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Through the Door

(The Thin Veil #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,117 ratings  ·  470 reviews
Single mom Cedar McLeod leads an ordinary but lonely life, balancing the demands of her career and her six-year-old daughter, Eden. One day, a fight between the two leads to the stunning discovery that Eden can open portals to anywhere she imagines. But before they can learn more about Eden's extraordinary gift, the young girl mysteriously disappears.

Desperate to find answ
Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by 47North (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the first time I've ever accepted an offer for a free book from a new author - and the only reason I accepted Through the Door was because Jodi McIsaac offered to send me a physical ARC instead of an ebook. (I do not own an ereader, because I am eighty) Going into this review, I wondered if I should try to sugar-coat things, focus on the good aspects of the book rather than listing the bad ones, be nice. It seemed like a good course of action, especially given the recent clusterfuck over ...more
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book started off nicely and I thought it would be an enjoyable quick read, but my enthusiasm broke down fast.
The story isn't really gripping, and the thousand questions we have in the beginning are ridiculously held back. Everyone seems to know everything except the lead character, and nobody says anything to her. They pass seemingly significant references to all kind of things over her head, and Cedar is left out from the party, everyone acts like an ass towards her. Her mother is the most
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, fantasy
Usually as I read I make notes, either on the Word doc I write my reviews on or on actual paper with an actual pen. But on going through my list of books read this year, trying to see just how far behind I was with reviews, I suddenly realized that not only had I not reviewed Through the Door (which, I'm afraid, is not a reach-out-and-grab-you sort of title), I hadn't even added it my "read" list or to the body of the page with a space under it to remind myself to start a review. It's not that I ...more

This is a nice fantasy story, but really, just nice. Nice and very simple. The plot is a very basic, single-layered good versus evil-—in this case, (view spoiler) versus evil king. Author Jodi McIsaac seemed to be striving for something unique, cool, and deep by weaving Celtic lore into her story, but the lore is not sophisticated enough to add needed depth and layers. Just because you call your Fairyland “Tir na nOg” and give yo
I received this book thought Netgalley for an honest review.

Disclaimer: Contains Spoilers

I am going to start off in this review and say this book wasn’t written badly, or was the story all that bad. Mostly the low rating is due to the book just not being for me. It has a couple instances that just put me off so much that drove the rating down.

The first, and largest one being when the main characters mother being so sure that she can do everything, leaves her daughter with the people she hates s
Heather Ann
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I intended to read this over the next 2 weeks or so. It went a bit faster than that! More like 4 hours, with periodic breaks to refill my wine glass. :)

Through the Door is the first book in a trilogy, which is fortunate because I'm not nearly satisfied with my quick journey into its world yet.

The basic plot is that of a single mother (Cedar) raising a daughter (Eden) in Halifax. Eden, it turns out, has some odd abilities that start to show up when she's 6. Odd abilities like being able to open a
 Simply Sam ツ
There's a lot I want to say about this book but I honestly don't really feel it's worth the time. Does that make me a bad person? Rrrr....okay, so here's a few things.

1.I hate that the actions of 3 of the main female characters revolved partly/mostly around pining after a man. Why?!

2.I also hate when authors intentionally withhold information from the protagonist. That played a major, MAJOR role in this book and it drove me crazy.

3. And I hate when everything just conveniently works out. Like
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book cover is what got me to buy the book! A really ancient looking door! Makes you want to know what's behind the door! I really liked how the book started. It held my attention up until a bit before 50%. After that it was hit and miss. Parts were good, some parts were annoying and I found myself a little agitated and wanting to be done. However I did want to know what happened and so I kept going. It's a good story. The end picked up a bit and I'm glad I read it. I think it just needs som ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I am a bit perplexed by the number of 5 star reviews this book got. I had high expectations going into it, but was disappointed in it as a whole. I was able to finish the book, although there were a few times I wanted to just stop. It wasn't really bad, it just didn't really compel me to read on like it should have, if that makes sense. I did want to see how it ended, though, which is why I pressed on. *SPOILER ALERT* I just didn't find it believable that Cedar's mom would just off ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally posted this review, complete with the the book trailer, on my blog {Dive} Under the Cover.

I really loved this book! I am not going to try to summarize it, because the synopsis is perfect. It's exactly what a synopsis should be, in fact. I am also going to keep this spoiler free so this may be a short review, but in this case it's not a bad thing at all.

I was pulled into the story immediately and I couldn't put it down. It didn't take me long to finish this book and I will be anxious
Cedar McLeod lost the love of her life. Finn disappeared without a trace over 7 years ago, but he gave her a wonderful gift...her daughter Eden. When Eden starts to exhibit a very unique ability, which could only be described as magic, Cedar realizes she needs to find Finn.

When others discover Eden’s abilities, she is kidnapped. Cedar must dive head first into a world filled with magic and myths while swimming through the lies, omissions and outright deceptions to save Eden.

I loved Cedar’s devo
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit that I bought this book because I read a very positive review of it in our local newspaper. I was also intrigued because the author was born and brought up here in my home Province of New Brunswick (in Eastern Canada, for those not familiar with my country).

I'm very happy to tell you that the book is well written and the story held my interest right to the end. It's not a big book (288 pages) and I read it in a day and a little. It's an easy read as far as the story goes but there are
♥ Unaeve ♥
I like the Celtic mythology and i think this book has a nice potential to develop into something better in its sequels.
As for book one it didn't quite cope with me,i couldn't connect to the characters,I think they can be explored more as same as there actions,
because some of it wasn't really plausible enough to go with the logic of the story.
But as i mentioned,the theme is great and the idea of the story as well so i am curios will the flaws be worked out in the sequels and expand into something
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The love of Cedar's life, Finn, left mysteriously before she could tell him that she was pregnant. Seven years later, she is raising their daughter Eden alone. Eden manifests a special power, forcing Cedar to search out Finn's family for answers. This sets off a chain of events - Eden is kidnapped, Cedar is reunited with Finn, and the truth about why he left is revealed while they try to find Eden before Eden is put in real danger. The fate of both Earth and the mythical kingdom of Tír na nÓg ha ...more
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
Unbelievable characters doing unbelievable things--it's magic and fairies so I liked that part; but a third of the way through the book and there were still no explanations or redeeming characters to identify with, and keeping the mystery through half the book I simply didn't care enough anymore. A lot of assumptions had to be made by both author and reader, and no one was communicating. Unbelievable characters doing unbelievable things in an unbelievable situation; so many better things could h ...more
Through the Door was a fairly engaging, quick read. This book popped up as a recommendation for me because I'm a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Perhaps I've been spoiled by the level of historical detail and richness of character in the Outlander books, but I must say, that while McIsaac writes an enjoyable story, she is no Gabaldon. This is the first book of an upcoming trilogy and I'm not sure I'll continue with the others.

Definitely read it if you're a fan of fantasy, magic, and ce
So, I Read This Book Today
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: 47North
In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

~John McCrae

What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands. - Simon Wiesenthal

...the Tuatha De Danann or Sidhe, the 'Gentry', the 'Good People', and the 'People of Peace' are described as a race of invisible divine beings eternally young and unfading. They inhabit fairy palaces, enjoy rare feas
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting New Celtic Fantasy

Tired of vampires, werewolves and zombies? How about a little Celtic mythology to spice up your fantasy reading? I ordered the kindle version on a lark, never having heard of the author before, but intrigued by the description, the large number of positive reviews, and the fact that it was published by 47North, Amazon's own publishing house. The latter meant that Amazon liked it (or some other work by author Jodi MacIsaac) enough to put her under contract with their
I'm not sure exactly where this book came from, but I found it in my Kindle labeled as having come from the author. It was also listed as time travel novel. I find that a little odd since there is absolutely no time travel in this book whatsoever. Instead, it is a fantasy novel concerned with people that have magical abilities. Really, this is not the normal sort of book I like to read, but I thought I would give it a chance. However, it still wasn't my cup of tea. Mainly, it was a story of a wo ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lost-intrest
I find there are a million great books out there. So I no longer waste my time on those which are not a good fit for me. The first chapter was a good sign, but I found myself skim reading shortly after.

I found it very dramatic( not in a good way ) , and no great love of the characters.
Denise Grover Swank
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this urban fantasy that puts a fresh twist in Celtic legends. I can't wait to read Into the Fire, the second book in The Thin Veil series!
Katherine Coble
Dreadful. Characters have no depth. Conflict is repeatedly achieved by characters senselessly withholding vital information.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac is a very fun introduction to fantasy based on celtic mythology. Through the Door also has the interesting aspect of focusing on a single mother as the main character, though her daughter is the one with the special powers. This is a dynamic I haven’t read ever before, and so I was quite happy to see this portrayal of a woman making the best of a difficult situation with the help of her single mother as well. My biggest suggestion is not to let the title or cover ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Blurb From Goodreads

Cedar McLeod lives an ordinary but lonely life, raising her six-year-old daughter Eden on her own while trying to balance the demands of her career and the expectations of her mother. Everything seems normal until the day Eden opens her bedroom door and finds herself half a world away – and then goes missing. Suddenly, Cedar realizes her daughter is anything but normal.

In a desperate search for answers, Cedar tries to track down Eden’s father, who
For the sake of transparency, let me say up front that the author of Through the Door is my cousin. I hope that won't detract from my opinion in anyone's mind, though.

Because this story is incredibly good. As in "don't start reading it unless you have time to finish it in one sitting" good. I made the mistake of starting on my commute to work and almost missed my stop because I was immediately sucked in to the world Jodi has skillfully crafted. I then had to spend the rest of the day forcing mys
Joanna Marie
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-arr-r2r
First Encounter with the Celts: Through The Door by Jodi McIsaac Thanks to Netgalley and publishers for providing a free copy of this book for an honest review.There's mythology (Celtic), there's fantasy and there's mystery. I should have loved it. But even though the writing was good, and the pacing average, it didn't strike me much. The protagonist Cedar, for instance was again, like most of the protagonists, a love and hate. Love, because this character just acted nothing like a superhero aft ...more
3.5 stars

The story drew me in right away and I found I couldn’t put the book aside for long without wanting to know what was going to happen next. For a debut novel, I think the story-telling was very good and things were woven together nicely. I will definitely check out the second book in the near future.

The plot was unique, I think. I haven’t read many books that centered around Celtic myths, but most of those seem to revolve around other topics. This one was about the Tuatha Dé Danann (which
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-author, ebook
Through the Door is the first book in The Thin Veil series by Jodi McIsaac.

From Goodreads: “It’s been seven years since the love of Cedar McLeod’s life left with no forwarding address. All she has left of him are heart-wrenching memories of happier times and a beautiful six-year-old daughter, Eden. Then, one day, Eden opens her bedroom door and unwittingly creates a portal that leads to anywhere she imagines.

But they’re not the only ones who know of Eden’s gift, and soon the child mysteriously v

Perfect example of having an interesting premise but is poorly executed.

The writing was good but dull. I feel this author couldn’t write an exciting or emotional scene if she tried. I felt absolutely nothing for this story or the characters except for boredom.

Boredom is clicking through channels on a TV or checking the fridge constantly hoping something amazing will appear. That’s how this book was for me. I just kept turning pages on my kindle waiting and hoping for something to energ
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was simply wonderful - an excellent story, well-told.

Starting off the book is Cedar, a young artist. She is deliriously happy with her life, which she imagines she will share with Finn - the epitome of the perfect guy. Perfect, that is, until he disappears without a trace - apartment empty, phone disconnected, no sign of him anywhere - gone. Leaving poor Cedar alone and, you guessed it, pregnant.

Six years later, Cedar has devoted her life entirely to providing a good life for Eden, her
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Jodi McIsaac is the author of the Irish contemporary fantasy series The Thin Veil (47North) the thriller A Cure for Madness (Thomas & Mercer) and the Revolutionary series (47North).

She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada's east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of un

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