Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she’s studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.
Finn looked up at me. “Are you jealous?”
Heat rose in my face, and I placed my elbow on the table, allowing a curtain of my hair to fall between us to block Finn’s view.
“Don’t flatter yourself, Finn.”
“You are jealous!” He chuckled a little to himself.
“You fancy me!”
“I hate you.”
Finn laughed. “Oh, no, I don’t think so. I think you like me, Elizabeth Tanner.”
I whirled on him. “Do not.”
“Do too.” Finn folded his arms in a challenge.
I let out an exasperated sound. “Just shut up.” I said, grabbing my pencil and erasing my last conjugation error so hard I tore through the paper. “Unlike you, I don’t play mind games. I don’t like you, and I don’t want anything to do with you.”
“What do you mean ‘mind games’?”
I shook my head, throwing down my pencil. “Oh, please, don’t…don’t be like that.”
I stared at Finn. “Since we had,” —I lowered my voice, not sure if we were alone in the cavernous library—“sex—you’ve barely said two words to me except to growl at me about Irish vampires.”
“We had sex, okay? It happens.” I picked up my pencil and began scanning Arranmore again, but all the words blurred together. “I mean, you don’t have to get so moody about it. It was just…it was just sex.”
There was a long pause, and I could feel Finn’s eyes boring into me.
“That wasn’t just sex, Elizabeth.” His soft voice reminded me of the feel of his tongue running down my flesh. I stifled a shiver, my pencil dragging trenches across my notebook paper. Frustrated, I slammed it on the desk, and Finn jumped.
“Then what do you think it was?” I glared at him. “Because I’ve slept with enough frat-tastic douchebags to know not to wait around for a phone call from asshats like you. So, thank you for the ‘just sex’ and for treating me like I gave you a bad case of the clap afterward. That was awesome. Best. Really.” I picked up my pencil and scribbled a few more notes.
“Is that what you think?”
“That you’re a douchebag? Yes.”
Finn’s voice lowered to a thin hiss. “I didn’t go into your room that night to try to sleep with you.”
I whirled on him, pointing my pencil in his face. “You’re such a goddamn liar, Finn. You don’t think I’ve got your number? I wanted to fuck you. So we did. End of story, so just stop acting so weird about it.”
Finn’s face fell, all the blood draining from it. “I’ll stop acting weird if you stop acting weird.”
“I’m not acting weird!”
“Then why are you yelling at me?”
“I’m not yelling—!” I stopped myself mid hysterical scream and whispered, “You really are the worst, aren’t you?”
Finn flashed me a sly smile, but then his face grew serious again. “I’m sorry for hurting you. It’s been a long time since…” He swallowed hard. “Since I’ve been with someone. I forgot myself and…my manners.”
I laughed. “You really expect me to believe that? Irish supermodel alpha warrior dude has trouble getting laid? Yeah. Okay. Whatever.”
“It’s not…I mean,” Finn ran his hands through his hair and sighed. “Believe what you like.”
Oh where do I even begin with this wonderful piece of fantastical literature I’ve just devoured in nearly one sitting? (I had to do motherly and adult type things or it would have been one sitting indeed.) At first I was starting to feel like I had gotten my hands on a really fun urban fantasy infused with Irish Mythology, but it became so much more. Epic fantasy. Adventure. Great gobs of horror and suspense… I mean truly I never knew what was going to happen and next and just when I thought I had it figured out, whoosh, there goes that rug under my feet. I was right about one major thing which I won’t even hint at because it’s a huge spoiler, though by the time said detail was revealed, I’d forgotten about it in the first place. But I digress. Through the Veil hooked me from the first independent and witty lines from Elizabeth’s mouth, and I became thoroughly entranced by the sprawling tale of love and war, and what it takes to gain true freedom, if it is even possible. I will warn you this is the beginning of a series, and though there certainly is a good deal of resolution to this book, there is also a cliffhanger, one that I’m now desperately dangling from with weak whimpers of hope that it won’t be years and years before I get the next installment. Do you like to read books? At all? read this one. If you’re an adult that is, for some rather heated moments and flourishes of coarse language occur throughout this well told tale.
As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshman. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.
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