A Spell for the Revolution

A Spell for the Revolution After making early gains on the battlefields General Washington s struggling young armies are being relentlessly pressed back by British troops and Hessian mercenaries Among the enemy s ranks is a my

  • Title: A Spell for the Revolution
  • Author: C.C. Finlay
  • ISBN: 9780345503916
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • After making early gains on the battlefields, General Washington s struggling young armies are being relentlessly pressed back by British troops and Hessian mercenaries Among the enemy s ranks is a mysterious force from the Covenant, a secret society of evil witches that for centuries has been pulling the strings of European history a Hessian necromancer who drinks the pAfter making early gains on the battlefields, General Washington s struggling young armies are being relentlessly pressed back by British troops and Hessian mercenaries Among the enemy s ranks is a mysterious force from the Covenant, a secret society of evil witches that for centuries has been pulling the strings of European history a Hessian necromancer who drinks the power of other witches like a vampire and whose allies include devils and ghosts Now this man seeks to sap the fighting spirit of Washington s troops by means of a pernicious curse, chaining the souls of the dead to the spirits of the living.Against him stand Proctor Brown and Deborah Walcott, two young patriots who lead a ragtag band of witches as much in danger from their own side as from the enemy Proctor and Deborah must find a way to break the Hessian s curse before the newborn revolution is smothered in its cradle and the Covenant extends its dark dominion to the shores of America, extinguishing forever the already sputtering torch of liberty.From the Paperback edition.

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    About “C.C. Finlay

    • C.C. Finlay

      Editor The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction fandsf Author The Prodigal Troll, the Traitor to the Crown Series, and Wild Things, and dozens of short stories.Awards nominated for the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer 2003 , the Hugo Award 2003, 2009 , the Locus Award for Best Magazine 2016 , the Nebula Award 2003, 2009 , the Sidewise Award 2003 Sturgeon Award 2009.Teacher Clarion, Clarion YA Workshop, the Alpha Writers Workshop, Odyssey Online Workshop, former resident editor of the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy Horror Married to novelist Rae Carson.



    159 thoughts on “A Spell for the Revolution

    • No middle book slog here. Finlay starts off with a bang, and keeps that tension high to the last page. The stakes rise, the magic gets more interesting, and the secret history aspect made me grin. I'll talk a little more about secret histories on my blog, but basically, Finlay does well by the famous figures and symbols. All he left me wanting was a brush with that fascinating pirate, Benedict Arnold. Maybe in the third book, which I wish was out right now.The only creeb was with the copyeditor, [...]


    • A Spell for the Revolution is the second book in a series of American-Revolutionary-War historical fantasy. The series premise is that the witch hunts of Salem actually did target some people with special abilities, who were forced underground. Nearly a hundred years later, witches still persist in secret. The protagonist, Proctor Brown, is a young man trying to balance his service in the local militia (which is rapidly heading towards armed rebellion against the British troops) and his engageme [...]


    • After really liking the first book in this series, I had high hopes for book two, but this book was a disappointment and I didn't finish it.First off, Deborah increasingly irritated me as the book went along. She seemed to expect Proctor to somehow magically [no pun intended!] accomplish all the extreme objectives they set for themselves without breaking any of the rules she decided they needed to follow in order to be paragons of virtue. Maybe that would have been possible if they weren't in th [...]


    • A Spell for the Revolution (book two in the Traitor to the Crown series) picks up almost where The Patriot Witch leaves off--a year or so down the road, with the battle for freedom growing ever deeper and more desperate. Washington's troops are struggling, and it's not only the British they're fighting. The Covenant, a group of witches determined to have their way in this battle, is growing in power. Add to this, the powers of a Hessian necromancer, who has chained dead souls to the living. Proc [...]


    • 7/6/12 ** This was a solid sequel to PATRIOT WITCH, though as I've spent more time in the world, I'm picking some things apart a bit.Quibble #1: Proctor, Deborah & their allies are fighting against the Covenant, with good reason. I'm slightly perturbed by the sweeping generalization of good & evil magic correlated with the Patriots and British. The witches of the Covenant clearly practice a form of black magic that relies on the "death of innocents" to increase their power. Proctor, et a [...]


    • This book suffers from a major middle book issue. Although there is action there are parts where this book just drags till no end. It felt like there was an overwhelming amount of description of camp life and added romance fluff to make this book longer. With that said, I really enjoyed the setting and the magic starting to grow a bit. I know this book is essential to tying the first and third book together but I feel as though I could have done with a whole book on the ghosts of the camp and th [...]


    • This book was significantly better than the first book. The author really dug into his story line. There were still times where he added fluff, probably to add length, but they were fewer and further in-between. There were conclusions to several of the story lines that had left the first book feeling so disorganized. The relationship Proctor has with his mother, or the lack there of, still rings as too unlikely. However, there's a better sense of the other of the characters role in the story. Af [...]


    • The second book of this series, this brings us to darker days of the American Revolution, and the main characters again running into the efforts of the Evil Covenant to thwart the Continental Army.Overall a decent 'middle book' covering from where the last left off, and the various defeats/retreats of the Continental Army, until the famous Christmas Day victory that turns the tide of events for a while.It slows a bit towards the middle, a common problem with books spanning this many pages to tel [...]


    • Like the first book in the series, this fun read is an alternate history of the American Revolution involving a clandestine war between old world and new world witches. Even moreso than in the first book, C.C. Finlay weaves historical figures and battles in and out of the story. While not quite as gripping as the first book, it still held my interest enough for me to finish it in two or three days. It is definitely light reading.


    • This second book in the series about witches involved in the Revolutionary War is another good one. Some of the dialog rings a little anachronistic in spots, but the interplay between the fictional and historical events and characters is terrific. I'm anxious to read the final volume to find out how it all plays out.


    • The type of magic practiced by the white witches in this novel is appropriate for 18th century America. I also liked the use of Tom Paine, my favorite Founding Father, in this novel. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.


    • Excellent research is a highlight in this book, the second in a series in which magic plays a role in the American Revolution. But sometimes I wondered how many famous patriots our heroes would meet next Nathan Hale, Thomas Paine, Betsy Ross etc.But I enjoyed it nonetheless.




    • I absolutely loved this book! It was action packed at every turn, and Proctor's scene as he crossed the Delaware River with George Washington was so powerful and filled me with emotion!




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