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  • Posted June 24, 2014

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    In Flanders fields the poppies grow Between the crosses, row on

    In Flanders fields the poppies grow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place, and in the sky,
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.
    ~John McCrae

    What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands. - Simon Wiesenthal

    ...the Tuatha De Danann or Sidhe, the 'Gentry', the 'Good People', and the 'People of Peace' are described as a race of invisible divine beings eternally young and unfading. They inhabit fairy palaces, enjoy rare feasts and love-making, and have their own music and minstrelsy. They are essentially majestic in their nature...Mythologically they are gods of light and good, able to control natural phenomena so as to make harvests come forth abundantly or not at all. — W. Y. Evans-Wentz; The Faerie Faith in Celtic Countries, 1911 (quoted by Michael Tsarion)

    Millennia. Millennia beyond counting, the Tuatha De Danann graced the lands of Tír na nÓg. Tír na nÓg, where fields of flowers . . . caress those who walked past, waterfalls of crystal nectar, trees that sang and danced and hung heavy with fruit. . . And yet, though they despise the humans that drove them from Ériu and back to the lands of Tuatha De Danann, the lands of plenty and peace.


    And yet, even the Tuatha De Danann are not immune to war. And war there is, a war of hatred and greed, a war led by a psychopath. For sometimes, living forever is dangerous in the extreme. Long years of thought, of jealousy and avarice, and bitter blackness of the heart. Those who are undying can be killed – and the slaughter is beyond comprehension.

    Many years later, we meet Cedar McLeod as she enjoys a busker fair with her beloved Finn, her boyfriend of two years, and the love of her life. Having a wonderful time with Finn, she is also excited for another reason – for she has a secret, of the baby sort, and she is trying to find the right moment to tell him during this wonderful day. Just as she begins to impart her news, however, Finn suddenly tenses up, then rushes Cedar to her apartment and leaves. The next morning, Cedar walks into Finn’s apartment only to discover it empty and he is gone without a trace . . .

    Forward seven years, and though Cedar is an exhausted, overworked single mother, she has her own mother for support and a deep and abiding love for her daughter, Eden. Oh, yes, it is hard to look upon her sweet face at times, for Eden is the spitting image of her father. But her great love for her child lays all those pains aside, to be pulled out only in the dark of the night, alone in her bed. Life isn’t wonderful, but with Eden’s presence, life is good.

    But things are about to change. For Eden is more than she seems. So very, very much more. A single open door will send Eden and Cedar on a terrifying slide into horror and despair, as the teachings of Cedar’s mother, to not ever tell Eden of her father, push a child to make a devastating error – an error which will cost lives, and lead Cedar and Eden on a trip across seas, and across time and space, in a desperate bid to return Eden home.

    Through the Door is a modern day urban fantasy of the very best kind. Filled with fantasy creatures, of course, this isn’t just a fantasy. It has deeply embedded strands of thriller and suspense, mystery and terror that step this up from just fantasy to something so much more. War and death, psychopathy and greed, power and politics play a strong role, for even the gods themselves are not perfect. Add to that the fact that Jodi McIsaac has done a stunning job of research into the world of Tír na nÓg and the Tuatha De Danann, and the writing itself is beautifully done, and this is a highly recommended read.

    About Jodi:

    I grew up in New Brunswick, Canada. After stints as a short-track speed skater, a speechwriter, and fundraising and marketing executive in the nonprofit sector, I started a boutique copywriting agency and began writing novels in the wee hours of the morning. I currently live with my husband and two feisty daughters in Calgary, Alberta.

    I love to connect with readers, so come say hello on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads!

    I received this book from the publisher, 47North, in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own and are not influenced by this fact. If you enjoyed my review, please click “This review was helpful” at So, I Read This Book Today, "Rate my Reviews" at Amazon!. Thank you!

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

    I don't have a ton of notes on this book because so much of it i

    I don't have a ton of notes on this book because so much of it is back story on this new world without in our own and it seems to be told in the longest most boring ways ever. I think a dictionary listing of everything might have been more exciting than how some of the story was told to us. I guess I was just looking for more action with knowledge interspersed through the story. Rather than pages of back story told at one time. It felt like an information dump. Through the door is book one in The Thin Veil trilogy so it seems logical that this is the book which has to provide us all the information we need to make it through the series. I just wish it had been spaced out a bit.

    As the story went on I noticed one thing was missing... our hero. It takes forever for him to make an appearance and then once he does, because of their shared history he's just readily accepted into the fold of her life again. Well, I guess she's been accepted into his life fold, but the point is the same.

    Honestly at 50% I still just wasn't feeling it. I almost put it down, but once we made it through the required background information and all the main characters were present I started to find myself more engaged in the story. I'm glad I stuck it out.

    I really liked both our main characters, but I felt for some of the secondary characters even more. Cedar's Mother had me questioning her quite a few times while reading. She was able to keep me interested in the story and how she fit into it. Until the end I couldn't decide if she was working for or against Cedar. I think she had good intentions, but bad follow through.

    Jodi McIsacc has created a very interesting and comprehensive world that she allows us the chance to peek at, but I just didn't feel the connection between the characters that I would have liked. I liked all the characters, but I didn't feel their connections to one another. We're told our two main character love one another and so therefore that's what we believe when we meet him, but we don't really see any of that. I wish we would have had the chance to see more of them interacting with one another.

    If you like fantasy and don't mind Through the Door is missing the relationship aspects then you should give this one a read. It's a good story to give yourself a pallet cleanse when you've ingested too much romance over a period of time.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    I loved this book! I am so glad that I stumbled on to this seri

    I loved this book! I am so glad that I stumbled on to this series. Can't wait for the next book. Definitely will follow Jodi McIsaac and see what other magical books she'll write for us!

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

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    Fantasy, Romance,Great Escape Reading!

    I like the idea of magic, romance and love that conquers all, and Jodi McIsaac has provided it in spades with her novel, Through the Door! To Cedar, Finn was everything she could ever dream of and she had a wonderful secret to share with him at just the right moment, but that moment never came because Finn had packed up and disappeared without a trace, leaving Cedar crushed and pregnant.

    As the years pass, life as a single mother was difficult, sometimes overwhelming, but so very worth it because she had Eden, her beautiful, young daughter. But life changed one night with the simple opening of a door, one that had been opened with no consequence so many times and that’s when the story becomes full of magic, danger and Cedar finds the two of them mixed up in a world she never believed existed. She also discovers that her world of “reality” may not have been quite as “normal” as she thought, and people may not be who she thought they were, herself included.

    Through the Door is a tale to sit back and just enjoy, leave your doubts and skepticism “at the door” and open your mind to a world that isn’t always pretty, but just might exist! Jodi McIsaac weaves a story, not only full of fantasy, but romantic love and a love that knows no bounds, the love of a mother for her child.

    A Re-Released copy was provided by NetGalley and Amazon Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Also note: I originally read this book in 2012, re-read it for this review.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    Book exchanged for an honest review:Cedar MacLeod is trying to r

    Book exchanged for an honest review:Cedar MacLeod is trying to raise young daughter all by herself. Cedar misses Eden's father Finn everyday like an ache that never truly goes away. Cedar's life is about to take an unexpected turn for both her and her daughter. Eden can create magical portals to places that she's never been but only thru pictures she's seen on calendars and tv shows watched. This new found ability is complete shock to Cedar's system and begins to wonder if all the stories Finn told might be true after all. Cedar goes in search for help in finding Finn with the help of her best friend Jane. Jane gives Cedar the information about Finn's parents yet she's afraid to contact them. Cedar decides to be brave after all~what she learns will alter perceptions even further. Cedar's mother Maeve is very angry with Cedar wanting to contact Finn's family. She declares that they don't need Finn's family help. Eden is taken hostage for her abilities by Nuala for her own purposes. Can Eden be found? Will Finn come back? What will Maeve do? Your answers await you in Through the Door.

    I've read alot of mythology books yet this one appeals to me on so many levels namely my Irish heritage. Ms. McIsaac has truly created a wonderful book. I just adore Cedar and Eden. They really shine as characters from beginning to end of the book. I also loved that Cedar just didn't take things at face value because she's told too. You could geniunely feel the strong emotion Cedar felt for Finn and complete devastation at his being gone. I love Celtic mythology presented! I will definitely look for the next book in this series.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

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    Cedar McLeod lost the love of her life. Finn disappeared without

    Cedar McLeod lost the love of her life. Finn disappeared without a trace over 7 years ago, but he gave her a wonderful gift...her daughter Eden. When Eden starts to exhibit a very unique ability, which could only be described as magic, Cedar realizes she needs to find Finn. 

    When others discover Eden’s abilities, she is kidnapped. Cedar must dive head first into a world filled with magic and myths while swimming through the lies, omissions and outright deceptions to save Eden.

    I loved Cedar’s devotion to Eden. Facing uncertain heart break to help her child navigate her portal opening talent, Cedar still searches for the man that abandon her. I did have some trouble reconciling Cedar’s ability to forgive all the lies, omissions and outright betrayal especially when it was about Eden.

    Through The Door was a gripping story of a mother’s love and her fight to save her child. Jodi McIsaac paints a vivid world inside your mind. There were lots of unexpected twists, turns and flips will keep you guessing till the end. This was an easy, enjoyable read that will fascinate all those Fae loving readers out there. 

    This copy of Through the Door was given to me by Jodi McIsaac in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for republication on April 23, 2013.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

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    One of the best reads of the summer!

    Through The Door by author Jodi McIsaac is one of the best reads of the summer!
    I did not want to stop reading once I started the book.
    The characters are believable and interesting. The Celtic mythology plot of the story is a new twist on fairy tales, myths and magic. Very interesting and hooks you from the start.
    I anxiously await the sequel. Enjoy!

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