By Gabriella Lepore.
Pages: 232 (Kindle).
From the back cover:
“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.” When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and wilful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.”
A short synopsis:
As Bronwen finds herself in a mysterious castle with three of the strangest guys she has ever met. Felix, Alistair and Loki share a bond of not only friendship and brotherhood, but sufferance. After being tricked into drinking dragon blood by an evil witch, they are cursed with immortality, a curse they are desperate to be freed from.
When Bronwen’s Grandmother offers Felix a cure, as payment for killing the monster that is hunting her granddaughter, he readily agrees, believing that the monster will be easy to kill. Unfortunately, things are not as easy as they first appeared. As Felix and Bronwen try to find a way to kill the hell-hound that is hunting her they begin to develop feelings for one another. However, when Bronwen’s Grandmother reveals the cure for Felix’s curse their happiness is jeopardised. How could Felix ever deny his brothers the cure that they so long for, for the curse that he inflicted upon them?
Evanescent is another example of the talent that is Gabriella Lepore, her characters capture the heart of the reader and the story flows at such a perfect pace, keeping the reader hooked from the first page until the last. The ending of this book left me reeling for days. I am normally very good, sometimes too good, at predicting the ending to a book, yet I was nowhere near with this one. I love it when a story surprises me, it was so well written that although I was left emotionally torn, it felt like the right ending; it was true to the story.
I love the understated magic within this book, there are no wands and spells but the magical element is still there. I was also captivated by the settings, the old Castle on the hill is so wonderfully described that I can picture it so vividly. There is nothing shiny and in-your-face about the setting but it reflects the theme of the story so well; setting and story go together like break and butter, a perfect match.