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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars


on 17 August 2014
Smashing read
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on 13 September 2014
…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.
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on 8 October 2014
Started incredibly slowly. At first it looked like our heroine was being really, really, stupid. Turned out just to be just a way of getting started and had noting to do with the narrative. The ramp up into the true story was gradual, with the real meat in the last quarter of the book. Only then did we see the expected style of the author.
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on 11 September 2014
The third novel makes a very satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. The mythical worlds are consistent and well imagined, and the characters, considering the plot, credibly realised. Good fun from start to finish - I read it in a few hours and look forward to reading more by this author.
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on 6 September 2014
If you like tales of the old folk or grew up reading them these books are for you. Fantastic storytelling with tales of old interwoven. Have thoroughly enjoyed all three books was a fantastic retreat from reality.
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on 26 May 2014
This series is great if you want to be transformed to another place, but cannot make the commitment of a longer read. I have throughly enjoyed the series and look forward to more.
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on 26 May 2014
I loved this latest chapter in the life if Cedar and Finn, really enjoyable fantasy series, they descriptive way in which everything is describe is like nectar to the imagination
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on 7 June 2014
from start to finish this was a great read only took me a day to read unfortunately would have liked it to be a bit longer but then maybe the story wouldn't have been as good
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on 12 June 2016
Such a delight to see the old stories of my youth brought back to life . The first time I've seen this . The reference to all the Irish folklore is really brilliant .
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on 27 June 2014
I loved reading all three books and I would love to see this turned into a movie..."..it would be as much a blockbuster as the Twilight Saga novels.
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