Circle of Three: In the Dreaming
by Isobel Bird
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Collins (1 Oct 2001)
By Brandie Moore, Courier Daily Editor
"The three friends had only experienced two of the eight sabbats, or holidays, that made up what was called the Wheel of the Year, but both of those sabbats had had unforgettable results. At Ostara, the sabbat commemorating the beginning of spring, they had met two people who quickly became important in their lives. One was Sasha, a runaway who had later been taken in by a member of a local coven. The other was Tyler. He was Kate's boyfriend--for now. She'd broken up with someone else to go out with Tyler, and recently a kiss between Kate and this ex-boyfriend, Scott, had raised some doubts in Kate about her feelings for Tyler. At the May Day sabbat of Beltane, Cooper had had her own experience with the power of magic when she'd come face-to-face with a dead girl who had been haunting her dreams, dragging them all into a roller coaster of an adventure that had culminated in Annie's kidnapping and the unmasking of the girl's murderer. Now they were about to celebrate the third sabbat of the year and a day they had committed themselves to studying with their Wicca class. School had ended for the year only a few days ago. Finals were behind them, and they had the long, lazy summer to look forward to. Starting it off with a celebration with their Wiccan friends was the perfect beginning to what was sure to be a great couple of months."
In this book, the fifth of the Circle of Three series, the recurring characters Annie, Kate and Cooper all rotate as the focus of the chapters. For example, the first chapter focuses on Annie, the second chapter Kate and the third chapter Cooper.
The book starts out with all three girls going to Kate's parents summer house because of a wiccan festival they are about to celebrate. This festival is called Midsummer's Eve. Midsummer's Eve is also known as the Summer Solstice.
As a part of the festivities , everyone is to dress up. Annie's costumed as a hedgehog, Cooper is a wood nymph, and Kate is a fairy princess. When they got to the stop Annie leaves back to the house because she forgot some of her costume. Kate sees Tyler and leaves Cooper alone to wonder.
As Cooper looks around she hears a song playing and it's one of the most beautiful things she's ever heard. Cooper searches for the source of the song and finds a young girl playing the flute. Cooper asks the girl what her name is and she says it is Bird. Bird introduces Cooper to her friends and they show her the song they are going to play for the Midsummer's Eve party.
Annie makes a wrong turn as she tries to find the party house and bumps into a fox. The fox gives Annie a letter to deliver to the Oak King. Annie has a hard time finding the King but finally does. Annie delivers the letter than joins the Oak King for a feast before he has to battle his brother the Holly King.
Kate, who went chasing Tyler in the forest, comes upon the Fairy Queen who give Kate one wish. Kate wishes she knew her one true love. When the Fairy Queen leaves Kate, Kate wonders alone in the forest and comes across Scott.
The end of this book leaves all three girls in different states. While Annie and Kate seem happier, what is it that changes Cooper's vision on things? Read the 5th book of Circle of Three to find out!
I think this was a great one. This book shows more of the power that Wicca has and what kind of situations it can leave you in. So, if you have been following along on Annie's, Cooper's and Kate's exciting adventures, make your way along the journey and see what happens.