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The Undivided (Rift Runners Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 13, 2013
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Fallon has given us another spell-binding story, and as usual I am left in awe... I highly recommend The Undivided to all fans of Fantasy, especially ... to those looking for a story with a difference. As for me, I am greatly looking forward to reading the sequel, The Dark Divide...."- Speculating on SpecFic
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Fallon is the author of 17 full-length bestselling novels and a number of published short stories in genres ranging from horror to science fiction.
Fallon has a Masters Degree from the Creative Arts faculty of QUT. A computer trainer and application specialist, Fallon currently works in the IT industry and spends at least a month each year working at Scott Base in Antarctica.
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In an alternate-Earth reality, the Druids teamed up with faeries (regional to Ireland; there are others in different parts of the world) to keep the Romans from invading the British Isles, instilling the Druids with faerie magic through a pair of psychically linked twins. The line of psychic twins has persisted for two thousand years in the alternate reality, leading to three major groups: the Druids (magical humans (?? some seem not to have powers)), led by the 'Undivided' twins, the Celts (humans), led by a queen, and the faeries, also led by a queen. For reasons I'm not entirely sure of, the faeries have decided that they want to keep their magic to themselves, so they set out to get their magic back, without breaking one of what appears to be very many arbitrary faerie rules. One thing that faerie magic permits is transport between realities, called 'rift running,' though if a full-blooded faerie goes to a reality where there is no more magic (because the Romans won and technology is apparently the antithesis of magic, i.e. our reality), they'll die. This leaves the Druids and half-blood faeries as viable candidates for rift running. The novel starts as one of the current Undivided twins has been put into our reality since he was a young child, and both the faeries and the Druids are looking for him. In the magical reality, each of our major groups have relatively opaque goals though I expect in the later books, these will be fully fleshed out and explained--both worldbuilding and political machinations are were I think Jennifer Fallon shines as an author. In addition to being very complex in characters and plot, this book contains very liberal doses of world-specific jargon, so the glossary at the back can be extremely helpful.
As others have noted (I think in the e-book, I have the print version), this book is riddled with what I think might be character encoding errors. Almost any time a special character is used (think naivete, with the double-dotted 'i'), it is replaced by a random different special character or two. Paragraph breaks are often in the wrong position, leading to dialogue being mis-attributed or breaks in the middle of a sentence. Every once in a while there will be a 'A'-hat after every word in a sentence. Spaces are sometimes dropped, as is the letter 'e' at the end of words. This is very poor oversight by the publisher, as each of these errors tends to throw the reader out of the book.
EDIT Jan 8, 2013: I've been in contact with the publisher, and they're aware of the errors in this book. As I understand, there is an updated version of both the print and Kindle books, and they have kindly offered to replace my copy.
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