Review: Born Wicked

Born Wicked
Jessica Spotswood
2012
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
978-0-399-25745-2

Cate Cahill and her younger sisters, Maura and Tess, are witches. With their mother dead and their father oblivious to their powers, the three girls must learn to control their magic and keep it hidden from the watchful eyes of the Brotherhood, a group of priests who form the town council and are known to persecute women they suspect of witchcraft. Cate vows to protect her sisters, but a secret prophecy revealed in her mother’s hidden diary could make that impossible. Cate must choose between marriage to her childhood friend Paul or joining the Sisterhood, a group of ostensibly pious women who are actually a group of witches determined that Cate join their ranks. Complicating matters further is Cate’s intense attraction to Finn Belastra, a man whose lower social statues makes him an unsuitable match. Now, Cate must figure out how to protect her sisters and herself from those would seek to harm them.

I really enjoyed Born Wicked. At first I feared this book, the first in a series, would be too predictable. It seems obvious Cate does not love her childhood friend Paul and will not be able to marry him, and that somehow she’ll find a way to be with Finn. However, there are enough twists and turns to keep readers interested, including the revelation that there are more witches in town than Cate thought, and the identity of some of these witches is surprising. I look forward to book two.

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