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Burn Mark Paperback – June 7, 2012

3.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Burn Mark Series

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Praise for The Game of Triumphs and The Masters of Misrule: 'Powell has really outdone herself ... The Master of Misrule is imaginative, intriguing and one of the best reads available today ... If you are looking to get lost in a book, make sure it's this one' Hack Writers 'I suspected from the first book in the series we could soon have a new star of teen fantasy on our hands ... A great way to close the story, with strong fantasy helped by brilliant characters, pace and plotting' Bookbag 'Powell has managed to create a totally unique, original idea that stands out from the rest of the fantasy genre, combining elements of tarot with a dash of the extraordinary ... A fantastic second instalment, not to be missed' Chicklish

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Laura Powell grew up in the Brecon Beacons and spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book. She went on to study classics at Bristol and Oxford, then spent five years working in the editorial departments of both adult and children's publishers. Burn Mark is her third novel. She now lives in West London. www.laurapowellauthor.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (June 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408815222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408815229
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,712,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
2.5/5

This is one of those books I was set out to fall in love with but instead of being sucked in and finishing it in a matter of hours it took me almost a week to finish it.

The premise of the book is pretty unique and what made me want to read it. It's set in an alternate London where there are Covens which are actually gangs, everyone knows that witches exist and they are looked down upon in society, and modern day witch burnings happen in all parts of the world. Glory and Lucas are the main characters. Glory being the next in line to become the head witch of a coven and Lucas who is the son of a Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisitorial Court and finds himself to be a witch which pretty much ruins all his future plans of being part of the inquisition.

Like I said the concept sounds awesome and I really would have loved this book if it wasn't for all the extra details and info dumping that occurred. It really took away from my enjoyment of the book and I even started skimming some paragraphs because it didn't hold my interest. Another thing that was a little frustrating was the switch of point of views in the middle of the chapters. For the most part the povs alternated with each chapter but about half way the switch would come without warning and there were times I thought I was reading in Glory's pov but somewhere in the middle it became Lucas' point of view and vice versa.

Another thing that had thrown me off was that the prologue sucked me in but then after that about half of the book nothing really happened. It was just giving us details about the day to day lives of our two main characters.
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Format: Hardcover
Glory and Lucas act as foils for each other in this entrancing novel. Glory has always desired to be a witch, she believes strongly in the "Fae." Lucas is from a family where witches are persecuted and would like nothing more than to get rid of the mark that proclaims him as a witch.

The reader will spend some time getting to know Glory and Lucas first. Glory is a lot less prickly and easier to connect to than Lucas, but Lucas will grow on the reader. The differences in their upbringing are large and it is hard to believe that these two characters could possibly both be witches. Glory learns more about her past as the story progresses and desperately wants to discover what happened to her parents. Lucas might have the answer or access to some of her questions, but how will the new information affect the pair?

Overall, this story was pretty good. The characters, for the most part, were easy to like and get to know. The plot was slow in some places, but picked up in others. This book is recommended to teen/middle grade readers.

*Received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
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Format: Hardcover
The premise of Burn Mark by Laura Powell is genius and drew me into the story immediately. Set in an alternate version of present-day England, the main difference is the commonality of witchkind. There are, therefore, government practices in place to work with/against them, such as the inquisitors (only non-witches allowed) and Witchkind Intelligence & Covert Affairs (aka WICA, comprised of witches themselves). Laura Powell, of course, does a much better job of explaining this in Burn Mark than I've done here.

Lucas and Glory were brought up with very different ideas of their futures would entail and the emotions that come hand-in-hand with the development of their fae were executed well. Lucas is terrified; this is something that he's never expected, but he takes it in stride. Glory is ecstatic; she's always wanted to be a witch.

Both are developed on their own, but I admit that I was partial to Lucas's character. His whole life has been thrown off-kilter when he inadvertently works his first magic, but he learns to deal with it and develops new plans for his future with the hand he's been dealt. Glory, in contrast, could be a little grating.

But since they're from different sides of the track, so to speak, I can admit that I was partial to Glory's world. She's a member of the Cooper Street Coven, which in Burn Mark means she's a member of the MOB. Hell yes. Organized crime in the hiz-ouse!

When Glory and Lucas's worlds started to intertwine, I practically went into paroxysms of delight. We had political corruption, witches, AND a mob factor? Helloooooo, nurse.

Because Burn Mark contained many of my favorite elements, I was disappointed with... well, some of the disappointment I felt.
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Format: Paperback
2.5 stars

This novel intrigued me with how it brings witches and witch trials to the modern era. In a world where witches are very real and present in daily life, the majority fears them and persecutes them. Law-abiding witches must wear iron to subdue their Fae (their powers), and those who don't register themselves live in fear of being burned for treason. In the UK, where the story takes place, the Inquisitors run the witch trials as representatives of the law.

The novel is told from the alternating perspectives of Glory and Lucas. I like how it gives us the viewpoints of two teens coming from very different areas of life. Glory is raised in a community of witches and has yearned to come into her powers since a very young age. Lucas, on the other hand, comes from a family with a long history working as Inquisitors and has always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps. He never thought about the possibility of becoming a witch because it isn't in his blood. But then he does, and he is forced to rethink his entire life and how it'll change the way people look at him.

I found myself sympathizing with and liking Lucas more. He's not a spoiled brat despite his family's affluence. From the start, he establishes himself as an amiable, honest character with a good heart and sharp mind. His father is a righteous man unlike many of the other people he works with, and Lucas has learned from him to hold good morals and stand up for what he believes is right. Glory also has character. She's strong, courageous, and a tad bit outspoken. She has strong loyalties to the witches of her community, though she doesn't always approve of how they run things. Nevertheless, I never quite connected with her like I did with Lucas.
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