Sunday, September 21, 2008
My Immortal Promise by Jen Holling (Terra's Review)
My Immortal Promise by Jen Holling is like coming home after a long journey. The longing for the continuance of MacKay family saga gives us relief from the pent up tension of anticipation that has been nagging since the finish of My Immortal Protector. This fifth book in the series holds on to the magic of the witches that took us through the first three books while giving us a different look at the new witches that have evolved.
Drake MacKay is extremely handsome but a bitter man since the death of his lovely wife. A man who would have given his own life in return for hers, he is now lonely to the point of desperation and longs for a death that will not come.
Hannah O'Shea has lived eighty years as a thing of death, a being of the night, a lover of blood, a very strong witch in every way. A woman that was at one time Hell bent on revenge and the dishing out of her own justice, to a lonely creature of habit and self preservation. How far ones comes when consumed by hate.
Our third character of importance I will not name here for fear of spoiling your surprise. It did indeed surprise me and oh what a great dastardly character we have. He is righteous, pompous, good but evil, could be handsome but now a monster, should be respected by all but is more feared than the devil himself. Have I got you thinking now. Good!
Our story basically starts out six months from My Immortal Protector and carries on with the storyline that was already set up there. It is nicely started with a slight back drop of the previous book and then jumps right into the here and now.
Drake MacKay sees that he has fulfilled his promise to the Baobhan Sith and returns to her to gain his freedom. Things don't go as planned for Drake and he is honored bound to the Blood Witch (Baobhan Sith) to protect her and see her to safety. They travel far and wide to find safety and peace but instead find a danger so great that they are at a loss as to what to do.
Traveling the Scottish countryside in search for help leads our unlikely duo not only on a grand journey of earthly miles but a journey of self discovery and growth. Worry lurks in their minds while danger is around every corner. Trickery and deceit are not below either of them but in order to protect each other and the ones Drake loves they must learn to trust. This is not an easy thing to do and our dastardly character playes Drake and Hannah like Violin strings against each other.
Our author has given us a nicely spun next chapter in a wonderful paranormal romance saga that is sure to touch all the senses. We have a great history lesson in the life of the ages of the Scottish Highlanders and the religious persecution of witches. This is a story of love, trust, deceit, evil and good, hate, abuse and whispered secrets. A tale of things that go bump in the night and of gifts of nature. Or are they curses?