Title: Witch Fire
Author: Laura Powell
Series: Burn Mark #2
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Received for review from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads)
Lucas and Glory are hard at work in WICA (Witchkind Intelligence and Covert Affairs). As part of their training, they learn more about the witch-terrorist organization Endor. It is believed that Endor has infiltrated a boarding school for young witches in Switzerland, so WICA sends their two youngest agents—Lucas and Glory—to the school undercover. There, they learn more about an experimental brain implant that blocks the power of the fae. It’s a dangerous procedure . . . more so than they could ever have imagined.
Well, this one screwed my reading plans for the week.
I got the first in this series (100 word review to follow in monthly round up) when I saw this one on NetGalley, and finally got round to reading it the other day. I immediately had to pick up the next instalment, which tells you something about the quality of the series. Out of the window went my carefully constructed book review spreadsheet. Witch Fire was immediately bumped to the top.
The world Powell creates is both fascinating and unlike any other in the YA Urban Fantasy genre that I’ve read. And I’ve read a lot. The idea of an alternate universe where witchcraft is a real thing is a fascinating one, and it’s cleverly brought to life – with the criminally minded Covens, the do-gooder witches of WICA trying to fight the bad image their kind has, and the terrifying Inquisition each representing a different aspect of the world and the attitudes of its people.
The juxtaposition of Glory and Lucas’ characters works deliciously as well, especially as they sneak closer to the romantic entanglement that you know is inevitable, even as they do their best to push each other away. Watching it all unfold is just another pleasure.
The plot remains as twisting and engaging as the first book, with plenty of unexpected turns and action to keep the pace roaring along. Definitely no case of second book syndrome here, and I’m actually quite disappointed (though grateful, at least, that I’ll have a chance to catch up on my other reading commitments) that I don’t have a third instalment to fall into. Really great read!