This is the first installment in a new series, that is centered around witches. And follows Darlena, a young girl who comes from a family of witches. When the children reach a certain age, they have to decide which path it is they want to take, meaning they choose the type of witch they want to study and become. Darlena doesn’t want to make a decision, and has no idea what she lies ahead of her with the path she chose.
Darlena is just like most girl, she goes to school, has friends that seemed to be good ones. She attends a school where there are other witches so she isn’t alone with some the struggles she goes through. Her fiesty personality combined with her stubbornness made her the kinda girl I would certainly be friends with. I think the fact that her parents were a big part of her life was a fantastic, and so the level of support they gave her was something that I really thought was I wish we saw more of in YA books. The side characters were are so interesting, and learning a little about some of them was a treat. Some didn’t stay secondary characters for long, and played a large part towards the end.
This moves a steady pace, and kept my attention. Blending the witches culture with mythology they way McConnel did was brilliant, gods and goddesses who practice witchcraft, um yes please. The were different kinds of magic, each having their own strengths. The path of magic that Darlena chose is one the has a say in the chaos that take place, and Darlena is learning to control her magic, her emotions play in that and it was clear that she struggles. But she grows a lot and learns from a few of the goddesses. But, Hecate was a piece of work though, definitely made for a good villain but she wasn’t alone. There was betrayals, and even a small but sweet romance. I think this is a great start the series, I am looking forward to seeing where Darlena’s path takes her next.