Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nandi Reviews - Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

(Nandi Baard-Ziller occasionally reviews books I simply cannot get around to. This time around, she gave Born Wicked a go!)

Title: Born Wicked
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Penguin Books

Our mother was a witch too. But she hid it better.
I miss her.
To me, the magic feels like a curse. According to the Brothers, it’s devil-sent.
Woman who can do magic – they’re either mad or wicked. So I will do everything in my power to protect myself and my sisters.
Even if it means giving up my life – and my true love.

Set in the late 1890’s, in a society with strict moral codes where men are superior to women, and the Brotherhood rules society, Cate struggles to reconcile who she is and who society wants her to be.

The book is written from Cate’s perspective, and as the oldest of three sisters (all of them witches), she feels responsible for their well-being. 

The story follows their coming-of-age without a mother to guide them, the trials of being witches in a society where magic is evil, and a romance that needs to overcome many obstacles in order to survive. There are references in the book to major events in the history of witchcraft (particularly to the Salem Witch Trials), which adds great depth to the story and the experiences of the characters. 

It can be difficult to read a book set in a completely different time, but Spotswood does a fantastic job of setting the scene and making it relatable to the reader’s life.

This is a wonderful book with a fantastic mix of characters (some you will love, some you will hate, and others you will love and hate at the same time), and unexpected twists in the plot which will leave you wanting more. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that I was very upset when I got to the end, realized it was the first book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles, and was sad didn’t have the second one to start reading as soon as I put this one down.

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