Destiny

Destiny

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by Gillian Shields
     
 

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In Destiny, the fourth and final book in Gillian Shields’s romantic, gothic Immortal series, Helen, Evie, and Sarah, the Sisters of the Mystic Way, must use their powers to battle for their souls.
 
Malevolent forces haunt Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, the girls’ elite boarding school on the English moors. Dr. Franzen, an

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In Destiny, the fourth and final book in Gillian Shields’s romantic, gothic Immortal series, Helen, Evie, and Sarah, the Sisters of the Mystic Way, must use their powers to battle for their souls.
 
Malevolent forces haunt Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, the girls’ elite boarding school on the English moors. Dr. Franzen, an evil man from Helen’s past, has taken over as headmaster. And while Helen longs to believe her mother, the priestess of a coven of dark witches, has reformed, she fears her mother cannot be trusted.

At least Helen can cling to the prediction 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?

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062000415
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Series:
Gillian Sheilds' Immortal Series, #4
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.48(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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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Destiny 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
daughter and I both felt this was a great series! enjoyed reading and had to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this series. Keeps u reading.
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Yes it is
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Is this the fourth in the imortal series?:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wait, are they changing the P.O.V. again??? And is the 3rd book worth while to read?