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    Mar282010

    New Juicy Review: Fire & Rayne by Kate Cann

    Book:               Fire & Rayne

    Author:             Kate Cann

    Publisher:         Scholastic

    ISBN/ASIN:      9781407107035

    Rating:             5 Stars

    Buy:    | Amazon |         

    “Six cursed acts, the horror spreads free, six fires to contain, to circle the bane, saved are we.”

    One of the things I love about Kate Cann is the way both Possessed and Fire & Rayne invoke the mixed serenity and severity of nature rather than with “paranormal” elements. Cann embraces all nature’s powers and the worship of the Green Lady as her literary mysticism. Her lead has no telepathic powers, no vampire or werewolf friends but simply, a burgeoning affinity for the natural world.

    With her mixed heritage, Rayne Peters is a child of the earth, and a favorite of the Green Lady. This reverence to nature, the cosmos, and the natural order that is present in Cann’s novels make it inherent to simply take her pages in stride, surrender to the enveloping mood that creeps over you, page after page like a mist rolling in from the moors. In many ways, Cann’s take ends up being more believable than the most complicated paranormal plot and what makes her story, mood, and voice so distinctive.

    This time for Rayne and her small band of friends, the evil of Simeon Lingwall’s legacy has started up again and this time the whole town of Marcle Lees is involved. If they are not careful, the miasma will not come creeping from under the flagstones of Morton’s Keep, but through the front door and endanger everyone in the vicinity. The good towns folk must dig into the history and rituals of the fire festivals in order to combat this lethal threat. (That means Rayne will be working closely with Ethan!) Within that history and their local religion, they must seek out and protect the six sacred goddess sites before the cult of Simeon Lingwall’s followers desecrate them.  It is said that on the 6th cursed act, the evil buried beneath the keep will be freed.

    Is the ghost of Simeon Lingwall acting through St. John and his followers again, or is it some new threat? Since the arrival of Mr. Stuart’s new estate manager, Louisa Skelton, the house has been slowly coming back to life as it was in Lingwall’s time. Capitalizing on the keep’s past history, Skelton has launched a website, has been staging elaborate gothic dinners and concerts. She has forced out the old protectors like Mrs. Barton, Mrs. Driver and even Rayne. And the keep’s haunts can’t help but eagerly wait for the evil to flourish once again. Rayne can feel its oppressive presence slinking ever closer to her and the ones she loves.

    Cann has deliciously upped the ante in many ways. Possessed's scintillating sequel is full of chilling action, romance (YES!), contemplation, murder, mayhem, magic, and a sinister moodiness that is pervasive throughout the book. Rayne has finally embraced who she is with one minor setback. Cramphurst Estate is no longer home for her. Rayne must look forward. She’s still crushed about St. John, but well rid of him, and it’s cleared a path for Ethan. But will she take that step? Will Ethan prove himself different from St. John? Why is she so drawn to him? Will she also admit that she is part of the community, and the necessary force behind the fight? The village cannot combat the threat without her. With the most recent murder and attacks, they need her.

    Fire & Rayne is all about her taking on the mantle of her responsibilities and readers will find that all their questions will be answered within its delicious pages. Deeply suspenseful, meshed with romantic elements, and simply unique, Cann is fast becoming one of my new favorite YA authors!

    Read More about Kate Cann here.

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