Title: Night's Child
Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Puffin Books
Series: Wicca/Sweep #15
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
Moira Byrne has grown up hearing hushed whispers about her mother, the great
Morgan of Belwicket, and the awesome powers she is said to possess. Moira just
knows her as Mum and has only ever seen her work as a witch and healer. But when
strange dark signs begin to plague Morgan and her daughter, Morgan fears that
the darkness of her past has once again arisen to be fought once more and Moira
begins to realise just how dangerous her mother can be.
This is the
fifteenth and final book in the Wicca series (which began with Book of Shadows) and it set twenty years after the end of the previous installment.
Morgan now resides in Ireland with her daughter Moira having been contacted to
help rebuild her ancestral coven of Belwicket. Morgan thought she'd left the
darkness behind, but this rollercoaster of a story proves her wrong.
the tragic heartwrenching beginning, through the many unexpected twists and
turns to the incredible conclusion this is a thrill ride of a book with heaps of
tension. One thing that stood out for me in an outstanding way was the parallels
between Moira's life and Morgan's. Moira is drawn to a young witch Ian Delaney
whose mother is suspected of working dark magick and their relationship
parallels Morgan's relationship with Cal in a fascinating way.
herself is more like her mother than even she herself thinks, struggling with
the balance of morality and discovering secrets her family had hidden for her
whole life. It is also interesting to see how different Moira's life at sixteen
is from Morgan's as she has been brought up surrounded by magick and is studying
for her initiation. I loved seeing how Morgan managed to achieve her goal of
becoming a healer, even if certain events are not what she wanted to
The only thing that bothers me, and it is a tiny thing, is
that while pretty much all the major characters from the previous books get
updates Alisa does not. Whether this was to leave her storyline open for the
possibility of continuance I don't know but a quick 'Alisa is doing...' could
have easily been worked in.
All in all this was a great read and I
heartily recommend the entire series.