Born Wicked (Hardcover)

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The year is 1900, the location is New England. A strict Church rules
with an iron fist, and girls who are deemed suspiscious by other locals
are tried as witches. Sound familiar? Yes, but it's not that simple.
While the plot of Jessica Spotswood's debut novel screams 'Salem Witch
Trials', the world in which it takes place is fictional. In Spotswood's
world, the country of New England has closed its borders due to an
impending war with Indo-China. New England is ruled by the Brotherhood, a
government of priests who came to power by destroying the Daughters of
Persephone, the witches who originally ruled the land.

Cate Cahill is nearing her sixteenth birthday, when she must declare
either a betrothal or an intent to join the Sisters, the convent arm of
the Brotherhood. In the wake of her mother's recent death, Cate is
panic-stricken as she struggles to arrive at some sort of decision about
her future, while dealing with an absent father, two headstrong younger
sisters, and a new governess. Not to mention one teeny-tiny little
problem: Cate Cahill and her sisters Maura and Tess are witches.

Born Wicked is a superbly exciting story that neatly blends together
elements of historical fiction and fantasy to create a world that is
both fantastical and believable. Best for readers ages twelve and up.

— Lily

kids Kids Indie Next List

“Born Wicked is set in 1899, in a small New England town called Chatham. There are three sisters in the Cahill family who have been gifted with magical abilities. Since their mother's death some years ago, Cate has been keeping an eye on the girls, making sure their magic stays a secret, but the Brotherhood, an oppressive religious patriarchy, sees all. This a glorious book, lush, provocative, and Gothic -- and the love interest is spectacular.”
— Krys Tourtois, Schuler Books & Music, Lansing, MI


Blessed with a gift...cursed with a secret.

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other.

About the Author

Jessica Spotswood ( lives in Washington, DC, with her playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. She's never happier than when she's immersed in a good story, and swoony kissing scenes are her favorite.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399257452
ISBN-10: 0399257454
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Publication Date: February 7th, 2012
Pages: 330
Language: English
Series: Cahill Witch Chronicles (Hardcover)

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