Since the gripping conclusion of Once A Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother’s prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision—one so terrible that it could harm her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian-era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady’s maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice.
WOW, just wow! This is a wonderful read! I received a copy of this novel from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, via Netgalley, and though excited, was afraid that I would be a tad bit lost as I hadn’t yet read the prequel, Once a Witch. Luckily, this is not the case at all. Always a Witch is more than capable of standing on its own, and while reading the prequel always helps, I found that Always a Witch gives the reader all the background knowledge he/she needs to understand the sequel fully. Now, of course some tidbits of information from the first novel were touched upon, giving away some small portions of Once a Witch, so if you don’t want any spoilers, I highly suggest reading the books in order. But, if you’re like me and occasionally read books out of order, then rest assured that reading Always a Witch first won’t ruin Once a Witch.
MacCullough is a truly gifted writer, creating a beautiful tale of selflessness in which Tamsin must choose to do the right thing. With the many twists and turns within the novel, I was pleasantly surprised and enamored as I read, making it impossible to put the book aside until I finished it all, in one sitting. That being said, I’m dying to get my hands on Once a Witch! I am in love with both Tamsin and Gabriel and cannot get enough of them—and it is my understanding that Gabriel takes up a good chunk of Once a Witch, while he shows up a lot less in Always a Witch. They are such a great match, and Gabriel makes me swoon a bit, so it only makes sense that I backtrack and read the original book that starts it all. I am excited to get the background to their story, and find out more about Tamsin’s family and their Talents as it’s such an intriguing tale. I highly recommend this book! Five stars.