I received this book via the author, Laura Howard. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Series: The Danaan Trilogy #1
Published by Finding Bliss Publishing on April 28, 2013
Length: 196 pages
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Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.
What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.
The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard is book one of The Danaan Trilogy and follows the story of Allison O’Malley. Allison is a hard-working grad-student who lives with her grandparents and paranoid schizophrenic mother. When her estranged father shows up at her door one day, claiming he can cure her mother, Allison must make a decision. Can she trust him?
Allison is one of my favorite characters to date (and I’ve read lots of books). She’s not whiny or needy. In fact she’s as independent as she can be and is working hard to be able to take care of herself and her mom one day. When her father shows up, clueless that he even has a daughter, and claiming he can cure her mother, Allison spirals a bit. She doesn’t trust him and has some serious anger issues to deal with, but as other unexplainable things begin to happen (things involving magic) she has no choice.
And then there’s Ethan, my new book boyfriend 🙂 Ethan is a friend of the family, someone Allison’s known her whole life and she’s in love with him. He obviously feels the same, but Allison pushes him away. Ethan is handsome, mischievous and determined to win her over though. And this makes me love him even more!
The author does a great job of weaving in Irish folklore with her own vision of the Tuatha de Danaan. It’s seamlessly done and I had a hard time distinguishing between the two. I loved the imagery of the fairy world and the characters from it! My favorite character though was Aodhan, he was once a human enthralled by a fairy who lived too long in the fairy land becoming more fairy than human. He’s gruff and like a fairy vigilante! Love him!
Overall I devoured this book and it’s sequel in less than 24 hours. The characters are wonderfully written and the imagery and magic of the fairy world is enchanting! If you enjoy fantasy, suspense, a little romance, than I highly recommend you check out this book! You won’t be disappointed.