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Witchmark

(2018)
(The first book in the Kingston Cycle series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
World Fantasy Best Novel
WINNER of the 2019 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and a finalist for the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and the Lammy Award!

One of the 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time, according to Time Magazine

One of the best books of 2018, according to NPR,
Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Review, BookPage, and the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog.

The Kingston Cycle is One of Reader's Digest Top 25 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with
Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance. The New York Times calls it “thoroughly charming and deftly paced... an accomplished and enjoyable debut.”

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 Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family's interest or to be committed to a witches' asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veterans' hospital, Miles can’t hide what he truly is.

When a fatally poisoned patient exposes Miles’ healing gift and his witchmark, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder. To find the truth he’ll need to rely on the family he despises, and on the kindness of the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

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Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"This book has romance, mystery, witch battles, and bicycle chases." - Elizabeth Bear

"If you need a fun queer period adventure romance, you'll want to add this to your TBR pile." - Aliette de Bodard

"Enthralling, fast-paced, and romantic, Witchmark unveils a fascinating world. Polk writes with assured ease. I can't wait for her next book!" - Elizabeth Hoyt

"Witchmark is an exciting, accomplished and wonderfully written debut. C.L. Polk has created a world which, while recognisable, is nonetheless wholly original ? the perfect setting for a fast-paced, complex and wonderfully characterised story." - Foz Meadows

"An intriguing world of magic and modernity and the costs of both." - Carrie Vaughn

"Glowing with expertly handled magic, in a deeply-layered alternate world, Polk's Witchmark is a serious mystery and a steaming romance. I'm enchanted." - Fran Wilde


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