Witch Fire by Laura Powell
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s
4 out of 5 Stars
Format: ARC/Egalley (available in a variety of formats from 11th April 2013)
***This is book 2 in the series, do not read this review if you have yet to read Burn Mark, there WILL be spoilers***
Wow. Breathe. Breathe some more. Blimey, Witch Fire is a definite roller-coaster.
It picks up a few months after Burn Mark with Glory and Lucas now working for WICA, their identities and fae still being kept secret from the world. Lucas’ father has resigned but got another job high up in witch/human politics, and Glory and her father have left the Cooper St Coven and have been set up in a nice flat by WICA. But Lucas and Glory are bored, they expected to have mission after mission at WICA, but instead, to Glory’s horror, they are in school. Glory struggles to fit in, she’s seen as a wildcard and although she’s proved her loyalty, its still doubted, but she’s only there to find out more about her mother, and so she keeps going. But what Glory doesn’t know is that Lucas is about to be told the truth, her mother was an agent, but only because her family was threatened if she didn’t help, by Lucas’ father no less, she completed her mission, but then went back into Endor, apparently to find out more, but she was not seen again and so presumed to have turned.
Lucas is sworn to secrecy, there is no telling what Glory might do if she finds out her mother was forced to work for the agency, and besides, there is no time, the teens are sent off to a prestigious boarding school for teen witches, where endor have been recruiting. Working under cover Lucas and Glory find out a lot more than they were bargaining for, and they set off on a journey that separates them, risks their friendship, and involves more than one face from the past.
Like I said. A roller-coaster. It really doesn’t stop, the scene setting from the first book is gone, we know what its about so it launches straight into it, with a little recap for those who’ve not read the prequel the day before (like me!). But there is SO much, its two books really, all mushed into one.
Everything I liked about book one, is here, the character development is great, and Powell has stayed true to Glory, kept her roughness and her edges, which is great. Lucas is also struggling with everything, I like the fact that Powell’s not suddenly made him a super witch who has no issues anymore. His relationship with his father is still one of my favorite parts, as I said in the review for book one, its nice to read a healthy, normal, teen-parent relationship. His father doesn’t understand, but tries to, and tries to support Lucas, even when he doesn’t think he’s right.
There is so much to talk about, but I can’t without putting in major spoilers, as the good bits are all tangled up in the plot. The return of a few past characters is handled well, and the new additions are interesting, adding new aspects to the story, and I hope to see more of them in future books. Overall a good read, only 4 rather than 4.5 stars because there is so much in there, I did feel like I might blink and miss something, the book could of done with being split into two (one half in the school, the other half for everything else), or made longer so we could have some rest between the excitement. Not a major moan, there is nothing there to moan about, had Burn Mark not existed then this would probably be a 4.5 or 5 star, but Powell has shot herself in the foot by writing such a great series opener.
ARC/Egalley kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.