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The Other Crowd (Rogue Angel, Book 30) Mass Market Paperback – May 3, 2011
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In a remote part of Ireland, two archaeological teams dig for the find of a lifetimethe legendary Spear of Lugh. Folklore claims the magical weapon was forged in the time of the ancient Tuatha de Danaan. But as the search intensifies, people begin disappearing from the dig. "Faeries," whisper the locals. The Other Crowd
Instructed to travel to Ireland and return with faerie footage, archaeologist Annja Creed figures it's a joke assignment. But people have vanished and she soon realizes there's more in play than mythical wee folk. With the unsettling notion that something otherworldly is in the air, Annja is torn between her roles as an archaeologist and a warrior. But can her powerful sword protect her from the threat of violence or the Other Crowd?
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I can't recognize this character or for that matter Roux or Garen as anyone from the previous books in the series.
This Anja was a body snatcher from planet Bimbo or something. I kept waiting for Anja to be ANJA, alas, it never happened.
The devaststing Potato famine of 1845 plays a part in this book. It also drove the Irish drive for independence from England. The destruction of the potato crop was caused by the HERB-1 pathogen originating in Mexico's Toluca Valley. Because the English had basically raped Ireland and created rconomic serfs of the Irish people, they were living on a subsistence diet of potatoes, and a single varity at that. 1,000,000 people died from starvation and the followup diseases (nearly 1/8 of the population. 2,000,000 fled the country, many coming to America. The English added to the problem by blocking aid from other countries, passing the corn act, returning immigrants from Ireland as soon as they hit an English dock, evicting peasants from land owned by absentee owners in England when they couldn't pay their rent, and raising taxes. A horrible lack of sympathy, for which Tony Blair latter apologized. It is said that God created the blight, but the English created the famine.
With this background in mind, Annja arrives in Ireland to dispell the myth of the fair folk or the faeries of Ireland. The Irish are not amused, but people are disappearing. It is a wonder the Irish did not rebell from the English yoke earlier, but as the story points out, they are a good natured people. i loved the scene with the mystical spear of Lug from the Tuatha De Danann. It is all thrown into the mix. I loved it.
I also liked the connection between Garin, Roux, and Annja as family. After the earlier story where Annja's DNA is compared to the DNA of Joan of Arc, their connection is very interesting, although implied by the villan's suprise at the results (which are symbolically destroyed in a fire). Rogue Angel fans should have fun with this book.