Eternal

Eternal

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by Gillian Shields
     
 

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I am not like Evie. I don't belong in some great romance. I'm just the best friend in the background. That's how it's always been. Until now.

At the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, Sarah Fitzalan is the dependable, faithful friend to Evie and Helen, her sisters in the Mystic Way. But this term Sarah encounters new challenges: Evie seems to have

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I am not like Evie. I don't belong in some great romance. I'm just the best friend in the background. That's how it's always been. Until now.

At the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, Sarah Fitzalan is the dependable, faithful friend to Evie and Helen, her sisters in the Mystic Way. But this term Sarah encounters new challenges: Evie seems to have turned her back on the Mystic Way after the sisterhood laid Sebastian's soul to rest, and Helen is distracted by her still-unresolved feelings about her mother, Mrs. Hartle. Sarah is lonely and worried. Unlike Evie, she wants to find out more about her own Mystic powers and her strong connection to the earth, and she struggles to keep the sisterhood together as the threat of attack looms from the ever-present dark coven at Wyldcliffe.

And so it is up to Sarah to face the eternal darkness and fight. Must she sacrifice herself for the sake of her friends and sisters? When she feels her loneliest, will her sisters join her, or will help come from unexpected sources, like her Romany ancestors, and a love she'd only just dared to hope for?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7�10—This book's beautiful cover will attract gothic paranormal romance readers, but the plot will leave them wanting more-and confused, unless they've read Immortal (2009) and Betrayal (2010, both HarperCollins). Reliable, down-to-earth Sarah, a student at the posh Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, on the English moors, is close with fellow students Evie and Helen. They are bound by the elemental powers that they share-water for Evie, air for Helen, and earth for Sarah. Sarah is plagued by dreams of ugly, misshapen creatures, accompanied by the relentless sound of drumming, but now the emotional distance she feels from Evie and Helen prevents her from confiding in them. Evie is grieving after losing her love, Sebastian, in Betrayal. Helen is moody and withdrawn after her unloving mother, the school's evil High Mistress, died and crossed into the shadow world as a vengeful spirit to serve the corrupt king. Sarah, part-Romany, loves Cal, a fellow Gypsy, but he's traveling. She feels the presence of her great-grandmother, a former student, and uses her diary to help her when Evie is kidnapped. Helen has an accident, and her mother reappears. Sarah suspects that the new student, Velvet Romaine, the wealthy, tabloid-worthy daughter of a rock star, is somehow involved. The two-dimensional characters, melodramatic plotting, and repeated phrases get annoying. Strictly for fans of the earlier books.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
Kirkus Reviews

This third book in Shield's continuing supernatural series (Immortal, 2009, etc.)can feed the needs only of those who crave 100-percent full gothic fiction.

With good and evil witches' covens, an ancient Stonehenge-like circle, a magically sealed attic room, an abbey turned school and romance both natural and supernatural, the author does her best to include every convention of the genre. This book focuses on Sarah, a part-gypsy–turned-lady student and member of the good witches' coven, who struggles to keep the group together when best friend Evie tries to bow out. The main bad witch, thought vanquished in the previous installment, returns to wreak havoc. Havoc includes, in the most imaginative portion of the book, tempting Sarah into mysterious caves where gnomelike underground rock creatures can capture her and hold her forever. Gothic conventions continue as riders gallop wildly across the moors, ghosts appear when summoned and every kiss equals an out-of-body experience. Place names typically includey's or doublef's or both, as in "Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies," the novel's setting. Emotions, romances and dramatic situations turn on and off with the sudden intensity of a melodramatic silent movie from the 19-teens, a scenario also called to mind by much of the dialogue.

Some readers will enjoy it, especially those with little experience in the genre. It's all been done, better.(Supernatural romance. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062000408
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
882,891
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range:
13 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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Eternal 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
carol777 More than 1 year ago
....we have to wait for the last - I expect thrilling - quartet in the series. I noticed one reviewer gave the book one star. I couldn't understand this until I read the bit where she said she hadn't read it. Frankly I don't want or need reviews by people who haven't even read the book. It isn't fair to those of us who are interested in what we might buy and certainly not fair on the author: Gillian Shields has produced another compelling, page turning read. I loved it.
BOOKLOVER123CA More than 1 year ago
I love all of theses book but this one was not good at all. There was very little romance and such and I hate the change in the point of view. Now that they changed the point of view, I find this book a huge disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book belongs to a series of books and you have to read the first 2 books!and for that person who gave it 1shame on youu!
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daughter and I both felt this was a great series! enjoyed reading and had to put it down
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<3
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Oh sorry gtgtb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, I haven't read the book yet but I have a terrible feling about. The first two books were beautiful I think you should just let the story end there. 1 star
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book, but whenever I open it the pages are blank. I've turned off my nook and closed the book many times but it doesn't work! What do I do?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the first two books in this series and they are awesome!!!! And im answer a question yes there is a fourth book it is called Destiny.
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First two books were great.super romantic and action paced.must read.its worth the money
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Ive read the first 2 is this one good
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I enjoyed the book immensely! If you enjoy fantasy romance novels, this is the book you want to read, though I suggest reading the first two first...
--Kt-- More than 1 year ago
Overall a very well written, and interesting book. Different in the ways of changing the main character while in the same series, but good none-the-less. Somehow, I am expecting the fourth book to be about Helen...
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