The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
October 15, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

In a world similar to Edwardian England, noble families use magical powers to advance their political agendas. Miles Singer was born a healer, and to avoid becoming enslaved by his family, who would take advantage of his supernatural gift, he runs away. While working in a veterans hospital under a new identity, Miles hides his past and his powers. But one day, a poisoned witch is brought into his clinic, and Miles becomes involved in a murder mystery more complicated than anything he could have imagined. As Miles risks it all to uncover what happened to his patient, C.L. Polk reveals the intricate ways in which magic divides the society she creates. In revealing the complex social and political hierarchies within Witchmark, which won the 2019 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, Polk pushes the boundaries of what period fantasy can achieve. —Annabel Gutterman

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