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Through The Veil (Aisling Chronicles) by [Halverson, Colleen]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1551 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld (22 Feb. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01B1NC29Q
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By Suze Lavender TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2016
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Elizabeth is a hardworking student. She has applied for a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation and is spending a lot of time on research for her thesis. She's translating a book written in old Irish. There's something strange though as the book never stays exactly the same. A visit from the Trinity people changes Elizabeth's world forever. She's suddenly a prisoner and they know more about her ancestry than she does. The people who are holding her captive don't show her much kindness. There's only one man, Finn, a commander of the trinity elite warriors, who seems to care what happens to her.

Elizabeth is now a pawn in the war between magical races. She's supposed to be very powerful, but she also doesn't know much about the world she's now living in. That's a great disadvantage. Her power can play a crucial role and others want to benefit from it, which means she's being forced into a horrific situation. Will Elizabeth be able to get out of it again? And can her life ever go back to normal now that she has all that new information about her lineage?

Through The Veil is a great story about a student who's half Fae and half human. Working with a magical manuscript is only the beginning of a series of terrible events. Elizabeth is strong and resourceful and she doesn't lose her head in a difficult situations. She's a fabulous and powerful heroine. Finn is a sweet guy, but his hands are tied. He can't be there for Elizabeth all the time and they learn about the consequences of that the hard way. Some of the scenes are awful and dark. There are plenty of creepy and cruel characters who are making life difficult for Elizabeth. The story is an interesting adrenaline rush and I loved reading about the different worlds and their inhabitants.
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This is a definitely different story, with Irish mythology, an American student, three magical Irish races interconnected yet separated by the Veil, a plethora of double dealing, manipulative beings, lots of fighting and romance. What a combination!

Elizabeth is studying a recently obtained ancient text but it keeps changing. Sometimes it may be the illustrations that change and at others it might be the text, but whatever it is, the only person who seems to notice it is her so she's starting to question her own sanity. She'll be questioning it a lot more as she learns more about the book, her personal history, the magical races and creatures and has her own role to play in the fulfilment of one myth that will leave her in an arranged marriage to a beautiful to look at but wickedly evil Dark Fae who wishes to abuse her powers to help him break through the veil . . . . Elizabeth is doubts herself but is a superb, strong, feisty and intelligent young lady, a powerful leading lady in every sense.

The story was a real page turner. It is well written with a wide range of characters but they are introduced so well that I didn't feel overwhelmed by them and their roles. There are several double dealing characters who will endanger her, her life and her sanity. As she becomes increasingly aware of the possibilities for her in this new situation learning to use her own innate skills to protect herself and those she cares for is key to preventing those with evil intent from manipulating her to their own ends but can she learn in time?

This is a fast paced fantasy romance that is likely to appeal to readers of either genre. I just hope there will be a sequel and this will be the start of a tremendous series, I want to know what happens next!!
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Through The Veil - Colleen Halverson (Aisling Chronicles 1)

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Wow, what an unusual and intriguing action packed fae story .... Elizabeth is studying hard and desperately hoping for the scholarship that will take her to Ireland. Whilst studying the strange book of 'Arranmore', unusual things start to happen. Soon Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a different world with many layers along with Finn and his very strange people. The further Elizabeth's story unfolds the more and more she finds herself in danger.

This has to be one of my favourite genres, paranormal, magical fantasy mixed in with some adult steamy scenes along with heaps of suspense, drama and often brutal action. I was well and truly sucked into Elizabeths world, she's a very normal girl who is suddenly plunged into this very strange and unreal world. She's a great feisty character, who fails to keep her mouth shut at the right times. However she keeps strong even with the awful events which are thrown at her.

I'm not sure I will ever look at Ireland in the same light again. This story is extremely well written so much so that I had serious trouble putting this one down and believe me I had to because this is a good full length novel. I am eagerly looking forward to more in this series.

For anyone who loves this genre this book is well worth every penny/cent for a one-click! ~#MinxC
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I was totally pulled into this fae world created by Colleen Haverson.

I have to say the story doesn't always run at a fast pace, there's world building and characthers to get to know but it kept me hooked.

Elizabeth is an Epic characther, just an ordinary girl studying literature, then pulled into a world she didn't know existed.

Finn is her main sidekick and love interest - not that you would imagine that at the beginning of the book! Finn is a Fae, his a soldier of sorts.

Finn and Elizabeth have a pull between them, but everyone has an agenda for the innocent Elizabeth. Do they really have a chance?? Magic and danger is everywhere!

There's so much going on, as I said so many parties want to own Elizabeth, and I mean own - she is not treated well and I have to admit I found some of the treatment she received difficult to read. I was rooting for Elizabeth, yes I wanted her to be with Finn but most importantly I wanted her to get strong and kick some arse and she didn't disappoint.

If you like your woman strong and like to see them succeed through adversity you'll love this book.

This is a great start to a new series and I look forward to seeing where Elizabeth goes next.

4 stars

**I received an arc of this book for an honest review**
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd91018) out of 5 stars Romantic Fantasy Brilliance! 24 Feb. 2016
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I judge books by two things: how quickly they grab me and suck me into the story, and whether I finish the book, close it, and start it again immediately. I'm thrilled to say that Through The Veil had me from page one. Twice.

Elizabeth is a smart and strong character whose passion for Irish literature drags her unexpected heritage into the light. With one of the hottest men in fiction in the person of Fianna warrior Finn *sigh* she finds herself embroiled in a war between the magical races of the Trinity.

The author has a gift for language and storytelling that completely enchanted me. The average reader might have trouble with some of the Irish language, but I completely geeked out over it (my Irish language lessons came in handy, although all I can remember is how to count to ten and cuss). The love story doesn't feel forced. I'm a sucker for lust at first sight, but their inevitable admission that they can't live without each other is completely fulfilling. Parts of this (no spoilers) moved me to tears. That's not something that happens with every book, even those I love.

The supporting characters are fascinating individuals who become as human as Elizabeth and Finn. I loved the idea of the Trinity being everywhere there is a large Irish population. The author's knowledge of Irish history only enhances the rest of the story. If there was something that I felt wasn't "enough", it's just that I wanted more of certain parts, especially in the last half.

This is the author's first novel, and I think she is a force to be reckoned with. I am going to wait impatiently for the second book in this series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd91264) out of 5 stars The kind of magic that makes you want to believe 3 Mar. 2016
By Michelle Hazen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My favorite kind of magical books to read are the type that feel utterly real. This author's effortless grasp of the Gaelic language and Irish mythology make for seamless worldbuilding. The very down-to-earth voice of her modern heroine makes the magic a lot easier to buy into as well.

I adored the descriptions of Ireland in this book--usually when you get someone who can paint a scene with beautiful words, they go overboard but in this book, I got just the right amount of visuals to get my fingers leaping to highlight the phrasing, and my lungs sighing with longing for just a line or two more. The pacing is great, with stakes that just keep getting higher and higher until the heroine lands in a situation so brutal that my eyes started bulging and I was forced to revise my entire opinion of the book to Game-of-Thrones-style no holds barred.

From that point on, I knew ANYTHING could happen and my eyes were glued to the page (with the exception of some sympathetic wincing for the characters because OUCH). The end was not at all what I was expecting, and without being particularly spoilery, I have to say I was vastly impressed with how nicely this book applies itself as a metaphor for breaking out of an abusive relationship, becoming empowered, and starting to heal.

This is a new fantasy author with worldbuilding talent to spare, and the grapevine tells me she's got an Irish historical forthcoming in the future that I'm VERY excited about.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd91228) out of 5 stars Outstanding mix of fantasy and romance 22 Feb. 2016
By Mike Reads Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Through the Veil is one of the best things I've read in a long time. I got a chance to read an advanced copy, and I'm glad I did.

When you read a fantasy romance, often you get one or the other. You get a great fantasy story with a token love interest, or maybe you get an awesome love story in a half developed world. Through the Veil is both. It would be a great fantasy even without the romantic elements, and the love story of Elizabeth and Finn would sparkle no matter where you set it.

But I have to start with the thing that sets this book above its peers: the characters. Elizabeth is both strong and flawed, but always endearing. I found myself rooting for her from the first few pages. When you throw Finn in the mix...while he's not my favorite male lead of all time (hey...I don't fall for hot Irish dudes...what can I say?) he's absolutely perfect as a compliment to Elizabeth. Two individual characters who get better when you put them together. The chemistry jumps off the page.

The pace of the story is unbelievable. It grabbed me from the first chapter and never let go. Just when you think things couldn't get any more intense, the author turns it up another notch. The plot is full of well thought out twists and turns, and through it all walks Elizabeth. She's an unlikely heroine surrounded by a cast of richly developed secondary characters and a phenomenal world, both real and the imagined that lies Through the Veil.

The story itself revolves around a secret society hidden within the modern day world. A dark, dangerous place of fae and magic, steeped in Irish lore. Elizabeth gets dragged into that world against her will, then has to fight to get out, or establish her place there in a web of alliances and double dealings.

The one negative for me in the book was the sex. While it doesn't overwhelm the plot at all (I think there were 3 or 4 scenes, maybe) I prefer my reads a little tamer. If you like your books 'PG' this probably isn't going to be your thing.

I can't recommend this book enough.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd915b8) out of 5 stars Not a typical PNR book! 23 Feb. 2016
By Kelly Smith Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really love paranormal romance that has fairies and magic as opposed to the "typical" types of characters we've been getting lately. Sometimes it is easy to forget that paranormal also includes the mystical as well as the creepy. Through The Veil's storyline is occasionally naughty (perhaps too naughty for a new adult book), sometimes sweet, often very violent, but always entertaining.
The main character is a woman whose plot starts out strong and gets stronger. She's a fighter, and avoids most common "female" characteristics romantic heroines usually encompass. Her upbringing was not easy, yet she came out and became a hero in her own right.
The romance between her and Finn is...unusual. It borders on Stockholm Syndrome, as Elizabeth becomes enamored with her captor. It was the only part of the book I couldn't really get behind. Especially since Elizabeth is such a strong characters it didn't make much sense for her to act how she did with Finn.
However, what I liked best about the book was the accurate depiction of violence and torture. You don't normally get scenes like thiose in PNR, and while I am sure many readers would be put off by them, I really enjoyed them. PNR can sometimes forget that it is supposed to be anything other than romantic, but Ms. Halverson remembers quite well that PNR is so much more than love.
A good book. Things could be improved upon, plot-wise, but it is definitely one I would recommend.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd91a20) out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! 25 Feb. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Since I love a good paranormal romance novel, I was thrilled to get an advanced copy of this gem! I have to honestly say I could not put it down! The characters are incredibly well-developed and believable, the plot twists are gripping and well thought out, and the chemistry and love story between Elizabeth and Finn is sizzling!!

To like a book I also have to like the protagonist, and I loved Elizabeth with her wit, sass, and guts but also her endearing vulnerability that made me root for her from the first few pages. When the noble and gorgeous Finn arrived, tempers and passions flared and I was in it for the long haul! All of the other characters were wonderfully developed as well, and had me cheering them on or hoping for their demise!

Through the Veil is a well-written page turner, folks, with a mystical world of faeries, dark magic, villains, heroes, and some mighty creepy mythical monsters! Loved it, and I can’t wait for book two!
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