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Top Notch Teen Supernatural Fare-
on 10 February 2006
This is the first of Cate Tiernan's Wicca series also published originally under the series title Sweep. Unlike most of the teen witch books that flooded the market after the success of Charmed this is a keeper. The main character Morgan Rowlands is your typical 16 year old girl. She's good at maths, fiercely protective of her friends and family, shy and thinks of herself as nothing special in the looks department, until Cal, a charismatic attractive senior, transfers into her school. Morgan is instantly drawn to him, unfortunately for her, her best friend Bree wants Cal too. Bree is everything Morgan is not; confident, beautiful and all too aware of her appeal to boys.
Cal is wiccan and when he holds a party he quickly embroils not only Morgan and Bree but a wide circle of other teenagers into Wicca the religion of witches. Will Morgan and Bree's friendship be strong enough to withstand magick and jealousy?
What elevates this above standard teen fare is the beautiful and realistic portrayal of high school life in a small town. Morgan is a very sympathetic character, but Tiernan also manages to make even the secondary characters come alive. There is no Dawson's Creek speechifying in this, yet she still manages to make the characters believable.
Morgan has a great deal of raw talent for Wicca which surprises, frightens and delights her in turns. This is a great series which will have great appeal to older teenagers and anyone who likes a good supernatural yarn. Tiernan takes a few liberties with Wicca but for the most part this is a very faithful depictment of one of the most misunderstood religions. Tiernan also has a new series out called Balefire which is worth a read. One word of warning make sure you have enough money to buy all 15 of the Wicca series because after you've finished the first you will be well and truly hooked!
Younger readers may be more comfortable with Isobel Birds' Circle of Three series, Lynn Eweing's Daughters/Sons of the Moon, or Melissa Metz's Fingerprints all of which are much lighter although in my opinion less satisfying supernatural reads.