My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Where do I start with this book? Some of the descriptions call it a modern Lord of the Rings, but I guess I don’t really follow that.
Basically, a teenage boy finds out one day that his parents are alive, but they’re from Tir na Nog, the magical Celtic forest of myth, but it’s real, more real than the Real World. And everyone wants him dead. EVERYONE. Family, strangers, friends. It’s almost a running gag.
There’s also a couple different types of magic, and of course his mother is banished for using Shadowmagic, the kind that everyone is scared of. Throw in some usurping and underhanded family members, a smattering of mythical races, and tree lore and there you have it, the setting for a trilogy.
It leaves an interesting idea for the next book at the end, and I will say that I am interested in seeing where that might lead…