Destiny

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Overview

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. ...

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Destiny (Gillian Sheilds' Immortal Series #4)

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jennifer Rosenstein
Destiny is the final book in the Immortal series and begins where the previous volume left off. Helen, Evelyn and Sarah are students at Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, a prestigious boarding school on the English moors with a reputation for being stuck in the Victorian era. The truth, however, is much darker. There is a hidden coven of dark witches at Wyldcliffe, led by the former headmistress and Helen's mother, Celia Hartle. As this book opens, Celia is imprisoned in a rock, put there by Helen and her friends all of whom possess mystic powers. Helen wants to believe her mother has repented and is capable of love, but she does not know if she can trust the priestess. Helen, Evelyn, and Sarah are drawn into an epic battle of good and evil for their own souls and the souls of those they love. There is constant mention throughout the book of events from the earlier volumes, which can be confusing for readers new to the series. Shields's writing is pedestrian and laden with trite analogies that add no emotional impact. While each chapter is told from the perspective of a different girl, there is no real individuality to their voices or complexity to the characters. Events are telegraphed far in advance, though there are some tense set pieces. Fans of the series will be happy to have resolution, but this volume will not interest readers who are not familiar with the earlier books. Reviewer: Jennifer Rosenstein
Kirkus Reviews
The fourth entry in this pure-gothic series continues to hit all the clichés of the genre as hard as possible. The Sisters of the Mystic Way, Helen, Evie and Sarah, along with their ghostly cohort, Agnes, still practice their supernatural skills at the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, located, of course, on the English moors. This book focuses on the perpetually depressed Helen as she agonizes her way through her diary. The abusive, evil Dr. Franzen, who has taken over Wyldcliffe as headmaster, taught Helen to hate herself in the orphanage he ran. After 200 pages of Helen's self-loathing, readers may agree with her assessment. Meanwhile, because you can't keep an evil priestess down, the girls continue to battle their longtime foe, Helen's mother, Celia Hartle, thought vanquished in the previous book. This does appear to be the final showdown with Celia, but, alas, the story still leaves one villain undefeated. As usual, the eye-rolling dialogue and writing remain all melodrama all the time. Clearly, Shields chooses to write this genre to the hilt. She has her fan base and gives them what they want, all the way, at a dime-store romance level. For fans only. (Paranormal suspense. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062000415
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Gillian Sheilds' Immortal Series , #4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 208,333
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Destiny

    Comes from a very good series. As a book itself teaches a lesson of life and wisdom. Shares many secret but great quotes that anybody can use.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Good series

    I really like this series. Keeps u reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    The fourth book

    Yes it is

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    ????????

    Is this the fourth in the imortal series?:)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    awesome series

    daughter and I both felt this was a great series! enjoyed reading and had to put it down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Wait, are they changing the P.O.V. again??? And is the 3rd book

    Wait, are they changing the P.O.V. again??? And is the 3rd book worth
    while to read?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 27, 2012

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