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I found this an enjoyable sequel I liked that the story continues from the point of view of his sister.

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A solid follow up to the Award-winning Gaslamp fantasy Witchmark! In this sequel Miles’ sister Grace must deal with the political fallout from the finale of Witchmark, (happily with the aid of her brother and his partner, Tristan). She is a powerful character trying to make things right and find her true path after years on the one her father created for her—she doesn’t always get it right, but she’s trying. Polk’s firmly in my “must buy” category.

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Stormsong by C.L. Polk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I admit I was super thrilled to get ahold of this after enjoying Witchmark so much. As a beautifully written fantasy/intrigue/romance with all the hallmarks of a late Elizabethian England, (Aleland, that is,) it was super stiff-upper-lipped, bursting with repressed emotion, and it ended on a VERY strong magical note.

This sequel, however, has a very different tone. Yes, if you're looking for an F/F romance to match the M/M romance of the first, I'm sure you'll enjoy it... eventually... but the majority of the tale is political. A storm, to be combatted by magic, leads to major societal complications. The revelations regarding the people who were ill-used in the past (read: magical underclass,) must be addressed or some major upheavals will tear the nation apart.

It took me a while to get into the book. All the politics looks good on the surface but it didn't do all that much for my attention span for a long time. It was only when the reporter came snooping around when I finally got invested. It just took so much time...

I did enjoy the rest of the tale. It picked up some. But it still remained a mild political thriller with a few late action scenes. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the first book. The high point was the romance angle. The politics, which overtook the grand majority of the novel, was merely okay. I like seeing underclasses get rights and such, but when it comes to regular enjoyment in reading, it seemed ready-made to cater to modern political leanings.

LGBT communities, mainly, written as the magical downtrodden, made more vibrant with a vital romance.

Something is bothering me, though. The politicization of gender orientation never seemed to be that big a deal to me before. It's one thing to get equal rights, but it's another to actively repress those who don't identify with the same. This book is mostly about politicization. It kinda kicked me out of the characters and reduced my enjoyment of THEIR tale. I didn't have that problem in Witchmark.

Still, not bad, all told.

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This was amazing. I loved Witchmark but Stormsong is so much better (or at the very least, so much more for me personally.) This sequel takes Grace, younger sister of the last book’s protagonist, as its MC. We find out so much more about her and she swiftly overtook Miles as my favourite character in this series. The story is richly woven, deftly paced and plotted and utterly enchanting. I really need the third book Stat! (My only quibble has nothing to do with the book but with people who are stupid enough to one star it simply because it’s now a F/F romance not M/M or because the MC has changed. Seriously what is wrong with people? Y’all don’t deserve nice things.)

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