When Arella Cline’s parents die in a car accident, she goes to live with her Aunt Fi on Tory, an island off the Irish coast. Enrolling at a small private school, she is befriended by easygoing Declan McQuilan. Arella’s love of soccer helps her fit in but she makes enemies, too. She finds sullen Cannon Fidelous’s attentions particularly disturbing and tries to avoid him. When Arella inexplicably sees shadows and visions, she blames it on grief. Even Aunt Fi begins behaving oddly, painting one watercolor after another of the island’s landmarks and hanging them in Arella’s room. When Cannon warns her that the inhabitants of Tory are not all they appear to be, Arella begins to investigate an ancient prophecy not realizing that her own life is in danger!
Handsome guys, a mysterious island, prophecies, and ancient curses blend perfectly in this skillfully concocted YA fantasy! The misty Island of Tory creates the perfect backdrop for a well potted mystery. The addition of a Discussion Guide makes it a great choice for YA Book Discussion Groups!