Immortal (Immortal Series #1)

Immortal (Immortal Series #1)

by Gillian Shields


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Welcome to Wyldcliffe, the place that haunts my present, my past, and my future.

Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies is elite, expensive, and unwelcoming. When Evie Johnson is torn from her home near the sea to become the newest scholarship student, strict teachers, snobbish students, and the oppressive atmosphere of Wyldcliffe leave her drowning in loneliness.

Evie's only lifeline is Sebastian, a mysterious and attractive young man she meets by chance. As Evie's feelings for Sebastian blaze with each secret meeting, she begins to fear that he is hiding something about his past. And she is haunted by glimpses of a strange, ghostly girl—a girl who is so eerily like Evie she could be a sister. Evie is slowly drawn into a tangled web of past and present that she cannot control. As the extraordinary, elemental forces of Wyldcliffe rise up like the mighty sea, Evie is faced with an astounding truth about Sebastian, and her own incredible fate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061375835
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Series: Gillian Shields' Immortal Series , #1
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 1,240,874
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gillian Shields is the author of Immortal, Betrayal, and Eternal, the first books about the sisterhood of the Mystic Way, as well as many other books for young readers. She spent her childhood roaming over the Yorkshire moors and dreaming of the Brontë sisters. After studying in Cambridge, London, and Paris, she became a teacher. She has taught in a girls' boarding school and also in a drama school where it was rumored that the ghost of a young girl could be heard crying in the night. Gillian was inspired to write this series in celebration of the power of first love, the strength of female friendship, and the haunting mystery of the past.

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Chapter One

I never wanted to go to boarding school. Hanging out with a crowd of rich kids in a swanky school was never on my wish list. I was content with my old life, in a keeping-myself-to-myself kind of way. Not happy, perhaps, but content. And then, one soft blue September day, my grandmother—Frankie—became seriously ill. She had never been Gran to me, only dearest Frankie, my surrogate mom, my best friend. I had stupidly expected her to go on unchanged forever. But no one is immortal, not even the people we love. And now Frankie was sick and I was forced to pack my bags for Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies. Life really gives you a kick sometimes.

I was doing my best to think of it as a challenge.

The journey to Wyldcliffe seemed to last hours as the train headed north. I was traveling alone. Dad had wanted to come with me, but I'd convinced him that I would be okay going by myself. I knew he wanted to spend every possible moment of his leave with Frankie at the nursing home before he had to go back to his army posting overseas. So I told him I was quite capable of sitting on a train for a few hours without ending up on a missing persons poster.... Honestly, Dad, I'm sixteen now, not a child anymore.... It wasn't that difficult to persuade him.

The truth was that I guessed it would be easier saying good-bye to him at home. The last thing I wanted was for those snobby Wyldcliffe girls to see me sniveling as my dad drove away. No, there was going to be no "poor Evie" this time. I'd had enough of that over Mom. People whispering about me in the street. The pitying looks behind my back. It wasn'tgoing to be like that again. I was going to show them that I didn't need anyone. I was strong, as strong as the deep green ocean. No one at Wyldcliffe would ever see me cry.

I transferred to a sleepy local train just as it was beginning to get dark. We chugged through an unfamiliar landscape of sloping hills covered with bracken and heather. In the depths of my misery I felt a twinge of curiosity. When I was little, Frankie had told me stories about Wyldcliffe, which she had heard from her mother, stories about the wild moors and the lonely farms and the harsh northern skies. I had never seen the place, but now I was almost there. I put away my magazine and my headphones and peered out of the window into the dusk.

Half an hour later, the train pulled into a little station at the head of a deep, shadowed valley. As I heaved my bags into a beat-up old taxi, a gust of wind whipped up a spatter of rain. I said, "Wyldcliffe, please," and we set off. I tried to make conversation with the bleary-eyed taxi driver, but he barely grunted in reply. We drove on in silence.

Between the clouds, I caught sight of the sun slipping behind the moors like a streak of blood. The leaden sky seemed to press down heavily on the land. I had lived all my life next to the open sea, and those dark hills made me feel strangely hemmed in. For all my brave talk, I suddenly felt very small and alone. How stupid I'd been not to let Dad come.... Then the car turned a corner, and the church tower and gray stone buildings of Wyldcliffe village finally came into sight.

The driver pulled up outside a tiny general store on the rain-blackened street. "Where to, then?" he growled.

"The Abbey," I replied. "You know, Wyldcliffe Abbey School."

He twisted his head around and glared at me. "I'll not take you to that cursed place," he spat. "You can get out and walk."

"Oh, but—" I protested. "I don't know where it is. And it's raining."

The man seemed to hesitate, but then he grunted again. "It's not so far to walk. Knock on the door of Jones's shop, if you like. He'll drive you, but I won't."

He got out of the car and dropped my suitcases onto the wet pavement. I scrambled after him. "But where's the school? Where do I go?"

"The Abbey is yonder," he said, pointing reluctantly to the church. "No more than half a mile from the graveyard. Tell Dan Jones that's where you're headed."

A second later his car roared out of the village, leaving me behind like an unwanted package. I couldn't believe that he had just dumped me there in the pouring rain. I knocked furiously on the door of the little shop, where the sign read, D. JONES, WYLDCLIFFE STORE AND POST OFFICE. There was no answer. It was a late, wet Sunday evening, and the whole village seemed to be shut down for the night. I swore under my breath. There was no choice but to walk.

Immortal. Copyright © by Gillian Shields. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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carol777 More than 1 year ago
The publisher's synopsis is very accurate but does not fully do justice to the beautifully woven story-line; the depth of the characters and the evocative period, mood and cadence of the story. A friend lent me her advance copy she had been asked to read and she was wildly insistent that I read the book, too. Now I know why. The only thing that could spoil this wonderful book for me is if there isn't a sequel. And soon. The writing, which is highly accessible, quickly immerses the reader into the word of Evie and the challenges she faces. To go into these in detail risks spoiling the story for would be readers (and you should be one!) but suffice to say I just could not put the book down. It excited, moved, and transfixed me all at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*scream* I loveeeeeeee this book. So far Its my favorite. Filled with suspense and tragic happenings prepared to fall into the world of love,faith,courage,magic, and a life threatening decision. When I finished the book I practically started to cry. I was so angry cause I had finished it and because there wasnt a sequel...yet. I had never wanted it to end. I have been on my computer for an hour just to find Gillian Shields's email, i foud it but the website said I had to pay to get it so i still dont know it. Read this book or you shall never forgive your self and will enjoy not 1 more book. You will ask your self "What the heck is wrong with me?Why didn't I read Immortal!!!" So thats the all I got to say about the magically tragic book "Immortal"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first saw the cover it called to i just know it was going to be good but when i finished reading it i said wow such amaizing characters and wonderful story i hope theres a sequel
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Evie Johnson's life can't possibly get any worse. Her beloved grandmother has taken ill. She has been living with her while her father has been serving in the military. But now, she can't go with her father, her mother is dead, and her grandmother is in a home. So with a little-known scholarship, Evie finds herself sent off to the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies out in the moors. Evie grew up by the sea, and she can't imagine what it will be like so far removed from the water she loves. She has to take the train to the school, and the cab driver refuses to take her all the way to the school, calling it a cursed place. In the dark cold rain, Evie struggles with her bags through the trees to the school. It's in the trees that she is hit by a dark brooding boy on horseback. She's tired, dirty, and is distraught to find her mother's photo frame broken on the ground. The mysterious boy helps gather her belongings and murmurs he will see her again. When Evie sets her picture frame beside her bed, she's surprised to find that it's in one piece, the glass not broken at all. She begins to believe she imagined the encounter and the strange boy, but then she notices the gash on her hand, from a piece of the previously broken glass. This begins her first night at the school. And things do not get better for Evie. She's taunted by one of her roommates, Celeste. Evie's place at the school is due to the mysterious death of Celeste's best friend. And as part of being a scholarship student, Evie must help crazy Helen Black with some of the chores after dinner. The only bright spot is the friendly gesture by one other girl, Sarah. The mysterious boy returns, and soon Evie finds herself sneaking out after hours to meet Sebastian. He gives little information about what he does during the day, and Evie makes many requests to have him call properly at the school. The more mysterious Sebastian seems, the more intrigued Evie becomes. When Helen starts to watch over Evie and get her in trouble for sneaking out, hints of stories told to Evie by her grandmother start to make more sense. IMMORTAL is an intriguing and dark tale that intertwines the past and the present. With glimpses into the past through a character's diary entries, Evie learns who she is and what she must do to survive and protect those around her. The story captures the reader from the first page and draws them in until the final one. There was so much mystery as well as romance throughout the entire story that it should appeal to a large audience.
Ezmirelda More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! From the very beginning the author has this wonderful story laid out for us and as you read along you could slowly see the mystery unfold before you. The romance aspect of it was undeniably sweet. I can't see why anyone wouldn't want to read this book. It's just that good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little iffy with the book when I read the discription, but once I started reading it, all those doubts went away. It was Thrilling, exciting, suspenseful, a page-turner, and I don't even love reading. But hands down, my favorite part was the characters which were discribed amazingly and so intense and thoughtful and amazing. My only negative comment is the ending. Personally I was disappointed with that ending, but I can't take away credit for that one little negative area of the entire amazing woven mystery of secrets. Incredible! You'll regret not reading it!
sunshine69 More than 1 year ago
This story had me so intrigued and I had to finish it in one sitting. I can't wait for the next book and a book about Sebastiana and Abbey would be nice. There are so many stories within this story and the possibilibies make me so giddy! I love the storyline and the simple way it was brought out. It wasn't tarnished by too much supernatural and brought out a realistic twist to it.
jnik More than 1 year ago
i read this in 2 days.... mainly because i forgot it at work on my desk. it was a good story and for an english author i was surprised they didn't try to use so much slang that you needed an english to english dictionary like so many to try to do. it was a great read just for fun. i was left wanting more wanting to hear how and if they end up together. with a book ending like this i do think they should give you something to hope for or at least look forward to because sadly i'm likely to forget to look for another in a series like this.
gloomy-daylight More than 1 year ago
I cant believe anyone has ever doubted this book! It is so amazingly written and thrilling!I LOVED iIT. Dont you DARE not read this book. You will REGRET it!
PatriciaJL More than 1 year ago
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover, the blues are very eye catching. The second thing was the book description that this included a Gothic mansion (I'm a sucker for old mansions and homes, and anything Victorian and Gothic). Evie is "shipped" off to an all-girl private school and not by choice. Evie's father has to leave and her grandmother can no longer take care of her. From the moment she is dropped off at the gate to the school, by the taxi driver who refuses to take her up to the school doors, strange things start to happen. First, she meets a mysterious guy, Sebastian, riding on a horse; little does she know that Sebastian is going to turn her world upside down wether she likes it or not. She is further met with more strange things when she starts to have "visions" at Wyldcliffe. One of Evie's escapes comes to be Sebastian, who also becomes the person that puts her in danger. Evie discovers a connection between Sebastian and all the strange things that are happening at Wyldcliffe. The question is, can she trust Sebastian even though she loves him, and does he love her in the right way, or will his love put her in more danger? While I overall enjoyed this book there were a few things that I did not. There were too many plots going on all at once - it got confusing at times as to what exactly was going and which plot was more important than the other. Also, the love between Evie and Sebastian didn't feel concrete enough, it wasn't completely believable - there was no development or build up to it, and it just seemed to have happened. I also wish there had been more diary entries - to get a more consise understanding of the past, maybe that will be included more in the sequel...
Harry-Potter-Geek More than 1 year ago
I got this for Christmas I finished it that day and I really liked it! But the one thing I found was that it was a bit predictable.. but I think it was good book, and it was written very well. I would recommend this book. :)
BoekiesBookReview More than 1 year ago
: Immortal by Gillian Shields is filled with HEAVY undertones of the Bronte sister's. When I began reading immortal I was instantly drawn into the story. I have to admit I wanted to like the book, especially because so much of it seems inspired by the classics. I found an abundance of beautiful imagery through out the text that reminded me of the moors in Wuthering Heights. Sebastian is conveniently named Sebastian James Fairfax. Does the last name sound familiar? It's from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, think Edward Fairfax Rochester! Personally, I adored Sebastian's brooding attitude and the way Shields describes him simply as a rider on a black horse in the beginning of the novel. There are so many qualities that I loved about this book but unfortunately the story starts to go downhill midway through. First, although Agnes' journal entries were interesting, it was painstakingly obvious that the S. that she refers to in her journal, is Sebastian. It was sort of aggravating waiting for Evie to realize it too. Second, I didn't like the multiple pov's. It was distracting. The ending did not do the rest of the book justice. It just seemed off balance. To be honest besides the fact that I haven't heard good news about book 2 & 3, i'm not sure if I want to keep reading the series anyway. I think Shields is a great writer and her story is definitely interesting, but I felt that the ending wasn't strong enough to keep me interested. I'm a bit disappointed because I was loving the style of a gothic romance.
Nancy75 More than 1 year ago
I got this book thinking it would be good. I read some of the page barnes and let me read and it sounded so interesting I just had to read it. When I got the book I began reading at once and when I finished I was really disappointed. The whole story line and plot is rushed. The author is leading you up to something, so you expect something big to happen. But really it was nothing. it leads you on just to find disappointment. I do not recommend this book, and hope this helps some people:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome story and could be turned into a series if the author so wishes. For anyone whol like the Twilight series this is also a good back. Although it does not deal with vampires the characters are young and torn in two because of a love that cannot be. This was an awesome book and a hghly recommend it and hope the author comes out with more of this type of fiction.
DarkRomance More than 1 year ago
I Thought this book was Great! At first I thought the book was going to be about how Evie found out that Sebastian was immortal because he was a mythical creature. WRONG! During the quest to find out the truth about Sebastian she finds herself intertwined with a Talisman, a ghost, a dark coven, and forbidden love, all leading up too....Immortal
emilysue_09 More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this book would be very good, but I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the plot and the characters were good. Could have been longer to flesh it outsome more. The romance aspect of it wasn't very convincing or moving. Reminded me a little of Great and Terrible Beauty series, but not as good. I read Shiver right before this and actually preferred this book. Shiver was boring.
kid18 More than 1 year ago
First of all, I want to say that this book, like other readers said, tries to be too many thing and in the end it got stuck in the middle. It doesn't belong to the romance section since the love between Evie and S. happens too fast. I don't even know why they are so deeply in love after several meetings. It is too forceful and quick and the conversation they exchange during those meetings are so childish, it doesn't really spark any chemistry to make me feel the romance between them. (Maybe it's just me, I don't know) The book really really leaves me unsatisfied at the end since in the end the conflict didn't really resolved. I feell like nothing has really in resolved. Sebastine is still fading and Mrs. Hartle is still lurking out there. What happens to her followers? What happen to the dead Agnes? Did she move on? And in the end, Evie still could not unlock the necklace secret? so WHAT had she really accomplished? The plot is a bit predictable, too. I knew at the beginning that Evie and Agnes are related. But what disturbed me was Agnes's husband. It was so random. I felt like he was just...there just so that she could have a baby with him so there could be a story. (maybe I was just being difficult, which I always am.) And there's the guy named Josh that speaks for like, 2 sentences at the almost end of the book. and I don't even why he's in there. He doesn't help the plot or anything. I hope the author gives him an important role in the next book. (I hope there's sequel or I'll be extremely unsatisfied) Even so I have to say that this book has some really good moments. I like the way the author describe the surrounding for each new scene. I could even imagine it in my mind and trust me, I'm not a very imaginative person.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
I have to be honest, this isn't a book that I enjoyed. I think it was trying to be too many different things at the same time. Is it a love story? Is it a mystery? Is it a fantasy story riddled with mysticism and evil covens that need to be destroyed? None of the themes are explored and the plot rushes through what should be longer, more processed elements of the story. The love element has no conviction, and the fantasy seems almost like an afterthought. This really should have been two different books. One where Evie discovers a strong kindred with this girl in the past while falling in love with this dangerous stranger, and another where Evie's powers are awakened and she joins a coven of girls with magical elemental powers and they fight the evil coven. Either that or it should have been longer in order to flush out the story. Also, a quick word of clarification, the novel advertises itself as dealing with mysticism, but it's very clear that this is Wiccan, and not the love the forest and the trees sort. This is the coven of witches who kidnap girls and murder them to keep their coven master alive sort. Simply put, the 'magic' isn't fun like many fantasy books. This is secret society of evil people sort of magic based much more in literal beliefs than what one would find in Harry Potter or Twilight. -Lindsey Miller,
Booklady123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Immortal by Gillian ShieldsA young girl sent off to a gothic boarding school where she falls in love with an inappropriate young man seems to be a popular theme these days (Fallen by Lauren Kate and A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray are just two that come to mind.) Gillian Shields¿ Immortal is about Evie Johnson a teen who lives with her grandmother, Frankie, because Dad is a deployed soldier and mom died when Evie when was younger. All is well until Frankie falls ill and Evie has nowhere to go until Dad gets her a scholarship to Wyldcliffe Abbey, a boarding school for rich stuck-up girls. Things go wrong from the beginning. Evie¿s arrival at the school is delayed by an encounter with a dark and brooding young man. She engages the wrath of a fellow student simply by existing. And the head mistress seems to dislike her just on principal. Things seem hopeless until she meets once again the dark brooding young man that she encountered just before arriving at Wyldcliffe. Not surprisingly, Evie becomes obsessed with this young man, Sebastian. Also not surprisingly, Sebastian has deep dark secrets. However, he is not the only one with secrets. There are secrets in Evie¿s family history and even the head mistress is keeping secrets. All these secrets are tied together and make for a brooding angst filled story. Though this story does not stand out from others like it, I did find it interesting. Shields hooked me on her story and I plan to read the next book, Betrayal, which is due out in August. Fans of Melissa Marr¿s Wicked Lovely series, Libba Bray¿s A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy, and Lauren Kate¿s Fallen will enjoy Immortal.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest. When I first saw this book, I figured it would be another blah YA novel dealing with paranormal romance. Then I read the back and had to admit that okay, it had kind of an intriguing plot, so I'd give it a chance.I'm glad I did.The early parts of the book wasn't particularly grabbing, and annoyed me more than anything else. The pacing seemed badly done, giving the backstory as a first-person exposition. But it was done in such a way that I couldn't really get a feel for the character. It came across as, "Things such but I'll stay strong, and I have to go to this boarding school to please my family even though I don't want to, and I'll miss my grandmother, and HOLY CRAP THERE'S ACTION ALL OF A SUDDDEN!"I realize that the backstory was put in there to avoid the reader having to sit through an entire chapter of it, but it felt so rushed and removed that I actually think I would have been less bored if the first chapter had consisted of nothing but Evie's discussion with her father about her grandmother's health and going away to Wyldcliffe.But once I got past that messy introduction, Immortal quickly turned into one of those books that has me looking up every once in a while and wondering just where the time went. The plot that unfolds is interesting, the premise decently original, and the hints that are dropped are enough to make the reader suspect and theorize but not quite know how it all fits together fully until much later. Not quite a Rowling-style adept at making literary puzzles, Shields certainly still manages to do a good job with her plot and its mystery.I was quite happy to see that the love story in this wasn't as contrived as some I've read this past year. Stories in which two characters fall head-over-heels in love and ignore all sense and reason are in vogue these days, and aside from an initial "tugging behind the ribs" sensation when Evie first meets Sebastian, their relationship actually developped quite well, starting with some forbidden midnight outings and eventually progressing to admissions of love, with some misunderstandings and spats in between. It felt real, not rushed; complete, not contrived. I also enjoyed seeing Evie's struggle with learning to use her newfound magical abilities. So often in books you have a character who can use magic and everything comes as naturally as breathing. There were such characters in Immortal, yes, but Evie wasn't one of them, and it was due to the kind of emotional blockage that makes sense to block something like magic (at least by my way of thinking).Ultimately, Gillian Shields seems to have a real talent for visuals and for interesting turns of phrase, as well as for weaving a YA storyline that I can really sink my teeth into. I look forward to seeing more of her work!
Hailey.Parker1234 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named Evie Johnson who lost her mom when she was young and her grandma is in the hospital, ill. Evie's dad is in the middle of the war so he sent Evie to a place called Wyldecliffe. Wyldecliffe is an all girls school that has some mystery. A girl drowned in the lake, and the old owner Lady Agnes got murdered. People say they see Lady Agnes walk the grounds of the school, and she looks just like Evie. On the way to Wyldecliffe Evie got hit by a horse carage, A guy stepped off and helped her up. Evie had been cut by a glass picture frame. The next day the cut was healed, and it all leads back to the guy from the carrage. I like this book because it is mysterious and i couldnt stop turning the pages. There was alot of magic, Murders and ghosts, but those are my favorite kind of books to read. I think anyone who loves to be surprised at what happens next should read this book. They should also read it if they like mysteries. This book has a sequal and i cant wait to read it! Thats why i like this book.
MidnightMermaids on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sadly,I had to rewrite this review since blogger somehow deleted everything when I posted it. I happened to find this book when I was writing down a list of books I wanted to read at my school's book fair. I didn't buy it, though. So when I walked into the library one day, I found Immortal and immediately grabbed it. A day after, I also found Betrayal, also by Gillian Shields, the sequel to this book. Immortal is a story about Evie Johnson, a girl whose grandmother just recently died. Evie starts meeting a mysterious boy named Sebastian at night and finds out secrets about him and herself. Stories about her ancestors, her true identity and who she is encircles her. Evie meets Sarah and Helen, and together, they call the elemental powers and interweave them to form one powerful force. Soon, Evie finds out the truth about the amulet she wears that was given to her from her grandmother. Either Sebastian will kill her to get the amulet that will make him immortal, or he will spare Evie from a horrible fate that will end her life forever. It's up to Sebastian to save Evie-or doom her.
ErBe0421 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is ok for me but it realy didnt keep my attetion for long . I would recomaned to people who like hear about bordering schools.
LaPhenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reminded me a lot of Hallowmere. I love the genre and though this wasn't the best of it, I did really enjoy it.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Evie Johnson comes to stay at a creepy boarding school called Wyldcliffe, she meets a mysterious, attractive young man named Sebastian on a black horse which almost runs her down. Soon afterwards, she meets Sebastian again, and although several signs warn against it, she finds herself promising to visit him every evening. She longs to find out the truth of his story, for she suspects there is more to his story than meets the eye. Can Evie clear up the mystery surrounding Sebastian in time to save him? Read Immortal to find out.