Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)
Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.
When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.
But things may not be precisely as they appear.
Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.
High marks are given to Christine Amsden for the finale to Cassie Scot’s story. I give a standing applause for how epic Stolen Dream’s was. After reading the story I can’t imagine any greater ending.
There is so much to Stolen Dreams that I don’t want to give out too much detail. I want you as the reader to feel the highs and lows that the characters go through as they come to their own conclusions. Instead of specific detail, I will give elements that made the story a perfect 5 star rating.
Top of the line, the story is majorly action packed. It is like watching a paranormal Bruce Lee Film (or maybe Jackie Chan). I felt so hyped up throughout most of the story. So if you like action, Stolen Dreams is definitely the one for you.
I will also tell you that there is multi-dimensional conflict in the story. Not only is it Blackwood’s vs. Scot’s, but there is more than meets the eye. Some of the wars are family versus other family members. I wanted to draw a diagram to see all of the elements of plot conflict that there was. I am in awe of Christine’s writing. She is so talented in how she developed the story line of Stolen Dreams. From conflict to resolution the story was hopping the whole way through.
The other component that I enjoyed was the character definition. Each person had a role that fit perfectly in the story line. From their personality to the gifts everyone added to the story.
We also get a sweet taste of romance, and maybe if your lucky a wail. I will now leave that up to your imagination.
Stolen Dreams, Cassie’s conclusion, a definite 5 star story.
Print Release Date: October 15, 2014
Audiobook Release Date: TBA
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The Cassie Scot Series:
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.
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