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I was immediately drawn into Cate’s narrative. She seemed very pessimistic and had a negative outlook on just about everything. That could have been irritating, but she gives us reasons for her pessimism. She’s been in charge of her two younger sisters, since their mother died. All three of them are witches and must keep it hidden from their Father, the town, and especially the Brotherhood or face prosecution. Cate is suppose to announce a betrothal in a matter of months, even though she does fit into society’s mold of a proper young woman. Plus she discovers a prophecy concerning three sisters. If I had to shoulder all of Cate’s responsibilities and be under so many restrictions and expectations, I’d be a negative Nancy, too!
This books is full of magic, mystery, and romance. Women’s oppression is also a major theme throughout, and I think the author did an amazing job linking it to the magical and religious aspects of the book. There’s many twists and turns, and ups and downs. It kept me engaged from start to finish, and the events leading up to the finish left me in awe. I’m not sure what else to say without spoiling anything. If you’re looking for a new twist on witches, and something a little different in the YA genre (like no love triangle!), I urge you to go out and get this one!