An Angel appears out of nowhere…a young girl, wandering along a country path in
in her possession, but no memory. When the Masons find the lost girl, they name
her “Angel” for the letters on her bracelet and soon she becomes part of the
The Mason collect stray children, including a set of twins who are older than Angel, and a younger boy, Zack, who holds onto Angel’s heart and appreciates her fascination with magical creatures and her reading tree. Eight years pass, and at fourteen, Angel has made a new life, albeit one with a gaping hole.
As much as Angel is infatuated with mythical creatures, Zack loves nature and bugs, and shows her a beetle. Promising to help identify it, Angel visits the library and instead discovers that a new boy, Gregor, has come to town. Gregor unlocks the missing pieces of Angel’s life by taking her “home” to a place of myth and mist, like Glockamorra or Brigadoon.
is “sort of” in ;
“hidden” so it can’t be taken over by technological development, a place where
the Empowered do not have to hide their Talents. It’s a place where the magical
creatures are true, Elves live and make music, and dangers are real, so real
that Gregor has lived as an orphan since the age of ten after the evil Dawric
killed his family. Angel stays with Gregor while her memories gradually surface
and she relearns her Talent. But Gregor harbors secrets. Is she safe with him? Where
are her parents? And what about the new murders in the community? Ireland
Although the teens seem too young to live on their own, Heckenbach’s deft handling of the characters feels rich and fully alive. Gregor knows his duty and is ready to fulfill his destiny, and Angel reunites Toch as no one else can.