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Infinity Mass Market Paperback – 1 Oct 1999
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From the Author
Dear Readers, As many of you know, INFINITY is the sequel to ETERNITY, released in December of 98. In it, we follow the story of Arianna, going back with her to her past in the Scottish Highlands, where she first came to grips with who and what she was--an Immortal, and a Witch. Her trials were so vivid to me, that I literally spent hours sobbing over my keyboard as her stories came through me and spilled onto the screen, and from it, onto the page. I cried with her, as she lived through revelation, and love, and loss. And yet the tale, at its end, left me feeling more empowered than when I began. I believe it will have the same effect on its readers.
Due to the overwhelming success of the first book in this series, ETERNITY, the publishers have asked me to continue the tales of the Witches with at least one more. (And for that, I have you to thank!) You will meet the heroine of book 3, in the pages of INFINITY. See if you can spot her.
And please, stay in touch and let me know what you think. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I still answer all my email.
Much love to you, and Blessed Be! Maggie Shayne
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Over seven hundred years ago, Nicodimus abducted a willing Anya, sister of abusive brothers (Marten and Kohl), who vow vengeance. Nicodimus became an Immortal through the Light by rescuing an endangered High Witch. Anya's siblings converted into Immortals through the Dark by stealing the hearts of High Witches. In the same year he rescues Arianna, Nicodimus kills Kohl, removing and burning the man's heart. However, Marten captures Arianna. When Nicodimus comes to rescue her, treachery occurs and Nicodimus loses his heart. An enraged Arianna escapes, but lives by herself for several centuries until the present where she now has the knowledge to bring her beloved back to life. If she succeeds in returning her beloved from his deep sleep, will he hate her because he believes she is a traitor?
INFINITY is a superb fantasy romance that readers of both genres will enjoy. The story line, especially the historical segment, is stupendous as the witch species seems genuine due to the talent of Maggie Shayne. Nicodimus is a wonderful hero and the support cast adds dimension while propelling the tale forward to its exciting climax. However, this novel belongs to Arianna. As a teenager just coming into her powers without proper guidance, she will remind the audience of some of the athletes who overnight go from food stamps to millions. Ms. Shayne augments her growing reputation for some of the best fantasies on the market today.
Nicodimus finds himself intervening a little, trying to warn Arianna to be careful but realising that her personality means that she feels like a free spirit. When frightening events take place in the village they end up betrothed, for her safety, and in due course married. But Nicodimus doesn't want to feel love again and Arianna doesn't yet know of her future as an Immortal High Witch. Before long the problems that have dogged Nicodimus throughout his long life come to find him at Stonehaven and Arianna is dragged into them, along with other villagers and another Immortal High Witch, Nidaba, who has been a friend to Nicodimus his whole life.
This story, like "Eternity", is in two parts, separated by hundreds of years. There is a short chapter which overlaps events in "Eternity" where Arianna and Raven free the hearts of trapped High Witches and Arianna believes one is that of Nicodimus who was imprisoned by Nathanial Dearborne hundreds of years before. However when Arianna is able to reunited Nicodimus's heart with his body he remembers her as his enemy, not his wife. This part of the story actually felt rather rushed and the happy ever after ending came perhaps too quickly, along with a revelation about Nidaba which I hadn't expected.
"Infinity" is a reasonable read and Arianna is certainly an interesting character, although one who tends to rush headlong into things and not consider others' opinions, finding it acceptable to lie to get her own way, and so she wasn't always appealing. However their love story felt tender, although I wasn't entirely sure what Nicodimus saw in her. Again, there is a high emphasis on new-agey mysticism and a negative view of Christianity in this story but it's an interesting read, not least in that it reminds us of the witch hunting trials and many of the awful things that were done at that time to those who were different.
Somehow I managed to love this as much, if not a bit more than the first in the series.
If you are questioning buying these books DON'T just do it, you won't regret it
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