Friday, May 4, 2012

Progress: Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Since the gripping conclusion of Once a Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother's prophesy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision - one so terrible that it could destroy her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice.

This is the sequel to Once a Witch also by Carolyn MacCullough and is the continuation of the story of Tamsin Greene, a girl brought up in a family of Talented witches and led to believe she had no Talent at all. Talent in this case is a skill of magic that a person is able to perform. Each member of Tamsin's family as a different Talent, for example her mother can move so quickly she seems to disappear from one location and appear in another, her father can control the weather, her sister can influence others to do as she pleases or make inanimate objects repeat what they have "overheard".

The main themes in this book (and the series as a whole) are family rivalries, magic, time travel, and the struggle to find one's own greater purpose in life.

I am currently 55% through this book and so far I am enjoying it quite a bit, It is a fairly quick read and if I had more time to devote to reading it I'd be finished by now. I haven't heard if Carolyn MacCullough plans to make it a trilogy but I will most definitely keep an eye out just in case. From other reviews, however, I have hear that how this book ends (although I don't yet know how it does) would not be conducive to continuing into another book.

Leave a comment below if you would be interested in reading a review of this book when I have finished reading it, or if you have read it and what you thought about it.

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