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Origins (Sweep #11)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  6,940 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
My name is Rose MacEwan. The year is 1682. It's a hard time to be a witch, and an even harder time to be a Wodebayne. But now that I have found my soulmate, I feel amost safe. I will do anything to keep him. Pity the witch who comes between me and my true love.

Seventeen-year-old Morgan is finding out about her wiccan ancestry - but how will this affect her future... and he
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published by Puffin Books (first published May 13th 2002)
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Vanessa
Nov 09, 2014 Vanessa rated it really liked it
This installment of the Wicca series really took a dark turn.

The book begins with Morgan and Hunter beginning to read a Book of Shadows written by Rose MacEwan, an ancestor of Morgan's, and the rest of the book is said Book of Shadows, telling the tale of Rose and her first love Diarmuid, as well as her powerful abilities and connection to the Goddess. This tale of course takes a dark turn, and we find out the origins of the Dark Wave which affected both Morgan and Hunter's families.

My first bo
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Aubrey
Mar 10, 2011 Aubrey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the one Sweep book I pretty much skipped over. I don't personally think it should have been part of the series, but then again, the books don't exactly leave you hanging. I think this can be said for the entire series - they don't flow 100%. But this one? Gah. I read the first few pages, skipped to the end...sure, it's nice to know where the dark wave came from. But I could have lived without it and would have preferred to have more of the story between Hunter and Morgan.
Melissa
Oct 24, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was necessary in that it explained the origin of an important plot device. However, I didn't like the switch to yet another character's point of view. I found it rather irritating. Instead of having Morgan read the Book of Shadow's left by her ancestor Rose, and seeing how she responds to the revelations in it, we get told get a book from Rose's point of view. I find the continuity of the series suffers a bit by doing this. If you start the series from Morgan's point of view and are fo ...more
Nicole
Jan 17, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True rating 4,5 stars.

I liked that this books was from Rose her POV. I liked the history.
Abbie
Mar 10, 2016 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 2.5

Worst one in the series so far. So dull!
Whitney
Plot

Origins, as one might guess from the title, is a story that visits a previous time before the time of Morgan. It’s about Morgan’s evil ancestor, Rose, and the origin of the dark wave. Or, it should have been. Instead the book was basically Morgan-esque drama set in the 1600s in Scotland, with Rose instead of Morgan, though there isn’t much difference between the two. The part about the dark wave only takes up maybe two short chapters. While it is interesting to go into the background of some
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lixy
Aug 11, 2016 lixy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lame attempt to extend the series, painfully, by another book, into the past, so we get some more olden-times and Gaelic. Boooring.
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The first 2-3 books in this series are addictive, a fresh "modern-teen" POV in the tired genre of witches/kids with supernatural powers finding themselves (and the wonder of Wicca) among families/communities who "don't get it".

After #3, it goes downhill. There is no psychological development of the main characters (and the secondary characters are quite sh
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Chibineko
I have to admit, I debated about the star rating of the book. I eventually realized that while I greatly enjoyed the books previous to this one & I did enjoy the ending, I just didn't really get all that into the story.

This entry into the series goes back to the origins of the dark wave. Hunter has returned from his trip to see his father & he's returned with the diary of Rose McEwan- the witch who created the dark wave. From her humble beginnings as a witch attempting to hide from the m
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Rebecca
Feb 11, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Potent storyline; and despite it's diversion from Morgan's & Hunter's tale, this books still proves worthy of the Sweep collection. I hadn't expected it to be so good, as I prefer the first person being Morgan, however, I gained quite a surprise as I read it. This book unveils both innocence and guilt alike, from Rose's perspective. It is one of the most beautifully and potently crafted books of this series I've read yet. An intense, heart-wrenching tale of Morgan's ancestor living through ...more
mai
Jul 07, 2009 mai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked this book more than i thought i would. it's interesting to know how the dark wave began, but it was kind of boring. too much background info.
Amanda
Jan 01, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of romance, intrigue, and wicca
An old favorite - I have always loved Cate Tiernan's Sweep series! This particular book was somewhat harder to read.
Haru
May 26, 2016 Haru rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
{SPOILER ALLERT}


I started this series of books about Wicca many years ago and, as well as I signing a wonderful relationship with my current best friend, I have been in love with the story, the deep bond of every Witch with Nature and with the Goddess, especially thanks to the numerous descriptions of each ritual, tradition or object used. The love between Morgan and Hunter is terribly sweet and magical and it shows, from the very first appearance of Hunter in book 3, that they are destined to b
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Judy (Geeky Reading)
~3(maybe ~3.5)/5
This is a really good series. It's long, and I started it a long time ago, but each book's usually pretty short books, and they (usually) aren't hard to get through, either. Lately, though...
Usually we get to read about Morgan, and Hunter. The last book focused quite a bit on Hunter, as he went to visit his father and met a not-so-good lady. This book starts with Hunter returning, and telling Morgan about what happened. What happened, sucked, and I do mostly blame the woman, but
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Jacquline
Nov 27, 2014 Jacquline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa
It really wasn't a bad book in the series. It gives a little bit of history that explains a little bit. One of Morgan ancestors. But it wasn't my favorite book.
Nairabell
Feb 29, 2016 Nairabell rated it really liked it
In 1682 Rose MacEwan lived in dangerous times, more so because she was a witch. The daughter of her coven's High Priestess, Rose always felt that she was being held back from her magick by her mother. So when Rose meets the mischevious Diarmuid in the woods, she seizes the opportunity to work greater more powerful magick. But Rose's choices have consequences even she could never have predicted.

This is the eleventh book in the Wicca series (which began with Book of Shadows) and again is from a pe
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Kat Mandu
Aug 26, 2016 Kat Mandu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kat Mandu says…

I totally loved this one!

In Origins, we travel back in time to the days when magic was just starting to be feared by cities across America and England. Although I’m not a huge historical fiction fan, I do enjoy “magically” interpreted stories that take place in history. And since this does just that, I really loved it.

The speech seemed accurate and so romantic. Rose is one of Morgan’s ancestors and the creator of the dark wave. She starts out as an innocent girl in love and becom
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Charlotte Phillips
It was interesting to learn about the very beginning of Morgans past, about how it all started and how it all began for her. I loved the power of the book and the story line because although it did seem a little dull andboring in some places, it was also engaging and invoking in many ways. I found myself slipping back into the times, considering the possible dangers of witchcraft back then. What I loved was that there was clearly a lot of history put into the thought when writing this, but I als ...more
Sarah Crawford
Feb 27, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main part of book takes place in the 1680's. It's in Scotland during the time of a major witch hunt. It's the diary of a girl named Rose, a young girl who was a witch. She talks about the fear the witches live under of being accused by someone in the village. Her mother talks about trouble in the form of feuds amongst the seven Wiccan clans.

Even back then there was great hatred of the clan that Morgan belongs to.


Rose is gathering herbs one day and meets a boy she falls in love with. The boy
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Neep
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Hanna
Nov 12, 2008 Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
In this exciting book, Morgan finds a book diary from her ancestor: and sits down with her new boyfriend, and Council Meember, Hunter, to read it. She discovers a whole new part of herself when reading about this girl. She was a witch, whom with her friend and mother, lived in a non-witch village. She lives in secrecy of her religion, pretening to be a Christian so that she wont be burned at the stake. When she's out picking herbs one day, she comes across a boy: to whom she immediately likes. A ...more
JonSnow
This was a really enjoyable origin story that diverges from the main characters to a time long past and answers one of the series' most sought after questions. While these may only be YA novels probably targeted at teenage girls (me, being a 30 year old male), and the writing quality could be better, the stories themselves are always very interesting. I read these as a teenager and enjoyed them, and am surprised that even 12 years later they still find themselves enjoyable to me.

I wanted to give
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Natalia Paez
My rating for this Book is 2.7 stars.

¿Que fue lo que me molesto?

Primero, ame todo lo relacionado con el Wicca, es interesante esta nueva faceta del mundo, una cultura más pero empezaron a decaer, pues las emociones de los personajes dejaron de ser serias para pasar a ser ridículas.

Me molesto que Rose McEwan fuera tan patética para tener 17 años, su personaje no fue nada mas que una aventura infantil, un paseo por los pasajes de la vida de una chica poco racional, me molesto eso, esa actitud tan
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Kevin Jones
Nov 29, 2013 Kevin Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good one, once again. I can't wait to see the impact of this book, on rose's diary on the rest of the series. It was quite interesting reading a new perspective and a new character as Morgans ancestor. I hope this book will help us find out how to track down rose's invention. It is crazy sometims what people can do when they are held against their will and they are stuck between survival and death. In my opinion, I don't blame Rose for unleashing her wrath on her supposed love and his lover ...more
BookNerdette
Nov 03, 2016 BookNerdette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Phung Nguyen
Nov 19, 2007 Phung Nguyen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that likes a bit of a history and shock
This book is one of the sweep series that I have been reading for the past year and cannot stop reading. Unfortunately there are only 15 books so I have 4 left to go! This book unlocks the secrets to a dark force known as the "dark wave" which destroys anything that the summoner visualizes. Morgan still learning her undiscovered magick, is to find the dark waves secret and put it to a stop before it comes after her coven. This book is about a book that was written by Rose McEwan, she was the fir ...more
Oberhuu
Jul 26, 2013 Oberhuu rated it it was ok
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4 Stars:

This entry into the series goes back to the origins of the dark wave. Hunter has returned from his trip to see his father & he's returned with the diary of Rose the witch who created the dark wave. From her humble beginnings as a witch attempting to hide from the mass hysteria of the Salem witch trials to her inevitable fall into darkness, the book chronicles her decent into evil. I was quite surprised as I read. The book unveils both innocence and guilt alike, from Rose's perspecti
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Sonia
Nov 14, 2010 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serie
Devo ammettere che la Tiernan mi sta stupendo, volume dopo volume.
L'idea di raccontare la storia di un'antenata di Morgan e relegare quindi i protagonisti della saga ai soli prologo ed epilogo si è rivelata una mossa vincente.
Perchè ha saputo raccontare una storia altrettanto affascinante, e non mi ha fatto sentire la mancanza di Morgan e Hunter neanche un po' (oddio sarà grave? forse mi sono annoiata di loro?? ...può essere!)
Uniche annotazioni: con la nuova veste editoriale, è cambiata anche
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Becks
Mar 28, 2013 Becks rated it it was amazing
Die Geschichte der 'dark wave' ist das Hauptthema dieses Teils. Hunter findet auf seiner Reise nach Kanada ein Buch, in welchem diese genau beschrieben wird, geschrieben von einer Vorfahrin Morgans. Rose MacEwan ist eine 17-jährige Hexe, die sich verliebt und von diesem Kerl schwanger wird. Alles zu einer Zeit, als zum Einen durch Hexenjagd und zum Anderen durch die sozialen Ansichten, die Welt für junge Frauen kein sicherer Ort ist.
Ich finde diesen Band total klasse und die Idee sehr ausgefall
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Sweep (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • The Coven (Sweep, #2)
  • Blood Witch (Sweep, #3)
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