Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: June 18th, 2013
Interest: Series / Historical fiction / Paranormal
Summary (From Goodreads):
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.
First, if you haven’t read Born Wicked (my review), then please stop reading this review and go get a copy of that to read 🙂
I devoured Born Wicked and have been looking forward to reading Star Cursed ever since! Jessica Spotswood really knows how to write an engaging story full of suspense, romance, and magic.
Star Cursed picks up not long after the cliffhanger ending in book one. Cate is with the Sisterhood and understandably unhappy about it. She misses her sisters, her garden, and of course Finn. While I sympathized with Cate, I enjoyed learning more about the Sisterhood and the history. This also opened up the story to more characters and witches, adding some interesting layers. Some of the characters left me skeptical, while others I really enjoyed and want to know more about.
I had a tough time reading sections with the Brotherhood because they are so harsh and brutal in Star Cursed. At times I felt like I was reading a historical fiction-turned-dystopian novel. The laws they created and the way they started treating women is horrible! I couldn’t help but keep hoping that Finn wouldn’t turn to their side. A ton happens in this part of the storyline, but I still have no idea what to expect in the third book, especially after reading the ending. This part of the storyline really draws a line between Cate and Maura and their relationship.
We get to know Maura and Tess in Born Wicked, but I feel like I know each of them so much better after reading Star Cursed. I absolutely adore Tess. I have a lot of things to say that I won’t say about Maura. The situations and conflicts that take place are really defining Cate, Maura, and Tess. One of the sisters left me speechless at the end, so now I have another thing to look forward to in book three.
The mood is a little darker in Star Cursed than it is in Born Wicked, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Finn is present just enough to satisfy my need for his character presence, but ultimately this sequel is all about learning more about Cate, her sisters, and the Sisterhood. I tend to worry about books in the middle of a series/trilogy because sometimes they fall flat, but thankfully Star Cursed does not suffer from that. It’s just as fun and suspenseful to read as Born Wicked.