Series: The Thin Veil #2
on Nov. 12, 2013
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.
It’s been seven years since the love of Cedar McLeod’s life left with no forwarding address. All she has left of him are heart-wrenching memories of happier times and a beautiful six-year-old daughter, Eden. Then, one day, Eden opens her bedroom door and unwittingly creates a portal that leads to anywhere she imagines.
But they’re not the only ones who know of Eden’s gift, and soon the child mysteriously vanishes.
Desperate for answers, Cedar digs into the past and finds herself thrust into a magical world of Celtic myths, fantastical creatures, and bloody rivalries. Teaming up with the unlikeliest of allies, Cedar must bridge the gap between two worlds and hold tight to the love in her heart…or lose everything to an ancient evil.
The first in the Thin Veil series, Through the Door is a pulse-pounding adventure that takes readers across the globe and deep into the hidden realms of Celtic lore.
“Into the Fire and the first book, Through the Door, have a really great historical fiction feel to them mixed with a supernatural one. What drew you to write a fantasy book using Celtic lore?”
I love fantasy books. I love not only escaping from my rather mundane existence into a world of magic and adventure, but also bringing that magic and adventure into my everyday life through the books I read. I find that reading—and writing—fantasy makes me open to new possibilities, other ways of seeing the world.
To be honest, the Celtic part came after I had started planning the book. I had been trying to build my own world of magic, but it just wasn’t coming together. My family background is Irish (um … six generations ago) but I wasn’t familiar with Irish mythology. So I started reading up on it to see if it would mesh with the story in my head. And that was it—I was hooked. I went down the Wikipedia rabbit hole and then started checking out piles of books from the university library. I read Irish fairy tales to my daughters and dug out all the old Chieftains CDs I’d listened to in university.
Fortunately, it was meant to be—the world and mythology I discovered were a perfect fit for the characters and story I had started developing. Celtic lore is so rich, and yet so untouched by much of modern fiction. There are so many stories that are in that wonderful grey area between myth and history, which I find absolutely captivating. The mythology is so deeply woven into Irish culture that it still persists in many ways today—you’d be hard pressed to find someone in modern-day Ireland who would cut down a fairy tree, or disturb a sacred well. Celtic lore still offers the possibility of believing, and is made up of such incredibly beautiful stories that once I started reading, I couldn’t help but want to write about it.
Jodi McIsaac is the author of the Thin Veil contemporary fantasy series, where Celtic mythology and the modern world collide. INTO THE FIRE, the second book in the series, is being released on November 12. You can pre-order it here.