"You're not going to do anything stupid, are you?"
"You mean intentionally?"
- Carolyn MacCullough
"Do you know what it's like to grow up knowing that you were meant to be something else, something so very different from all the ordinary filth you see in the in the streets around you?"
Above are a couple of quotes from Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough, an amazing first of, what I believe will be, a two part story. I absolutely love the characters in this novel. They're so easy to fall in love with and fear for the life of!
Tamsin Greene is our heroine, an un-Talented girl in a family of magic handlers with many Talents. Tamsin was supposed to be powerful, wonderful, a "beacon", but she has no magic in her. She feels out of place at home but find sanctuary at a boarding school in the city. That is until a man comes asking for the help of her sister, Rowena. Tamsin, playing the part of her sister to prove her worth, agrees to help this seemingly distraught professor, but the professor and the item are nothing they seem and soon Tamsin, the unmagical, un-Talented girl finds herself lost in a a quest to find some unknown object and herself.
MacCullough does an amazing job bringing these characters to life. She puts a wonderful twist (or eight) into the plot. You'll never guess what happens next. This is certainly up there on my recommendations. If you like witches, mystery, adventure, sisterly love, family loyalty, and magic with a slight undertone of romance, this is the book for you.