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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....

Title : A Spell for the Revolution
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ISBN : 9780345503916
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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A Spell for the Revolution Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    2019-02-06 14:56

    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, not the author.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-07 15:39

    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 engagement to a local merchant's daughter (who isn't too thrilled by the thought of armed rebellion). He's also able to see the future, something his mother helps to hide. Anyway, and there will be spoilers for the first book here...Proctor is finally discovered by the local magic community and the network that helps them find training and safe haven -- like the network that would later help transport escaped slaves northward, it was mostly run by the Religious Society of Friends. Unfortunately, the Covenant, a group of European witches interested in making the revolution fail, notice Proctor and assume the Americans have recruited supernatural talent, so they target the safe haven. Proctor decides that he can't sit by and let people be killed, so he takes action, and discovers this conspiracy of the Covenant, who want to stop the Americans because they want to use the British Empire as a focus to Rule the World. Or something. ... Anyway, the sequel takes place in the fall of 1776, where Proctor and Deborah (the daughter of the safe house owners in the first book) are trying to keep their charges safe. When they find out the Covenant is going after an orphan boy with a talent*, Proctor and Deborah book it to Long Island. They encounter the Continental Army under Washington, and discover that the Covenant cursed them by shackling ghosts to any soldier in the field. Proctor and Deborah have to come up with a way to lift the curse before the weight of the ghosts causes a catastrophic defeat or the Covenant's agents kill them. (And also rescue their original target.) Now, I was a bit leery of the books series, because well... I'm American. I know that, all other things being equal, I'll take an American side in a conflict -- in other words, it's easy for me to feel sympathy for the patriots in the Revolutionary War and harder for me to root for the British. Having Our Heroes be Patriots and the Bad Guys be Europeans (or a southern Loyalist slave owner in one case**) doesn't pose much moral complexity for me. (For that matter, it seems like most non-fantasy lit about the Revolutionary War that I read as a kid has Patriot protagonists.) Add in that the Bad Guys are Bad Guys -- helping a nation become a superpower so you can use it as a focus for your magic and control non-witches, drawing power off of the unwilling, enslaving spirits of the dead, raising demons. It's not even a case where both sides are equally underhanded. I might even tolerate it more if it was not!America and not!Britain, but painting a historical conflict in terms of Good and Evil bothers me. I'm contrasting something like the Temeraire series***, where nations don't appear to be any more good or evil than others. It could be worse -- it could be a current conflict. The straw that broke the camel's back was the in the second book. While I realize some historical events and persons are going to show up, this felt a bit silly. So, General Washington was involved, because he's the leader of the army. And Thomas Paine, writer of revolutionary pamphlets, plays a role in the solution to the central conflict. And the Battle of Trenton and other conflicts fought in the NYC/New Jersey area during the summer and fall of 1776, and the fire in New York City. But the point where Proctor and Deborah ran into Nathan Hale on the road in Long Island, figure out he's a spy for the Americans†, and then later see his execution (and the whole 'I regret I have but one life to give for my country') thing, was where my disbelief snapped -- it just came across as the writer trying to make every event that happened in the area something that the protagonists saw. (I mean, I might have even bought it if Hale was only mentioned, or they didn't run into him on the way to the city -- but at that point, it just got a bit silly.) So, I think both are going to PaperBackSwap and I won't bother reading the next one. --* In the previous book, a Covenant spy kept a slave around and drew off her talent. It was generally figured out that's why they were so powerful -- they were stealing from others. ** One thing with having many of the minor protagonists being Friends or friends of Friends means that you don't have to deal with the moral issue of slavery as much as you might otherwise have to. Or, for that matter, shitty treatment of women. Temeraire features a British cast in the Napoleonic era where Napoleon is portrayed as an honorable enemy, France becomes more progressive on dragons' rights (copying China), and the British admiralty are willing to purposefully infect the dragons of Europe with a deadly disease if it ends the war. The human protagonist smuggles the cure to France because, to him, unleashing a biological weapon on conscript soldiers and noncombatants is WRONG, then returns to get imprisoned for treason. And then France invades England, and his superior officer/lover yells at him for risking his career when someone would have eventually leaked the cure. For that matter, even the protagonist (who is portrayed as semi-enlightened for his era), shows some racist and sexist attitudes, and it takes him a book and a half to realize that his dragon and best friend is essentially a slave conscript-soldier and the only place where he could live free was halfway around the world from Britain. † Because he is apparently the worst spy ever. Seriously, they spend five minutes with him and see right through his cover story, without use of magic. How anyone expected him to check out troop movements in occupied territory is beyond me. Granted, historically Hale was caught, but writing his exposure as a spy because he was easy to read bothers me.

  • Kristen
    2019-01-25 15:41

    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 the middle of TWO wars - the mundane one with the British AND the magical one with the Covenant - but war is hell, and Proctor was doing more than anyone could to try to be honourable despite the situation. The fact that Deborah didn't understand that or give him any recognition for what he DID accomplish made me want to smack her. Proctor deserved better treatment in my opinion.I also felt like this book's plot was a bit more convoluted and disjointed. There was lots of excitement, and I love the combination of the Revolutionary War with magic and a magical war. But the combination of Deborah irritating me, and the jumpy nature of the story got to me at about the halfway point of the book and I was just done.I won't be continuing with this series.

  • E.
    2019-02-02 16:39

    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. Proctor and Deborah are still together, fighting to keep their own small band of witches together, witches determined to do good and fight the Covenant. The Farm has become a haven for them, though one the Covenant is determined to shatter.Beyond the nation's turmoil, Proctor and Deborah have their own smaller battles: Proctor feels his power is somehow waning, while Deborah's seems to grow, leaving her uncertain how to handle it. The personal relationship between the young pair is also in flux; poor Proctor thinks they're more brother and sister these days, rather than young witches in love. Their journey is harrowing this time, deeper into the war to try and claim a young witch before the Covenant can--will they reach him in time? And does the youngster hold the key to winning this war?Finlay has delivered a solid book in his trilogy; I found myself wishing I had the entire series bound as one volume, to simply read the entire thing through--because I don't want to wait! As he did in The Patriot Witch, Finlay pulls out some marvelous things along the way; for me, the scarecrow Bootzamon is one of the most entertaining characters I've come across in recent reads. And Paul Revere? Just a delight to see brought to life in a story like this.The Demon Redcoat arrives soon--so if you haven't leapt into the magical fight for America's liberty, do it now!

  • Margaret Boling
    2019-01-31 15:58

    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 al question their motives and the ethics of particular spells routinely. The wider implication seems to be that those fighting on the side of the American Patriots are "good" while those fighting for the British are "evil." To me, that seemed to be too clear-cut a distinction. Quibble #2: The book seemed to drag some in the middle. However, I also recognized that in our actual history, the months prior to Washington's Christmas attack on Trenton, NJ really were dreary, cold, hungry, and hopeless. Finlay skillfully captured that sense of fear in all his characters.One of the things I have most appreciated in this series is the way in which Finlay examines the historical facts and chooses ways that magic might have caused successes and challenges. He layers magic, such as the ghostly curse on the Continental Army, on top of historically documented events and people. This series has helped me reconnect with my teen passion for historical fiction.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-15 17:35

    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 the Bootzaman thing. I'm not anticipating a huge battle or a fight there was no build up to the third book so I was a bit disappointed in that. I did like the historic cameos and the ghost plot. And I loved the part about Washington and the flag, but really I think this book could have been a bit shorter and I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

  • Mikel
    2019-02-15 15:53

    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. After reading this book I'm more inclined to be kinder to the first book, looking at is as more of a disjointed prequel. I got the feeling that this is where the author really wanted to start his tale but had to add the first book for background, length, character development, ect. I look forward to reading the next and last book in the series.

  • Joseph Teller
    2019-02-14 19:00

    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 tell a story, but if you can deal with a lull in the action it remains a good tale. Lots of historical cameos in this one, and surprisingly not the ones I expected most in the events and locations covered.History is slightly bent in a spot or two, for which the author apologies, but they are not so obvious to those who aren't well read on the period.

  • Preston DuBose
    2019-01-21 18:38

    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.

  • Craig
    2019-02-11 17:45

    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.

  • Shomeret
    2019-02-07 11:49

    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.

  • Ellen
    2019-01-28 15:57

    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.

  • Geoff Schaeffer
    2019-02-12 17:53

    Another good entry in this series.

  • Lyn
    2019-02-07 12:38

    Creative blending of history and witchcraft

  • Karen Ziemkowski
    2019-01-24 16:58

    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!

  • Chad
    2019-01-28 18:47

    Continued to tell a great tale with nice tie ins to actual historical events and persons.

  • Kim
    2019-02-09 10:40

    Just OK. Not great. Not bad. Just something to pass time with. Not as good as the first or third one.