Thread of a Spider by D.L. Gardner
Narrator: Lee Brophy
Published by Self Published / Indie on 19 September 2017
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction
Source: Author, Submitted
Following an ambush at the Upton Rail Station in 1921 Ireland, British troops burn Ailis' home to the ground and arrest her fiancé, Liam, for murder. She and her younger brother Paddy flee to an enchanted glen. Lured by a haunting song, Paddy is abducted by forest folk. Perilous obstacles and a questionable stranger hinder Ailis' attempts to find her brother or free her fiancé, until her only hope for survival rests on the magic of the fae.
©2017 D.L. Gardner (P)2017 D.L. Gardner
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Thread of a Spider is a beautiful, haunting tale. Set in the 1920s in Ireland, it mostly reads as a historical fiction yet there are these fantastical elements with the faeries and their magic. Tensions are high between the Irish and English as Ireland struggles to become completely autonomous from England.
Ailis Kilpatrick is a compelling character that captured my attention from the beginning and held it all the way through the story. Her family’s home has been burned to the ground by the English and her fiance Liam arrested. Meanwhile, her younger brother Paddy is missing. She’s torn about what to do and up pops Garett who has ideas about what should be done. There’s also Danny, Liam’s good friend, who is trying to keep Ailis out of the worst of the trouble even as Garett pulls her into it.
Paddy’s adventure with the Wee Folk was fun. Periwinkle, the grand dame of the faeries, has her own brand of wisdom to impart on the humans. Paddy wants them to join in the Irish resistance but Perriwinkle and her people don’t want to be part of such violence. And yet they seek Paddy’s help with their own confrontation with the pixies. I really liked that both the humans and the faeries had something to learn from each other by the end of the story.
While there’s no sex and much of the violence is implied, people still die. I appreciate that the author kept things real, giving the story weight. Ailis was no shrinking violet, holding her own among the men, knowing how to use a Webley, ride a horse, and much more. Perriwinkle not only contributed her wisdom but also her magical healing abilities. All around, an enchanting tale. 5/5 stars.
The Narration: Lee Brophy was a joy to listen to. He had such an engaging voice, one that I could listen to for hours at a time. He performed a light Irish accent throughout the story. He even sang Perriwinkle’s song, which was haunting. There was a little bit of Gaelic, which sounded good to my untutored ear. I did notice that Brophy gave the word ‘breathed’ 2 syllables instead of the usual single syllable but it was done so smoothly that I suspect that’s how the Irish pronounce it (but I could be wrong). Brophy had great voices for Ailis, ancient Perriwinkle, and young Paddy. There were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars