It’s a little strange, I know, to be reviewing a book here which is the second in a series, but I read the first book (Burn Mark) before I started blogging quite so many book reviews, and before I started keeping The List, so Witch Fire makes it onto this year’s set of reviews, but its predecessor doesn’t. For reference, I really enjoyed the first book.
The second, then, I realised late last year was something I wanted to read, but it’s so long ago now, I may have forgotten most of the details.
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.
So for a basic run-through, the Burn Mark books are set in a modern-day world where witchcraft is a known (although not accepted) fact of life. Witchcraft is outlawed, and witches must register with the government in order to be bridled with iron, preventing them from using their powers. Glory is a member of a famous witchcraft family(and coven) and has always skirted the edges of the law, whereas Lucas is the son of one of the most famous witch-hunters of the age, and his powers are both embarrassing and unexpected. In the first book they were forced to work together and developed a begrudging sort of respect.
In the second book, then, they’re both underage members of the counter-terrorist organisation WICA – unexpected because of their young age, they’re able to sneak under radars (much like Muchamore’s Cherub books’ principle).
I really enjoyed Witch Fire – it developed further the story of Glory and Lucas, their relationship together, expanded on the world-building which was started in Burn Mark and was a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I had two complaints, though – one was that it followed quite heavily on from the first book, meaning that (I think) it would be impossible to pick up on its own, as the reader would be left confused.
My second complaint was that it was left feeling unfinished. When I turned the last page, I expected to see an advertisement for the third in a trilogy, but was disappointed. There’s nothing on either the author’s website or goodreads to suggest that there is or will be a third book either.
I thoroughly enjoyed Witch Fire, and would recommend both Burn Mark books, but really did expect a third book, and am still surprised that there’s no word of one. I feel like there could be far more to Glory and Lucas’ story.