Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Rating: 3.5 stars
Glory is from a family of witches and lives beyond the law. She is desperate to develop her powers and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition—the witches’ mortal enemy—and his privileged life is very different to the forbidden world that he lives alongside.
And then on the same day, it hits them both. Glory and Lucas develop the Fae—the mark of the witch. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together, whether they like it or not . . .
First off, I need to just talk about how much I LOVE the cover for Burn Mark. It is so striking and absolutely gorgeous!
Burn Mark by Laura Powell was a really interesting take on witchcraft that really delved into a completely new territory. It was an enticing story, but for me, got a bit drawn out which took away from the book overall.
So I loved the premise of Burn Mark. I mean come on, witchcraft practices in a modern day Britain? You can’t get much cooler than that! I loved seeing the intricate system put in place for witchcraft and how everything was carried out and enforced. That being said, some of the elements of witchcraft were a bit confusing to me. Laura Powell‘s witches are very different from any others I have encountered so I had no knowledge of their craft which made some things confusing.
Burn Mark really doesn’t pick up until about the last quarter of the book. The vast majority of the book was very interesting, but it was very slow paced. I didn’t have any “OMG I have to know what is happening” moments. The last quarter of the book presents a situation where the stakes are very high and it was really intriguing. I loved the ending – I am really curious after that if there will be a sequel, as I would just love to hear more of Glory and Lucas’s story.
There characters were a mix – most really grew on me as the book went on. When I was first reading, I thought a good portion of the characters were very flat. By the end of the book, most of my opinions had changed and I was completely invested in the characters stories.
Burn Mark by Laura Powell was a very slow paced read with an overarching intriguing story wrapped up in a new take on the mythology of witches.