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When a teenage brother and sister inherit secret metaphysical powers, they are unknowingly hunted by a group of clandestine immortals. While one of the siblings will reluctantly choose the path of righteousness, the other will defiantly dabble with the promise of true power and the darkness that accompanies it.
As David James begins his freshman year of high school, he learns that his older sister Danielle's popularity isn't genetic. However, their lives change dramatically with the discovery that they possess power which grants them vast unearthly abilities. The more they strive for reasonable normality, the more unstable their powers become when combined with the stresses of high school teenage life.
While jealousy, love, and anger unhinge their once typical lives, temptations to abuse their newfound gifts are manipulated by a shrouded and unyielding adversary who seeks to cast earth into a modern dark age. Soon secrets will injure the ones they love as the burden of true power begins to isolate them. Not even the ominous prospect of a crumbling world matters when each of them finds that they are helpless to control their own desires.
Shrouded Secrets is an imaginative story in which David and Danielle James encounter the realm Eruditus. It is there they are taught to employ powers of the Artifex. The Galinea, knighted protectors of Eruditus, have those among them who have gone rogue. These malcontents, known as the Shroud, have set their sights on the two siblings. A perilous adventure ensues as David and Danielle become entangled with enemies who seek to claim their very lives.
I came across this book by accident, and enjoyed it greatly. In the midst of a life glutted with political chaos, cultural conflict, and pain is it possible to rise above the temptation to abuse true power?
The struggle between good and evil is renewed with a twist. Shrouded Secrets could make a bid to challenge best selling series such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Twilight. The action is real, the dialogue is fresh, and the romance leaves you wanting for more. I cried at one point in the book and can't wait for the next one.
Skip the prologue and just with chapter one, then go back and read the prologue afterward. I found a glossary at http://www.shelfari.com/books/17816412/Shrouded-Secrets It was so helpful that I wish it was part of the book.