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Hi Coven!!! How are you? We are currently on holiday and trying to catch up with all the arcs that piled up recently! Today we come to you with our latest review: it’s for the newly released book by Georgia Bowers “Mark of the Wicked”.Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowers
Published on August 10th, 2021 by Swoon Reads
Format: ARC provided by Netgalley, TBR&Beyond
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal > Witches, Urban Fantasy
❧ Bookish Coven Rating
“Why do witches have scars on their face, little one?”
“To warn others to stay away from them.”
Matilda is a witch that bears the scars of all the people she has hurt on her face. But when one of those people turns up dead, she must set on a path of self discovery, questioning her dark motives and if using magic to further her own agenda is truly her calling.
“At the rate you are collecting those scars, [you will learn] that the more of them you get the more painful they are to carry around and that keeping them covered gets harder and harder”.
Mark of the Wicked started out really slow and to be honest I could see the plot a mile away; there were points were I struggled, as Matilda came off (in my opinion) as very immature. I huffed at certain instances and mentally wished her to just talk to her mum about her bloody problems. She keeps on trying to face everything by herself. And I had to keep reminding myself that she was just a teenager and making rash and irresponsible decisions is kinda of a package deal. The third person narration was god send and I really enjoyed the story unfolding this way.
“A witch has always a target on her back”.
The story had a lot of gentle feminist nods and a colorful set of characters, both human and animal ones. Georgia Bowers has a really nice prose as she truly painted each scene in my mind’s eye with her words. The witchy lore was nicely done and I particularly found the idea that a witch hurting somebody would bear the scar of their name on their face, pretty unique.
Overall, Mark of the Wicked was an enjoyable witchy read, perfect for Halloween!
“You messed with the wrong witch.”
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