While Jenn and I always try to keep to our Sunday brunches, sometimes due to our busy schedules, we have to squeeze a weekday lunch or dinner in quickly. This was the case for our July read (apologies to those of you who had wanted to join us for a brunch that never happened!) where we met up at La Société in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood for a quick chat & dine. As usual, since this is a book club discussion wrap-up post, this is your SPOILER WARNING.
Due to our limited time, we dove right into discussing this first book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood. We both quite enjoyed it though Jenn made a good point that there was a lot of “telling” at times. Some parts would feel really slow because of all the information dump. I did really really like Finn. I explained to Jenn my love triangle schpeel that I mentioned in my review, that thanks to Twilight and subsequent novels trying to use that model, love triangles have such a bad stigma among readers now but I think it could work – and I really liked this one. At first glance, there wasn’t really anything wrong with Paul – and both Jenn and I agreed until we started talking about the book more and came across the moments where he didn’t seem all that he’s cracked up to be. Kinda like a “Oh yeah, I had romances with other girls but I came back to you, didn’t I?” and Jenn mentions the fact that he had bullied Finn, with sort of like a James Potter vibe. That all being said, I was completely Team Finn.
So while we knew Cate would have to make a decision about marrying Paul, marrying Finn or joining the Sisterhood, I still didn’t see that doozy coming right in the last few pages. Completely disappointed because I was hoping the story was going towards more a “keeping the witch side secret while married to a member of the Brotherhood”…. although I guess her whole life has been keeping it a secret so nothing would have been greatly different. And Cate! I was telling Jenn how flaky I found her! C’mon, I get that you don’t know about the boys vs sisterhood but how flaky are you that you haven’t even really told Paul no before you’re off agreeing to marry Finn and then LEAVING him to join the witches once he’s shut down his family business and joined himself into the Brotherhood to be with you. Yeesh. Jenn found her self-sacrificing ways a bit too much, with all the need to protect her sisters who, we both agree, are dynamic and strong characters in it of themselves.
I liked the twist in the prophecy of the three sisters that all three could easily be the strongest one, that not just one could do mind-magic. I thought for a moment during the graveyard scene when her new “snooty” friends were revealed that one was the other’s sister, that maybe THEY were the sisters the prophecy was referring to. Either way, I’m definitely curious to see where this is going in the subsequent books!