Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Kindle Spotlight -- Through the Door (The Thin Veil, Book 1)

Today I want to tell you about a gem I recently came across: Jodi McIsaac's fantasy novel Through the Door, the first book in her The Thin Veil series.

The story begins in Halifax. Cedar McLeod has everything going for her. She's got a bright future with her amazing boyfriend Finn, as well as a joyous announcement for him. But one day she goes to his place and finds it empty. Finn has left without a trace, and a heartbroken Cedar announces to no one in particular: "I'm pregnant."

Flash forward to seven years later. Cedar is raising her daughter Eden with the help of her mother Maeve. It isn't easy; Cedar has to juggle the responsibilities of her busy job with those of being a mother, and Eden very badly wants to know about her father. Cedar just wants to move on, and avoids the subject as much as she can. But that all changes one night when Eden opens her bedroom door to find the Egyptian pyramids on the other side. Despite being understandably freaked out by this, Cedar decides to test the strange doorway, and they discover Eden can use any door as a portal to places she's either been to or seen in photographs. This presents a horrifying possibility to her mother, who realizes she can go almost anywhere at any time, and Cedar would have no idea where on earth to look for her.

Desperate for answers, Cedar tracks down Finn's parents and reluctantly tells them about her daughter's gift. They seem to have some idea of what's going on, but don't give her much in the way of answers. Cedar then gets a call from her friend Jane who's been babysitting Eden but has somehow ended up in New York City with no knowledge of the child's whereabouts. Her worst nightmare having just come true, Cedar presses Finn's family for answers and learns that they are the Tuatha de Danann, the mythical ancient rulers of Ireland. One of their own, Nuala, has gone rogue and kidnapped Eden because she wants to use her power to return home to their world. They've got to stop her before she takes the child to place they can't follow, but that won't be easy, because Nuala has the ability to compel almost anyone to do her bidding with a simple command, and the Danann don't fully trust Cedar because she's a human. Is there any hope for this incredibly dysfunctional family?

Through the Door is an absolutely riveting read. I hard time putting it down because I kept wanting to get to that next page to find out what happens. Is has a strong narrative, compelling characters, and best of all, it's steeped in Celtic mythology which I love. Read it, and you'll learn quite a bit about the Tuatha de Danann and their lore. I highly recommend it to any and all readers who have a taste for fantasy and/or mythology.


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