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Witchmark

Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A stunning, addictive fantasy debut that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance in an original world with a historical WWI tone. 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. 

Moving at a brilliant pace and pulsing with deadly intrigue and unforgettable characters, Witchmark grabs listeners and doesn't let go until the thrilling conclusion. 

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be a slave 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. Even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veteran's hospital, Miles can't hide what he truly is.

©2018 C. L. Polk (P)2018 Recorded Books

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WITCHES

ok I'll be honest. I struggled to start because I realised I had the same narrator from a previous book and his continuous tone never seemed to change. The tone suited to the dramatic parts but not for the more mundane. Story was interesting, a bit slow developing, but again, I nearly gave it away because of the voice. He is clear and well enunciated but the content tone that never seemed to change irritated me immensely. it might just be me but that is how I felt.

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More than a beautiful love story

If only there was more..

At first I found the narration droll but the voice was so unusual I kept listening. I am so grateful I did. The narrator was the perfect fit; emotion creeping ever so gently as the bond between characters grew.

Mystical with an aged historical element, I loved truly this book. Thank you .

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Quite boring

The main plot was interesting enough but there wasn't much else going on. Not nearly enough to make it interesting.

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  • Tim
  • 11-06-2019

loved the story engaging characters

thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, I found the ideas novel and intriguing. thanks to the author

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Great book.

Could have used a few sex scenes.

Excellent mystery of the lost souls.

Looking forward to more.

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different read. really enjoyed it

I really enjoyed this book it was different and made a new world to find out about. I would love to learn more about this world if a second book was written ill get it. great read.

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  • Andrea Duff
  • 26-03-2019

A worthwhile add

This was well written, had engaging characters and maintained an engaging momentum. Fantasy with a LGBTQ character that was relatable and easy to invest in. I enjoyed the world building and am curious to see it expanded upon. I am looking forward to more from this author. In need of a good read, I'd recommend adding this to your library.

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  • brad
  • 07-08-2018

Amazing read

This book was a wonderful suprise. It was well written and kept me engaged and guessing through out. The main characters were likeable/hateable and I'm hoping there is a sequel because it is a Great story. Cant say enough how much I liked this one.

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  • Empress Kate
  • 28-08-2018

Magical plot, world, and LGBT romance

4.5 stars
I absolutely loved this!
Anyone looking for an adorable LGBT+ romance, historical fantasy, murder mystery, that explores upper class privilege, and the consequences of war? It's right here!
The beginning was a bit tough for me because I thought it would be more historical urban fantasy, and it did vaguely resemble England after WWI, but the places and past events were all made up, and the magically system is very unique.
I loved all the characters, Tristan reminded of Howl (from Howl's Moving Castle only more put together). The murder mystery was intriguing, and I had a ton of fun finding out were it lead, and how everything tied together. What an interesting outcome it had in the end!
Miles and Tristen where so cute, and I eagerly await the next book to see what happens to them.

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  • Kat E.
  • 28-08-2019

New Favorite!

This book was very well written. Excellent performance from the reader. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • beanmhor
  • 03-02-2019

Terrific book

Well written and paced, well narrated and fascinating alternate world building. Can’t wait a year for the sequel! Highly recommend. I will surely come back and listen to this one again.

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  • Katrina
  • 26-01-2019

very cute very very cute cute cute and cute it was

cute very cute and beautiful and adorable but it's a little bit good to have

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  • tzinnamon
  • 01-01-2019

Well....

It’s a fair level first effort, and I ‘ll look at her next book. Some of the reviews I read mentioned fanfic and that’s what this reminds me of a decent fanfic. I can only recommend it as a casual read.

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  • Sunny1smileshere
  • 03-10-2018

Such a wonderous journey!<br />

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. It had so many positive elements. The characters were relatable and I am eager to hear more of their story.

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  • Lara Weinheimer
  • 20-08-2018

Great book with a poor narrator

This was a fantastic story, original and interesting. The characters were well flushed out so that you felt like you knew them. The bad guys were completely believable; what they did, although evil, is something people would do when hungry for power. The downfall of this book was the narrator. Quite often it was difficult to determine who was speaking and when the speaker changed. This was annoying to say the least. Might be a better experience in book form.

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  • Alisa
  • 08-07-2018

Stunning magical mystery

Loved every minute of this and couldn’t predict the ending. Do yourself a favor and listen to it ASAP!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-2019

A fascinating story

At first there were parts of this book that irritated me, and then as I thought about it, it was things that happened in books that featured a M/F romance and we come to not be ready to see them in M/M romances. I actually loved Miles and Tristan (again if my spellings are slightly off, I am dyslexic and listened to this book on audio), they are exactly what I needed to see. I know it is weird but this is the kind of book that you could easily do as a different romance. It was so good, and honestly it was great to see a book with many characters who are LGBT and don't have that as their primary characteristic. Miles is interested in Tristan, but he's also brave, a doctor, a rebel, inquisitive, intelligent and kind.

I loved the elements of politics in this, with the secondaries and primaries, it was something I loved to read about and wanted to know more about it. I loved understanding how the system worked, how it was flawed and how it needed to change and found myself just as frustrated as Miles was with the position he was dealt in life. I felt his struggle and could really relate to him.

I just loved this book so much, there is no way for my to express how much I loved it, although I found it, in part, predictable. I know that the sequel is a change of main character, and possibly a companion novel rather than a traditional sequel, but I am excited to read about Grace and what she does after the end of these events (and hope that there will be some more information about Miles and Tristan because I need to know).

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  • Payton L.
  • 07-02-2019

Okay

Good narration though I found myself losing interest in the mystery aspect of the book. Though the playfulness between the protagonists was enjoyable.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-01-2019

Really enjoyed this

Really great story and excellent narration. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • easyreader
  • 09-09-2018

Fascinating!

What a clever story! I listened to the audiobook first, which I always find harder as I have to rely on the narrator to create voices and atmosphere; if I’ve read the book first, I’m able to use my imagination to fill in the gaps! That said, Samuel Roukin did a super job. There were a couple of times I stumbled and wasn’t sure which character was speaking, but on the whole, it all flowed well. The story was complex and I should have read it first to enable me to form a complete picture but instead, I listened to the complete story twice! What an unusual and interesting world C. L. Polk has created. There was a mystery to solve and as the story unfolded, the true horror of what lay beneath, revealed! The story was told through Miles, who was strong, steadfast and good. An unlikely partnership develops and we see the bonds of friendship grow and strengthen between the two leads as they unravel the strands of what begins as two mysteries, but which ultimately lead to the unveiling of all! All very well executed and a refreshingly good read (listen!)