Amethyst is a 16year-old witch living in Avalonia on the west coast of Wales. Life there is a lot like it was when her Romanian coven started about 500 years ago. Living such a sheltered life, she is curious about The Beyond – what her coven calls the world outside. As the new High Priestess of the West, Amethyst is nervous about her role in the upcoming Samhain ceremony honoring the dead.
Michael, a High Priest and member of Amethyst’s family, is her teacher, favorite companion and staunch supporter, so he is helping her to prepare. The celebration ends in catastrophe and Amethyst is cast out, which devastates her but she intends to be restored to her coven. She quickly adapts to the strangeness of The Beyond but learns it is even more important that she uncovers the mysteries of her coven and its prophecy. By the end of the story, some mysteries are revealed but some will carry over into the next episode.
This first book in Ms. Kershaw’s The Beyond Series has many characters and lots of details that you need to keep track of in order to understand what is going on. I had a little trouble and had to backtrack a few times, particularly in the beginning, to clarify things, so this is not an easy read. In spite of that, I enjoyed it. I liked Amethyst, though her relationship with Michael was a bit strange, and enjoyed watching her grow wiser as a young lady and stronger as a witch. The characters in The Beyond were a great addition to the story. The paranormal researchers offered some explanations for the witchy happenings and the werewolves provided a lead-in for the second book in this series, Demon Lupus. Ms. Kershaw often dropped hints of what was to come but still maintained a level of suspense throughout the story on many fronts.
If you enjoy a tale with a British flavor, like witches and young adult fiction, and are looking for something with depth not fluff, you should give this a go. Be warned that there is one sex scene. I would not classify it as erotic, but it is explicit and may not be material you would want your under 16year-old to read.
- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: Trafford Publishing (September 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1425128084
- ISBN-13: 978-1425128081
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