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Publisher's Summary

From celebrated fantasy author Den Patrick comes Witchsign, the first novel in a fresh and exciting new fantasy trilogy.

It has been 75 years since the dragons’ rule of fire and magic was ended. Out of the ashes, the Solmindre Empire was born.

Since then, the tyrannical Synod has worked hard to banish all manifestations of the arcane from existence. However, children are still born bearing the taint of the arcane, known to all as witchsign. Vigilants are sent out across the continent of Vinterkveld to find and capture all those bearing the mark.

No one knows when the Vigilants of the Synod will appear and enforce the Empire’s laws.

But today they’re coming.

And gods help those who bear the sign of the witch.

©2018 Den Patrick (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Witchsign is crammed with delicious mythology and populated with irresistible characters – a treat for anyone who loves fresh, modern fantasy." (Jen Williams, author of The Copper Cat and The Winnowing Flame trilogies)

"Witchsign triggered that ‘I can’t wait to get back to it’ feeling in me. The current of the story caught me right away and I was swept along with the characters. Den Patrick hit the perfect mix of immediate action and characters I cared about. His prose wastes no words. (I loved the concept of the cinderwraiths!)" (Robin Hobb)

"May Gods help those who don’t read Witchsign." (Peter Newman)

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An entertaining read

More like 3.5 stars. I’ll have to go back to not reading blurbs as I enjoy books more when I don't have set plot expectations for them. Witch Sign had a cool concept and I felt was fun but not great. By about halfway through my interest had waned as the characters started feeling a little safe and flat. I probably would have loved this in my earlier fantasy reading days.


For the audio fans: No real complaints here narration was good. Some of the more intense moments felt more like I was being read to rather than experiencing the action but otherwise generally entertaining.


Cover: I actually really like this cover, in fact it's what drew me to the book in the first place. The hand lettering is nicely done and the rough draft like design is nice but I think would have been nicer with some polish and less of a colouring in effect.


In short: Fun, easy read but a little lacking in character depth.

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  • 02-08-2018

Here be dragons!

An excellent start to what I'm sure will be a brilliant new fantasy series. Thomas Judd's narration brings a great story to life. Sharply drawn characters, a plot that barrels along at breakneck pace, and a world full of intrigue and unpredictable magic. Oh, and there's dragons too. What more could you want?

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  • 16-06-2018

Great fantasy fun

I’ve just finished Witchsign after only 4 days of listening. Fast paced, likeable characters with great world building. I can’t wait for the next in the series!

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  • 07-06-2019

Loved it

Fantastic book, already bought the second one. Narrator was amazing and will look for more books read by him.

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