Review: Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Monday March 9, 2015 at 8:30 am |

starcursed-jsPublisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Published: June 18, 2013
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 367
Form: Hardback
Series: The Cahill Witch Chronicles (2)
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Cate Cahill sacrificed everything to protect her sisters, Maura and Tess; she gave up her home, her social position, and her beloved fiancee, Finn.

Now, 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.

My Thoughts

I was really impressed with how this book pretty much picks up right where the first book left off.  At first Cate seems to be the very same sullen and super suspicious girl she was in the first book.  But after basically being called out by her new roommate at the Sisterhood, a convent of women who have dedicated themselves to God but are secretly a coven of witches, she begins to at least try to be more social and engaging of the other girls around her.

The Brotherhood, the organization who pretty much rules over everyone, are becoming more fearful of seeing the prophecy of the sister witches coming to fruition and begins to make more stringent and absurd rules, especially regarding women.  They are arresting women and girls and torturing them to find the Oracle.  As things have become more and more dangerous, Cate is somewhat relieved when her sisters come to live with her.  Everyone is expecting Cate to be the prophesied sister witch with the visions and incredible mind magic.  They are looking to her to lead the witches into a new era, but fate has other plans.

In gaining a foothold on her magic and trying to protect her sisters and foster a romance that got disrupted, Cate is completely overwhelmed, but dedicated to the cause of the witches.  But between trying to keep the secret of one sister while constantly fighting with and being dissed by another sister, Cate is struggling to find a way to keep all those she cares about safe, and find a way to end the tyranny of the Brotherhood.

Cate’s plan to free the women locked up for being witches and condemned to an asylum as well as the actions of a couple power hungry witches, finally sets off the beginnings of the next war between the witches and the Brotherhood.  And in the end, her middle sister betrays her and takes away something that was everything to Cate.  It was really infuriating reading it and I wanted to smack the hell out of Maura.  This is pretty much where this book leaves off, and it totally made me anxious to get my hands on the next one.  I cannot wait to read the conclusion of this series.  I just hope it lives up to the first two volumes.

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