For five centuries, Immortal High Witch Nicodimus Lachan has lain in a death-like state. Buried in his beloved Scottish Highlands, his body remains intact, but his heart is missing. Nicodimus fell victim to a most deadly form of treachery: his living heart was stolen by a mortal intent on becoming an immortal.

Before his betrayal, Nicodimus had one weaknesshis growing attachment to Arianna, his new bride. At that time, Arianna, too, was an Immortal High Witch, but she was unaware of her destiny. The local villagers looked upon her with suspicion because of her friendship with three mortal witches. To ease the tension, Nicodimus married her.

Nathaniel Dearborne has hunted immortal witches for centuries, stealing their living hearts in order to increase his own power. Nathaniel and Marten, Nicodimus mortal enemy, play on Ariannas naiveti and set events in motion that are deadly in the extreme.

Arianna is horrified and guilt-stricken when, despite her efforts, Nicodimus heart is taken. No matter how many centuries it takes, Arianna will have her revenge and find a way to restore her long-lost beloved.

Maggie Shayne roars back into bookstores with the fabulous sequel to ETERNITY. Ms. Shayne is clearly a storytelling force to be reckoned with. (Oct., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith