16 September 2018

Seventh Born - Review

Seventh Born - The Witchling Academy #1
by Monica Sanz

What they say: Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she's the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium's Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he'll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she'll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn't the only thing that makes a witch burn.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: In Seraphina's world being a seventh born daughter comes with the terrible curse and stigma of being a magic stealer and mother killer. Yeah, yeah, us rational people know a baby cannot help being born, but Sera's society is less forgiving. Seventh borns are basically regarded as the scourge of society. She is considered lucky to have been allowed to exist - nice huh?!

The seventh borns have been admitted onto a special programme at school but they are still treated as inferior just because of their birth. Sera was used and abused by the devious Noah and is hesitant to trust anyone other than her friend Mary. 

It is only the enigmatic and young, Professor Barrington who sees potential in Sera. He offers to support her application to become an inspector if she helps him on a murder case. Without giving anything away, I can honestly say I was never entirely sure whom to trust, and had my doubts about pretty much everyone at the school at one point or another.
The story is dramatic, sort of twisted and fun. The world building is descriptive and clever. Whenever Sera would face a new ghost I felt like I was there experiencing it all with her.

I kept expecting the story to take a bit of a forbidden romance turn, which is always a bit controversial. I'll leave it to you to find out if this happens.

I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next for Sera and the seventh borns...

4 Stars in my Sky!


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