Sebastian returns from war only to find
he canít stand being around people anymore. The world seems
strange and unpleasant. He chooses to live on a tiny Scottish
island as a hermit, visited only by the lighthouse keeper who
brings him his supplies. When the otherworldly Shae begins to
appear in visions, he wonders if he is going insane. Will
surrendering to Shae bring him the happiness heís lost?
Iím normally a huge fan of Emily
Veingloryís work, but The Temptation of Sebastian
is definitely not my favorite work of hers. The story started
out very well. The bleak, lonely atmosphere of the island
Sebastian has exiled himself to was almost palpable, and
Sebastianís post-war trauma is believable and
heart-wrenching. I was intrigued when he began having visions
and odd experiences. Throughout most of the story, I was on
the edge of my seat, waiting to see what would happen next.
Unfortunately, I found the ending of the story somewhat
unsatisfying. Too many loose ends left me feeling confused,
and it was hard to tell if the ending was really happy or
not. If you like paranormal stories with an eerie atmosphere,
youíll probably like this storyójust donít expect the ending
to explain everything.