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Destiny (Immortal) Hardcover – July 31, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Everything is connected. We weave in and out of one another's lives, like circles within circles, and everything is for a purpose.
Helen has always been the "crazy" one among the girls of Wyldcliffe, scarred by her bleak past and her troubled relationship with her mother, the former headmistress and leader of the Wyldcliffe coven, Mrs. Hartle.
But Miss Scratton promised Helen that a love "beyond the confines of this world" is waiting for her. Could this be Lynton, the mysterious music student who visits Wyldcliffe for his lessons? And what about the brooch her mother gave her—what can the Seal reveal about Helen's past and future?
Now that Miss Scratton is gone, life at Wyldcliffe takes an even darker turn. An unexpected threat arrives in the form of a new high master, whom Helen remembers from her unhappy childhood. Can Helen, Evie, and Sarah finally overcome Wyldcliffe's darkness? Will Lady Agnes come to their aid? And what sacrifices must they make to fulfill their destiny?
Destiny is the stunning conclusion to this gripping series about sisterhood, the circles of time, and love.
About the Author
Gillian Shields is the author of Immortal, Betrayal, and Eternal, the first books about the sisterhood of the Mystic Way, as well as many other books for young readers. She spent her childhood roaming over the Yorkshire moors and dreaming of the Brontë sisters. After studying in Cambridge, London, and Paris, she became a teacher. She has taught in a girls' boarding school and also in a drama school where it was rumored that the ghost of a young girl could be heard crying in the night. Gillian was inspired to write this series in celebration of the power of first love, the strength of female friendship, and the haunting mystery of the past.
Top customer reviews
Destiny is filled with the same magic, mystery, and excitement that makes the rest of the Immortal series so awesome. I was a bit taken aback by the point of view because it is told from the perspective of all three girls, and I was only expecting to read from Helen's point of view.
Even though the story is not exclusively told by Helen, we get a much deeper look into her character. Unsurprisingly, she is lonely and wounded by both her past and her mother. It really was heartbreaking to read some of her emotional scenes.
Often times while reading the Immortal series, I forget that it takes place in the 21st century. Since Wyldcliff forbids all forms of technology, this is really easy to do. As I was reading Destiny, however, I realized that a big part of the reason that I feel like I am reading about girls in the Victorian era is the way they talk. The language is just so old fashioned! It would make more sense to have this be historical paranormal or to just write it using the modern way of speaking. That said, the writing itself is truly beautiful.
Gillian Shields delivers a satisfactory and surprising conclusion to the Immortal series. It was refreshing to learn more about all of the girls, but it was definitely time for their story to come to an end. Destiny is a captivating read with breath-taking prose and is definitely a must for fans of Gothic literature.
Evie Johnson is a girl whose life has been turned upside down. She is ripped away from her home by the sea when her grandmother is placed in a nursing home. She is sent to Wyldcliffe Abby School for Young Ladies under a last minute scholarship arrangement. This should be an opportunity of a lifetime. However, the strict teachers, snobbish students, and an oppressive atmosphere leave Evie feeling abandoned.
Evie meets Sebastian who provides her a lifeline to something she is longing for. Then she starts seeing a strange, ghostly girl who could be her twin sister. She is drawn into a web of intrigue and elemental magic that lead her on a quest of self discovery.
Gillian Shields has written an interesting Romantic Urban Fantasy. She makes use of some tried and true fantasy elements. There is protagonist that is thrust into an “upper crust” academic world where she doesn’t quite fit in. There is a ghostly love interest that may be friend or foe. Finally elemental magic provides a simple yet sophisticated magical science. Evie is a strong character, but her potential is never fully exploited in the story. She tends to react rather than act. This makes her flat as a character. The story is hard to get into at first but does pick up the pace as one goes on.