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Series Wrap: ‘The Cahill Witch Chronicles,’ Jessica Spotswood

January 30, 2016

Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.

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About The Cahill Witch Chronicles

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship–or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with six months to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate stars scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood — not even from each other.

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Quick Picks

Favourite Character/s: Cate Cahill, Tess Cahill
Favourite Pairing/s: Cate/Finn
Favourite Cover: Born Wicked
Favourite Book: Sisters’ Fate

Summing Up

Why I liked this series

A lovely mix of historical and fantasy, set in an alternate 1890’s New England where everyone is ruled by the fiercely religious Brotherhood and witches are feared. Three sisters, a prophecy and witchcraft – what more could you ask for! Cate Cahill is the eldest of the Cahill sisters and a strong witch – she grows into a strong leader and is an incredibly likeable and relatable character!

As for the ‘ending’, I don’t find that Sisters’ Fate was a typical ‘ending’ book. Rather, all the mini-plots in it and previous books worked towards the ending, rather than the final book. Does that make sense? It was quite different!

Why I disliked this series

Upon reading Born Wicked for the first time, I had many ‘WOW’ moments and found it an incredible debut. When I re-read, I still immsenely enjoyed it but that zinging ‘WOW’ feeling never came for me again. Although I adored the series, I always felt it was JUST on the verge of being THE BEST EVER, but never got there.

In Conclusion

Would I read this series again? I’ve read Born Wicked twice and would probably read the series again in the future!
Would I recommend this series? Definitley, but only to other historical fantasy fans,
This series in one word: Prophesied.

Individual Reviews

Born WickedStar-CursedSisters’ Fate

Did you read The Cahill Witch Chronicles?
What do you think is up next for Jessica Spotswood?

1 Comment

  • Reply Annette February 1, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Just on the edge of greatness? Sounds like it’s pretty darn awesome. I shall definitely hope to get to the trilogy sometime this year; I have a copy of the first book, but the cover on the version I have isn’t nearly as pretty as the ones posted above!

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