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Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie Shayne

Posted March 23, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

Thrifty Thursday: Eternity by Maggie ShayneEternity by Maggie Shayne
Series: The Immortals #1
Published by CreateSpace on January 10, 2013
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 326
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Three hundred years ago, Raven St. James was accused of witchcraft... Only one man tried to free her from the hangman's noose--Duncan, the town minister, who died trying to save her. Three hundred years later, the accused witch still lives and longs for her love...

At last, after centuries of loneliness, Raven has found her precious Duncan. But as he awakens to the passion of his past life, so too does the evil that tore them apart. Now Raven and Duncan must prove their love for all eternity..

       

 

 The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).

Kindle freebie on February 25, 2013  (currently FREE as of writing this post)

Overall rating 3.98 with 2,853 ratings and 223 reviews

 

I had a lot of trouble with reading my Kindle freebies during the COYER challenge. A LOT. It’s not so much a problem when I am reading one a month for a Thrifty Thursday post. I can choose one with a more well-known author which is the first of a series or I got free years back. The quality of books I have access to read (which anyone can get at the library, it just takes longer) is so high I’ve gotten more picky perhaps.

Eternity has all the earmarks of a good pick.  It won awards. There are numerous ratings which are quite high. The author is relatively known and this is the first in The Immortals series. I liked her contemporary romance books, including another Thrifty Thursday pick, The Brands Who Came for Christmas. I’ve been reading and enjoying more fantasy. I like almost anything with some romance. It has magic!

OK, it’s bad when I am listing reasons I should like it.  I read about half and then couldn’t get myself to continue for 3 weeks. I finally read the other half one night. I struggled some with the world-building. You’re not dead if you die in certain ways. And once you don’t die, you’re immortal but after the first death you may not remember your first life. Or you might.

I don’t always like historical which was part of my issue, but I think the love interest being a priest and the treatment of women, along with the religious fervor of the time was off-putting. It starts in the late 1600s, during the witch trials / executions.  The romance was fast and lustful without the kind of relationship building dialogue I prefer. The characters sometimes acted immature in the doing things which fall into the TSTL category.

It’s an interesting premise and I might read on in the series because of the focus of the next book, Infinity. I’m already familiar with the world and the core plot probably won’t include religious aspects. It also appears to be set in a more current time period.

 

About Maggie Shayne

Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.

Known within the Craft of the Wise as LadyHawk the Mythmaker, Maggie studied in the Black Forest Circle Seminary for three years, earning her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree elevations there. A licensed minister of Wicca, Maggie was later made a Craft Elder, and co-founded a new Wiccan tradition called RavenMyst Circle. Her coven, The Coven of the Redtail Hawk, turned out five new high priestesses, several of whom went on to form covens of their own, and making Maggie, according to the Old Ways, A Witch Queen.

While The Portal series is entirely fictional, and necessarily brimming with special effects, any portions of the stories pertaining to the actual practices and teachings of witchcraft are entirely authentic. Due to the oathbound nature of some Wiccan rites several of the spells and other rituals, particularly rituals of Initiation and elevation, have been altered, abbreviated, or are deliberately vague. These rites are revealed only to Initiated Witches who reach the appropriate levels of study in traditional Wiccan Covens.

If learning about real witchcraft is your goal, I’ll soon be releasing a nonfiction book, The Magick of the Witches, on that very topic. (Watch this site.) In the meantime, I strongly recommend books by Silver RavenWolf, Scott Cunningham, Dorothy Morrison, Gail Wood, and others, which will give you all the information you need to to decide if it’s the path for you, and to begin your own solitary practice.


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Posted February 16, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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