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Of Blood and Honey (A Book of the Fey and the Fallen) Paperback – February 1, 2011
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I picked up this book with quite a bit of trepidation. I've done a lot of reading on Northern Irish politics over the years, and I didn't want to see the Troubles treated as some sort of flashy backdrop to a shallow and simpleminded fantasy plot. I needn't have worried. Ms. Leicht interweaves the novel's fantasy elements seamlessly into a depiction of time and place that feels absolutely real. Now, I'm not Irish, and I imagine there are things that one could quibble with, but the author's instincts and sympathies are sound and she certainly gets the bigger picture right. The situation is complex and ugly and frequently impossible, and Ms. Leicht has taken all of that on and used it to create an understated masterpiece. On top of all that, her characters are real people, nuanced, and if they don't break your heart from time to time you're not paying attention.
It's clear that Ms. Leicht is planning on at least one sequel to this book, as there are questions left unanswered at the end regarding Liam's fate as well as the strategy and intentions of the Fallen. This is excellent news. I can't recommend this novel highly enough, really, and I'm looking forward to the next volume with a level of anticipation I haven't felt for a book in years.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
She has developed her characters well, the story line is well thought out and the dialogue is the best I've read in a long time. (By the way, I have never met Ms. Leicht so I'm not one of her friends). It is refreshing for me to read subject matter I have never read before. To have it come across as a sound novel, well, that's just a bonus. Ms. Leicht has given me a better knowledge of what individuals may have gone through during the turmoil of Ireland in the mid 1970's.
It was a nice change to read about a different kind of supernatural being other than vampires and werewolves and to mix it all in with the terrible police force of Ireland. It was also nice that Ms. Leicht did not overuse the Irish dialect in her writing as that becomes tedious very, very quickly.
I briefly mentioned that the characters were well-developed. Usually in novels one or two characters stand out, but in "Of Blood and Honey" all of them are attractive to read. I don't mean that in the literal sense of the word, but more that they are interesting to read and to get to know. Kathleen, Father Murray, Bran, Liam, Mary Kate, Oran, Haddock and the rest of them are all interesting characters well worth reading.
About the only thing I did not like is the strong use of vulgar language. I'm no prude and use those words myself on occasion, but reading them is distasteful to me and they were used a great deal in the course of this novel. That's my only complaint, otherwise it's a great story.
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Different plot. Interesting but then the Irish believe in the "little people" and their countries history is always interesting.