Sunday, 13 May 2012

Eclipse by Cate Tiernan

Title: Eclipse
Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Puffin Books
ISBN: 0-141-31553-9
Pages: 187
Series: Wicca/Sweep #12
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Purchased

Morgan Rowlands has discovered much about magick and love, but when strange events start happening Morgan isn't sure what to do. It is like a cloud of darkness is hovering over the heads of her and her friends, and soon Morgan comes to fear the worst. Putting on a brave face she tries to hide the possibility of danger but there's a problem. Alisa isn't fooled by Morgan's pretence and she too can feel the darkness surrounding them...the question is how is she able to?

This is the twelfth book in the Wicca series (which began with Book of Shadows) and sees another change in style. The narration is now split between Morgan and Alisa, who previously has been a member of Kithic and a good friend of Morgan's sister Mary K. This is really well written and both voices are distinct, allowing the reader a great view into the events in Widow's Vale.

Alternating between Morgan and Alisa also means that the two stories can be both intricately intermeshed and also completely unique. Morgan is dealing with the lengths her biological father will go to in order to either win her to his side, or remove her from his path while Alisa is beginning to realise that her family tree holds just as many secrets as Morgan's.

I also found the story of Hunter's father Daniel's recovery to be very interesting. He questions Morgan's loyalties and his gradual trust parallels his improving health. There was a possibility Daniel would magickally recover and I'm really glad the book chose to take a more mundane route to health.

At this point it is important to have read the books in order (even the previous somewhat disappointing Origins) as the dark wave plays it's most pivotal role yet. Alongside this there are loads of twists and turns that I didn't expect and an outstanding action-packed conclusion.

All in all this was a great read and I'm looking forward to Reckoning.

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 9/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 9/10

Overall: 48/50

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