Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Novel: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood | Goodreads
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #2
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.
Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.
In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.
Jessica Spotswood’s spellbinding series continues in this beautifully woven novel, sweeping readers back into its mystical but plausible world. But while Star Cursed‘s setting is just as atmospheric and richly built as its predecessor’s, readers soon realize that things are not quite the same for Cate and her sisters.
Cate is wiser now, and her powers are flourishing into what could make her one of the most powerful witches in history. And with the Brotherhood stronger than ever before and the threat of a prophesy looming, the stakes are higher, creating dangerous situations that the author could have easily used her protagonist’s powers to solve. Had a lazier writer penned this story, Cate’s magic could have been the key to solving any problem, but thanks to Spotswood’s masterful storytelling, this is not the case.
Instead, the author uses Cate’s growing strength to build rather than reduce conflict. The main character’s circumspect approach to using her abilities not only clashes with Maura’s recklessness, resulting in sisterly fights that rip at the characters’ relationship, but torments Cate as she wonders whether or not fighting the Brotherhood with her magic is the right choice. Situations in which the line between good and evil is nonexistent drive the plot, forcing readers to consider the way morality warps itself in the face of deadly implications.
However, even better than this story’s open-ended questions about ethics are the elements of the plot that are clearly portrayed as wrong. The Brotherhood is egotistical and corrupt, and their book-burning and cruel treatment of those they consider beneath them will send readers into a rage. Star Cursed is not a book for those who cannot stand being offended, but the anger it produces gives the plot a beating urgency and purpose. Spotswood manipulates readers’ fury brilliantly, giving her tale an edge that will horrify yet engage readers.
When Spotswood places a building plot against the gorgeous backdrop that is the Cahills’ home, she produces the same richly atmospheric setting that makes the first book in the series so breathtaking. Star Cursed is a story full of questions, conflict, and confusion with scenes guaranteed to break your heart and challenge your morals. Fans of Born Wicked will be enthralled.