The Coven by Cate Tiernan: Book Review

THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan Book Review
Series: Sweep, #2
Publication Date: January 29th 2001 by Puffin
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Book Summary: Cal, now Morgan’s boyfriend, helps her accept the truth: Wicca is in Morgan’s blood. As Morgan learns more about Wicca, she realizes that she needs to find out more about her parentage. The answers are there, but she doesn’t know how to find them.

Book Review Overview:

  • Full of secrets and surprises that you don’t want to miss
  • The high school drama in THE COVEN seemed a lot less cliche in the second installment
  • Recommended book to those who love witches, magic, Wicca

I first started reading the Sweep series when my friend in real life, Kelly, pushed the first book to me. I never really got around to reading the rest of the series up until recently.

I finally revived an urge to continue reading the Sweep series after watching the Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock movie, Practical Magic. The idea of modern witches who had histories dating way back when, appealed to me. Luckily, despite the fact that my Sweep series is incomplete, I had the second book in the series.

THE COVEN picks up where the first book left off. At first I was wary about THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan, but I quickly warmed up to it. I was put off by how the romance was already developed by the time I read THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan but I had to remind myself that there was development in the first book. THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan makes up for the rocky beginning by escalating the suspense quickly after the first chapter.

THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan is full of surprises that will make your jaw drop. Family secrets are unraveled and one thing after another just keeps piling on top of Morgan in THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan. At under 200 pages, I read THE COVEN pretty quickly as I wanted to find out what would happen next.

In my review of the first book, Book of Shadows, I complained about the unnecessary and seemingly cliché high school drama. Unlike the first book, I think the drama and backstabbing becomes a lot more believeable in THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan. I understand where the characters are coming from. Their hate and jealousy urge me to cheer for Morgan, especially because nothing seems to be working out for her at the moment.

The most interesting part of the story for me is the backstory on the covens. I like that the history of witches dates back centuries ago, and how different covens have different specialties. I love learning about the various covens just as much as Morgan loved to learn about her past.

Warning! THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan ends on a cliffhanger. If you own the old paperbacks like I do, I strongly suggest that you have the third book in hand before you start this one. I would definitely recommend the bindup version of the Sweep series since keeping track of the little paperbacks can be a pain.

I recommend THE COVEN by Cate Tiernan and the Sweep series to those who love magic, witches, sorcery, and the like. I love Tiernan’s take on Wicca and the various covens.

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About the Author

Cate Tiernan was born and raised in New Orleans. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina with her daughters, husband, and stepsons. Her house is surrounded by land and woods and it feels like they’re in the country. They have dogs and cats and lots of stuff going on all the time. It’s a good life.

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  1. Lovely review! I’ve seen these books around, but never really been intrigued enough to pick one up before. I don’t know that I’ll read them now, either (pre-developed romances, high school drama, and cliffhangers? sounds like a recipe for mild frustration), but you never know. I am rather fond of magic, sorcery, and the like, so there is that. Now I’ve got the sudden, overwhelming urge to rewatch Practical Magic, hahaha. I blame you. ;)

  2. I got these books from my daughter when she was in highschool a few years back. I have read them all 3 times at least. While the highschool drama is just that DRAMA, I really enjoyed them as you can see. All things magical and the law of 3 and ending with love, it really is a recipe for a great series.

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