- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (30 Jan. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141315520
- ISBN-13: 978-0141315522
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wicca: Origins Paperback – 30 Jan 2003
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Seventeen-year-old blood-witch Morgan is finding out about her wiccan ancestry. When she discovers a Book of Shadows that once belonged to her ancestor, Rose MacEwan, she makes some shocking discoveries about Rose and her life. It is 1682 and Rose must conceal the fact that she is a witch or risk death. It is a hard time to be a Wodebayne who is in love with one of the rival Leapvaughn clan. Spurned by her lover, Diarmuid, and facing trial for witchcraft, Rose's desire for revenge unwittingly releases the Dark Wave, which will have repercussions generations into the future.
About the Author
Cate Tiernan has published books for young adults in the US. These are her first titles for Puffin UK. She has researched Wicca and witchcraft thoroughly for this series, giving the stories an authentic and convincing background. Cate lives in the USA.
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This is the eleventh book in the Wicca series (which began with Book of Shadows) and again is from a perspective other than Morgan's. In this installment, Morgan's ancestor Rose narrates the tale of the creation of the dark wave. Morgan and Hunter appear briefly in the prologue and epilogue but otherwise the entire book is given over to Rose's story.
The movement of the story to seventeenth century Scotland is an interesting choice. I enjoyed the opportunity to discover how and why the dark wave was created, and the circumstances fit well with the morality issues raised in previous installments. However, I didn't really warm to Rose as a character and the pace of the book is quite a lot slower than before. To this point the rest of the series is set over around four months, whilst this book is set over the course of almost a year. This means that a lot of the tension depends on the witch hysteria rather than Rose herself.
The romance angle between Rose and Diarmuid was also a little disappointing as she uses magick to capture his attention which always makes the relationship seem unbalanced. Rose's determination to maintain their connection is understandable but I have to say I wasn't really surprised when Diarmuid's true intentions are revealed.
All in all this was an interesting read and I'm looking forward to Eclipse.
Morgan has had an explosive three months; she fell in love for the first time with powerful witch Cal Blair who betrayed her for his and his mother's own dark magickal purposes, she discovered that she was adopted and that her biological parents were powerful hereditary witches known as blood witches, who were murdered in a fire. Amidst all of this Morgan forms a new relationship with British witch Hunter Niall her soulmate and tries to harnass her natural powers against those who would harm her.
One of the many reasons that made the Wicca series so readable was the strong link between the reader and Morgan and the unrelenting pace as events unfold. This is were Origins begins to suffer- aside from the prologue and epilogue Morgan and the regular cast are largely absent. Instead Morgan sits down to read a distant ancestors Book of Shadows and the narrative is we plunged back in time to 17th century Scotland and told from Woodebane ancestor Rose MacEwan's point of view.
In context of the series the narrative is interesting in that the reader begins to understand how and why the dark wave of magic that wiped out many covens of witches was created. However, I couldn't help but feel cheated when I got this installment initially I wanted more of Morgan and Hunter's lives and this felt a wee bit like Tiernan was stalling us. This installment isn't as well written as the others and would have been better left in an anthology to accompany the series. The time period seems slightly off with very little supporting details to authenticate it and the main love plot between Diarmuid and Rose is slight and lacks the passion and subtlety present in the contemporary books.
Truthfully you could skip this installment and not miss too much, luckily the next book returns to the normal formula and is all the better for it. Three stars because this is a borrow from the library title whereas the rest of this compelling series is most definitely one that you need to own.
A lot of the Witches information is correct, for example some of the words used and the herb, stone, sabbat lore. There was less "supernatural" lore which made it seem more believable than some of the previous ones in the series.
A lot about the male lead was dodgy however. She only got him through a spell it seemed. She was not claiming him as he was hers, but stealing him from the first. I'm glad he turned out the way he did at the end though, it created more sympathy for Rose.
It was great how there was romance, evil and magic all linked into one, it made it very tense and interesting to read. I was shocked at the end to find out about what the main character was like (Rose) and what she did, it left me thinking about it for days afterwoods. I must admit that it wasn't quite up to the standard of her other books but it is still definately worth a read. Heres a tip for anyone who is going to or is reading this book, DON'T give up, after the first few chapters it starts to get better, so give it a chance and you never know, you may be suprised! *~*Han*~*
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