Monday, 27 February 2012
Review: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
(The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Publication date: 7th Feb 2012
I've been a big fan of books about witches since I read Anne Rice's fantastic series about the Mayfair witches so I was really looking forward to Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood.
It took me longer than I expected to finish it, the first half was a bit too slow for me I didn't exactly struggle to read it but I wasn't exactly engrossed either. Born Wicked really picks up speed and gets really interesting at just over the half way mark. I loved the historical feel of it- very Salem witch trials- Spotswood does a fantastic job of immersing the reader into that repressive, straight laced religious society that's rotten to the core and built on fear. The Brotherhood rule with an iron fist and no-one is above suspicion. Children are taught that magic is devil sent and that the women who perform magic are either wicked or mad. When accused of witchcraft the women or girls are either carted off to the asylum or prison ship. You get the feeling the Brotherhood would love to revert back to burning suspected witches at the stake.
Although the romance between Cate and Finn was very sweet (Finn the would be gardener is completely adorable) it was the relationship between the three sisters that really caught my interest. As the oldest Cate bears all the responsibility of protecting her younger sisters from both the Brotherhood and the Sisterhood. Second sister Maura is impulsive and I'm sure there is more to see from youngest sister Tess, the sisters relationship was very well written and I loved their ever changing balance of power.
Ratings wise I keep changing my mind, it's worth a four out of five but it did take a while to really get going. I will however be buying the next instalment as I do want to see what's install for the Cahill sisters and their prophecy.
My rating: nearly a four out of five...