Spoilers ahead! If you haven’t read Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, stop right there. Read that book before you continue with this post. Always a Witch will make absolutely no sense if you read it without the background provided in the first book. Seriously. No sense at all.
Well, I’ve finally finished the sequel to Once a Witch (which I read way back in March). Always a Witch continues the story of Tamsin and her newly discovered Talent. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you obviously didn’t heed my warning above. Shame on you.) Tamsin and her family are getting ready for a very special celebration when things get weird…and that’s really saying something in a family full of witches.
Just days before Tamsin’s sister, Rowena is to be married, an enemy returns to wreak havoc on the Greene family. The evil Alistair Knight warns that he will stop at nothing to restore his family’s power…and he means it. When Tamsin learns that Alistair has Traveled back to 1887 New York, she knows she must follow him. She must warn her family (ancestors, really) of what is to come so that they can prevent the dismal future that could await them. But things aren’t really that easy. Then again, they never are when it comes to Tamsin.
When Tamsin Travels back in time, she almost immediately finds herself employed…by the Knight family. She is to be lady’s maid to young Jessica Knight. But Tamsin may just be able to use this unexpected circumstance to her advantage. She uses her position to learn more about her enemy, and she’s truly horrified by what she discovers. The Knight family is the epitome of evil, and they must be stopped. But can Tamsin convince her family to stop them when it could mean the loss of their powers and even their lives?
With or without help, Tamsin is determined to do what she must to ensure that the Knights lose their power. But is she really willing to make the hard choices? Choices that could impact the past as well as the future? What will she do when she realizes that the future of her entire family rests on her shoulders? What would you do? Read Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough to discover how far one will go in the name of family.
Even though this book was heavy on the time travel (which I believe I have mentioned seriously messes with my head), I think Always a Witch was even better than its predecessor. I was (figuratively) on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. Tamsin grew up and began to really think about how her choices would impact not only herself but also everyone around her. I also kind of like that the villains of the book were the Knights. That’s just awesome. I’ve kind of always wanted to be a villain (but a good, misunderstood one like Darth Vader). Even though the Knights in this book were pure evil, I still think it’s pretty cool that we share the same last name. I know that’s incredibly juvenile of me, but, let’s face it, sometimes I am incredibly juvenile.
If you’d like more information on Once a Witch, Always a Witch, or other books by author Carolyn MacCullough, visit her website at http://www.carolynmaccullough.com/index.html. As for me, I must get ready for the first day of school tomorrow. Wish me luck!