Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Circle of Ashes by Cate Tiernan

This is the second novel in the Balefire series by Cate Tiernan.

My review of #1: A Chalice of Wind.

Now that Thais knows the family secret of being a long-lost twin and a witch, adjusting to life in New Orleans was starting to become easier.

That is until Thais and Clio try to do magic together and find themselves thrown from the middle of the circle they created. It’s assumed that there is something wrong with Thais magic, because this has never happened to Clio before when she does spells.

Along with worrying about the magic, Thais and Clio have been threatened and almost killed multiple times. It seems that someone doesn’t want the girls to be there, but they can’t figure out who is sending threatening spells toward them.

Daedalus, the “leader” of the coven, is desperate to get all 13 members of the coven together. So far, two members have resisted his calling, so he is going to do whatever is necessary to get them to New Orleans.

Not only do the girls have magic problems, there is a romantic problem brewing for both of them. They are both avoiding Luc – the boy that was dating both of them at the same time – or at least trying their hardest to avoid him.

Thais has found a nice, good looking, normal boy who she is starting to see. Kevin is no Luc, but he’s a sweet guy all the same.

And Clio has a bit of trouble brewing. Richard, another witch from the new coven, is somehow on her radar. She’s not sure how it happened, but after an abrupt kiss, Clio is having a hard time getting Richard out of her head.

Will things start to calm down for the twin witches? Can Thais figure out her magic problem, or will it spell trouble for her in the near future? Read A Circle of Ashes by Cate Tiernan to find out!

My Thoughts/Reflections
Again, a great installment by Tiernan! In this second novel we got more backstory with the other 11 members of the coven, the “immortal” members and what they have been doing the past 200 years waiting for the 12th and 13th member to arrive.

I also really enjoy learning more about Thais and Clio and their thoughts on each other and the problems the coven is having.

The two girls have definitely grown since the first novel. Thais is not so shy and is starting to stick up for what she thinks, and Clio is taking Thais under her wing when explaining magic and spells.

Daedalus is bad news, and I wish he would stop with his ultimate plan and just let the twins get used to each other and sharing things, but I know that won’t happen!

Also, the romantic twist with Clio and Richard has me very intrigued! I can’t wait to see where this is going to go during the last two novels of the series! And as much as I like the romantic tension between the girls and Luc, I’m not sure I’m going to like where Luc is about to go in the next novels…

Again, for anyone who is interested in witchcraft and a very weird romantic triangle…square? This is a great novel for you to read! The writing is amazing and the story will leave you wanting more information!

Off to the third book in this series!

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