From the short description on the back of the book, I knew it would be a subject which would interest me. It talks of genetically modified crops being possibly introduced to one of the most beautiful places in Ireland, and how just one young boy is going to stand against the companies and say no.
However, this young boy is not any ‘normal’ fellow; he can access the faery realm, the so called ‘thin places’ between this world and the world of the fae and other beings. His sister, Aurora has also got the same gift, as well as being a hedgewitch in training.
The author of this tale has studied Physics, and so has scientific knowledge to back up the story he is telling of the fight against the big companies who want to plant these new seeds into the landscape, and probably make it impossible for the local farmers to grow their own food on the land they own.
It is a beautifully told tale, and I do not want to give too much away because I urge anyone with an interest in the fey and magic to read it for themselves. The beings and helpers you meet along the way are wonderfully explained, and the author manages to make it feel as though you are part of the story all the way through. You feel the desperation in one scene to help the main protagonist, Brandon, get his point across about his fear of these new crops and what it will do to the landscape. You feel the fear of the local beings and inhabitants because of the threat of these ‘alien’ crops.
The book has helped me to understand a lot more about the complications that could arise from genetic engineering. I’m not going to say that what is written in the book is exact down to the letter, as there are advances all the time in what they can or can’t do with the crops, products, pesticides, etc., but the general effects that these inventions will have on the landscape are mighty.
The wonderful way the story winds its tale, bringing in elements of all different aspects of the modern world as well as the elements in Keltoria (not quite a place, nor the spirit of a place. Spirits of a place would be a more accurate description, but still not quite right. It’s a world within a world where magical things happen all the time, all around, but unless you have the vision to see it, you wouldn’t even know it was there), is very well done. There is talk about the fairy King and Queen as well as the changing of the seasons. So it brings all aspects of Paganism and the love of the land into a real life setting with modern day almost- humans defending the world and country they love.
The book is wonderful for adults, as well as teenagers, I’d say. I wasn’t sure of the target audience before I began reading, but although the main characters are school children, it’s easy to relate to them compared to their sensible elders who are worried for their safety. It is a wonderful read, and I really enjoyed it! The only reason it didn’t get a nine is because I would have loved it to be a longer novel.
Review by: Nemetona.
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