormsong, by C. L. Polk, is the sequel to Witchmark, which anyone who read and enjoyed Witchmark has been eagerly anticipating. After uncovering the horrible truth behind the institutes that imprison witches and breaking the aether network, Dame Grace Hensley’s troubles are just beginning. The queen is determined to conceal the secrets Grace and her brother Miles have imperiled, a delegation of
Kinsey G.C.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
I really enjoyed Witchmark. It was easily the most 'charming' book I read last year, and struck a great balance of warm-and-soft coziness with action, conflict, and world-building.

But I liked Stormsong better. To be fair, I am a sucker for scheming and political intrigue in a plot so I am absolutely the target demographic, but this book made me love Grace, who I'd found infuriating in Witchmark. I found the plot meatier, lush and textured, and this book added a lot of depth to the world Polk
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This took me forever to read. When I first got it, the formatting was so bad that it was unreadable. They finally were able to fix it and I was so happy to finally be able to read it. Unfortunately, when I was done reading, I just wanted another. I didn't want to leave the Kingston Cycle world.

What do you do when you destroy you're county's power source because it's powered by souls? Go home and try to get people held accountable while making sure that regular people don't rise up. Grace plays
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Stormsong, C.L. Polk delivers a fantastic sequel to Witchmark that truly hits the ground running where the first book left off, and doesn’t slow down until the last few pages. I admire how Polk took a character who I was admittedly not the biggest fan of in Witchmark - Dame Grace Hensley, the younger sister of the first novel’s main character Miles - and revealed aspects of her personality that made me fall just as much in love with her as I did with Miles, but also in a way which showed her ...more
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