There is always this sense of nostalgia that fills you when you know you are reading the last book in a series. A part of you wants to savor each chapter and in the process prolong your time with the characters you have come to love. But that other rebellious part of you wants to gulp down the book in one sentence. You want… no, you need to know that there will be a happily ever after in the end.
All these feelings were raging inside me once I started reading Jodi McIsaac’s final installment of The Thin Veil series. Among the Unseen gives the true Fiannas (Jodi’s groupies – You will find out how to become one at the end of the review) that last adventure they have been craving since they finished reading Through the door and Into the fire.
If you have read the other two books and the novella (Beyond the Pale) by now you would know everything there is to know about the Tuatha Dé Danann. But bear with me while I explain this to the normal people who do not believe in Celtic gods… yet.
Cedar has lived her whole life oblivious to the fact that she was not quite normal… or not even human, to be honest. She had a normal job like anyone else, her heart got broken by the man of her dreams like everyone else, and she was raising her daughter on her own like every single mom out there. So when her 6 year old daughter started doing some abnormal things, Cedar soon realized they were not normal after all. They were in fact Celtic gods. To complicate things further Cedar was reunited with her long lost love who just happened to be a Celtic god himself. She discovered she was the last living descendant of the Tuatha Dé Danann’s king. And they had to save their kidnapped daughter, Eden, who was the only one who could create a sidhe (a portal for the lack of a better word) by simply opening a door.
Despite defeating many evil villains to rule Tír na nÓg in the previous two books, nothing could prepare Cedar, Finn and the rest of her friends for what was about to happen. The Unseen (that includes every magical and mythical creature on Ériu, or commonly known as earth) was dying. And no one knew why. Queen Cedar felt it was her duty to save these creatures even though the Danann refused to help those who did not come to their aid during the last battle fought on earth against the humans.
Just like the previous adventures you get pulled into the story from page one. The world Jodi created feels so real that you start believing that the Unseen really does exist. It is sometimes impossible to remember that this is all made up in Jodi’s incredible mind. She did a lot of research and tried to keep it as authentic to Celtic myths and legends as she could. She did, however, decide to throw in another realm of gods in the plot and trust me – you will be astounded when you realize who makes a guest appearance.
Jodi’s easy-reading style transcends through the whole series and you will soon notice that you are flying through the pages faster than you intend to. But you cannot help it. And do not even think about putting the book down in a futile attempt to prolong the experience. You will be consumed by the book and become obsessed by it. This book is cursed just like a lot of people in this story. I feel I have to warn you. It is hazardous to your health. If you suffer from high blood pressure you will need to remember your medication. At one time I was getting so excited and anxious while reading, I had to stop and get my emotions under control out of fear that I would pass out or hyperventilate. This story is just too compelling. There are many unpredictable plot twists – even if you are a fortune-teller.
The only problem I have is that if you are not from Ireland you will probably struggle with the pronunciations of most of the names. Can you say Toirdhealbhach and keep a straight face? I just skipped the names entirely when my inner narrator’s tongue got twisted and tied in knots. Jodi herself confessed that the person who recorded her audio books must have cursed her and her forefathers for all those weird names. But like she said – you can pronounce them any way you like.
Another thing that felt a bit eerie is the fact that Jodi gave in to peer pressure by John Greene, Veronica Roth and George R. R. Martin (The fault in our stars, Divergent and Game of Thrones respectively) and killed some of her characters. Yes she will burn in fandom hell along with the rest of the murders, but I will testify as a character witness since she still stuck faithfully to the good ol’ fashioned “And they all lived happily ever after.”
And when you get to the end you feel a bit heart broken. Like a good friend had passed away. But fear not – Jodi likes to tease her fans with the notion of continuing the Tír na nÓg tales from Eden’s point of view when she gets a bit older. So we still have a lot of time to practice to say Toirdhealbhach without sounding like we want to order Chinese food with peanut butter stuck between our tongue and teeth.
If you want to become a Fianna and be part of the secret club follow the link – http://www.jodimcisaac.com/#!fianna/c1xss
You can purchase all of Jodi’s books on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Jodi-McIsaac/e/B0082T2DO2
(Images courtesy of Jody McIsaac)