Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds by Sally Dubats

Title: The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds
Author: Sally Dubats
Publication Date: July 9, 2011
Length: 259 pages

Note: I'm hosting a giveaway of this book here, running from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15, 2012! Enter to win one of 5 copies of the e-book!

The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds is the first book in what will be a series of 8, each of which will focus on a different sabbat (the holidays that Wiccans and other Pagans celebrate). This one takes place at Samhain, ie. Hallowe'en. The main character, Cassie, is a Wiccan, who uses her witchcraft to find out why she's missing part of her memory, and how that's connected to the mysterious and attractive Trenton.

I was really excited when I heard about this book, because books with Pagan characters are unfortunately few and far between. I was not disappointed. Sally Dubats weaves a wonderful fantasy story, while incorporating aspects of real-world Wicca in a way that makes sense even to those of us who don't know a whole lot about Wicca.

Sometimes Cassie frustrated me with the things she did, but over the course of the story you really see her grow as a person. I liked how characters that were initially introduced as people that Cassie didn't really like turned out to have more to them than meets the eye, and became important parts of the story, with Cassie gradually realising that she had misjudged them.

As for the plot, it really kept me guessing! I don't think there was a single time while reading this book when I thought "Oh, I saw that coming!". Trenton and his family are so mysterious, and I was constantly wondering what would happen next. It is definitely a page turner! I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

This book counts for the 2012 A-Z Book Challenge and the Mount TBR Reading Challenge (just barely; I bought it on Dec. 28!).

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