A Chalice of Wind (Balefire #1)
By Cate Tiernan
Summary: After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible -- an identical twin, Clio. Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into. Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever.
Review: You might have seen Balefire with a different cover, a blue one with twins on the cover. That’s because Razorbill has recently republished the series in one big book. Instead of reviewing the big book as a whole I thought I should review each of the four books by them selves.
In A Chalice of Wind the point of view switches between the two twins, Clio and Thais. Both of them have distinct personalities that make them different and stand out. Clio is out going and lively, she also has lived with her Gran in New Orleans. Thais had to deal with her fathers death and moving to a new city for her last year of high school. I actually preferred Thais's point of view. Clio got on my nerves while reading her side. She seemed to think everything revolved around her, and she always had an attitude. Thais and their Grandma balanced her out really well.
Each character was different and had their own personality. It's even hard to tell who is evil and who's good. Even the love interest's (who will not be named because it will be a MAJOR spoiler) is on a fine line throughout the book. Then there is a major twist that I was NOT expecting. I can't wait to read more about these characters in the next three books.