Book Description :
Halloween looms and the Veil between Worlds thins. Seventeen-year-old Cassie heads home from school and meets Trenton, a beautiful boy with an enchanting voice. Darkness blankets the encounter so Cassie forgets she ever met him...and what he did to her. For other girls the lost time would have been the end of the story, but Cassie is Wiccan and she uses her intelligence and authentic witchcraft to remember the truth. Her spell sets in motion a mind blowing adventure that takes her to another dimension, the astral plane, where anything is possible and a dangerous romance with Trenton blossoms.
But who....or what....is Trenton?
Don't let the classification of young adult stop you from reading "The Grimoire Chronicles : Veil between Worlds" By Sally Dubats. This is a story for all ages, even I was a bit skeptical after reading the first few pages but soon found out that this author had written a fantastic fantasy story! The novel is told from Cassie's POV, like other normal teens she is trying to find out where she fits in. But she is a witch and comes from a line of witches so that in itself makes it difficult to "fit in". Then she meets Trenton and her life becomes very complicated and dangerous for her and those around her. We see Cassie come into her own as a person and a witch as she fights for what she believes in and for those she loves.
The story line is well thought out and moves at a very exciting pace and I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride as the author revealed the dangerous element to the story. This element of danger and threat really gives the book the boost it needs to push it past the young adult genre and was enough to keep me wanting more. One thing that really stood out was the authentic portrayal of Wiccan ritual and lore ; combine that with Ancient Myth and it added a whole new dimension to the book that was fascinating.
The Characters in the story had depth and substance, which is refreshing in a young adult story. We see Cassie as the main focus in the story, but as each character is introduced we see them through Cassie's eyes. As their relationships grow the supporting characters really come to life and are well woven into the plot and I found myself emotionally engaged with all the characters by the end of the story. I was touched and drawn to the character of Cassie as she learned to deal with grief and loss all while staying focused in the midst of chaos as she was trying to protect herself and those she loved. Trenton on the other hand remains a bit of mystery, which I can understand since this is the first book in the series. I hope in the next book we will learn more about Trenton and his family. The background to Trenton's family is a brilliant twist to the story and introduces something that I have yet to see in the paranormal genre. I could tell you more.....but I won't! I don't want to give it away.
"The Grimoire Chronicles : Veil between Worlds" is a fun and exciting read, and I am looking forward to book 2 "The Grimoire Chronicles : Winter Solstice". With that said I give this book 4 Stars!
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Sally Dubats is a published author of a non-fiction compendium on the practice of witchcraft. She has held editorial positions for green non-profit organizations, and was the editor of a metaphysical newspaper for several years. Sally is Wiccan and continues to practice and research the Craft. You may find her on the web here :
Reviewed by Witchofthemists