"Stands alone, but incredible follow-up to fabulous novel ETERNITY"
Since his days as Prince Eannatum circa 2500 BC Sumer, he
has adopted and shredded many identities. He currently
enjoys his persona as Boston antiquities expert Nathan King
even though he knows it places him at risk from other
Immortals, especially the Dark Witches. However,
everything changes when he sees a picture accompanying a
newspaper article on a "miracle in Manhattan. The picture
looks just like the supposedly dead Light Witch, Nidaba and
the article describes an Immortal. Nathan immediately
drops everything to visit the patient in a New Jersey
hospital and sees the woman he has loved for several
Unbeknownst to Nathan is the Dark Witch Purabi is also at
the hospital. After posing as a doctor and killing a
physician, Purabi plans to murder Nidaba as she tried to do
on that rooftop in Manhattan. Only Eannatum stands in her
way of success, but he must first reclaim the love he
thought lost for eternity if he and Nidaba are to fulfill
their destinies together.
If anyone ever said that a romance would star characters
from Sumer, a footnote in the Bible, readers would call for
a straitjacket. However, Maggie Shayne not only does this,
but also makes DESTINY an incredible follow-up to her
fabulous novel ETERNITY. The story line once again blends
mysticism into everyday life in a good vs. evil scenario.
The lead characters feel genuine as if they truly walked
the earth 4500 years ago. The support cast provides a
reality to the Immortal species and anchors the tale in the
modern day Northeast. Although the flashbacks are
enlightening they do disturb the contemporary suspense.
Still, Ms. Shayne is deservedly destined to return to the
bestseller lists with a winning story.
Harriet Klausner © Copyright December 2000
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 20, 2002