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Origins (Wicca #11)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  5,709 ratings  ·  121 reviews
17-year-old blood witch Morgan is finding out about her wiccan ancestry. When she discovers a Book of Shadows that once belonged to her ancestor, Rose MacEwan, she makes some shocking discoveries about Rose and her life.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 13th 2002 by Puffin
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Lame attempt to extend the series, painfully, by another book, into the past, so we get some more olden-times and Gaelic. Boooring.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Aug 13, 2009 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of romance, intrigue, and wicca
Shelves: ya-scifi-fantasy
An old favorite - I have always loved Cate Tiernan's Sweep series! This particular book was somewhat harder to read.
I actually didn't read this whole book...I didn't really find Rose interesting so I skipped it and went on to #12!
After reading the first 10 books in the series quite quickly, I was scared off of this book by the reviews for about a month. However, I'm happy that I came back to it, as it was much better than I expected!

Save for the first and last chapters, we don't see any of the series' regular characters. (The setup is that we are reading a book along with the characters.) The book-within-a-book is a memoir of one of Morgan's ancestors, and (having read the next book) does play into the rest of the series
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
Nov 12, 2008 Hanna rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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Kevin Jones
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
Phung Nguyen
Nov 19, 2007 Phung Nguyen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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

All'inizio era un pò sconcertata. Hunter ritorna e si vede con Morgan. Le racconta tutto e le mostra il libro delle ombre della sua antenata che si mettono a leggere.Veniamo così catapultati nella metà del 1700..e seguiamo le vicende di Rose, bisbisbisbisnonna di Morgan.
Mi ha letteralmente travolto. Ora si che so come nasce l'onda nera...assolutamente da non perdere!!!!!
Lissa Smith
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 perspective
I see how this book especially is important to the series as it describes the past
BUT somehow there were so many scenes and moments where I just thought "'s the action? when will something happen FINALLY?"
BUT the book is essential to the series and I'm still happy that I read it, even though I was a bit disappointed.
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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
Mnemosyne Mars
I'm both impressed and unimpressed by this installment in the series. Like its predecesor, Seeker, it too takes a major departure from the established format and narrative of the other books. Although the mythos Tiernan created/used for this series is based on many Neo-Pagan myths about the so-called Burning Times and proposed Wiccan historical traditions—all of which are wrong—the suspension of disbelief is pushed to the breaking-point in this story. The character Rose is not wholly believable ...more
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
Jasmine Mieszala
I'm very surprised at how much I liked this book. In the beginning, I wasn't sure how I felt. But by the end, I could barely put it down. I'm glad Cate Tiernan devoted an entire book in the series to explain Morgan's heritage.
At first I was a little annoyed that the book following Hunter's story didn't continue with him and Morgan once he got back to Widow's Vale, but Rose's story turned out to be interesting to read about.
Danielle Holland
This book totally threw me. At first I really did not know what any of it had to do with the main story. by the end it made sense but the story was a little harder to get through than the others in the series.
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
Enfin fini!

Si ce n'était que de moi, je n'aurai pas lu le 11e tome. Mais force d'admettre que c'est bien de savoir le passé, les ancêtres des sorcières, la première vague sombre (Dark Wave) qui s'est abattue, les antécédents des clans, etc. J'ai trouvé que le 3/4 du livre était long, l'amour kitch entre Rose et l'autre là.. euh.. Diarmuid? Les petits sortilèges d'amour pour Kyra et Falkner... Et la maudite fatiguante de Siobhan et son long cou de cygne... Mais vers la fin, enfin un peu d'action
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