Author: Gillian Shields
Book: Immortal (Immortal #1)
Published: August 2009
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Evie Johnson is a girl whose life has been turned upside down. She is ripped away from her home by the sea when her grandmother is placed in a nursing home. She is sent to Wyldcliffe Abby School for Young Ladies under a last minute scholarship arrangement. This should be an opportunity of a lifetime. However, the strict teachers, snobbish students, and an oppressive atmosphere leave Evie feeling abandoned.
Evie meets Sebastian who provides her a lifeline to something she is longing for. Then she starts seeing a strange, ghostly girl who could be her twin sister. She is drawn into a web of intrigue and elemental magic that lead her on a quest of self discovery.
Gillian Shields has written an interesting Romantic Urban Fantasy. She makes use of some tried and true fantasy elements. There is protagonist that is thrust into an “upper crust” academic world where she doesn’t quite fit in. There is a ghostly love interest that may be friend or foe. Finally elemental magic provides a simple yet sophisticated magical science. Evie is a strong character, but her potential is never fully exploited in the story. She tends to react rather than act. This makes her flat as a character. The story is hard to get into at first but does pick up the pace as one goes on.