Single mom Cedar McLeod leads an ordinary but lonely life, balancing the demands of her career and her six-year-old daughter, Eden. One day, a fight between the two leads to the stunning discovery that Eden can open portals to anywhere she imagines. But before they can learn more about Eden’s extraordinary gift, the young girl mysteriously disappears. Desperate to find answers and her daughter, Cedar seeks out Eden’s father, who left before Eden was born. What she discovers challenges everything she’s ever known about the world around her: Magic is real - and mythical beings from an ancient world will stop at nothing to possess Eden’s abilities. Now, Cedar may have to put her faith in all of them if she hopes to save her daughter’s life.
The first in the Thin Veil series, Through the Door is a pulse-pounding adventure that takes listeners across the globe and into the ancient realm of Celtic myths, where the stakes are high and only the deepest love will survive.
©2013 Jodi McIsaac (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Book discovery is the biggest problems for authors in a world that has an over abundance of free or cheap ebooks. No reader has to ever pay for a book again if they choose. Every day there are literally hundreds of free books available through Amazon or other ebook providers. This is in addition to the thousands of public domain books and library books available.
This is why being chosen for Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deals is so important. Almost every Kindle Daily Deal book breaks into the top 100 for at least the day of the deal and often for several days after.
I rarely buy books from the Kindle Daily Deals, not because they are not great deals but because I have have hundreds of books already purchased and unread already on my kindle.
But for some reason I picked up Through the Door when it was a Kindle Daily Deals and also picked up the accompanying audiobook (so kindle book and audiobook were $3.98 total).
Through the Door is another modern fantasy using the Irish fairy tales as the jumping off point. Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordian, Michael Scott, Orson Scott Card and many other authors have already used the ancient stories to mine ideas for new books. While the ideas are not completely original, the execution is pretty good.
Cedar McLeod is a single parent. Her boyfriend of two years disappeared without a word 7 years ago. Cedar was left pregnant (he did not know yet). She has worked hard to make a good life for herself and her daughter, Eden. Cedar’s overbearing mother is always around to help with Eden, but also is sure to include a generous helping of guilt.
When her friend offers to find her missing boyfriend (because of a concern for Eden) Cedar realizes that everything she thought she knew was false. There is a whole extended family that Cedar did not know about. And Cedar’s mother has known all along.
While the book is pretty good, Cedar is a bit hysterical at times and the book starts a little slow. If it were an independent author, I would probably rate it a bit higher. But it is a book from Amazon’s own science fiction/fantasy imprint 47North. So I think it should have had a bit more polish. It is good enough that I will probably pick up the second book that has a scheduled release date of December 2013.
(originally posted on my blog, Bookwi.se)
The inflection she put into Cedar's voice made her sound like a whiney child. I didn't take it that way at all when reading the print version. Actually, I didn't care for most of the voices she used. I enjoyed the story much better when I read it. When listening to the Audible version, I was constantly annoyed with the narrator.
I was actually quite glad to quickly finish this book. It had no depth and was rather uninteresting to me. I listen to my books while running. It makes the run go by in no time but this morning my 2.5 hour run took FOREVER listening to this book. The story was just not fresh and you wanted to understand more of the mysteries that seemed to be everywhere but went quickly flat. More of the history of these people, but nothing other than a typical bad guy that ruins paradise. Actually, that is really as much as you get... there is this really bad guy and we don't want him to hurt us worse. The magic wasn't magical, the Gods, weren't very godly. I wanted to fall in love with even one character but just wasn't able to. The main character screams at the lover that left her years before who just explained he had to do it to save her life - but you left me and made me feel really bad!!! Then goes on to scream (yep lots of screaming) - why wont anyone tell me the truth? With all that I have seen I haven't gone nuts. Doesn't anyone realize I can take it... even though the entire book, all she is doing is going nuts, and screaming at people... The mother gets mad because the daughter goes to others for help, yet she offers her daughter no information, no explanation, no help, no support.
It likely could be a series, but it is not one I would read. I think the whole lot of them should go back to fairy land...good riddance.
Just not my cup of tea.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy stories. I got caught up from the beginning and it held my interest all the way through. The narrator did a great job in bringing out the stress or joy of the moment. This was a different sort of read from my norm and I'm glad I took a chance on a new experience!
I'm not sure what went wrong with this story. It might have been the deliberate lies or deceit among the main characters. It might have been the years of totally unnecessary secrets between mother and child. What ever is was, I felt absolutely nothing for any of the folks involved in the book. Even the ending left me cold. Needless to say, I have no desire to read another book in this series.
As always Kate weaves a wonderful narration
I love Irish Folklore especially the Tuatha De Danann. I was sure I had found Tir na nOg when I was in the Kilarney Forest when I visited Ireland. It was so green and lush they must have lived there. McIassic has brought the magic of the Tuatha De Danann to modern times. An immortal living in modern times kidnaps the daughter of a human and an immortal to return her to Tir na nOg to fulfill a prophecy. Cedar the human does not know Finn is an immortal but becomes concerned when her daughter age six begans to display other worldly gifts. Cedar hasn't seen Finn since before she found out she was pregnant so tracks down his family to discuss her daughter's behavior. Once Eden is kidnapped Finn' s family shares the truth and the search for Eden begins. Cedar reunites with Finn, meets the merpeople and leprechauns in search of her daughter. The story is a page turner.
I actually ended up finishing this book in print. The narrator just didn't click for me with the characters. Once I switched to actually reading it the story became much more enjoyable.
The story starts off a little slow, but is a good read(I say read bc I couldn't hang with the narration of this one) if you stick with it. I will be starting the second book looking forward to what happens next.
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