In the aftermath of a violent storm, Claire St. John makes the disturbing discovery of an ancient skeleton buried under an old tree. She senses that this individual died a violent death. Also found is an old ring whose emanations warn Claire of an evil presence.

Into this mix comes visiting American Michael Townsend. Up to this point, Michaels life has been filled with loss and betrayal. He has come to England to solve a personal mystery: discovering information on the mother who abandoned him as a small child.

Claire is horrified by her instant attraction to Michael, for his personal aura is a solid unrelieved black. Either he is truly evil, or in the grip of a powerful curse.

For years, reclusive local Sorceress Lady Sarah has been waiting for the return of the Circle of the Lily. Sarah can feel that an evil presence is gaining power in order to make its final strike. High priestess Delilah Mason only needs to find her long-lost mate in order to re-establish the full power of the Circle. When she learns of Michael Townsend and the ring, Delilah knows she has found her high priest at last, and no one will stand in her way.

Both sides of this eternal conflict prepare for war. Can Claire stop Delilah from gaining control of Michaels soul?

This book adds another notch to Jill Jones growing list of sure fire hits. She adds her own special flare to the struggle between good and evil in this dramatically enthralling novel. (Nov., 320 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith