Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 2nd 2002 by Puffin Books
(first published June 25th 2001)
0141314036 (ISBN13: 9780141314037)
Morgan inherited a talent for witchcraft from her parents, and now she is the holder of her mother's Wiccan tools: a green silk robe, an ivory-handled knife, silver bowls, a cauldron, and a long carved wand. The tools are awesome in their power, and Morgan's boyfriend Cal wants to see them, perhaps to seize power for himself. "We are muirn beatha dans, and we will always be together," he reminds Morgan, and she wonders if this is really true. Loyalty to Cal has led her to use her powers in ways that feel wrong. Is Cal the one she is destined to be with? Does she have a choice? Hunter, a member of the Wiccan High Council, says she does. But what is Hunter after? Who should Morgan believe?
So we learn in this one that Hunter is the good guy and Cal is the bad guy, but at the same time I still hold my doubts about Cal being completely and utterly dark. I loved the power and the drama that went on in this one. It was different to the others, and yet at the same time it seemed to express just as much danger, depth and darkness. It was effective and emotional in all the right places and I really felt all of Morgans feelings as I was reading through it. The relationship that she has with her adopted family does seem to be getting better and I like that, because it shows that she will not be alone and should not need to feel alone either.
The ending had me gasping in shock. somewhere along the line you knew that something was not quite right, that something was going on between the lines and within the characters. What I didnt expect was that ending that leaves you with this whole sense of doubt about which is evil and which is not. Afterall at the beginning we were led to trust cal, so does that mean we now trust hunter, were cal and selena really just trying to help her? who knows. I suppose the only way to find out is to just keep reading.