"Witch Paranormal - Wonderful Sequel to Eternity"
Maggie Shayne has proven without a doubt to be a master of
her "craft"! Her Immortal High Witches are destined to
become as beloved as her vampires. Both prequel and
sequel, INFINITY is every bit as fine as it's
predecessor, ETERNITY. I truly hope there will be
others to follow.
ETERNITY left Arianna restored to life. The dark witch
who'd plagued her sister had been vanquished. She was to
return his cache of stolen hearts to their owners. One
belongs to her husband, a man who lost it in what he must
have believed an ultimate act of betrayal.
Nicodimus Lachlan's body has lain in limbo for five
centuries. An Immortal High Witch he cannot die, but while
another possesses his heart, neither can he live.
We are transported back to the time shortly after the death
of Arianna's sister. Desolate, her wild, rebellious,
behavior has drawn notice from the villagers. She is seen
in the company of "the crones", outcasts who perform
witchcraft in secret.
Centuries old, Nicodimus spends most of his time battling
foes who would take his powerful heart for their own.
Arianna's village is his only haven. Nic has recognized
Arianna as another of his kind. He'd noticed the crescent
shaped birthmark on her right flank when she was a
toddler. He has checked up on her often over the years.
She's now seventeen, beautiful, and betrothed to a man she
refuses to marry. Her betrothed seeking to prove her a
witch, cuts her badly to determine whether she bleeds. Nic
rescues her and takes her to the protection of the keep.
The laird decrees that she must marry but gives her the
right to choose her mate. She chooses Nic.
Nic had loved once but the death of his family weighs
heavily on his heart. Not wish to become vulnerable again,
he declines. Arianna flees; Nic follows. He is alarmed by
smoke coming from the direction of the crones' dwelling.
He finds the crones cruelly executed as witches and Arianna
amid the crowd denouncing the villagers' crimes. He claims
her to save her from a similar fate. His terms are that
she be a bride in name only. Arianna is determined to win
Desire for Arianna overwhelms Nic, but his past is catching
up with him. He'd saved his first wife from her brutish
brothers. Seeking revenge, they'd learned the secret of
immortality and battled Nic for centuries after her death.
He'd thought his haven safe, but his enemy strikes mere
moments after he makes love to Arianna. Rushing to defend
the village, he makes Arianna promise to stay safely
hidden. He finds only devastation. Returning he finds
Arianna gone, taken by his worst enemy. He must fight but
it is a battle he is destined to lose. He has lost his
heart to Arianna, but another takes it.
Now after five centuries Arianna has Nicodimus back. Will
it be enough to that he lives, knowing that he will never
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted December 7, 2001