Book review: Witchmark

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  • written by:  C. L. Polk
  • ISBN: 9781250162687
  • published by:  Tor
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Rating: 4/5
  • German version: “Witchmark: Die Spur der Toten”

Plot:

Miles Singer works as a psychiatrist especially for veterans of the war between Laneer and Aeland. This per se is already quite a challenging task as the war leaves veterans with a dark mark on their souls that only Miles can see and that makes them all talk about nightmares of a killer inside them. Then things come thick and fast when a male witch dies in his arms and claims that he has been murdered. All evidences though disappear and Miles finds himself the only one that is willing to solve the case.  Together with the Amaranthian Tristan Hunter who was sent to earth to find the reason for the disappearance of souls, Miles sets off to find the murderer bringing himself in danger’s way. How is this connected with the terrible murders committed by veterans from the war and how is Miles’ real family involved from whom he tries to hide?

My opinion:

This little book – it has only 318 pages – is an easy read. The story does not have much depth but the characters are quite nice. The mystery behind the murder and the involvement of Miles’ family evolves really nicely and leaves place for speculations until the end. I also like the same sex relationship the author is bringing into the book without being too blunt in her writing. It’s a nice and refreshing twist. I only regret that the steampunky environment was not described a little bit more in depth. Overall I would recommend the book as a light read in between more complex books.

Coming up next: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Book review: The Library at Mount Char

As I am currently working on things that I am not able to show you just yet, I start a new post series on one of my favourite subjects: books…..

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  • written by:  Scott Hawkins
  • ISBN: 978-0-553-41862-0
  • published by: Broadway Books
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Fantasy, Horror
  • Rating: 5/5
  • German version: –

Plot:

Carolyn is a little bit odd – but still less odd than the others she is living with in the Invisible Library. They have been living there since they were little after a catastrophy nearly wiped out the whole area. Only a couple of kids were safed by Father and trained by him to become experts in their field. Like Carolyn in languages or Michael in animals as well as fields like war for David or death for Margaret. Hardly anybody would know about the Library and get in contact with them, so social competence has definitely not been on their list of studies. But then Father disappears and they are all locked out of the library by a very destructive barrier. The weird group is on their own now struggling to find out what happened to Father and how to get back inside the library. And there is Steve, a guy with a black spot in his past, who struggles hard to be a good guy – which is not easy when he meets Carolyn. Or Erwin, a war veteran and cop who does not always play to the rules and just knows that something fishy is going on – and Carolyn is involved in it somehow.

My opinion:

First thing you need to know is that I usually don’t do horror – I just don’t because I am such a scardy cat that I can’t sleep for weeks afterwards. I picked this book up in the fantasy section of my favourite book store. I read the plot on the back and found it interesting – definitely not mainstream fantasy. When I started reading – there on the beach in Filitheyo Island – it was like “Hell, what? Really? What have I gotten myself into? How can someone even think of writing that”. It’s hard to understand without having read it but I just could not put this book down: it’s weird – a lot – and gross – in a lot of chapters – but it is written so well and the story evolves in so many unsuspected jumps and leaps that it’s a fascinating read. I just needed to know what happened to Father and how everything fits together. Kudos to the author for coming up with such an unespected gemstone which is definitely not for the feable hearted or for kids.