Get Swept Up Into Magic with Cate Tiernan’s “Sweep” Series
Thanks to Harry Potter and American Horror Story: Coven, witches are back in vogue. However, if you want your magic-users to be a little more grounded in reality, get yourself a copy of Cate Tiernan’s Sweep series.
While Tiernan is obviously inspired by real-life Wiccan and Pagan practices, she weaves in a bit of fantasy as well; aside from the usual spells and other mystical mumbo-jumbo, there’s also shape-shifting and telepathy. And unlike Coven’s Fiona Goode and Madison Montgomery, Sweep’s heroine Morgan Rowlands is quite relatable. When she’s not dealing with the conflict of pleasing her birth parents while simultaneously looking into her heritage as a “hereditary blood witch,” she’s struggling with keeping her grades up so that she can graduate and go to college. There’s also boy drama (of course).
Morgan’s struggle between her ordinary life in Widow’s Vale and her “magical” life is a great metaphor for the alienation many people feel, especially as they are growing up. Plus, young adults will enjoy that, unlike the Potter series, Tiernan’s Sweep books are neither long-winded nor heavy tomes. Her novels are short, sweet, and to the point.
Despite the fact that fast readers will breeze through the series in a week or so, Tiernan’s characters are both relatable and lovable. For the youngins (or the young at heart) who are looking for a new take on magic, Tiernan’s Sweep series is sure to delight the imagination.