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Posted May 23, 2001
Having first read 'Infinity', I was pleased to see 'Destiny' come out, so purchased it and then found a used copy of 'Eternity'. I set out a weekend to read them all in sequence and enjoyed the first two books immensely. Unfortunately, I found 'Destiny' to be very disappointing. Unlike the previous two books, this one was more like a Harlequin romance than a richly detailed novel. The plot was very thin, and there wasn't the depth of character development so evident in both 'Eternity' and 'Infinity'. A further book is promised which will feature the Sumerian Princess Dark Witch, but this time I think I'll wait until it comes to the local library, rather than automatically purchasing my own copy.
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Posted June 28, 2013
Posted February 7, 2004
I picked up this book from a library because I liked the fact that it was set both in an ancient culture and had characters who could use magic and it was a romance. The history portion of it was very well done and I enjoyed learning about Sumer. The book started out well, but I soon became a little annoyed at the flashbacks, it would have been much easier to read if the reader had started in one time, from one viewpoint, and then ended it at a particular spot--such as the fire where Niduba supposedly died. Also, while the storyline between the two lovers was poignant, I felt it could have been developed more towards the end. I also would have liked to see more interaction between Nathan and Nicky, his long lost son. 'Hi and thanks for saving my life,' just doesn't cut it. Plus it seems as if they were thrown in at the end as a cameo rather than a true part of the story. Another thing which bothered me was the absence of magic in the two supposedly immortal good witch characters. I know this is part of a trilogy, but I felt it was lacking in several essential explanations about what these immortals were and what powers they had. I've always believed in the creed don't assume the reader knows anything about the world you created--give them some background, even if it's the tenth in the series. It was disappointing to see that the only time Niduba displayed any magic was at the end of the book, despite her claims that she enjoyed her powers and was proud of them. Also, if Nathan was an empath, why couldn't he sense Puabi, surely someone that evil must give off a negative aura or something? The premise that these two were strong in magic and yet didn't seem able to use it to even protect their friends was a big letdown. All in all, I would have to say this was an okay romance, but it could have been much better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Since his days as Prince Eannatum circa 2500 BCE Sumer, he has adopted and shredded many identities. He currently enjoys his persona as Boston antiquities expert Nathan King even though he knows it places him at risk from other Immortals, especially the Dark Witches. However, everything changes when he sees a picture accompanying a newspaper article on a ¿miracle in Manhattan. The picture looks just like the supposedly dead Light Witch, Nidaba and the article describes an Immortal. Nathan immediately drops everything to visit the patient in a New Jersey hospital and sees the woman he has loved for several millenniums. <P>Unbeknownst to Nathan is the Dark Witch Purabi is also at the hospital. After posing as a doctor and killing a physician, Purabi plans to murder Nidaba as she tried to do on that rooftop in Manhattan. Only Eannatum stands in her way of success, but he must first reclaim the love he thought lost for eternity if he and Nidaba are to fulfill their destinies together. <P>If anyone ever said that a romance would star characters from Sumer, a footnote in the bible, readers would call for a straitjacket. However, Maggie Shayne not only does this, but also makes DESTINY an incredible follow-up to her fabulous novel ETERNITY. The story line once again blends mysticism into everyday life in a good vs. evil scenario. The lead characters feel genuine as if they truly walked the earth 4500 years ago. The support cast provides a reality to the Immortal species and anchors the tale in the modern day Northeast. Although the flashbacks are enlightening they do disturb the contemporary suspense. Still, Ms. Shayne is deservedly destined to return to the best seller lists with a winning story. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2014
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