The time has come. Allison's quest to save her mother from Aoife's wicked enchantment will test everything she believes in. Who is trustworthy in the land of the Fair Folk, the Tuatha de Danaan? It's up to Allison, along with her ragtag host of allies, to unravel the truth.
Journey along and discover the power of love and duty as Allison faces the most difficult trial of her life.
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.
A Place Beyond is book three in The Danaan Trilogy by Laura Howard. I think this was my favorite book of the trilogy. I love the growth of the main characters. Allison has come so far.
Aoife is the youngest sister of the royal family of the land of fair folk, Tir na n’Og. The King and Queen are preparing to step down and their older daughter, Niamh will be taking over as Queen. Aoife is not happy with this arrangement and will go to any lengths to become Queen herself. Many have died in her quest and she now has kidnapped Allison’s father, Liam.
Allison has really embraced who she is now. Her relationship with her father has strengthened. Her relationship with the love of her life, Ethan, is flourishing. But everything, all their futures, everyone’s happiness depends upon defeating Aoife. And the majority of the responsibility falls on Allison’s shoulders.
“The burden of what I must do heavier than I thought I could bear, so many lives were in my hands and it settled like a lead cannon in my stomach.”
Allison and her family suffer a huge loss at the same time to add to the burden she is carrying. Ethan, though, stays by her side through it all. Her rock of support. I was so happy these two finally admitted their feelings to one another. They are just so darn awesome together.
So again, Allison and Ethan travel back and forth between the human world and the magical land of Tir na n’Og. Whose side is the King and Queen really on? Will they truly help to capture their own younger daughter to end her evil quest? Or will they protect her? Will Allison ever be able to break the twenty year long curse on her mother? Will she be able to save Liam? There are so many things going on but Allison keeps her head and handles it all.
This was a fantastic, fast paced, sweet conclusion to this trilogy. I have really enjoyed it and look forward to see what Laura Howard comes up with next.
Omg omg omg omg she did it again. This story is amazing and I still love the characters... they just keep sucking me into their lives and who they are. They make me want to know more and know what is happening. I felt with them, their love, pain and everything in between. I loved the plot of this one also..it is just simply an amazing story and I cannot wait to see what else Laura Howard has in her mind!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
The much awaited third book with the climax of the fight of her life!! Allison has laid everything on the line and is trying to fight for her mom, her dad, Ethan, and the rest of the Danaan people. She has sacrificed so much for this fight and to become the person that everyone thinks that she is. So many things have gone wrong and she's lost so much but can she do it?
This was such a great conclusion to the trilogy. It was emotional and had some curve balls thrown in that I didn't expect. I really hope that Laura writes some more about the Danaan and Allison. It would be kind of cool to see a prequel of this series or possibly one for in the future, maybe with Allison's children. I'm going to miss these characters and the world of the Danaan. It's such a magical place and the characters are likable and fun. 5 stars.
WARNING: If you have not read the previous books in this series, there will be unavoidable spoilers in this review...Proceed at your own risk...
A Place Beyond by Laura Howard is the conclusion to her series the Danaan Trilogy and picks up shortly after the end of book two. Allison is lost, her father is dead, her mother can never be cured, and her grandfather is sick. The only light she has is that she is not in this alone. She has Ethan, who loves her. She supposedly has the Fair Folk, but who of them can she truly trust? Someone let Aoife out...who? And are they really on her side? Can she defeat Aoife and save her family before it is too late?
Allison is one of my favorite characters and let me tell you why. She is strong when she doesn't think she is. She's caring when she'd rather not be. She loves with all her being even when she's afraid of getting hurt. Her progression throughout this series has been from an independent young woman who is distrustful of new people to a young woman who realizes it's okay to depend on someone and let others take care of you. It's an important step in her character's life and one that many of us need to learn.
Ethan is incredibly sweet, loving, and not the jock that started out in this series. He cares for Allison and will not leave her. It's this dedication to her despite all the oddness that surrounds her that I love. He tells her he will never leave her and she better not ever leave him. :::swoon:::
The Danaan have gotten more and more mysterious as the series goes on and I'm here to tell you that does not change! Allison is questioning every thing she's been told about them and everything she herself has witnessed. Ultimately she must decide who is trustworthy and make a plan.
There's really not much I can say about the plot without revealing major spoilers. So I'm intentionally going to be vague...sorry not sorry ;) The main plot of this story is catching and defeating Aoife. It's been the theme for the series but as this is the last book it is the heart of the story. Aoife is responsible for so much death and destruction that the Danaan have sided with Allison to defeat her once and for all.
However in a really sick twist of fate, Aoife blackmails Allison to spy on the Danaan for her. Not knowing what to do she follows along with Aoife's plan, sick at what she is doing to her friends and feeling a bit distrustful as Aoife's confessions ring true.
The plot has many twists and turns and Allison finds herself in danger more than once. A devastating death (which I found totally unnecessary Mrs. Howard) brings Allison's character to her lowest point and the reader as well ;)
Overall the series as a whole is great! This final installment does a wonderful job of answering all questions and giving the characters their HEA. However I'll admit to being a tad disappointed. It felt rushed in spots and the story itself could've been drawn out with more detail. But that is my own criticism, not wanting the series to end! If you enjoy urban fantasy, fairy stories, and have enjoyed the series thus far, I highly suggest you finish with this one.
Once again, Laura Howard wrote a story where the pages zipped by leaving you surprised you were already at the end. Allison's struggles mount as she seeks a way to protect those she loves while being forced into a harrowing decision that leaves her miserable. Her relationship with Ethan continues to evolve as he acknowledges feelings for her and promises not o leave her side. Loss, heartache, turmoil, heartache … all of it culminate in an ending that is not what you'd expect but satisfying and heart-warming.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Laura writes in the future! Until then, this conclusion was exactly as it should be!
Well the climax was a disappointment. As I mentioned before, the plot itself wasn't bad, the execution however needed work. Not sure if this was suppose to be a YA novel, I hope it was because it read like one.
The chemistry between the main character and Ethan was blah, then things were done in the fey world that just didn't sit well with me. It just wasn't realistic at all. I kept reading just to see how it would all end.
I fully enjoyed the last few months of reading the first two books in the Danaan trilogy – The Forgotten Ones and Stone of Destiny. After reading the second book, I was extremely excited to read the final book in the trilogy just to see what Laura Howard had in mind for some of my favorite characters of the summer – emphasis on some – because I was hoping for something huge, spectacular, and out of this world. Of course, I have high expectations for the last books of a series. You guys are special (read: reallyyyy special)!
Oh, and The Forgotten Ones did land in one of my best reads of 2014.
Sadly, A Place Beyond suffered a little bit of what I call "Last Book Syndrome," in which compared to the prior books, the last book didn't exceed my expectations. Let me repeat: The last books are special. Simply because most of the time, I rarely get to the last book of the series, reason or no reason.
There are probably a few reasons why Laura Howard's ending to her debut series didn't exactly meet up to my expectations:
First, I feel as though A Place Beyond is questioning all of the Danaans' loyalties and where it lies – are the characters on the same side, or are the characters puppets and there's a puppeteer behind the scenes (aside from the author, who actually created the world) playing all the characters? It seems to particularly question royalty, especially Saoirse.
Second, the ENDING (aka final battle). Third, the villain. I'm putting both reasons together – in a way – because they go interchangeably.
If anything, I find the ending pretty important. It's the final battle! Who shall prevail?!?!?! All fans are sitting at the edge of their seats, flipping the pages, waiting to see what the author would throw at them next, anticipating the next move. Drama! Hooray! We all love drama in a way.
But in A Place Beyond, the villain gives up. Typical "NOOOOO." Roar.
The villain agrees to break the curse she had on Allison's mother and father – it's been there since The Forgotten Ones. There doesn't seem to be a bit of a fight. Again, I point to the villain giving up. It's like Aoife readily agreed – if she was going to give up, why even bother in the first place? Or maybe I'm just one of those weirdos who think you should go down fighting. It's funny, honestly. I have this tendency to ask for a draw sometimes in a chess match at a tournament, but I choose not to in the end.
Which is precisely why I'm probably currently one of the worst chess players in my state (I'm not the competitive type – competitive hardly goes well). And I honestly don't care too much because I'm too busy being scholarly to study chess. School, work and books are my priorities. Obviously, blogging is part of it.
But I repeat (for like the third time): the villain basically gives up. I would have loved to see her trapped in a fey globe again if you ask me – are there stronger ones out there? After making Aoife break the geis first, of course.
Oh, and Aoife's so nonchalant about sacrificing herself. It's total irony, guys. Just complete irony. Now that I think about it, the villain is so bad, it's good. Not to be so critical or anything – I'm absolutely peachy.
But hey, I still enjoyed A Place Beyond while it lasted. That's all that matters, right? No, A Place Beyond wasn't a great end to a trilogy, but it was a happy read (read: Ever After by Chloe Miles is just one of those happy reads I'm talking about). A quick read that gave me a break from the essays and projects I had earlier this month (yeah, yeah. I have more things to worry about in December. 8th graders, stop complaining so much. I worry about your future in three years). And really, I needed a good, quick read. ------------------- Review copy provided by the author for the blog tour Original Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Original Review posted at Bookwyrming Thoughts
Ah. The conclusion to the Danaan Trilogy, A Place Beyond by Laura Howard was a great period to a long and suspenseful sentence.
Allison finds out that Liam, her father, is not dead as she'd thought, but imprisoned by Aoife... ill and getting worse every moment. His condition, unfortunately, is in direct connection with her mother's who, like Liam, is not feeling well.
Aoife puts a curse on Allison in an effort to derail Niamh and Aodhan's relationship and to ensure the rule of Tir na n'Og once her own parents have moved on. Meanwhile, things in the human world are falling apart for Allison. All except for Ethan. She has to make the decision to lie and manipulate and trick her friends, or lose her mom and her dad for good.
I can't say too much about this story, being that it is still relatively new and I don't want to spoil it for anyone. What I will say is that it is super fast paced and fantastic. I love the relationship between Allison and Ethan, how he knows he's not really enough to protect her against her paranormal foes, but he would die trying anyway. I hate that she has to keep lying to her friends and family but completely understand her need for doing so. Even in as difficult a time as they face in this story.
Aoife is as hateful as ever in this installment and proves that she will literally stop at nothing to win the right to rule... even if it means dozens more die in the process. She seems to care for nothing and no one and plows through the lives of those she deems lesser than her.
One of my favorite characters is Allison's grandmother. Despite the hardship she's been through, and having to deal with Allison's constant disappearing, she is still super supportive of Allison. She's sweet and kind and caring and even with everything going on around her she still wants to try and help Allison have as normal a life as possible. And she accepts all of Allison's excuses without getting angry at her or demanding too much of an explanation.
Well, the roller coaster ride is over. It's time to get out of the car. A Place Beyond was the final loop in the track and was well worth the wait to get to it. Once I finally got a chance to sit down and really get in to the story it moved along quite quickly, not really giving you a chance to relax and take a breath before moving on in to another exciting bit of the book.
It's kind of sad that it's over. I enjoyed the series immensely. Irish lore has always intrigued me and with this story it was like it had come to life in front of my eyes. I enjoyed watching Allison mature and grow. I enjoyed watching her and Ethan grow together. It was nice to see her "friends" become real and true companions. And... well, I can't say much more.
If you haven't read the series, I highly recommend it. Start with The Forgotten Ones and just jump right in. It's a magical world and the descriptions are amazing along with the characters. It's a fun read and an exciting one as well. You won't regret it!
Allison still can't believe what happened to her father when they went to fight Aoife. What Allison doesn't know is that the fight isn't over, and this time it means succumbing to Aoife and not helping her mother,or beating her. For good.
I'll tell you why it took me a while to get to this book: I just didn't want the series to end! It was SO good! The Irish mythology with the fairies and magic, the wonderful world and amazing characters, and my favorite, the ROMANCE! The sexual tension between Allison and Ethan was insane, and I just kept wanting more! Ethan was just so sweet and protective and yeah, a little cocky, but he was so swoon-worthy you just can't help but love him and ship him and Allison. *sigh* I'm going to miss him :(
I thought the ending to this series was pretty satisfactory. I will admit though, the final showdown against Aoife was rather anticlimactic, for my taste =/ Instead of the epic, magical battle I was expecting, words were spoken and things just kinda got... Fixed. I didn't think Aoife would've given in so easily, considering the evil villainess she's been this whole time, but I suppose it was for the best.
But don't get me wrong! Although I was expecting more out of the ending, I absolutely loved the series and how nicely it wrapped up, especially with Allison's mom! It was really great and it's a series I highly recommend!
I received a copy of each of the three books in exchange for an honest review.
I read all three instalments of The Danaan Trilogy back-to-back and so there review was originally posted as part of a series review over on the blog but here I've posted them individually..
A Place Beyond - As the final book in the Danaan series A Place Beyond has the responsibility of having to hold and wrap up the entire series. Overall I felt as though Howard does a good job concluding the series and answering some lingering questions.
I finally felt as though I had managed to get to grips with the character names and who does what. The pacing is quick and a lot happens in fairly short period of time.
Aoife is still being, well Aoife. She's desperate and destructive which makes for a very dangerous situation. I really liked Niamh in this book and felt like I understood her motivations a lot more.
Allison and Ethan have reached the point of admitting everything or going their separate ways. I kept thinking to myself why doesn't she just take the chance? They have a big task ahead of them if they're going to save everybody and find a HEA. There are a couple of really sad moments that I wasn't expecting, but I liked how the story ended. Certain parts are bittersweet, yet charming.
A Place Beyond is the final book in the Danaan Trilogy. This book picks up immediately where the last book left off. Aoife is still up to her old tricks. She's very unhappy with the fact that her sister is set to be ruler of their land. Nothing can stop her from getting what she wants...Allison on the other hand is lost. Her father is dead and her mother will never be cured. Now her grandfather is sick. Aoife will have one more trick up her sleeve and that will have Allison questioning everything she believes in and wondering who she can really trust........
Honestly, I want to keep this review as spoiler free as possible. So, I'm just going to say this: this series has been a fantastic journey. A Place Beyond was fast paced and gave me everything I wanted from this series. There was romance, heartbreak, loss, action and wonderful fantasy elements. I loved the twists and turns and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. The characters have grown so much. I was so happy to see how far Allison has come since The Forgotten Ones. And Ethan...Man, he is just amazing. As sad as I am that this is the end of Allison and Ethan's story, I will say this, Laura Howard gave us a very satisfying ending. Fans of this series will definitely not be disappointed. I can't wait to see what adventures Laura Howard will take us on next!
I love trilogies for the fact that we, the readers, really get to know the characters in the story. I felt like Allison and Ethan became my friends and I truly cared about what happened to them. A Place Beyond was the perfect ending to this great trilogy!
'So many lives in my hands and it settled like a lead cannon in my stomach.'
Allsion has to do the unthinkable in order to save her mother and father. She's not sure she can do it but she has no choice. She is on her own and she has to make it happen.
'Now I was under Aoife's control and as much as I tried, I couldn't think of a way to get out of it without causing more death and suffering.'
She really is a strong main character and she is surrounded by a lot of caring friends and family who see her through the tough times.
'You are stronger than many women of the Tuatha de Danaan could ever hope to be. You just don't see yourself clearly.'
I am really glad that I was able to take this journey with Allison and was able to learn about this world that she is thrown into. I admire authors who can create other worlds in their imaginations for us to experience. I love this world that Laura has created and am excited to where she takes us next.
I am just reeling at this epic conclusion to The Danaan Trilogy! A Place Beyond was a topsy-turvy journey between two worlds as Allison struggles and fights to save those she loves. Of course, it is important to read this trilogy from the beginning since The Forgotten Ones and Stone of Destiny (book 1 & 2, respectively) sets up the entire setting for this dramatic conclusion. I mean seriously, I was brought to tears in some seriously emotional parts!
This epic and dramatic end of an amazing trilogy was filled with action, adventure, twists, and an emotional turn that will have you reeling with mixed up feels. Being that of a fairytale nature, of course, it did have that happy ending...but, it was also bittersweet.
Laura Howard delivered an amazing faery story that was filled with wonderful characters that expressed a great deal of emotional conflict, even when it was hidden. It will definitely tear your heart up.
Allison’s tale of the Danaan comes to an end with the third book in this series. The tale began with a sudden appearance of her long lost father. She had always thought he had just left her mom pregnant and broken hearted, but his arrival brought light onto the real reason he left. Poor Allison had to deal with a new found father, half sister and her father’s scorned ex lover that is doing everything in her power to keep her mother and father apart. Now it’s up to her and some new friends to stop Aiofe from destroying her family. This is a fantastically thrilling series filled with magic, tragedy, and the sweetest love stories. I enjoyed losing myself in the world of the Danaan and in Allison’s quest to save her parents. It was so bittersweet to see the series end, but it wasn’t without it’s bright spots. If you’re looking for an escape, I highly recommend this series. I give A Place Beyond 4.5 stars!
I am reviewing this trilogy as a whole because I buzzed through it all at once without being able to stop! That right there tells you how amazing it is! I was addicted from the first chapter. I have a huge fascination with anything concerning Irish so the Tuatha de Danaan immediately intrigued me. Allison is such a kind and loving person, she would do anything to take care of her mother. And then there's dreamy, sexy Ethan. He's always been part of her life and she can't imagine being without him. But they both seem to have a little trouble expressing how they feel about each other at first. It always takes a bit of magic and danger to make you realize how much you care! There's plenty of danger once Aoife comes on the scene. She's completely evil and will do anything in her power to destroy Allison's family. Despite all the evil, I would still love to be a part of the world of the Tuathe de Danaan! This will be a series that I will read over and over! I absolutely loved it!
This book has sat on my kindle since shortly after its release date, so why has it taken me so long to get round to reading it? I hear you ask... quite simply because I just wasn't ready to finish up this trilogy. The writing style that drew me in so completely with the first two books was so very present in A Place Beyond, and once again Howard wowed me with her descriptive text that truly makes you feel as though you are right there on the page with Allison and her friends.
I was a little disappointed with the big confrontation with Aoife, I'm not sure exactly what I imagined I just know those expectations weren't entirely fulfilled. It really did feel too easy. However, we did have some real resolutions with some of the other matters that we had going on. And while I kinda saw the ending coming, I loved it anyway.
I read this in August, just before I was going on a trip to Ireland and it really got me in the mood for my trip to the very lush green island! This story is about fairy's and the mystical world that lives along side our reality. Sort of a "Harry Potter" of sorts. This first book takes us to the reality of fairies with the heroine finding out that her dad is one. The second book deals with more of the injustices that have occurred and what they can do about it. And finally the third book is the battle of sorts to put things to rights. A wonderfully enchanting story, very entertains and well worth reading.
This book is really good. I have loved first two books and this one was even better. This month I have been lucky enough to read some of the best fantasy books including this one. I loved the whole story and the way characters are developed. Also I loved the way writer has portrayed emotions and feelings, readers can't help but feel all of them along with the main characters of the book. Its true that fantasy is my preffered genre but even if it weren't i'm sure I'd still have loved these books. All three books have been good and I very much enjoyed reading them.
I could not possibly be more thrilled with the way Laura Howard ended the Danaan Trilogy with A Place Beyond. This entire trilogy was so full of angst and suspense, I had difficulty envisioning the HEA. This book 3 was done so well, that the transition between evil mystery and everlasting love was seamless (and flawless). Howard has an incredible ability to draw me in and not let go. Very well done, indeed. I will miss these characters.
A Place Beyond was a great ending to a great trilogy. Once again I was sucked into Allison's story from page one. Laura's writing made me feel so many emotions through this story. I was feeling the character's sadness, love and everything between. Over all I was so happy to see Allison get her happy ending she really deserved it.
This is the final book in the series. We start where book 2 ends. Allison is coming into her own and is fighting with all she has to make it right. This last book was full of action and emotions. You almost find yourself feeling sorry for some of the bad guys. I was happy to see how it all turned out for Allison and her loved ones but sad to see it all end.
This was a great ending to a great series. A place beyond is a quick easy read that starts off right where the last book ended. The Danaan trilogy is a must read and I look forward to reading future books from Laura Howard.
I absolutely loved this series. This final book was amazing and my favorite of the 3...don't get me wrong they were all great. I loved seeing how everything came together. Allison and Eathan's relationship is growing...YAY! Also so glad to see more of Niamh and Aodhan. Great job Laura.
A fitting conclusion to the Danaan trilogy, this story burrowed into my heart from the beginning. There are so many changes in some of the characters, and Allison and Ethan have to fight through difficult odds to get to their happily ever after, with the two of them trying to figure out who they can and cannot trust. But everything is not as it seems. Sometimes evil can be overcome, and sometimes the best plans can backfire. Who really survives in the end? And will Allison be able to save even those she hadn't planned on saving?
Laura Howard has a gift for story telling and kept me looking toward the next page as each one passed. I became attached to her characters, invested in their relationships. And at the end, she surprised even me. I only hope she continues to write, because I find it hard to believe this is the only adventure she has in her imagination. I'm looking forward to seeing what she brings us next.