“This is real.” Three small words on a film canister found by graduate students Justin and Veronica, who discover a long-lost silent movie from more than a century ago. The startlingly realistic footage shows a young girl transforming into a winged being. Looking for proof behind this claim, they travel to the rural foothills of Tennessee to find Sadieville, where it had been filmed.
Soon, their journey takes them to Needsville, whose residents are hesitant about their investigation, but Justin and Veronica are helped by Tucker Carding, who seems to have his own ulterior motives. When the two students unearth a secret long hidden, everyone in the Tufa community must answer the most important question of their entire lives — what would they be willing to sacrifice in order to return to their fabled homeland of Tir na nOg?- Goodreads
I would like to put it out there that I have not read the other 5 books in the series. But when I was reading this, I didn’t feel as if I was missing something or that I had to know more. Once it began, it felt a standalone and once I ended it, I didn’t have a desire to go back to the previous books.
This is not to say that this was a good a book because it was. This was a slow read but it was good none the less. You are sucked into the world and it is mainly because of Justin and Veronica even though their parts seem so small compared to the main story. The Tufa community is a complicated one that the author touches upon their contentment and happiness in the land they call their home and the idea of going back to their place of origins. What I liked about this was the author was able to touch upon the reality of what if they don’t want to go? What are the consequences if you do go back? The author made this world realistic and most importantly human. Which was a key component to why I enjoyed the book so much.
However, this book was slow. No matter how much you are sucked into the words and want to know what happens next, you can’t forget how slow the book is and how nothing really happens. There is a lot of talk and a lot of background history. Because of how long you invest in the book, the ending disappoints. When something happens, you think to yourself… that’s it? Granted this could be because I didn’t read the first 5 books but because there is so much flash backs, that it is isn’t needed.
Overall, I did like this book much more than I thought I would. It was a realistic interpenetration of faeries living in the human world and I really liked that.