Burn Mark – Laura Powell. Release Date: June 7th
This young adult novel blends witchcraft and gang culture and makes for a refreshing read in a crowded market.
In a London that we almost recognise, gangs and chavs rule the streets, the elite have their private schools and their country clubs but running through all the tensions is witchcraft. People who develop the talent have to register with the ministry and are then subdued with chains or put to work. Anyone using magic to kill is burnt at the stake. Sorcery is the domain of the downtrodden and oppressed, anyone who develops the skill is viewed as either scum by the ruling classes or as a talented asset by the under classes.
Into this scenario step Glory and Lucas, Glory comes from a long line of witches but wishes to escape the crime and poverty. Lucas is the heir to the chief Witchfinder but sympathises with the witches brutal suppression. On the same day they both develop the talent for witchcraft, throwing themselves into each other’s life and onto a path that might change their whole society.
The book is exciting, challenging and very modern. Even better, it is the start of a series which is going to be a huge hit.