Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Puffin Books
Series: Wicca/Sweep #8
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Morgan Rowlands has discovered a terrible secret about her origins that has
thrown her entire life into doubt. She pushes her beloved Hunter away,
determined to isolate herself so as not to threaten the lives of those she
loves. But as soon as she does Morgan is contacted by the International Council
of Witches. It turns out she is uniquely qualified to help them deal with a
dangerous witch...but doing so could cost her her life.
This is the
eighth book in the Wicca series (after Book of Shadows, The Coven, Blood Witch, Dark Magick, Awakening, Spellbound and The Calling) and it picks up shortly after the last left off. Morgan has broken
up with Hunter and distanced herself from her friends and so this story takes a
more introverted view. A large part of the story comes from Morgan's inner
thoughts and, with her family away on vacation, this guides her choices
The morality of good versus bad has been covered before in
the series but this installment takes it one step further by looking at how much
personal choice is involved. Can a person be predestined to be either good or
bad, or can they choose their own path? For that matter is it a one time choice
or something that must be repeated? Heavy themes but well handled so that the
characters and reader can come to their own conclusion.
With Hunter and
Morgan separated the romance angle of the storyline is less than previously and
this gap is filled with tension, not only from Morgan's work with the council
but from the strained relationships throughout the book. Killan makes a welcome
return and he manages to spread both joy and chaos in his wake, giving the book
some lighter moments to balance the dark.
All in all this was a great
read and I'm looking forward to Strife.