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Witchmark - Die Spur der Toten

(The Kingston Cycle #1)

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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,268 ratings  ·  729 reviews
Miles Singer ist Arzt und er ist auf der Flucht vor seiner Vergangenheit. Eines Tages wird er zu einem Notfall gerufen. Als Miles den Sterbenden untersucht, stellt er mit Erschrecken fest, dass dieser die Aura einer Hexe hat. Aber noch schlimmer, der Vergiftete hat erkannt, dass auch Miles das Hexenmahl trägt.

Die Geschicke Aelands werden von den adligen Sturmsängern bestim
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 23rd 2019 by Hobbit Presse (first published June 19th 2018)
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
You know when you read really good fanfiction or really good romance, 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 qualities of really good romance [well-used tropes, story beats we can sense but still aren’t bored by, interesting and likable characters] and then all the good qualities of a good fantasy nov ...more
carol.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of idyllic pacing, Edwardian England
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 waistcoats, dressing for dinner, carriages, and well-bred women chaperoned when with the opposite sex.  The story surrounds a man who has essentially escaped his family to live under an assumed name as a doctor. His family
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Riley
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq-fantasy
historical ✓
magical ✓
gay ✓✓✓
murder mystery ✓

I adored this. it wasn't anything like what I expected
Bradley
I honestly did not know what to expect with this except that a ton of people I know swore by it. So sure, I barely looked at the blurb and dove right in, basically clueless.

What I found was a mystery soon after a world war, featuring a hounded mage serving as a doctor in England. Cool. And yet, for me, the charm was in the strong voice, the genuine sympathy, and the wonderful details of the time and place.

Of course, there's a lot of really horrible situations going on here, like being bound magi
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Mel (Epic Reading)
This is a beautiful love story, with an engaging magic system and led by a political intrigue story. Just wonderful. I'm especially enamoured by it now that I know it's written by a Canadian who lives near me! I'm hoping that when I get my physical copy (as I read an eARC) that I can find a local event where it can be signed at! As always the highest compliment I can give any book is to purchase it for my physical library. Especially when I buy an ARC! This one is more than worthy of my shelf.

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Thomas
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 helped imbue Witchmark with surprise, intrigue, and betrayal. However, as other reviewers have said, the book reads like fanfiction at times, where the characters and world-building receive little development and the writ
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Acqua
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 develop all those aspects.

I have to say that the first few chapters weren't exactly easy to get into. I was a bit confused by the world at first, I didn't understand what aether was supposed to be or what was the differ
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Elizabeth
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!
Lindsay
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 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 would be bound as a living battery by his family of Mages had he not run off to war and disappeared. But the war is won, and the returning soldiers are putting an immense strain on the country's mental health facilities a
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Aliette
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ftw), and an intriguing magic system.
Natasha
Y'all, please read this book. Cool magic and happy gays.

s/o to tor.com for sending this to me.
Kaley
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-pleasure, fantasy
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 who the characters are, so the author only has to give minimal development of their personalities and motivations, as well as the world they live in, because it's assumed that you already know. I feel like that's what happen
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✨    jamieson   ✨
Me and this book got off to a bit of a rocky start but once we got going we really got along. A lot of my friends loved this book and I see why - it's a really cute fantasy with an m/m relationship at the centre and a really unique setting.

Anyways, you know when you just don't have strong feelings about a book either way, like it's just a solid three star read? Yeah. We all know those are the hardest books to review, so this will be brief.

Witchmark is a fantasy set in a world that feels like a
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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 Aeland and Laneer. Miles Singer is a doctor, but he is also born with powers that have destined him to be a slave to his family. A fate he didn't want, so he ran away, to use his skills for healing. He fought in the ...more
unknown
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Denise
And we have to wait till 2020 for the next book????
Robyn
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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!
wanderer (Para)
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to wanderer (Para) by: Sharade
Witchmark ended up being the book that finally got me out of my March reading slump. It's a charming, easy read, that hit precisely the right spot.

The plot is one third murder mystery, one third romance, and one third historical fantasy, which makes for a lovely mix. In a world where lower-class witches are persecuted and shut into asylums or enslaved, Miles only wants to lie low, be free, and work as a doctor in a run-down veterans' hospital...until a mysterious stranger brings in a dying patie
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Lata
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 while to warm up to Mile's sister Grace, I was willing to forgive some of her actions in the story when she came through at the end. And the end definitely leaves a lot of plot points hanging, so I'm eagerly await ...more
Daniel
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, mm
This is going to be one of those reviews where I generally liked the book but am going to spend most of my time complaining. TL;DR: it was fun and kept me reading, but I found the characters somewhat frustrating and a bit stupid. :)

I don't entirely know how to categorize Witchmark. It's got a bit of a gay romance element, but the fantasy and mystery elements are more the drivers. The setting, which I liked, is kind of early 20th century, but an entirely fictitious world. (I still insist on think
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Aleksandra
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-releases
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 it.

Witchmark is adult fantasy novel, set in a world resembles our of mid 20th centuries. It feels like alternate England of 1930-50s based on customs, traditions and strong class system. The basic world building is as follows: t
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Bogi Takács
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 the book: Present from my wishlist!! Thank you!!!
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★
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 Thoughts

🍫The audio....Samuel Roukin (Narrator)rocked this book.

🍫The magic system was fantastic.

🍫The world was nice and vivid, perfect description writing.

🍫The SCs , well....I freaking loved Gerald (but only him I liked).

🍫 Lg
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Freya Marske
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DO YOU LIKE:

- classic murder mysteries?
- high-speed bicycle chases?
- an idealistic and exhausted Hufflepuff doctor protagonist?
- tense and complicated sibling relationships?
- meditations on war neuroses and empire and the terrible cost of prosperity?
- What If Sherlock Holmes Was A Fairy Knight And John Watson Was A Bit Magic?
- ...And There Was A Sexy Shaving Scene?
- ...........And They Fell In Love?

If so: friends, this book is for YOU.
Philip
4.25ish stars.

One of my favorite books from 2018. I like the characters and the mystery. Definitely continuing with the series. Just another instance of enjoying a Nebula-nominated book that I wouldn't otherwise have read.
Sabrina
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read
I have already read way too many underwhelming books this year, so stumbling over this gem of a story made me so happy! Not only are Miles and Tristan stunningly cute together but it's also a really refreshing book about magic, war, politics, betrayal.... I couldn't put it down!
I need book 2 more than I need sleep and that's saying a lot :')
Lisa
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fantasy and yet it feels like something completely new. Fans of urban fantasy might like the murder mystery plot and all the investigating that goes along with it. There’s also a strong romantic side-plot which I adored. Fans of
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Stephanie
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.
Gary
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“It was as good as magic. It was magic. I let it seep from my fingertips when I touched him, and Tristan gripped me tight even as he shuddered. I did it again, again. I’d never touched a lover with magic. I had never been myself, even in those most private moments. Always hiding, never free. Freed, I dragged him down for another kiss.” 1 likes
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