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by Jessica Spotswood
     
 

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With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want

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Overview

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess's quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Raves for Born Wicked and The Cahill Witch Chronicles:

"A tale so captivating you don't want it to end." -Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade series

*"Spotswood's debut is enchanting and addicting."-VOYA (starred review)

"This first title in the series is more than promising; readers will be swooning for the next one."-School Library Journal

"Born Wicked is like a sizzling, more fun version of The Witch of Blackbird Pond."-Romantic Times

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—New England in the 1890s is a perilous place to be female in this alternate history tale of witchcraft and romance. In this sequel to Born Wicked (Putnam, 2012), the Brotherhood cracks down further, forbidding women to work outside the home, and decreeing that girls will no longer be taught to read. The Cahill sisters-Cate, Maura, and Tess-talented witches reunited under the protection of the Sisterhood, are caught up in a power struggle that threatens them all. The smoldering rivalry between Cate and Maura ignites into divisive confrontations even as the Brotherhood's repression of girls and women increases: there is talk of bringing back the burnings. Eldest sibling Cate plays a dangerous game, happily reuniting with her betrothed, Finn, even while the Sisterhood endangers him by setting him to spy on the Brotherhood. This sequel doesn't have quite the drive of its predecessor; the opening is a little slow, and tension is diffused through repetitive confrontation that does not move the story forward. Still, there are enough stolen kisses to hold those with romance on their minds, and enough chase and escape to hold others. Cate spends a lot of time considering consequences, which, after a few hundred pages, seems an awful lot like fretting. The world-building creaks a little as Spotswood expands its borders but the center still holds. Characterization takes a backseat to plot. There are a number of undeveloped new characters, and already introduced characters show little growth, with Maura's development particularly one-note. Happily for fans of the first book, the big reveal at the conclusion is a genuine shocker, and readers will be anxious to discover if the final betrayal will move Cate to action.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Cate Cahill is torn between competing factions of the Sisterhood, as the witches disguised as nuns prepare to fight the Brothers' theocracy. After being manipulated into joining the Sisterhood in Born Wicked (2012), Cate has abandoned love and her sisters for the city and a convent filled with witches who think she is the prophesied witch who will lead the resurgence of magic and overthrow of the Brothers. However, the Sisters disagree on revolutionary methods: Ailing headmistress Sister Cora supports a cautious, conservative approach, while second-in-command Sister Inez favors pre-emptive, aggressive strikes. But the evil Brotherhood has an imprisoned oracle whose prophecies add detail about magic's resurgence. In response to it, the Brothers step up their campaign against it, arresting and torturing girls to find the prophesied witch as well as passing new laws so restrictive that the general population begins to turn against them. The Sisterhood responds to the Brothers' literal witch hunt by summoning Cate's sisters, Maura and Tess, to protect them--and ambitious Maura, the least sympathetic non-Brother character, latches onto the new prophecy, which reopens speculation on which Cahill sister will lead the witches. Cate's forbidden romance with Finn, now a Brother, is better integrated with the plot than in the opener and makes Finn more interesting by association. There's a genuinely surprising twist at the end. Page-turning intrigues make this a strong sequel. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399257469
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Series:
Cahill Witch Chronicles Series, #2
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile:
HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Raves for Born Wicked and The Cahill Witch Chronicles:

"A tale so captivating you don't want it to end." —Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade series

*"Spotswood's debut is enchanting and addicting."—VOYA (starred review)

"This first title in the series is more than promising; readers will be swooning for the next one."—School Library Journal

"Born Wicked is like a sizzling, more fun version of The Witch of Blackbird Pond."—Romantic Times

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