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(Immortal #4)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  861 ratings  ·  63 reviews
In Destiny, the fourth and final book in Gillian Shields’s romantic, gothic Immortal series, Helen, Evie, and Sarah, the Sisters of the Mystic Way, must use their powers to battle for their souls.
Malevolent forces haunt Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, the girls’ elite boarding school on the English moors. Dr. Franzen, an evil man from Helen’s past, has taken ove
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Immortal series is a strange one, and Destiny is no exception. These books are evocative and deeply haunting, like there's some greater mystery to them beyond just the story being told by the words on their pages. Every time I finish one, I'm left with more questions than answers, never entirely sure of what I've just read. But I suppose that's Gillian Shields's intent, to create this aura of mysticism and mystery about her books that makes them strangely captivating and memorable. And it to ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
This was okay, but I was put off a bit by the way the story was told through diary entries. Usually this wouldn't bother me, but because the entries varied between Helen, Evie and Sarah, if I had to put the book down, I often had trouble working out whose diary I was reading when I picked the book back up, which was a little frustrating.

This was an okay end to the series, although (view spoiler)
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Any readers eagerly awaiting Helen's complex story? This book alternates from different view points, but ultimately focuses upon Helen. Helen desperately wants that love that Miss Scratton promised will find her. However, Helen's plans must be put on hold when a Dr. Franzen arrives. Dr. Franzen is a man from Helen's past and one she knows it not the kind High Master he pretends to be. Darkness is back at Wyldcliffe and Helen and her friends of the Mystic Way must find a way to completely defeat ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s, alt-pov
In this fourth book of the Immortal series, Helen's story takes center stage but is told from various POV's. Without having read the previous books in the series, I wasn't sure I would be able to follow along with the storyline but the author gives enough background that it was easy enough to catch up on what was going on.

This book has an overall theme of good vs. evil, self-sacrifice and shows that each one of us was created for a purpose greater than ourselves. Having said that, I personally
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Finally completed the whole series with Destiny as the final book. Destiny is a book about Helen as the first two books were about Evie (*Immortal and Betrayal*) and the third book was about Sarah(*Eternal*). The story is told with chapters alternate points of view among the three girls, which is quite different from the previous books.

I would have hated this book if it weren't for the surprising ending. The book begins with Helen stuck in a dilemma, trying to decide whether or not to release he
Katrina Sutton
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an exciting way to end the miniseries by Gillian Shields! I soaked it up like a sponge and consumed it in one afternoon. It was that good. Helen in this book becomes the main characters while Evie and Sarah become the secondary characters. But this one was different from the third book since Evie and Sarah were still written from their point of views throughout the book. I found the ending brilliant and never knew what was going to happen. The pieces fitted so well that there wasn't any los ...more
I really wanted to read about Helen's story and how she found love also wanted to know how Evie and her sisters would beat the bad guys. I liked this book cause all my questions are answered and I liked the answeres, I liked the ending. Lynton is Helen's perfect match to be sure, and I did get a little emotional at the ending, at first I thought I was going to be mad but it turned out not to be a tragedy so it's all good. I only want one I want to read Velvet's story and see how she ...more
Tala Moustafa
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can you imagine being put in a situation for many years of having the feeling where you're not being loved? That is what Helen Black was put through. She sacrificed so much for her mother, sisters, and tried her best to find a guy who would fall in love with her, but she never got what she wanted in return. From seeing the book title, Destiny, and reading the summary, I already know that Helen will face her destiny. She will believe that things will change, and she will be loved and she'll love. ...more
Lauren Kline
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Immortal series

The three books were were capitivating from beginning to end. All told a different story but were still connected to the next. The author did a good job of letting you,the reader, see into the life of the boarding school but also through the magic of four girls who become sisters and friends for life.
More satisfying than I expected even though the message was so heavy-handed. If anything I appreciated some things not going completely how I predicted.
Katie Kuykendall
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rarely does a book make me cry. This one did. Not for bad reasons.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this whole series, wow I laughed, cheered and cried. Amazing series
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
As much as I love Harper ARC time, this is one time where my selection hit a low note. To fully give Destiny a chance, I read/listened to the first three books on audio and I must say, it took me a while to get through them, as it took me steeling myself for the next onslaught. The first two books centered around Evie, who is plenty self-involved enough, but the third book was Sarah, who was the only tolerable one of the lot. I was cautiously optimistic about Helen's story....

So to recap, this s
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Tiffany (About to Read)
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Destiny is filled with the same magic, mystery, and excitement that makes the rest of the Immortal series so awesome. I was a bit taken aback by the point of view because it is told from the perspective of all three girls, and I was only expecting to read from Helen’s point of view.

Even though the story is not exclusively told by Helen, we get a much deeper look into her character. Unsurprisingly, she is lonely and wounded by both her past and her mother. It really was heartbreaking to read some
Yogesh Jain
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance

I think the author is kind of out of blue thinker. When the series started we were told that the Fire was the greatest element of all but guess what it's changed now. The fire which makes desires and keep you live is not greatest but it's air which makes you breath. I don't know why earth being the body wasn't said as greatest or the water which runs as blood wasn't mentioned in the first part. I don't know how you can say one element is greatest when all are important for the life. whe
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, autographed
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Brittany Perry
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Honestly this was the best book of the series. I wish the other three novels had been written in this multiple POV way. It was very enlightening and I think it could have shifted some of the resentment I felt towards Evie in book 2. My biggest problem with book 2 was the fact that Evie just kept whining about Sebastian. Had the book been written with Sarah and Helen's POV I think I would have dealt with it better. The ending was incredible.

This is Helen's book but I felt like it was really the
Peachy  Queen
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I can't believe I am CRYING!! Maybe I'm a bit sensitive but this book had me crying from the moment Helen decided to sacrifice herself for her mother! This ending caught me totally off guard! I can't believe this. What happened to her after all this? Where did she go! Is she with Tom, The Wanderer, or whatever he's real name is!? And why did she never say their real names!UGH! What does Miss Scratton mean, Helen's "real name"? So many question. I hated, yet loved, this ending so much!

Jan 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Sigh... I am rounding up to 3 stars only cause 2 stars didn't seem fair considering it was only Helen for most of the book that bothered me... That made no sense so let me explain. In this series, Sarah has always been my favorite character (maybe it's an earth thing). I never considered Helen "crazy Helen Black", she had a terrible upbringing and her mother never really liked her but through most of the book, her 'I don't deserve anything good' and 'I am unlovable' stuff just really got on my n ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I actually really loved this book, a lot. Although there was a slow build, I felt as if this one was the most personable one yet. Helen isn't my favorite character, that position belongs to Evie, but I have found that I relate to her a lot. She is a lonely and sad girl, but she doesn't let the sorrows of her past make her bitter. Her story has always been empowering, and I really enjoyed reading about her journey-past and present-and I thought ending the series with Helen's story was a fantastic ...more
Olivia Wilborn
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Finish this book right before Christmas and to say kind of bummed me out. The ending was sad not quite what I was expecting I'll give her that but my prediction about the main character in the second love interest was right but the best friend character ended up happy. What also interesting was that it wasn't a cheesy ending it wasn't like that everyone's happy ending and had some touching moments and some extremely depressing moments actually had a lot of depressing moments, but I will say that ...more
Some story! The story started off really slow, so I stopped reading for a bit. I urged myself to pick up this book again, and finish it. I am glad I did finish it, although the book brought me to tears close to the end. This is a good paranormal book that involves an amazing sisterhood between close friends. This whole series teaches you why you should not discard friends. Two heads are better than one, and three are better than two, throw in a fourth, and you have an inseparable friendship betw ...more
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I won an advance copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads.

Destiny is the fourth book in a series geared toward teenagers that center around three girls that live in an English boarding school who happen to be witches.

I have not read the first three books in the series; I think if I had, then I might have enjoyed this book more. The author does do a good job giving background information on things a new reader might have missed in the other books; but I just didn't have a relationship wit
Lavana Sanchez
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
when this books was about Helen i thought it would be about her whole story but it had some parts in it were Evie or Sarah would come he and also about Helen dairy. At the end of the story i didn't think that Helen would of die to save Velvet though and i also didn't think that Velvet would be one in the sisters (the sister of fire) and Helen would be go or A.K.A dead but at least she is with someone she loves Tom her Wander. Now at least everything at Abbey is filled with light and not darkness ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
uughh. this book seemed to drag on. it was kinda tacky for my taste and was my least fave of the series. wasnt even too thrilled with the ending. Helen seemed like two different people to me. the shy unsure one while we read from her POV and then a brave all knowing stoic girl from evie and sarahs POVs. Seems as tho there is room for another book because the whole " Unconquered kings" thing seems unresolved. Dont know if i would bother to read it.
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG it was amazing. I feel like I understand life better and I can't help but feel uplifted. This series ends brilliantly! I can't believe how BEAUTIFUL Helen's story is :) We get to read about all the pain and suffering she endured that still haunts her, and then we get to see her become one of the most magnificent people ever! I cried tears of joy at the end for her and the other girls, I'll miss them so much!
Rima Kar
Jan 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Phew! Its over. Sheer doggedness on my part made me turn pages but I guess this series changed a key belief in me.
I always held that I can't ever let a book be unfinished. If I start a book, I finished it on principle even though it was simply not good at all. But this series changed that belief. I will not waste time and effort ever on a book which is not worth it. I would rather pick up the next one and free up time for another in line.
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: myself, I follow this author
This whole series gets a 10*s rating, because of all the struggles between good and evil, peer pressure, and just trying to fit in and be loved. Since October is National Bullying Month, this series fits right into this catagory!! Never, ever judge a person by the way they act or look, you never know, there maybe a crazy Helen Black in your town too.
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Destiny is the best in the Immortal series! I fell in love with Helen's story and it was seriously just so touching and freaking awesome! Helen is my favorite and I loved everything about Destiny!! It would've been amazing if Helen's story could've gone on, but Gillian Shields ended this series PERFECTLY.
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Gillian Shields was born and brought up in Yorkshire, in the north of England. As she grew up, she had two passions:books and theater. Gillian’s love of books led her to read English at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. After university she studied acting in London. She then taught in a drama school, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, for several years, becoming Vice Principal. She recently ...more

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