This book is a fast paced and interesting read. I loved the idea of a character actually growing up with the knowledge of the power within them, rather than suddenly learning it. The history behind the Cole women was intriguing, well thought out and I loved the idea behind it. I also was very impressed that there was no ‘love interest’ and that romance was barely hinted at.I also adored the magic and effort that the author went to in it's use.
In the negative, I do think that the author should have done a little more research. Some of the historical figures used by the author could have been changed to characters who were:
a. Actually alive at the time of the events that the author references
Augustus was a life long pagan who was born late BC, he would have had no connections with Christianity. Likewise the use of Puritan to describe the group was a little odd as that’s a specific reference, strongly connected to the 16th century. There were also the exaggerated numbers of people who were killed during the Salem trials.
But despite those niggles and I stress that they are small, The Kuthun is a thoroughly absorbing read that I heartily recommend.