Destiny

Destiny

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by Maggie Shayne
     
 

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“Intense, mystical and lyrical,” Raves Library Journal, calling New York Times Bestseller Maggie Shayne “one of romantic fantasy’s most accomplished authors.”

Nidaba, the high priestess he adored, had supposedly died in a fire more than four thousand years ago. But when the one-time King of Sumer, Eannatum, now living a quiet life as modern Nathan King, sees

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“Intense, mystical and lyrical,” Raves Library Journal, calling New York Times Bestseller Maggie Shayne “one of romantic fantasy’s most accomplished authors.”

Nidaba, the high priestess he adored, had supposedly died in a fire more than four thousand years ago. But when the one-time King of Sumer, Eannatum, now living a quiet life as modern Nathan King, sees her photo in a newspaper, he has to know for sure.

He finds the once powerful High Priestess of Inanna in a locked mental unit, catatonic and alone. But when he breaks her out, taking her to his peaceful haven to make her well again, he doesn’t know that the dark one who tore them apart long ago is watching, or that he is putting his new life, and all those he loves, at terrible risk.

Scenes from the land of Ancient Sumer are skillfully blended into this contemporary novel, through flashbacks, memories and dreams, much like what is done in TV series like Lost, Revolution, and Once Upon a Time.

If you read and loved ETERNITY and IFNITY, books 1 and 2 in this series, you must have the third tale

“I am a huge fan of Maggie Shayne's paranormal fiction, and Destiny is among her best. The book kept me rivited. The detail and description of life in the ancient time of Sumer is absolutely fascinating. Her characters are appealing and well drawn. No one writes romance like Maggie.”
~Christine Allen-Riley, Grand Rapids MI.

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Maggie Shayne continues her bewitching series of paranormal romances, which began with Eternity and Infinity, with the third book in this captivating saga of immortal witches who battle for love and life. Shayne lends a whole new meaning to the word “timeless” as she spans thousands of years and casts a spell of her own with this mystical blend of romance and fantasy.

Building on characters who were briefly introduced in Infinity, Shayne takes her readers back and forth between present-day Boston and the ancient civilization of Sumer, which existed some 4,500 years ago. Journeying into the past, we meet the young witch Nidaba, a temperamental adolescent who is being raised to assume the role of high priestess among the Sumerian people. Learning at her side is the young prince of Sumer, Eannatum. Both bear the mark of the Immortal High Witches, but neither is aware of their heritage as they are far too busy falling in love. However, the king of Sumer dictates that Eannatum marry Puabi, the princess of neighboring Ur, so that the two may combine their forces to fend off attacks from the nearby land of Umma. What follows is a tragedy of heart-wrenching proportions, the effect of which will last for millennia to come.

In the present, Eannatum is living a quiet, reclusive life as an antique dealer in Boston when he reads a news article about an unknown woman in a nearby mental hospital who went berserk after miraculously surviving a fall from a 40-story building. There is a picture of the woman, and Eannatum is shocked to realize it is Nidaba, who he thought perished in a fire 4,500 years ago. He rescues her and takes her to his home, not knowing that Puabi has also survived all these years and is hot on their trail, crazed for revenge. Puabi’s ability to assume anyone’s likeness makes for several hair-raising moments during the poignant reunion of Nidaba and Eannatum, who are only now fully realizing the strength of their love.

Shayne blends present and past in a seamless narrative marked by a deft sense of pacing, riveting suspense, and some blisteringly hot sex. Her unique blend of history, witchcraft, and passion blurs the boundaries between romance, horror, and fantasy, creating a bewitching bit of literary magic every bit as spellbinding as the High Immortal Witches themselves. (Beth Amos)

Contributing Editor Beth Amos is the author of three novels, including Cold White Fury and Second Sight.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515130133
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Immortal Witches , #3
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Bestselling romance author Maggie Shayne has written over 50 romance novels including series such as the Wings in the Night, the Portal, and the Texas Brands series. She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA Award. In addition to her writing career, Shayne is a Wiccan High Priestess of a coven she founded.

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Destiny (Immortal Witches Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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This is the third book of a series that got better with each book. The imagery evoked and the came to life characters made it impossible to put down. I started the first and read straight through. Great read!
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A must. You will love it.
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I have read the entire series, and although boring at times due to the "he loves me, he loves me not" stuff, I enjoyed this last book in the series much more than the first two books. IThos book brought the reader full circle, and gave us the entire history of the characters. I would highly recommend this series to anyone looking for a "can't put the book down" kind of read. LOVED IT!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner

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Walks in, where the Bio she ask, went to the 2 book?
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*tumbles in, looking panicked* "Oops!"
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