Friday, November 22, 2013

The Library - Fantasy/Paranormal Blog Tour "Into the Fire" by Jodi McIsaac

Title: Into the Fire (Thin Veil #2)
Author: Jodi McIsaac
Released On: November 12, 2013
Publisher: 47North

Buy Link -  AMAZON 
Author's Website:   http://www.jodimcisaac/
Author's Goodreads Profile:  Jodi McIsaac

Cedar McLeod would like nothing more than to return to Tír na nÓg, help rebuild the mythical kingdom, and start a new life for herself and her daughter, Eden. But peace is isn’t what Cedar finds after being reunited with her little girl. 

Nuala—who kidnapped and terrorized Eden in her previous bid for power—has returned and is making a persuasive claim for the vacant throne. The devastation such a ruler would bring upon both the kingdom and the human world is unthinkable. With no one else to stake a convincing counter-claim, Cedar steps forward . . . but first she must prove her worth beyond a doubt. 

Her opportunity comes when she is charged with finding an ancient treasure, the Stone of Destiny, and returning it to its rightful home. It is a quest that will lead her to question her beliefs, and push her loyalties to their limits. If she succeeds, Cedar could grant her new world and her new family a chance to flourish again. If not . . . destruction may be the only path ahead.

Into the Fire, the second book in the Thin Veil series, is a captivating blend of Celtic myth, mystery, and adventure that delves deeper into the ancient world first explored in Through the Door.

Ok,  I devoured this book in 2 sittings!  I started it while waiting in the car while my husband had the kids in the toy store and I finished it in just a couple hours after I got off work.  I literally did not want to put it down.  I loved the first book in the series when I read it way back when it was self-published and I happened to run across it on a blogger website back when Jodi was looking for reviewers.  It was a breath of fresh air in a time where I was reading a lot of self published stuff that really wasn't that great.  If you want to read my review of Through the Door, you can find it here.  

Recently I have been reading a lot of books that are the 2nd in the series and quite frankly, I have been having an awful time finding one that lives up to the first book.  SO not the case with this book and I am so happy about that.  This book was everything that a really good sequel should be.  None of the magic of the first book was lost as the story progressed.  The characters were all just as good as I remember them to be even though I didn't have time to re-read the first book.  I didn't need to, the set up was just enough to jog my memory without being a re-hashing of everything that happened previously.

Cedar and her family return to Tír na nÓg to set right the destruction caused by the previous leader.  A surprise awaits them, one that causes them to take stock of just what they are willing to do to help their land.  Cedar is give a quest, if you will, and she must succeed in order to take her rightful place as their new queen.  This story is full of action and really with this one it's pretty non-stop right from the beginning.   The world of Tír na nÓg is captivating and full of wonder.  The descriptions are so vivid as are the action sequences.  And don't even get me started on Felix...I would love a whole story about just him!

Jodi has really outdone herself with this one and I loved that it didn't end on a cliffhanger.  I really loved this book, I loved the setting and the magic.  I loved seeing Cedar transform in this book and I can't wait to see more of who Eden will become.  We got a little glimpse of it in this book and I hope we see more in the next one.   Since Finn and Cedar are already a couple this book stuck more to the fantasy and less romance, but it's clear that it's there.

So, I loved the book and I can't wait for the next one.  If you like Fantasy or Paranormal books you should definitely read this series.  If you enjoyed the first book then you will not be disappointed in this one!

*Disclaimer:  I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for my honest review.*

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