Review – ‘Immortal’ and ‘Betrayal’ by Gillian Shields

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We recently carried out an interview with Gillian (click here to see it), which brought to our attention the forthcoming Betrayal book, so we knew we’d just have to read the first book in the series, Immortal, in the hope it’d make us ready and eager for Betrayal. You can win a copy of Immortal here, too, to get you ready and eager for Betrayal..

Immortal

Welcome to Wyldcliffe, the place that haunts my present, my past, and my future.

Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn from her home near the sea to become the newest scholarship student, strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave her drowning in loneliness.

Evie’s only lifeline is Sebastian, a mysterious and attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie’s feelings for Sebastian blaze with each secret meeting, she begins to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. As the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.,

Betrayal

There are the small betrayals: the unkind word, the petty lies. And there are the betrayals that break hearts, destroy worlds, and turn the strong sweet light of day into bitter dust.

When Evie Johnson started at Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, her life changed in ways she couldn’t possibly have envisioned: the discovery of her link with Lady Agnes, her special bond with Helen and Sarah, and their sisterhood in the astonishing secrets of the Mystic Way. Above all, Evie’s love for Sebastian has turned her world upside down.

Now Evie returns to Wyldcliffe for another term and more danger. Surrounded by enemies, she lives every day in fear that Sebastian will fall into the darkness of servitude to the Unconquered Lords. The Wyldcliffe coven is plotting to destroy Evie and use Sebastian to secure their own immortality. Evie and her sisters must master the power of the Talisman before it is too late. But could it be Sebastian himself who will ultimately betray Evie?

I read Immortal and literally as soon as I’d finished it, got in touch with Gillian asking to read Betrayal! Why? Immortal tells two stories, that of Agnes set in the past, and then of Evie set in the present day. There’s history, romance, adventure and the Mystic Way, so plenty to keep your interest. I liked Evie and Agnes and their stories are both told through each chapter, coming together as the book progresses. From the first chapter, I knew I was going to enjoy it and I found I was keen to read on at the end of every chapter, as there was just enough intrigue to keep you going on. The ending is worth waiting for, with each storyline tied up, but left open for you to want to read Betrayal…

Betrayal, without giving too much of Immortal away, continues very much where we left off. Evie has a greater understanding of Wyldcliffe’s history and powers in this book, and so this is less of a journey of discovery and more a journey full of danger and adventure. It doesn’t keep you guessing in the same way that Immortal does, as you’re there with Evie in possession of more knowledge and racing against time with her to save her beloved Sebastian. This book moves at a faster pace, as you know the back story so it can jump straight into the action. As with Immortal, you’ll want to keep on reading and again, the ending’s just perfect.

These are great books, and are both available in our shop now. We do have one signed copy of Immortal available for one lucky Bookbabbler, so if you’d like to be entered into the draw, comment on this post, retweet it or Facebook ’like’ it. We’ll pick a winner on Monday at 8PM – good luck!

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