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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Review: The Calling, Changeling and Strife

Author: Cate Tiernan
Release date: First published in 2001, this one volume edition 2009
Genre: Urban fantasy
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Penguin Razorbill

Book of Shadows and The Coven is the first book in the reprinted version of Cate Tiernan's Wicca Series.

Here's what Amazon has to say about the first book:

Sixteen-year-old Morgan is not who she thought she was... Something is happening to Morgan. She sees things, feels things in a new way. She has discovered a power inside her that normal people don't posses. A dark magickal power. And it scares her. She never chose to learn witchcraft but now witchcraft is choosing her. Her power is seductive. And it hasn't gone unnoticed...

The second book in the series is Blood Witch and Dark Magic.
The third is Awakening and Spellbound.
Please do not read any further if you haven't read the first three books. There will be spoilers.

The Calling and Changeling
Amazon says:
Morgan has discovered much about her powers. But who are her friends and who are her enemies? And who really is she? Morgan is now seventeen years old and her powers have grown with her. But as she struggles to discover who she really is, terrible dreams of someone else, someone in trouble, haunt her. Are they the person Morgan needs to find to truly find herself?

The review:
The Calling continues Morgan's journey of discovery of Wicca and her true identity as a blood witch. She has been experiencing premonitions and travels with her friends to New York to try to stop her vision coming to pass. As with the other books in the Wicca series, I found The Calling really easy to read and a real page turner. However, I am now at the point where I am frustrated by the start of each book as Morgan tells us again all about her life. At this point we are reading technically the seventh book and it is becoming rather tiresome to be reintroduced to the things we already know. I understand the necessity of this for new readers but it is a real annoyance.
I also found the plot of The Calling highly predictable and was in no doubt as to how the book was going to end. This was a real disappointment as I love this series. I have to say I also found Tiernan's dialogue for her English characters irritating to the point where I wanted to pull my own teeth out. Contrary to popular belief we do not call people "love" all the time.
Changeling was a much more interesting and engaging read as Morgan reluctantly gets to know her biological father. It had me on the edge of my seat and I felt really satisfied with every page that I turned. Changeling completely lived up to my expectations of the Wicca series.
Overall, I really enjoyed Changeling and I am now yet again desperate for the next installment. I want to know whether Killian will reappear, whether Ciaran knows Morgan's true name and whether Morgan will truly open up to the gorgeous Hunter Niall. If you loved the other Wicca books, then definitely continue reading. Changeling will leave you wanting more.

The review:
I’m revisiting this review which was first posted in September 2009 and I suppose updating it. I still stand by all the points I made. It’s a testament to Cate Tiernan’s writing that I have been desperate to read the next book and that I was not going to give up until I got my hands on a copy. Penguin decided not to reprint the remaining books in the series in the UK so now I have finally got my hands on the US copy. I’m reading Sweep not Wicca or rather I am, it is just under a different name. This bind up is Volume 3 and I needed to read the last book– Strife. The recap in the novel’s opening was actually very useful to me this time but I still found it grated on my nerves. But that is irrelevant. Reading Strife was just such a comfy experience. It felt like coming home and it reminded me why I love series books: You really get to know the characters and their motivations, their struggles and in this case especially their strife. Morgan’s problems are twofold in this book. Firstly, strange and sinister magical episodes keep happening around her and yet she can’t sense that she is using her magic. Secondly, her parents are frustrated by her falling grades and her obsession with Wicca.

I’m feeling so satisfied after finishing this book. The storyline maybe on the predictable side but I honestly don’t care, I still want to turn the page and I am sticking with this series until the very end! I am a fan of Cate Tiernan! Next up: Sweep Volume 4.


Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

They have beautiful covers!

Lauren said...

Great review, *love*. (Sorry, couldn't resist). Thanks for posting about this series, I keep seeing these books in stores but really hadn't heard enough about them to know if I needed to add to my wishlist. I'm definitely leaning toward adding them now!

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

Adding them both to my wish list, thanks :)

Alessandra said...

Uhm. I'm not sure if I would enjoy those, but the covers are very, very pretty.

Jess13angel said...

Definately one of my favorite series!! *_*Hunter*_* lol

Vivienne said...

I picked up the whole series for a £1 in a charity shop!

Julianne said...

I loved this series first time around, but even as a teenager I found the British characters' dialogue grating!

I Want To Read That said...

I am soooooo tempted to buy them all. *must remember I have no money*