"showed promise but tried to do too much at once"
Seamus Gallagher is the leader of the fairy force, a
specially trained group of male fairies who works on the
human side with the police force. Seamus's fairies are
from the Auckland fairy colony, and they keep their fairy-
ness hidden from humans. Seamus feels responsible for the
Auckland colony, because his father, the former Guardian
for the colony, ran off with much of the colony's money.
To replenish their coffers, Seamus feels that he must
marry a fairy from another colony, who has a large dowry.
Unfortunately, he can't get Aislynn, his best friend's
younger sister, off his mind.
Aislynn, who is young and impulsive, wants to join the all-
male fairy force. This brings her in conflict with her
family, who are negotiating a betrothal for her. Aislynn
has always loved Seamus but thinks he considers her a
little sister. To add to poor Seamus's headaches, one of
his human friends has been killed, while investigating a
smuggling operation for endangered species.
AISLYNN was a book that showed promise but tried to do too
much at once. I find that I, still, have questions about
the world depicted in AISLYNN. Many of my questions were
answered during later segments in the book, but the world
is still rather hazy to me. For example, I wonder why the
fairies are working incognito with the police. There
seemed to be too many plot threads in the air at one
time. However, toward the end, the plot focused on the
smuggling aspect and grabbed my attention very well.
AISLYNN, also, had some amusing sequences, that enhanced
my enjoyment of the book. All in all, AISLYNN was a nice
read, which could have used more world-building and a more
focused plot throughout.
Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted November 11, 2006
Rebel fairy, Aislyn O’Sullivan desires two things from life--Seamus Gallagher and a place on the fairy force. Seamus treats her like an irritating kid sister so Aislyn sets her sights on the fairy force. She wants to join the elite--all male--force that integrates with the New Zealand police to battle crime on the human side, something no female fairy has ever attempted.
Seamus Gallagher is a man with secrets--big secrets that would draw public attention if they became known.
He’s not about to let that happen, but the annoying, irritating, and utterly delectable Aislyn keeps getting in his way, upsetting his plans for the future and shaking his world until he doesn’t know up from down.