Through the Veil (Aisling Chronicles, #1) by Colleen Halverson Blog Tour

Where the fairy tale ends, destiny begins.


Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she’s studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.


As Commander of Trinity’s elite warriors, Finn O’Connell isn’t used to having his authority challenged. He doesn’t know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth’s abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he’ll risk everything to help her.


At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.



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Elizabeth Tanner is your regular broke college student, she’s applied for a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation to go to Ireland to continue her studies and hopes to make a good impression. Unfortunately, when Elizabeth and her professor forget about the meeting with Finn O’Connell from the Trinity Foundation things between Finn and Elizabeth get off to a bit of a rocky start.

Finn demands to see the ancient Irish text that Elizabeth has been transcribing but there something a bit different about this book. When Elizabeth has been working with it things have been changing on the pages. She thinks she’s just overworked or might be going a bit crazy but the next thing you know there is a monster attacking her professor and she’s bitten during the fight.

Waking up a week later in a strange place Elizabeth finds herself a prisoner and in the middle of plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war. Finding out that her mother was Fae and had immense powers, Elizabeth finds that she is half Fae and the Dark Fae want to control her for her powers.

Through the Veil is the beginning to what should end up being an amazing fantasy series. Full of Irish mythology it’s a bit different than anything I’ve read. I was immediately caught up in the story as it started off reminding me a bit of the Mortal Instruments series which I love with Elizabeth seeing things and then finding she has this connection to a magical world she didn’t know about. But the similarities are very very few, it was just a feeling I had when reading but it made me realize very early on I was going to enjoy this series.

I really wanted to give this first book five stars but it did have a few slow moments for me when reading. I think maybe it’s just the learning all about this new world with the Irish mythology that maybe slowed me down a bit. But I really wouldn’t of wanted any of it to be left out either as I did enjoy the details in the end. I decided on four stars for this one and hoping the rest of the series will only get better.

Overall, a great new fantasy series that I will be looking forward to continuing. Definitely recommend checking this one out!

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating 4/5 stars.


About the author: 



As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshman. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.


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