Title: Through The Veil (The Aisling Chronicles, #1)
Author: Colleen Halverson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2016
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.
As Commander of Trinity’s elite warriors, Finn O’Connell isn’t used to having his authority challenged. He doesn’t know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth’s abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he’ll risk everything to help her.
At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.
THROUGH THE VEIL will be available February 22nd 2016 through Entangled Publishing.
Book 1 of the Aisling Chronicles Series
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I turned the corner and took in the large man towering over Candace’s shiny blond head. Tapping his foot and muttering something about being “late for another meeting,” he shot her a menacing scowl. He clutched the edge of the desk as if he might overturn it and swallow our intern whole like a mini eggroll.
Candace bit her lip, her big brown manga eyes wide with bubbling anxiety as she fumbled with some files.
I hated a bully. Being an army brat with a new school almost every year, I could spot one a mile away.
“Can I help you?” I threw back my shoulders and tried to make myself appear taller.
The man puffed his linebacker chest. “Finn O’Connell. I’m with the Trinity Foundation. I have an appointment with Dr. Kevin Forrester.” He had a crisp Irish accent, his consonants cutting through the shafts of afternoon light spilling into the room.
“I’m sorry, but Dr. Forrester is out.”
Where are you, old man?
I stepped forward, pasting a confident smile on my face. “Is there something I could help you with?”
Mr. O’Connell stalked over to me, and I fought the urge to step back. Six foot five and no problems with invading personal space, the man from Trinity emitted waves of heat, and his body hummed like a pulsing engine shrouded in gleaming black chrome.
My heart raced as I tilted my head up and up to meet a pair of intense gray eyes that made me forget my last name. Gritting my teeth, I steeled myself, crossing my arms. Never show fear: rule number one for managing the bullies in your life.
“Dr. Forrester recently acquired a new manuscript—”
“The Book of Arranmore!”
Finn tilted his head, trying to make sense of the jumble of consonants I had just vomited. “Excuse me?”
“Um, yes. The Book of Arranmore. Sorry.” I twisted my mouth into some semblance of a smile, but inside my stomach knotted, thinking of the changing pictures, the shifting text. “It’s a wonderful new addition to our collection.”
Finn glanced down the hallway toward the archives. “Would you mind if I take a look?”
“Um…” I curled my fingers into my palm. “I think it might be best if we wait for Dr. Forrester. If you would like to come back later—”
“No, I would not like to come back later. My time is precious, Miss…?”
I raised my eyebrows, bristling at the Miss. “Tanner. Elizabeth Tanner.”
“Miss Tanner,” he said. “As a contributing member to this institution, I think I am entitled to a small preview.”
Entitled. Only certain kinds of men could throw that word around. Men in Burberry leather trench coats, dry-cleaned, pressed shirts so white they glistened like morning snow. Men with large checkbooks. Men, who, with the flick of a lazy, indecipherable signature could decide the destiny of my academic career.
“Of course, Mr. O’Connell,” I said. “We have it in the back here, if you would like to follow me. I was just working on it.”
Finn rode my heels, and I hurried to keep some distance between us. Opening the door and crossing the reading room, I darted to my workspace, leaning against the desk to establish my territory. I raised my chin, but inside my stomach fluttered as Finn took in the mountains of scattered notes I had amassed over the past few weeks. A messy desk is the sign of a true genius, right? Judging from the scowl on the Irishman’s face, he didn’t seem to think so.
I took a deep breath and was about to open my mouth to wax intellectual on The Book of Arranmore when my hand slipped over the computer mouse. AC/DC screeched across the wood-paneled walls, elaborating on the calamitous effects of American thighs.
I let out a squeak, whirling around and fumbling to press pause, my hands shaking violently. The music stopped mid-scream, and then silence.
“Interesting taste in music, Miss Tanner.”
His words burned hot against the side of my neck, and I gasped. Finn stood a mere inch behind me. He stared down at the computer screen, the blue light flashing on the teasing smile spread across his face. Heat bloomed in my cheeks, and I clicked on the tiny X to close out the program.
“Oh, that wasn’t mine!” I brushed my hair out of my eyes. “These dang undergrads. I mean, who listens to AC/DC, right?”
Finn’s smile faded, his dark stare replacing the brief lightness in his features. I chewed on my lip, arrested for a moment by the impossible length of his eyelashes.
“Is this it?” Finn turned and planted his fists on the table, caging the manuscript with his arms.
“Yes.” Closing in on Finn, I breathed in the clean, leather smell emanating from his long coat. Warm and intoxicating, he smelled like a mix of fresh laundry and badass.
*The author provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Okay, guys, I’ll be honest. I’m a sucker for fantasy. So, yeah, I loved this. Of course I did. There was no way I couldn’t have.
The story is fast paced, well written and completely engaging. It has you down on your toes till the end. There’s never a dull moment. That’s what I love most about this. In many stories, the build up to the actual conflict is long and tedious. It somewhat reduces the essence of the book. But not this one. No sir!
Through The Veil is intriguing from the get go. There’s new characters, a new plot, new twist or turn at every point which continues to engage you. Yes, at times this can be a little overwhelming, but it works out great in this one. Also, Irish folklore isn’t something that I’m familiar with, so that element makes the story even more interesting as far as I’m concerned.
The characters are smart, receptive and always on the lookout. They’re all complex characters who feel a ton of emotions at any given point of time. Their conflict is has been portrayed amazingly throughout the story, especially Finn’s. All characters are amazingly written and I love how their personalities unveil through the course of the story.
Liz, the heroine, is content working on her thesis on an ancient Irish folklore that her professor bought home after a vacation. However, things start to go down south when the words start to rearrange themselves and form new sentences each day. Add to that, the day Finn O’Neil, their financier visits them, the book kills her professor. She wakes up in an unfamiliar place with Finn the only person she can trust. However, they’re soon kidnapped by someone who claims to be the king of a kingdom which forms part of the Trinity and he tortures her to get answers as to how she let the Dark tyrant, Thornton into their safe haven. Unsure of how she did it herself, Liz does everything in her power to convince them she didn’t mean to do ti but nobody apart from Finn believes her. Her life turns from bad to worse when she finds out that she’s a Fairie princess and that her grandparents have pledged her to the evil king Bres in order to save their kingdom. All through the trials in her life, Liz faces them head strong. She never falters in her path. She gets scared at times, but that doesn’t stop her from fighting for what’s right. That is what I love about her. She never gives up, even in the face of failure. She’s ready to go to any length to protect herself and those she loves.
Finn, our hero, is the commander of the army at Trinity Chicago. He’s tasked with the protection of Liz. He’s great at his job, but things get bad when he finds himself falling in love with her. When he finds out that his affections are returned, there’s no stopping him. Liz and Finn fall into a sort of dysfunctional relationship. They care for each other and always have the other’s back. They’re ready to kill and die for each other. He’s a tad bit overprotective and possessive when it comes to Liz and can to do anything to keep her safe. He’s out for blood when someone so much as hurts a hair on Liz’s head. In short, he’s totally head over heels for his girl. But, he’s been hiding a secret. A secret that means the end of their relationship. And for good. So, what happens when this secret is brought out in the open?
Through The Veil is an amazing read. One that I would recommend to everyone out there, especially if you’re into hardcore fantasy!
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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