By Lori Johnson
TAYLOR MICHAELS has an amazing boyfriend, is envied by her friends and is the most popular girl at South Forrester High School. She has no reason to want her life any other way; her life is perfect.
But one January day, she stumbles upon the new guy at school, Breandán, and is immediately obsessed. He is not only physically perfect, but mystical as well, even if he is a little full of himself. Taylor is drawn to Breandán’s intensity and devotion, but loyalties and fear of the unknown pull her back to Erik, her current boyfriend. Erik and his friends are aware she is attracted to Breandán and deem him a threat.
While worrying over the Erik/Breandán dilemma, she seeks solace in routine. Taylor is an artist and volunteers at a local nursing home where she teaches art lessons to the residents. Taylor adopts one of the residents, Miss Champion, as a surrogate grandmother. Miss Champion, ranting about an Heir and The Five Guardians, insists Taylor take her prized possession – a charm bracelet. Breandán confronts Taylor about the bracelet. He is distressed she is wearing it and tells her she can’t possibly be the “Heir”, leaving her with more questions than answers.
Breandán admits he can’t stay away from Taylor even though he should. She suspects he can’t possibly be human. Even with warning bells going off in her head, Taylor succumbs to Breandán’s spell and breaks up with Erik. What she doesn’t know is that her choice has awakened a silent conspirator hell bent on destroying Breandán and his family. She is nothing but a pawn in a plan to crush Breandán’s prophecy.
Taylor meets Breandán’s family where she learns the bracelet represents the keys to the Gate of Darkness and to the demons that guard it. She has the power to open the gates; all she has to do is choose the demons. Breandán and his family are “guardians of the Aingeal – angels amongst humans” from the Realm of Light. Breandán breaks the laws of his kind by loving a human and puts his world and powers in jeopardy. Breandán’s mother betrays him to the Elders of Light and he is banished from Earth, leaving Taylor alone and vulnerable.
Feeling off-kilter, she seeks Erik for companionship, which only intensifies her internal conflict. She loves them both, but Breandán is gone and nothing will ever be the same. She returns to her previous life and friends aware her heart has grown cold.
Breandán’s mother, poisoned by her betrayal and fearful for her family, compromises her role as leader of the guardians and returns Breandán to Earth. Taylor is once again at an impasse; she can’t be with either Breandán or Erik. But Breandán’s world continues to draw her in and she is unable to stay away.
Eventually Taylor faces the reality of her choosing her angel. Breandán is in a precarious position. He must confront the risk of falling from grace with his own people and become as a human. Taylor knows she must give Breandán up; she will never let that happen to him.
Through a series of nightmares, Erik and his friends succumb to the demons from the Gate of Darkness and are threatening Taylor’s life. Teenage girls from the community disappear, including one of Taylor’s friends.
Breandán and his brothers confront Taylor and tell her Erik has been taken over by a demon. Taylor is the only one who can expose Erik and his friends for who they have become. Taylor betrays Erik to the angels and is almost killed in the process. The demons retaliate by declaring war on the angels.
With Taylor’s life in the balance and the existence of Solas threatened, the angels battle with the demons in order to save Taylor and their own world. Taylor risks her life and rushes into the battle determined to save both Erik and Breandán. Her love for Erik forces the demons away, but Breandán is wounded and one of his brothers is dead. Breandán returns to his homeland in order to heal and Taylor is forced to remain with his vindictive angel family. As we leave her, she is falling into a world of guilt and regret while she waits for her angel’s return. This ending is intended to form the basis of a sequel and conclusion titled Prophecy.