Darkly gothic, deeply romantic--and thrillingly spooky!

The thrilling sequel to Possessed!

Sixteen year-old Rayne is still entwined in the creepy history of Morton's Keep -- and about to discover that she's the only one who can stop the evil lurking there.

Rayne doesn't know who to trust -- even the ghosts of Morton's Keep seem to be warning her that the place is dangerous. ...

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Darkly gothic, deeply romantic--and thrillingly spooky!

The thrilling sequel to Possessed!

Sixteen year-old Rayne is still entwined in the creepy history of Morton's Keep -- and about to discover that she's the only one who can stop the evil lurking there.

Rayne doesn't know who to trust -- even the ghosts of Morton's Keep seem to be warning her that the place is dangerous. It's up to Rayne to overcome the evil forces. But how?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the sequel to Possessed, Cann wraps up her creepy mystery set deep in the English countryside. Having her false boyfriend use her in his attempt to unleash the evil centered at Morton's Keep has left Rayne with lingering unease. Just as she's hoping that St. John and his cult have truly been defeated by Ethan and the local pagan fire group, Rayne's life is unsettled again with the arrival of a new house manager. Miss Skelton is determined to capitalize on Morton Keep's grim past, even at the expense of stirring the lurking evil. After a girl is murdered at one of the fire group's sacred sites, it's clear someone is committing profane acts to break the ring of protection and unleash the Keep's horror on the world. Eccentric characters are well-matched by absorbing writing and a satisfactory ending. Cann effectively builds both romantic and dramatic tension in a captivating gothic atmosphere, as Rayne struggles to reconcile her modern sensibilities with myths and legends that refuse to be laid to rest. Ages 14–up. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Rayne has been caught up in the evil power of Morton's Keep since she came to work at the tea shop two and half months ago. She had left home to get away from family drama and fell into much more evil drama. When the story opens she thinks the evil has been contained and that she is safe, with even a new boyfriend in the making. The boyfriend part has its ups and downs, but the evil part just keeps getting bigger. Plus, many of the townspeople think Rayne has special powers to save the town from the evil. Morton's Keep is an ancient manor house originally owned by man who could conjure up nasty spirits and other terrifying entities and his true believers have tried to restore his evil through themselves. The Watchers work to protect the Keep and town from such evil by lighting bonfires at the points surrounding the area which would depict a six-sided star. Rayne's new boyfriend is a Watcher and fire dancer, which makes her wonder whether he really is interested in her or is just using her special powers. The Keep's present owner hires a new manager, who convinces him to embrace the building's storied dark mysteries. He is smitten by her as things turn darker and scarier. Soon Rayne realizes she is the key to saving everyone and uses her powers to find the missing link which will let the Watchers capture the evil presence for good. Other than feeling that the story took place fourteenth century England, when people did not have cell phones, and was a sequel to an earlier book, the book was enjoyable. It is hard to figure out how old Rayne is, since sometimes she seemed like a teenager, but people gave her alcoholic beverages to drink on several occasions. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This sequel to Possessed (Scholastic, 2010) picks up the story of Rayne, a city girl turned country mouse who lives and works at a creepy historic manor in rural England. The evil-bent St John, who wooed her and betrayed her, no longer presents a threat, but the horrifying supernatural events that took place at Morton's Keep have left Rayne shaken. She finds some comfort in a blossoming romance with handsome fire-dancer Ethan, but her experiences have left her wary to trust. In addition, the mansion's longtime manager has been suddenly called away and beautiful Miss Skelton arrives to take over with new ideas for bringing in revenue. Rather than ignore the Keep's dark past, she exploits it to attract a new breed of guest. Rayne is torn between the old and new ways and afraid of invoking more malevolence. She senses that the local fire rituals (intended to bind the Keep's evil) may no longer suffice. Once again, something terrifying is afoot. Most distressing of all, the mysterious tale of the "green lady" seems to be coming true as the phantom phenomenon seeks out Rayne to do her bidding to protect the village. This entertaining tale is paced with precision; darkly gothic scenes described vividly through Cann's superb imagery help set the mood for this thrilling and romantic mystery. New readers may find themselves bewildered but fans of Possessed will enjoy this novel.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
From the Publisher

Praise for Possessed

"Atmospheric and deliciously chilling." -- Booklist

"A spooky mystery." -- Publishers Weekly

"Deftly striking just the right balance between the horror of the supernatural and the reality of human nature gone awry, Possessed will keep readers turning the pages. ... A highly readable and wonderfully frightening tale." -- School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545263887
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Cann lives in England with her husband, daughter, son and dog. She worked as an editor for many years before writing several books for teens, including Possessed, Spanish Holiday, and Grecian Holiday. For more about Kate and her novels, visit
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