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The white horse trick
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2010
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  Booklist Review

This complex fantasy, which follows The New Policeman (2007) and The Last of the High Kings (2008), offers readers a taste of genre-blending that is both challenging and successful. Jenny is either 16 (in fairy terms) or quite an elderly woman (in mortal Irish terms). The fantasy world, where time has stopped, is presented as nearly feudal, while Ireland has moved into a future where such contemporary trappings as DVDs are now passé. That is because the ploddy world as the fairies call the one we mortals know as our own was ruined generations back by ecoviolence of the sort young teens will already recognize as a potential real disaster. Readers with some familiarity with Irish lore will have the most immediate success unwinding the complexities of familial lines and political allegiances in the fairy world. The conclusion surprises, however, as Thompson delivers a delightful twist that turns the tale into a riff on the biblical creation story. Copious drinking and some use of tobacco are in keeping with the characters and their diverse and diverting times.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

The Last of the High Kings, 2008, etc.) lives up to the highest expectations and brings back familiar friends from both worlds, from Aengus, the Dagda and the puka to Jenny, J.J. and Mikey. The tale begins in a dystopian future, when climate change has wreaked havoc. The raging weather has fundamentally changed society, and communities exist as virtual islands in medieval conditions. Donal Liddy thinks he has a solution, but power players in both worlds are more intent on satisfying personal goals than looking after the good of all. Jenny and J.J. grasp onto the "white horse trick" as a possible creative solution to their difficulties. The humor in the telling, the high stakes and the absolute adherence to the rules of the world previously revealed keeps the suspense level in the stratosphere. As one character after another acts with complete, independent consistency, never bending to the demands of the plot, the author's prowess is increasingly evident. Fast-paced, masterful and wholly satisfying. (Fantasy. 12 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>The world is drowning.</p> <p>Freak storms and devastating hurricanes sweep across the countryside. No one has enough food or firewood--electricity is an option only for the tyrannical Commander--and then the Commander begins stealing young children away. Pup's little brother is one of the missing.</p> <p>Determined to save his brother, Pup confronts the Commander and finds himself "volunteered" for a special force. One that will slip through the barriers of time into a land where the sun never sets . . . just as another boy from Kinvara did long ago. With the future of both realms at stake, the fairies and humans must take drastic measures to stop the destruction. But not everyone wants the human race to survive. . . .</p> <p>The thrilling conclusion to the story that began in the acclaimed The New Policeman.</p>
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