A 15-book (soon to be five-bindup volume) series by Cate Tiernan (known as Wicca
in the UK and elsewhere) about 16-year-old Morgan Rowlands who, after discovering that the dreamy and mysterious new guy at school is a witch, finds out that she herself is a very powerful "blood witch", descended from one of the Seven Clans of Wicca. All sorts of magical and romantic drama ensue.
This series shows examples of:
- A-Cup Angst: Morgan complains about this at least three times per book. Hunter isn't displeased by it at all.
- Becoming the Mask: Cal insists that he truly fell in love with Morgan after being instructed by his mother to seduce her.
- Beta Couple: Matt and Jenna (temporarily), Sharon and Ethan, Robbie and Bree.
- Bi the Way: Sky and Rav
- British Accents: Sky and Hunter.
- Broken Pedestal: Selene Belltower.
- Brother-Sister Team: Sort of—Sky and Hunter are cousins, though they were raised together like siblings.
- But I Would Really Enjoy It: A rare male example between Morgan and Hunter.
- Butt Monkey: Angus, Robbie and almost every male that appears in the series and isn't evil, a background character or Hunter.
- The Chosen One: A sguir dan or destroyer, who is said to set the path for the Woodbanes once every several generations and are given strong magic to accomplish it to boot. The current one turns out to be Morgan.
- The Clan: Seven of them, actually, though centuries of fighting, persecution and intermarriage have (at least theoretically) made clan identity meaningless. Unless you're an evil Woodbane, of course.
- Call Forward: Early on in the series, Morgan has a vision of her future daughter Moira, a character who doesn't appear until the final book.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: Morgan, the first time she drinks.
- Claustrophobia: Morgan experiences this in Cal's secret witch room. This is tip off that he isn't as nice as he seems.
- Distant Finale: The final book is set years into the future, in which Morgan's daughter is herself a teenager, just beginning to understand her own powers.
- Eyes of Gold: Cal Blaire
- First Love: Cal, for Morgan, followed by Hunter, her Second Love.
- Government Agency of Fiction: The International Council of Witches is more extra-governmental, answerable to no one. It's main job seems to be to track down witches using dark magick and stripping them of their powers—without a trial or any sort of chance to put forth a defense; Morgan derides them as the "hall monitors of Wicca."
- Half-Human Hybrid: It's supposedly impossible for a female blood witch to reproduce with a male human, and male blood witches can reproduce with human females only if they will it. Alisa Soto is one.
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Morgan isn't used to being noticed by guys.
- I Know Your True Name: Key to Morgan's defeat of one of her major enemies.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Ciaran is Morgan's real birth father. A distant version is seen later, with Origins with hints in that book and the reveal in the following book, Eclipse. Sort of. It was Morgan learning her descent from the creator of the dark wave and later, the truth about Alisa's dead mother.
- Left Hanging: In one of the early books, Morgan is tailgated by someone in the car behind hers, causing her to spin off the road. We never discover who did this or why.
- Letter Motif: The initials M.R.: Maeve Riordan, Morgan Rowlands, Moira Rowlands— though oddly, that inital set seems to be recent, going by the initials carved on Morgan's athame.
- Instant Expert: There is a process called "tath meanma brach" which allows two witches to "mind-meld" together, thus transposing all of one's thoughts to the other. Morgan does this with Alyce, thus attaining years worth of knowledge and experience in a single evening. How convenient.
- In the Blood: Morgan's fear about her Woodbane lineage.
- Magick: Yeah, that's how they spell it.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: An unfortunate side-effect of Voluntary Shapeshifting.
- Mind over Matter: Alisa Soto has an involuntary case of this.
- Muggle Foster Parents: Morgan has a pair, not realizing she was adopted.
- Older than They Look: Selene
- Platonic Life Partners: Hunter and Sky, who are also cousins, making them a Sub-Trope of Brother-Sister Team.
- Redemption Equals Death: Cal, who throws himself in front of his mother's magic in order to save Morgan.
- Something Completely Different: The installment narrated by Alisa Soto has absolutely nothing to do with anything else in the rest of the series, making it the only book you could skip without losing anything vital in the overall reading experience.
- Necromancer: Witches can speak with the dead by performing a very dangerous and forbidden spell. Hunter's father is revealed to be doing this to speak to his late wife.
- Playing with Fire: Morgan has a particular affinity with fire. She uses flames to scry, a process which is said to be very tricky (most use water or stones).
- Raised Catholic: Morgan's sister and parents are against Morgan being a witch due to it conflicting with Catholic teachings. However they blissfully ignore the teachings on homosexuality when it comes to Mary Grace Rowland's sister Margaret. Semi-subverted in that the Rowland's family (Minus Morgan) are otherwise devout.
- Red String of Fate: Muirn beatha dans are a blood witch's soulmate, who is also a blood witch. While love is usually implied, a good relationship is not—there are a number of characters who are the offspring of a one-night stand between muirn beatha dans.
- Telepathy: Blood witches can send "witch messages" telepathically. They can also mind-meld.
- Unwanted Spouse: Hunter's father felt this way towards his first wife, Selene Belltower, Cal's mother.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Seen later in the series as something only very powerful witches can achieve. Guess who manages it first try.
- What Could Have Been: The author left the company that suggested the idea and therefore could not continue the series. She intended to write further on Moira's era but did not own the rights.
- Wrong Guy First
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: The 'older' forms of the names for the Clans could be considered this.