Ashling Donoghue never dreamed moving to Ireland would rock her perception of reality and plunge her into a mystery that brings legend to life.
At seventeen, she’s never had a boyfriend, but she feels an immediate connection to Aengus Breasal, the son of the wealthy Irishman who’s invited her family to stay at his Killarney estate. For the first time in her life, a guy she likes seems attracted to her.
But Aengus is secretive, with good reason. He and his family are the Tuatha Dé Danann, ageless, mythical guardians adept at shifting between this reality and the magical dimension known as the Otherworld. Evil forces from that world threaten the Breasals, the Donoghues, and all of Ireland. Ashling must open her heart, face her fears, and embrace a destiny greater than she could ever have imagined.
You know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well it certainly applies to The Cauldron Stirred. When I saw the cover on Netgalley, it didn’t immediately appeal, it looked a bit boring. But since I had already read a book of Judith Sterling (Soul of the Wolf), I decided to request the arc.
And boy, was I glad to have had my hands on this one! Judith Sterling does an excellent job in creating a magical world with leprechauns, unicorns and mythical creatures. Ashling Donoghue always felt like she was destined to be something else. And when her mother and father are invited to study some old manuscripts in Ireland, she and her brothers and sister move to Ireland to the estate of the Breasals. The moment she arrives in Ireland, she feels like she is home. She really doesn’t understand why she feels that way and she certainly doesn’t understand why she is seeing Aengus in her dreams, even before she met him in real life.
Things get stranger, when Aengus seems to appear and disappear at different places. And Ashling can’t shake the feeling of being watched. However, with parents involved in the investigations of ghost sightings, she is not easily spooked.
Judith takes us into a world within our world, the Otherworld. Where ghosts and other creatures live right beside us. We learn why Aengus is appearing and disappearing and why he tries to stay away from Ashling. The strange fact that Ashling is learning to shift between the different worlds with very little difficulty and the new powers she seems to develop keep you guessing until the very end of the book. I can’t wait for the next part of this series!
Five out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc.
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Published: June 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥