Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin’s magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.
When you grow up in a house for of very Talented family members, you can only expect the same for yourself. It doesn’t help that when Tamsin was born it was foretold that she would be the most Talented in the family. So you can understand how Tamsin feels when she never develops a Talent. But when a stranger appears in the family bookstore needing help, it’s her chance to prove them all wrong.
Once a Witch was exactly what I was looking for when I read it. Its full of intriguing characters with whimsical and sometimes deadly Talents.
Tamsin is a very relateable character. We have all felt like a misfit at one time. All the characters were very well written. Everyone in the book has a history and the family history is rich in detail.
I really enjoyed that solving the mystery was the focus and not undying love. There was just the right amount of romance to leave you wanting more. And thankfully no love triangles.
Some people have called this an urban fantasy but it reads more like magical realism to me. If you liked Sarah Addison Allen’s novels you would enjoy this also.
Once a Witch left me enchanted with the world MacCoullough has created. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel. I want to see more Tamsin and Gabriel and more Talents. 4 Stars