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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Sacred Treasures is book three in the Circle of Nine Series by Valerie Biel, a story that brims with Celtic lore and mythology. Brigit Quinn is a young woman undergoing training to become part of the circle of nine, a select group that is entrusted with the mission to protect the sacred, ancient stones of her land. She could have been very happy exploring her history and the sacred traditions of her people, but the joy seems to be wrested from her so quickly that she finds herself fighting to stay alive while figuring out how to protect the treasures. A mysterious missive lets her in on a very deadly secret: someone knows about the treasures and their power, and this person will do everything to get them and use their power to destroy the circle of nine. Now, Brigit Quinn must find out who this enemy is before he strikes, but is she ready for the dangerous mission? Who can she really trust?
Valerie Biel has succeeded in doing to me what very few authors are capable of doing, what only Christopher Pike made me feel — making me remember that we are creatures of magic and that we come from a tradition that has roots in extraordinary things. This is an extraordinary story with a fantastic setting and characters that remind readers of the sacred in them. I enjoyed the way she explored the struggle between good and evil in this work and how the conflict reaches every aspect of the story. The protagonist is well designed to represent a whole tradition and readers will love to see her transformed from a neophyte into a confident guardian of her tradition. Great writing, enthralling plot, fast-paced, and utterly seductive. Giving this one a clean 5-star.