Bury the Living

Bury the Living

by Jodi McIsaac


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Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.

When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. There she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.

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ISBN-13: 9781503935518
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Revolutionary Series , #1
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jodi McIsaac is the author of several novels, including A Cure for Madness and the Thin Veil Series. She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves running, geek culture, and whiskey.

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Bury the Living 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The premise is wonderful, but the feeling of a series of moments connected by their Irishness does not make a cohesive story Intrigued by the premise mixing recent and past history through the eyes of Nora, a 15 year old girl on a dangerous path in 1990’s. Mouthy with a penchant for trouble, her brother is shanghaied into the Provos (a militant arm of the IRA) to obtain her freedom. Struggle and strife are nothing new to the family, since the death of Nora’s father he’d been working to put food on the table and help the family survive. Unhappily, he does what needs be done, only to be beaten to death nearly a year later. Now, Nora is angry, and jumps full in with the IRA – and the fun begins. Soon she is running back in time to the last big series of events in the Irish Civil War, with the blessing of Brigid Kildare a patron saint of Ireland. Soon her dreamed about man is there in front of her, the war is raging and Nora finds that the fairy tales and stories of her youth have a grounding in this time she now finds herself in. Overall, the time-travel portion of the story and Nora’s voice are outstanding, if a bit meandering as the story unfolded. While the historical detail was present, the connection between the two didn’t work smoothly for me, and the long treatise of factual information as a lead in, while helpful would have read better if it were better integrated into Nora’s voice and story. The premise for me is still wonderful, but the feeling of this being a series of moments connected by their Irishness never quite left me. I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Books-With-Maps More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for lovers of historical fiction AND an appreciation for fantasy. If you love one genre but loathe the other, you might struggle with this book. I personally really enjoyed it! I love history, and I thoroughly enjoyed that this book centered on the conflict in Northern Ireland. This conflict is often overlooked in favor of other larger conflicts in history despite this event’s historical impact and continued relevance. There a few things, in particular, that really just grab me when I read any story about war: 1. The impossible choices that must be made. I always internalize them as I read about them. What would I do? Sooo many times a good choice is not an option. The choices are limited between multiple terrible choices and it is just heartbreaking. It hits me at my very core every time… because it’s real. Those things happened. Real people had to make those choices. To put your head down and endure or to fight. To leave your family. To flee or to stay. To pick a side. To break the law in order to put food on the table. I just cant’ imagine. 2. The woman’s war. Women and their role in war is often overlooked or minimized. Women have played incredibly important roles in Every. Single. Conflict. Whether they are (or were) fighting, nursing, spying, or keeping everything else from falling apart at home. I love to hear their stories. 3. The impact. There is no other human action that has had a more profound impact on history than war. I’m always drawn into the causes, the strategy, and the decisions…how decisions lead to actions which lead to consequences which lead to more decisions and actions and consequences until you have our history. How would things have been altered if a single decision had been made differently?? Because “Bury the Living” has political conflict, revolution, war, and time travel it has all of the things that grab me when I read about war EXCEPT it has them with the added dimension of presenting them in multiple eras….which it did very well and I loved! You have a 1990’s conflict with a teenaged Nora--angsty, angry, frustrated, and forced to make impossible adult decisions without having the life experience of an adult. Then you have modern times humanitarian Nora working in relief camps in Darfur Sudan. The familiar modern conflict that starts with violence and ends with refugees. It’s very relevant. Lastly, you have the time travel aspect and Nora winds up in 1920’s war torn Ireland. I felt McIsaac moved through the time periods seamlessly, which is difficult to do! Sometimes this can result in a stilted, jarring, underdeveloped mess, but I thought it was done well. Each setting was well developed and distinctive yet woven together effectively. I never lost my sense of place and time. Quick and to the point verdict: - Characters: were they complex, relatable, multi-dimensional, and layered with their own personalities = Yes. - Setting: Was the world/Sense of place and time well developed= Yes. - Writing: Can the author write= Yes. - Engagement: Was I engaged? Did I care about what was happening and who it was happening to = Yes. -Snags: It WAS a bit slow in the beginning, and this is where if a reader doesn’t have a decent appreciation for historical fiction they may struggle. Solid start to a series, and I will definitely be reading the next one. I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
If you had the chance to travel to the past and save someone from being killed, would you take that chance lightly or with a heavy heart? We see television shows and movies about this subject, where someone goes back in time but they aren’t supposed to change anything, only observe the past. But, what if you were specifically sent back to change the history for an entire country? That is an immense pressure, especially if you don’t really understand what is supposed to be changed, only what the desired outcome is to be. For Nora, she travels back a century earlier to save Ireland from the British. But, what happens if she dies? Or…if she can’t figure out how to get back to her time? All she knows if that Brigid has a plan…hopefully it is all for nothing. When Nora was young, her father was killed by the Provos. She grew up fearful, taking care of her mother and helping her brother out. A little trouble comes her way when she begins selling drugs to help save money for a fresh start. In the clutches of some bad men who are supposed to be on her side, they make her brother join them to fight against the British, which leads to his untimely demise. Nora blames herself for his death. After visiting her brother in the hospital, she discovers that she can help Ireland. The Priest is Nora’s only savior, making her future to help those who have no one to turn to. For years, working in refugee camps, she helps children and families who have endured starvation, illness, and abuse. Only escaping her world when she closes her eyes, that sanctuary has now become a nightmare as well. A man comes to her and asks for her help with saving him, but he is not of the same time. Nora is to go to Kildare and ask for Brigid. She brushes the dreams off as silly, but then they become more detailed and urgent. Finally deciding that it couldn’t hurt to go and see if there is anyone waiting for her, she goes to Kildare. Little does she know that he is asking for much, much more than she could possibly know? She arrives at the church in Kildare, where she is told that her life will never be the same because her destiny is meant for greater things, beginning with a journey to the past. Her mission is unclear, but she knows that Brigid has sent her back to help save Ireland from a century of fighting and confinement. What will happen now that she is back in time? Nora must trust her instincts more than ever. She has only ever known despair and desolation, but can she alone really change the outcome of the war? McIsaac has a wonderfully written novel, which harbors creativity and superb character development. It is clear that she has a profound knowledge of history and a lot of research went into her story. There are hardly any grammatical or spelling errors, which makes the story flow at a steady pace; therefore, allowing the reader to understand the story with ease. If you are a reader of historical fiction or literature, this may be an entertaining read for you. This is the first installment in the Revolutionary series, so readers can jump right in. Please know that this story is not for the faint of heart; there are explicit scenes of violence against both men and women to reflect the struggle of war upon a country. It is not recommended to children or teens. A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by 47North Publishing through NetGalley, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide
Celticlady1953KK More than 1 year ago
Bury the Living starts off in Belfast Ireland, 1990. A tumultuous time in Irish history. Nora O'Reilly has always believed in the IRA cause. Because of the deaths in her family because of the "Troubles", Nora is now a missionary in Africa, where there is also danger. She comes back to Ireland for another funeral and is brought back into the fight for freedom. She starts having dreams about a man that she has never met, vivid dreams that she can't ignore. Nora is given a historical artifact and is instructed to meet with Bridget of Kildare. This artifact mysteriously sends Nora back to the Irish Civil War in the 1920's. This civil war was between two factions, Irish republicans and Irish nationalists. This is where the book gets really good, her search for Thomas who is the man from her dreams who is actually Fionn mac Cumhaill, a mythical character from Irish legends. He is on a mission also to fight for what he believes in and with Nora's help, they try to change the course of history. Since I am Irish, this book really intrigued me and I also love time travel novels so this book was doubly interesting. The addition of Bridget of Kildare, an Irish patron saint, who was a nun and founder of several monasteries for nuns is interesting.So for Nora to have this ability to go back in time and try to change the outcome of the Civil War is particularly intriguing. I won't tell you whether she accomplished her goals or not, you need to read the book. I think if you love Irish historical fiction mixed with a bit of fantasy, you absolutely need to read this book! I look forward to reading Summon the Queen which takes Nora and Fionn back to 1500's to meet with Granuaile Ni Mhaille or Grace O'Malley and Queen Elizabeth I to continue their quest for Irish freedom.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank 47North & NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book to review. Though I received this e-book for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review. Goodreads Teaser: "Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met. When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. Here she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it." On the whole I found this book to be mostly setting up the rest of the series, which means it was fairly slow in most places. Aside from Nora actually traveling back in time (not very far back at that), very little took place beyond developing relationships - many of which appear as if they may be transitory at best. I liked Nora for the most part, but really didn't feel as if I got a good sense of who she is beyond her obsession with Ireland and her dreams of righting history so that her family (brother and father) wouldn't die so young. As for the fantasy portions, aside from the initial time travel nothing is revealed until the final chapter of two. And the relationship I was anticipating didn't begin until the end of the book - even then we only get what I hope is the very beginning of it. Subsequently I don't see the comparison to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series as being even remotely accurate. Aside from that misleading advertising this book appears to be a slow lead into a potentially entertaining series.
Iamlilu More than 1 year ago
Bury the Living By Jodie McIsaac Rating 4.25 Bury the Living is the best of both worlds…historical fiction with a dash of fantasy thrown in to spice things up. I was totally taken with this book from the very beginning. Anything Irish or Scottish and throw in some fantasy, in this case, time travel, well you have me. All you have to do to keep me happy is to develop believable characters with whom I can connect, create a setting that I can visualize and pen a well written story that flows well…I don't like getting lost. Ms. McIsaac did it all for me. This is a story that makes you come back and beg for more. I loved Nora right away. Hands down. No questions asked. She grew up in Belfast during a very tumultuous time and was rebellious by nature; but not bad …just slightly self-misguided. She managed to survive all of this due to her self inflicted guilt. Guilt that she felt she deserved. The time was right for a major revamping of self; but what of the situation that pulled her into this web to begin with…the plight of Northern Ireland? Sooo, now she is right back into the thick of things once again. However, this time her eyes are wide open; but is she prepared for the sacrifices and the risks? All of the other characters who she meets along the way are quickly developed and become flesh and bone. They are believable and you take them to heart. Ohhh, I so love the Irish dialect! I know, I'm only reading the words; but heaven help me, I swear, I heard that Irish brogue! My heart just sighed. Then there is Thomas. Thomas is different. He took a bit longer to get to know; but it is well worth the wait. He has lots to tell. I was in love! The beginning is 1990, skips to 2005 and then time travels backwards to 1923 amidst the Irish Civil War. This is where the author excels because she doesn't lose you in the “travel”.We see the violence of present day Belfast and the devastation of the early 1920s. It is important to understand that Ireland has been at war for hundreds of years beginning with the Normans in the late 12th century which marked the beginning of more than 800 years of English rule or involvement. Wars, uprisings, revolutions, rebellions, civil wars, riots and bombings have plagued much of Ireland's history. We become aware of the sacrifices, decisions, fears and worries of the mothers, daughters, sons and fathers through the lives and eyes of the women Nora meets. I really liked and appreciated this perspective. The portrayal of this time period was vividly done. It was gut retching to read. The research was remarkable and the Historical Note at the end is a must...do not skip it. It can be difficult to bring together two different time periods. The author needs to expertly weave all the threads of both worlds seamlessly together to create a smooth flowing and flawless story. This was done very well and effortlessly. There were frequent references of present day Ireland going through Nora’s head while she was “living” in 1923. Thus raising an important question…can history be changed? And maybe more important, if it can be changed, then what??? The story ends with this Irish Gaelic saying, “Ádh mór ort.” . I will definitely be continuing this series. I have received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shaped or influenced my opinion of the book. I would like to thank 47North and NetGalley
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free, electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Jodi McIsaac, and 47North Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for sharing your work with me. I ask for this novel because although set in modern (2005) times, it carried back to Ireland's Civil War, a period that I find intensely interesting. The whole time travel thing usually doesn't work for me. But Jodi McIsaac is able to immerse you in the prose until you suspend your sense of reason and the time travel seems inevitable. Her characters are ordinary, their personalities varied, and they all feel like friends and family. This was an excellent waste of my time. Thank you, Jodi McIsaac. I hope you will be writing many more novels, and that this is the first of a series. I find it very interesting that several reviewers did not cotton to the rebellious teenaged Nora of 1995. Maybe she - and I - were more trouble than normal - I understood her every contrary thought despite the fact that my youth was mid-60's southwestern US against her mid-90's Ireland. And that tendency to contrary carries over into every aspect of this tale, which might be why I gave it four and a half stars....
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
This new series from Jody McIsaac tells the story of Nora O’Reilly, who grew up in the turbulent times of the Troubles in Belfast, Ireland during the 1990’s where everyday life was full of war and unrest. She lost family, friends, and her childhood innocence. Her story gives the reader a interesting and compelling look at what living in that period was like as well as being pulled back in time to Ireland’s previous struggles for independence and autonomy. Nora is haunted by dreams of a man from the past who needs her help. She has spent her adult life trying to care for the lost, poor, and disenfranchised from war torn countries as well as trying to atone for some of her own perceived sins. The story is predicated upon a mix of Catholicism and Irish folklore that gives it a mystical atmosphere. Nora has almost always lived in a war zone whether it was the one surrounding her own home, or on the job as a relief worker. She, more than many of her generation, has seen the devastation and ruined lives that wars have wrought especially when people turn on each other after fighting off the enemy as the Irish did in their Civil War of 1923. So when Thomas Heaney fills her dreams and calls to Nora from the mists of time, she answers in hopes of helping him, and possibly her country’s future of separation and strife if the past can be changed. The time travel makes an interesting aspect as Nora goes back to a pivotal period in Ireland that had a ripple effect for the country continuing through to her time. Ms. McIsaac skillfully integrates the historical fact with the fictional characters which is the mark of a good historical fiction. The reader cares about the characters while learning about the real events. For those of you looking for a romantic element, there is the hint of it not realized in this book, but since this is a series, I see the possibility of a future relationship. If you enjoy historical fiction in general, and Irish history in particular, this book is an interesting read and thought provoking read.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Historical account of Ireland during its most turbulent of times. Nora O'Reilly has made mistakes in her life that have led to the death of her beloved brother Eamon. Years proceed with Nora trying to right this wrong. This journey sweeps her back in time to she hopes make a difference for not only her country but also her family. Chocked full of history and the courageous attempts of a woman trying to make things right. 1923 is where Nora searches for Thomas Heaney who has been filling her dreams with his plea to help him. Although Jodi McIsaac leaves Bury the Living with a cliff hanger; it is such that leaves a longing for the next installment with some sense of purpose. ARC copy was provided to me by the author and publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.