In Carry on the Flame, humanity is in the midst of the greatest crisis in their evolution. Sharay is the one chosen to show the way forward and help humankind move through the fear and dark times of today’s world. Born into a lineage of priestesses in modern day Glastonbury, England, Sharay’s way is blocked by her jealous Aunt Phoebe, who uses black magic against her to steal her fortune and magical power. When Phoebe commits Sharay to a psychiatric ward and accuses her of murder, Sharay struggles with the temptation to fight Phoebe’s vengeance with her own. Through the ancient Celtic ceremony of Beltaine, Sharay experiences profound sacred union with the Welshman Guethyn, who shows her how to open her heart. But Sharay must learn to transform her hatred for her aunt in order to claim the mystery held deep within her cells that will allow her to fulfill her destiny and prove that the ultimate magic is the power of love.
The story is very well-written. It has a good flow without a lot of downtime or boring sections. The characters are well-developed and complex on their own. They are part of this larger story, also complex, where they have to try and save humanity from the dark forces that are threatening to take over. Even within this you do not get lost. The author has paced this story well along with giving enough explanation to keep you focused on whats happening in the story now. Not spending a lot of time looking up past events or meanings.
All that being said. It was entertaining to read. But the story was not for me. While I will most likely not be reading the next in the series. I am glad that I read this one as this is an author I will be keeping an eye on and am looking forward to reading more from in the future. She tells a story very well and very understandable even when it is as multilayered as this one.