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Book Review: The Undivided by Jennifer Fallon

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[edit] A number of years ago I grabbed a hardcover Wolfblade from a bargain bin in Borders. I didn’t know of the author, but for $3 I was willing to give it a shot. Once I finally got around to reading it, I think I read the book in two sittings. Jennifer Fallon became one of my favorite authors and I began collecting her other works. Since she was published in Australia, not all of them were originally available in the Kindle US store. For a while I’d been hearing about this series, the Rift Runners, and wanting to give it a try. So when it finally became available I jumped at.

From the first moments I remembered why I enjoyed Fallon’s style so much. It reads so easily and pulls me along with first class storytelling. Rift Runners is an unusual series. The book takes place between two parallel versions of Earth–our Earth, and an Earth in which Rome failed to take Britain. This happened because the Druids in that world made an alliance with the Faeries, who gave them magic. Because the Druids won, magic remained in that world, and druidic society has persisted to modern times, with little technological advancements.

The druids are ruled by two psychically linked twins, one of which, Ren, was thrown through a rift to our world as a baby. Both his brother and his adversaries are searching for him, the former to return him to his Earth, and the latter to ensure he never finds his way back. The political atmosphere is a lot more complicated than that, of course, and I won’t spoil the details of the treaty between the druids and the Faeries. I will say, though, that the Faeries are unable to break the treaty, but use all their tricks to try to get the humans to violate it, so they can withdraw their magical powers from mankind.

It all sounds pretty weird, but, as usual, I found it really hard to put down.

I recommend it to fans of fantasy and Celtic mythology:

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