The sudden shifts between present-day Seattle and past-day France are confusing at times, and each chapter opens with a superfluous poem about witchcraft, which is a distraction and breaks up the pace of the action. The good news is that narrator Cassandra Morris' bubbly voice is quite engaging and is able to hold an audience captive even through the bumpy first couple of chapters. She delivers the vernacular of teenagers spot on, and you easily forget that she isn't one. Because she's so effervescent, her narration rings a bit false when she's reciting the darker parts of the novel — when Michael's plotting to kill someone or an evil spell is being cast, Morris sounds like a child trying to emulate an adult. Perhaps that's done intentionally, however, to keep the story from being too frightening for the suggested younger audience. —
Holly, Amanda, and Nicole are about to be launched into a dark legacy of secrets, alliances, and machinations, where ancient magics yield dangerous results, where possession is commonplace, and where reincarnation is taken for granted -- and the three girls must take on roles in an intergenerational feud the likes of which they could never have imagined....
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By Ms. C. T. Bell on 08-03-14
A mish-mash of mythology
Very disappointed with this title. The narrator was good - but she sounded about 8 years old - which would be great for text suitable for that age group but not for talking about adult relationships or sexual feelings (creepy!). The text was a terrible mash-up of pseudo-Christian mythology and Pagan beliefs which were given a very negative spin. For example the God of the hunt relished rape and torture rather than the natural cycle of life and death. I daresay had a mainstream relgion been misreported in this way there would have been an outcry.
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