Spoiler Free Section (For the unaware mundane people who haven’t delved into this realm of magic yet)
This book started off slow but definitely picked up the pace to meet and exceed my expectations. Once the ball started rolling, I was at the edge of my seat, turning the pages, and fearing for the fate of our heroine. It was an exhilarating ride and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced young adult fantasy. I give this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
Spoiler Section (Beyond this line, you’re in the coven. No turning back)
Initially, I wanted to smack Syd. She seemed super whiny about her situation but didn’t seem overly motivated to do anything to change the situation. It isn’t until later when she starts to realize just how much danger she and her family are in and decides to do something about it that the story gets really interesting. We get to watch her grow as a character while still keeping with her base personality.
The plot was exciting and I especially appreciated that the choice between the two boys – the one who is human and the one who is a witch – wasn’t the main plot point but rather got woven into the main plot. It was done well.
I loved the little sister Meira. She was amazing and I think one of my favorite moments in the whole book is when the grandmother (who otherwise is off her rocker) says “Meira looks more like a demon but is more human. You [Syd] look more like a human.” That moment gave me goosebumps. Seriously, I loved it.
I also liked how Larson was able to mix fantasy with actual witchcraft practiced in the real world so that the two blended together seamlessly. Obviously, real wiccans aren’t summoning demons and getting married to them but the rituals were similar enough to real wiccan rituals that I felt very satisfied. I think that is one thing this book did really well: it blended reality with fantasy so well that the reader becomes entranced.
I seriously can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series (all 20 books – let’s do it!) I feel like this will be the next greatest series I’ve followed for more than ten books since the House of Night books.