A stunning, addictive fantasy debut that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance in an original world with a historical WWI tone.
C. L. Polk wrote her first story in grade school and still hasn't learned any better. After spending years in strange occupations and wandering western Canada, she settled in southern Alberta with her rescue dog Otis. She has a fondness for knitting, bicycles, and single estate coffee. C. L. has had short stories published in Baen's Universe and Gothic.net, and contributed to the web serial Shadow Unit (http://shadowunit.org/), and spends too much time on twitter at @clpolk.
Thoroughly charming and deftly paced. --The New York
Invigoratingly original, crisply and subtly and wittily written. --Anthony Rapp C.L. Polk's Witchmark is a delightfully compulsive read. With an intriguing alternate world of magic and modernity and the costs of both, and an endearing protagonist in Dr. Miles Singer -- more, please! --Carrie Vaughn Enthralling, fast-paced, and romantic, Witchmark unveils a fascinating world. Polk writes with assured ease. I can't wait for her next book! --Elizabeth Hoyt "This book has it all: alternate history Edwardian world, magic system world-building, murder mystery, family drama, examination of class systems -- did I mention magic? -- and a sweet male/male romance." --Alyssa Cole A crackler, with layers like a nesting doll and just as delightful to discover. Witchmark is a can't-miss debut that will enchant readers. --Booklist Starred Review Polk's stellar debut... blends taut mystery, exciting political intrigue, and inventive fantasy... Polk is a writer to watch. --Publishers Weekly Starred Review The world of this new series feel rich and familiar, yet wholly unique. The atmosphere is perfect for this tale of dangerous magic, lost souls and lonely hearts. --RT Book Reviews The subtle ways Polk builds her characters, reveals the systems under which they live and unwinds a complicated, twisting plot with both personal and political implications are testaments to her skill as a storyteller. --Shelf Awareness This book has romance, mystery, witch battles, and bicycle chases. --Elizabeth Bear Glowing with expertly handled magic, in a deeply-layered alternate world, Polk's Witchmark is a serious mystery and a steaming romance. I'm enchanted. --Fran Wilde Witchmark is a brilliant read, full of atmosphere and thrills, likable characters, and more than a bit of romance. It is a remarkable debut! --Los Angeles Public Library If you need a fun queer period adventure romance, you'll want to add this to your TBR pile. --Aliette de Bodard Witchmark is an exciting, accomplished and wonderfully written debut. C.L. Polk has created a world which, while recognisable, is nonetheless wholly original -- the perfect setting for a fast-paced, complex and wonderfully characterised story. --Foz Meadows