Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sisters' Fate by Jessica Spotswood

Genre:  YA Historical Paranormal Romance
The Cahill Witch Chronicles Series, Book 3

Note:  This is the final book in a trilogy.  Reading anything below without having read the first two books could spoil earlier plot lines.

Description (taken from Jessica Spotswood's website):
A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can't help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she's torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she's certain she can never forgive Maura's betrayal. And now that Tess's visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.

This book picks up right where the last one left off: with Maura betraying Cate by erasing Finn's memory.  Cate has lost the very reason she has worked to destroy the brotherhood and free their hold of the community.  But Maura has joined a bigger movement.  She's going to help Inez, the one now in charge of the Sisterhood, who plans on taking over the city and destroying every last member of the brotherhood, regardless of guilt.  But Cate just can't let that happen.

Cate has joined the resistance, a group of misfits who want to rid the brotherhood's stranglehold on society.  But this ragtag of men wouldn't go so far as to give women the right to vote; that's another conversation for a later time.  But Cate gets a chance meeting here with Finn that will begin to rekindle a romance from the past.  Meanwhile, Tess, the prophesied most powerful witch of New London, is being plagued with visions and illusions.  She can't determine truth from fiction and is beginning to go mad.  But can Cate help her before it's too late?

So this book brings in an element that wasn't touched on much earlier: a fever plaguing the village.  And it felt a little off base from the previous books.  I remember having so much emotion at the end of the second one that I wanted to scream, and this one just didn't keep up the steam for me.  I felt like this huge Cahill prophecy about Tess was such a let down.  It's like witchcraft was just a tiny part to the whole story.  I don't know.  I guess I just lost interest in the characters once we turned it into a classical plague/witch hunt.

This is a historical fiction series that kind of goes through the witch trials from the past.  It's one that's sure to rile with emotions and keep the reader interested.  I think I'm just getting tired of young adult, and that's why it didn't sit well with me.

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