Publication: 19th June 2012/Bloomsbury USA.
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"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 ..."
Gloriana also known as Glory dreams of burning witches on trials. Her mother who has disappeared from her life was a witch and Glory hopes she will also gain the Fae and become a witch. At fifteen Glory lives a life beyond her years with her law breaking family who pull off scams to make money. Glory cannot wait to develop the Fae so she can become head of her coven.
Lucas who is also fifteen seems to have the world at his feet. He has a nice family and home and he plans on becoming an Inquisitor just like his Dad. However, Lucas's life falls apart and he must take a new path when he develops the Fae on the same day as Glory. The Fae intertwines their lives in a way neither of them could expect.
Burn Mark is very interesting. Powell has done a great incorporating witches into what otherwise is the same world that we live in now. The history is the most interesting part of the book.
Glory and Lucas are interesting characters. They are two very different people but Powell did not write it in a way that felt over cliched. Glory is strong willed and brave. She will not let anyone walk over her or make decisions for her. She is not afraid to say what she thinks. Lucas is a nice boy. He believes in doing the right thing even if he goes about it in the wrong way. He stands up for others.
I found it hard to connect with this book. I did not feel I was living the story with the characters. Burn Mark is long at over 400 pages, probably too long. At times I found myself getting bored and trying to get through it as fast as possible.
An interesting book with an interesting concept but does not hit the mark. (No pun intended, no really.) It lacks action and spark that give a book something special.