Always a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The adventures of Tam and Gabriel continue with more time travel, Talents, spy work, and of course, the evil Knights.
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.
My take: This book was just a really fun read. This is not the first book in this series and I certainly hope it will not be the last. The characters introduced are quirky, unique, and enjoyable. Tamsin takes a back seat in the action while figuring out the social mores of the Knight household. Through her eyes and ears, the reader more thoroughly understands the personalities and cruelty of the Knights.
The different Talents each character introduced was intriguing and surprising. Even though most of the story occurs at the end of the Nineteenth century, the expectations were different within the mansion. I didn't know what part Tamsin would play until two pages before she played her part.
Fun, enjoyable dialogue, interesting characters, likeable protagonist, satisfying ending.