Author: Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Puffin Books
Series: Wicca/Sweep #11
Type: Young Adult Paranormal
In 1682 Rose MacEwan lived in dangerous times, more so because she was a witch.
The daughter of her coven's High Priestess, Rose always felt that she was being
held back from her magick by her mother. So when Rose meets the mischevious
Diarmuid in the woods, she seizes the opportunity to work greater more powerful
magick. But Rose's choices have consequences even she could never have
This is the eleventh book in the Wicca series (which began
with Book of Shadows) and again is from a perspective other than Morgan's. In this
installment, Morgan's ancestor Rose narrates the tale of the creation of the
dark wave. Morgan and Hunter appear briefly in the prologue and epilogue but
otherwise the entire book is given over to Rose's story.
The movement of
the story to seventeenth century Scotland is an interesting choice. I enjoyed
the opportunity to discover how and why the dark wave was created, and the
circumstances fit well with the morality issues raised in previous installments.
However, I didn't really warm to Rose as a character and the pace of the book is
quite a lot slower than before. To this point the rest of the series is set over
around four months, whilst this book is set over the course of almost a year.
This means that a lot of the tension depends on the witch hysteria rather than
The romance angle between Rose and Diarmuid was also a
little disappointing as she uses magick to capture his attention which always
makes the relationship seem unbalanced. Rose's determination to maintain their
connection is understandable but I have to say I wasn't really surprised when
Diarmuid's true intentions are revealed.
All in all this was an
interesting read and I'm looking forward to Eclipse.