- Series: Circle of Three (Book 9)
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (September 4, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006447299X
- ISBN-13: 978-0064472999
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Circle of Three #9: Through the Veil Paperback – September 4, 2001
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Kate continues to deal with the fallout from telling her parents she's studying Wicca. This story finds her under virtual house arrest with no privacy, her belongings are searched, magical tools get taken away, emails and phone calls are monitored and she's unable to attend Wicca class, see or talk to her Wiccan boyfriend Tyler, or see her friends outside of school. On top of all of that, she's forced to see a psychiatrist too...could things get any worse?! Thankfully, the mood is about to change.
But the focus of the story is on Annie. The wheel has now turned to the season of Samhain, the Witches New Year, when the veil separating the realm of the living and the realm of the dead is very thin. Annie is frightened and haunted by recurring dreams of her parents and the fire she accidentally started. She begins to hear their voices calling to her. She realizes that she must begin to deal with the guilt she's been harboring all these years concerning her parents untimely death. She starts by asking her aunt for a birthday gift to help her on her way to healing.
Bird continues to enchant with three down-to-earth teen characters, practicing the Craft of Wicca, much like it is practiced today. The story has a somewhat syrupy ending, but it does remind those who practice Wicca, of some of the emotional, profound or life-changing experiences that they themselves may have experienced on the Wiccan path.
Bird has really developed these characters well and this book brings readers closer to them than ever. All of this and a wonderful, beautifully constructed Samhain ritual too. Fans will enjoy this latest installment in the series. Others interested in the magical adventure that life can be are strongly encouraged to read the wonderful books in the Circle of Three Series.
The three girls are Kate, Cooper and Annie (the ex-popularity queen, the rebel and the nerd are their individual personalities in a nutshell) and in "Through the Veil" they are fast approaching Halloween - Samhain in the Wicca calendar. Samhain marks the thinning of the veils between the living and the dead, which is especially relevant for Annie considering her parents passed away when she was young.
This title deals mainly with Annie - she is approaching her sixteenth birthday, and has asked her aunt if she can take a visit to San Francisco for her present. She lived there with her parents before they were killed in a house fire that she accidently started. Now she's been having disturbing nightmares about them and seeks out a way to communicate with them. As such, a few Wiccan rituals are thrown in - a meeting with a physic, a circle taken place at Annie's old home, and the coven's Samhain celebration itself which involves some symbollic "role-playing" along the same lines as the events that took place in "What the Cards Said" and "In the Dreaming". Not that that's a bad thing - these gatherings are pretty much the only reason I keep reading these books.
Meanwhile Kate and Cooper are dealing with their own (less critical) problems. Kate's parents are vehemently against her involvement in witchcraft and react by sending her to a therapist, confiscating her Wiccan tools and forbidding her from seeing her boyfriend or from attending her Wiccan class. Cooper on the other hand has quit her band due to the fact they aren't interested in playing her Wiccan-themed songs (fair enough, I say - she doesn't half over-react!) and just found out that her parents are separating.
As you can see, the plot is all over the place and often comes across as messy with the constant switching points of view - if would have felt more focused if Isobel Bird had chosen one girl and developed her personal story more fully (Annie's is certainly the most important, but Kate and Cooper get just as much screen-time). On top of the three stories outlined above, Bird also crams in a love interest for Annie's aunt, a physic that communicates with Annie's parents, and a truly bizarre transsexual witch - I'm sorry, but I couldn't quite see the point of that particular character.
"Through the Veil" is one of the more interesting installments, despite the lack of a clear storyline and the hopelessly cheesy ending. "The Circle of Three" books are hardly high literature, but for me they're quick, mildly entertaining reads. The three girls are sympathetic enough to justify getting hold of other books in the series, but be quick - they're already out of print.
I also liked the interplay between Kate, her therapist, and her parents. We knew from the earlier books that Kate had a close relationship with her parents, especially her mother. I liked the healing process happening in her family too. I wish we would have gotten more information about how Kate's parents felt about the ritual they attended. I have only read up to this book, maybe more info will be coming in book 10. I hope so.
I liked this book. It certainly lacked some the action and magick that the earlier books had, but it made up for those elements by working on character development and introducing some new exciting characters that are sure to add spice in the upcoming books.