By Laura Powell
It is present day and witches live and work in everyday life. They aren’t totally accepted, must be registered by the state, and if crimes are committed using witchcraft, the modern day Inquisition steps in. The penalty? What else but burning.
Fifteen year old Gloriana ‘Glory’ Morgan, a descendent of line of powerful witches, desperately wants to become a witch herself. Lucas Stearne, teenage son of the Chief Prosecutor of the Inquisition in London, is looking forward to following in the family tradition. However, when the fae (witch powers) descend upon both of them, their lives are forever altered. Gloriana associates with a band of crooks and an illegal coven. She is recruited to weed discover who in the ranks is skimming money. Glory’s aunt would like her to remake the image of the coven when Glory takes charge. Lucas, despite his father’s objections, elects to go undercover to discover who the coven is bribing in regards to an important witchcrime trial. While both Glory and Lucas deal with their expanding powers, they also battle treachery and conspiracy from their own organizations…and personal conflict between themselves.
This is a slightly different take on the witch universe. I didn’t find anything unbelievable or outrageous about it. Basically, it’s a standard thriller-undercover-conspiracy plot with witches added into the mix.
Gloriana Staling Wilde: 15, has nightmares about her mother, who left when Glory was very young, burning as a witch. Wants to become a witch. Comes from powerful witch ancestors.
Lucas John Augustine Stearne: 15, son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition. Saw his first witch burning at ten. Wants to follow in the family profession. Black hair, has a stepmother and step sister. He birth mother was killed by terrorist witches.
Except for what I mention in dialogue nothing too bad with the characters. The arrogant, egotistical ones stand out the best.
Both Lucas and Glory sound older and more mature than typical fifteen year olds. Lucas’ Dad and stepsister and Glory’s Aunt Angelina have distinctive voices as do the other teens and adults.
Switches back and forth between scenes featuring Lucas and Glory. No profanity and not too much graphic detail. Reads like a mature YA. Doesn’t go over board on the magic. Powell keeps it ‘real’ and believable.