In a world gone mad in a modern revival of the dreaded
Burning Times of medieval witch hunts Deirdre Sterling, the
daughter of the president of the United States walks a thin
line supporting her belief in the rights of witches while
doing her best not to undermine her mother's position. All
the President can do is try not to make things worse. She
balances between doing her best to moderate the executions
while not losing her hold on power.
Deirdre's tentative efforts take an abrupt turn when she is
kidnapped by one of the witches' rights extremist groups and
her entire world view is blown apart when she discovers she
herself is a witch, and one of great power. Her only guide
in this new paradigm is a mysterious stranger who claims she
is his, and that her hidden past life memories hold the
power to save or condemn the world. Even worse, she and her
protector have just 30 days from her Awaking to find a
mystical shard that will join with the others to seal evil
from the world.
In what is likely to be the penultimate book in the
series, Hastings has revealed a few more secrets while
ratcheting up the tension and jeopardy even higher than in
the previous two books.
Although VISIONS OF CHAINS is possible to read as a stand-
alone volume it is definitely a richer and more enjoyable
experience when read as part of the Awaking series.
Every witch has a destined mate, an Eternal who will
serve as her guardian and complete her powers. Once the
first of the coven has awakened, the witches must race
against time to join with their Eternals and protect the
relics that will prevent the destruction of the world....
Deidre Sterling is tired of being used. Her
mother, the President of the United States, uses her as a
prop for the television cameras. And men only pursue her for
political connections. Determined to stand for something,
Deidre throws herself into causes like the fight for
witchesâ€™ rights, but ends up stepping into the line of fire.
Finn has waited eight centuries for his mateâ€”united
they will be a powerful weapon. Unfortunately, she wants
nothing to do with him. Even after gunfire awakens her
powers and a kiss from him engulfs them in flames, she
refuses to take the final step. But as the world burns and
her duty becomes clear, she realizes that some passions are
worth paying the ultimate priceâ€¦.