by Jessica Spotswood
Series: Cahill Witch Chronicles #3
Published by: Penguin
A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England. To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment.
After the jaw-dropping cliffhanger in Star Cursed, I was anxious to dive into Sisters’ Fate the final Cahill Witch Chronicles novel by Jessica Spotswood. What a nail-biting journey this has been as we followed three sisters, all witches, prophesied about living in one of the most oppressive periods. Sisters’ Fate was gripping, dark, and at times pulled on the reader’s heartstrings but it was equally powerful and uplifting.
These are dark times and the dangers to women are high. If a young woman sneezed or looked in the wrong direction, she could be accused of being a witch. Sisters’ Fate picks up where Star Cursed left off, and things are not going well for the sisters. The Brotherhood finds its ranks divided, and even the Sisters are in the midst of a power struggle amongst themselves. Cate is devastated at losing Finn and her relationship with Maura has her experiencing feelings of anger, betrayal and loss. Tess is still adorable and optimistic despite all that she sees. She wants the siblings to a united front and struggles with her responsibilities and being on the cusp of womanhood. Maura makes me crazy, and yet I see the yearning in her for acceptance and love. We see growth in each of the characters, especially Cate, and the author was able to sway my feelings easily.
There are two themes running throughout the Cahill Witch Chronicles. The first is the oppressive and volatile world these young women live in and that of the prophecy. The second has been the romance of Cate and Finn. After the developments in Star Cursed, I feared their romance had ended, but Spotswood kept the thread alive and did so beautifully. Nothing felt forced, and I swooned. The tale slowly built, with added threads regarding an illness sweeping the streets and the underground revolutionist. It was all very intense and captivating. As I read, I found myself holding my breath, gasping, and shedding a tear or two as we moved towards the climax. The series wrapped up in a predictable, yet well done manner. After the wicked ride, it left me satisfied. There is an epilogue, and it added a lovely closing to this trilogy.
Fans of the Cahill Witch Chronicles will be pleased with the final journey Sisters’ Fate takes them on.
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