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Destiny by Maggie Shayne
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May 11, 2011

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Four thousand years after his first death, Nathan King is finally contented in his life. He has close friends he can trust, a profitable antiquities building, and a seaside home. Then a photo of a mentally ill woman reminds him of whom he once was ? Eannatum, King of all Sumer ? and puts his comfortable life at risk.

The woman is Nibada, a High Priestess, and Eannatum's first and only love. The first half of the book, she's in drug-induced catatonia. We learn about her, and her relationship with Eannatum, through flashbacks. All the while, we ? and Nathan ? know someone is after Nidaba, seeking to kill her and take her life force.

Author Maggie Shayne creates vivid visions of ancient Sumer without weighing down the story with too much detail. In the present, we almost never leave Nathan's home, yet she always keeps the plot moving and the tension level high. 'Destiny' is a romance; you know Nibada and Nathan must work out their differences in the end. Shayne is a crafty enough writer to keep the reader wondering how Nibada will overcome lifetimes of distrust and believed betrayals, to accept Nathan's undying love. Then there's the mystery of who's trying to kill Nibada and how that person is hiding in plain site. 'Destiny' is an intriguing novel that will keep readers entertained until the last page.
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