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…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) Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame. ¿ W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart's Desire Tír na nÓg. Ancestral home to the Sidhe, a land of tremendous beauty, bounty and growth. At least, until one monstrous member of the Gentry goes mad for power, destroying the lands and it’s people, annihilating the very thing he means to possess. In the words of R.A. Salvatore, “A king is a man strong of character and conviction who leads by example and truly cares for the suffering of his people, not a brute who rules simply because he is the strongest.” Among the Unseen is the third and final volume in Jodi McIsaac's "The Thin Veil" Series. The series is billed as ‘contemporary fantasy’ and McIsaac does a marvelous job of blending not only fantasy, but also concepts and ideals that are reflected in today’s modern world. War and the destruction of beauty. Whole countries laid to waste, ravished, and left destitute and uncultivated, unable to support life. Through the first two books in the series, Cedar McLeod, her daughter Eden, and a small group of Sidhe have fought to regain the lands of Tír na nÓg. The lands are finally regained, with all in their proper place. But things are far from safe, as Cedar is betrayed by one she considered family. Now in her proper place as queen, Cedar must help restore her new country, while still missing her family, friends and life back on Earth. And the problems don’t stop coming, as disease spreads, and Eden is less safe than Cedar had thought. Among the Unseen is a beautifully crafted book, as were the others in the series. Filled with well-crafted and well-researched fantasy lore, McIsaac weaves modern life through a story filled with light and darkness, pain and love in equal measure. This series is highly recommended for any lover of contemporary fantasy – especially if you are a purist who is educated in mythology. I loved the whole series. I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own.
Among the Unseen, The Thin Veil (Book Three), Jodi McIsaac Review from jeannie zelos book reviews So, onto the final stretch and whats in store for Cedar and her friends and family? Adventure, danger, passion, and lots of mysteries and magicks to unravel. I enjoyed this part of the story, its full of surprises and some heartbreak :-( I hate when favourite characters die, and yet sometimes it's necessary to the story. I'd love everyone to have a wonderful HEA, but then stories would be dull wouldn't they? So, sad though I was to read this part I understood why it was necessary. Once again Cedar has much to learn about her role as Queen, and finds herself at odds with many of the kingdom's subjects. She doesn't know who she can trust, and I felt for her in that, she's still learning, trying to do her best for everyone at no small cost to herself and the life she had and left behind for them, and yet still there are plots against her and people she loves put in danger. If that not enough to deal with she has a mysterious sickness to find a cure for too.... It's a packed novel, taking the reader from one heartspinning moment to another. I'd have liked some gentle parts between actions, some of the day to day minutiae that gives the reader a chance to reflect on whats happened, but this seems to bounce from one danger onto the next without pausing... Magic and mayhem abound, and after giving up so much Cedar still has to sacrifice even more to do her best for her people, even though they don't seem to appreciate it. I really felt for her, so lost and alone at some points, and yet she showed inner strength and carried on doing what she knew she had to, what she knew was the right course even though she was flying by the seat of her pants and learning as she went along. A fun read, a proper conclusion and a great trilogy for lovers of fantasy. I'd have preferred a bit more romance but that me :-) and of course its not classed a romance. Stars: Four, at times there was almost too much going on and I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the first two parts. ARC supplied by Netgalley