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[Kate Thompson] ì The Last of the High Kings [college PDF] Read Online ð This is a sequel to The New Policeman, which has long been a favourite of mine This has or less the same setting, some of the same characters, and manages to capture the same feeling, and although it didn t quite hit the spot for me in the same way as TNP There is one particular element in the story which I find jarring, and it s mainly this that knocks my rating down to only just 4 Otherwise, it s a very enjoyable read and I d recommend it.
JJ Has Grown Up And Has A Family Of His Own He S Married To Aisling And Has Four Children Hazel, Jenny, Donal And Little Aidan All His Children Are Special In Their Own Way But Jenny Has Always Lived By Her Own Rules She Forgets To Go To School A Lot, Doesn T Like Wearing Shoes And Spends A Lot Of Time On The Stone Beacon On The Mountainside, Talking To The Ghost Who Guards It And The Puca The Big, White Goat Who Is Also Something Else EntirelyThe Ghost Is Jenny S Friend He Loves People And The Knowledge That He Has Kept Humanity Safe By Guarding The Beacon For Thousands Of Years, Makes Him Proud, Even Though He Knows That People Have Forgotten About Him But The Puca Has A Plan He Wants Jenny To Persuade The Ghost That He Doesn T Need To Guard The Beacon Any Because Then The Pucas Will Be Able To Return The World To What It Was Before Humans Upset The Harmony Of Things It Looks As Though That Is What Will Happen, But Old Mikey Cullan, Who Is Also The Last of the High Kings Of Ireland, Has A Plan Of His OwnAnd JJ And Aisling Have Something That They Must Tell Jenny, Something That Will Explain A Lot Of Things And Give Jenny A Choice To Make A Choice Between The World Of Humans, The Only World She Has Known, Or The World Of Tir Na N Og, The Land Of Eternal Youth And It S Only After JJ Takes Jenny And Donal To Tir Na N Og That She Can Decide Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.
comThe ghost of a young boy guards a pile of stones on the top of a mountain in the Irish countryside, and the only person who has spoken with him in the last three thousand years is Jenny The daughter of J.
J Liddy, who traveled to the timeless world of T ir na n Og when he was a young man, Jenny feels dreadfully out of place in the human world, preferring to roam the rocky fields of the Burren barefoot and converse with the P ka than go to school The P ka, a spirit disguised as a white goat, understands, and teaches her many things that she would never learn in school, such as how to read the winds of change The Liddys have long accepted that this is what Jenny was like, but only J.
J and his wife, Aisling, know why that is J.
J has been waiting for years for a deal he made in T ir na n Og to come to fruition, and his patience is wearing thin Once he decides to put his plan into action, he finds that there are many factors that he did not consider, or even understand The ghost, the P ka, and even Jenny have a major part to play in what could very well be the unmaking of the human world As Jenny learns of her own significance, she must work out a plan of her own to save the people that she has grown to love Although I did not read the prequel to this book, THE NEW POLICEMAN, I found this story very easy to follow, with only a minimal feeling of perhaps having enjoyed it had I read the first book That factor grew very unimportant as the story drew me in with its mystery and mythology.
Genre Teen Fantasy This is a sequel to Thompson s The New Policeman and follows the family of J.
J Liddy as they experience Irish folklore adventures There were elements that I really enjoyed in this book The ghost that guards the hill and what he guards and why was a wonderful story element that would have earned 4 stars from me I also enjoyed many of the characters, such as Jenny, the puka, Donal, and Mikey I like Thompson s writing style and she is very good at meshing reality with folklore But there were details of the storyline that really detracted my attention away from these elements The distraction was great enough that I just couldn t give this book higher than 2 1 2 stars What I say next will contain spoilers, so stop now if you don t want to know First, I cannot imagine J.
J being so willing to make his deal to exchange their baby daughter with the fairy folk, even wanting that violin wood so much I don t care that it was his grandfather he was working the deal with J.
J knows fairies and how flighty and distractable they can be And even though he has fairy blood running in his veins, he has shown that he is thoughtful and steady than that At least he was in the past No responsible father would give away his child for 16 years to rear a changling I can imagine his being willing to rear the changling, but not to give away his own daughter to do it And what about Aisling Even if he were willing to make a deal, no mother in her right mind would agree to it, either So there is the rub Either you believe that reasonable people would act this way, or J.
J and Aisling are both out of their minds I lean toward the they are out of their minds theory, and as such, I have a hard time really immersing myself in their part of this story I can t imagine that J.
J wouldn t have thought of the consequences the subsequent aging of his baby before hand, unless he was so intoxicated by the thought of that wood that he was willing to sacrifice his family like a crack addict would once again, making it hard to relate to his character Second, I really couldn t believe the way that J.
J and Aisling were going to get their baby back without the neighbors authorities getting suspicious They devised a plan where their teenage daughter would FAKE a pregnancy, so it would appear that they were rearing her baby Once again, I seriously question whether rational and stable parents would act this way What about the emotional and mental consequences for Hazel , their teenage daughter What if the boy that she broke up with decides that he is the father and he wants visitation What if they never had relations in the first place and yet were going steady What would that do to her reputation Do these people even think And am I truly supposed to believe that they can really lose the changling daughter that everyone believes is theirs without serious social consequences Maybe the system works different in Ireland, but here in the USA you would be thoroughly investigated by authorities and risk losing your other children since you obviously didn t take very good care of the one that is now missing There were enough of these holes in logical thought and a subsequent disconnect with actions consequences that I really couldn t give the remainder of the story a higher mark I tried to get past them so that I could really enjoy the other elements, but in the end I just couldn t manage it.
This is a sequel to The New Policeman, which has long been a favourite of mine This has or less the same setting, some of the same characters, and manages to capture the same feeling, and although it didn t quite hit the spot for me in the same way as TNP There is one particular element in the story which I find jarring, and it s mainly this that knocks my rating down to only just 4 Otherwise, it s a very enjoyable read and I d recommend it.
I have not read the New Policeman in years but I still felt fully immersed in this story an Irish tale with lots of bits of folklore and a plot that really keeps you interested I loved all the characters in this small town and the crazy things that happened.
I have not read the New Policeman in years but I still felt fully immersed in this story an Irish tale with lots of bits of folklore and a plot that really keeps you interested I loved all the characters in this small town and the crazy things that happened.
The Last of the High Kings 2007 is Kate Thompson s sequel to her wonderful debut novel The New Policeman 2005 Some time has passed since J.
J was last seen visiting Tir na n Og to discover where all the time was going In fact, quite a bit of time has passed J.
J is now grown with a wife and children of his own At first, this time lapse was a jolt as was the changed tone between this book and its predecessor there was something inherently Irish sounding in the narrative of The New Policeman that was lacking in Thompson s new book At least, I thought it was Upon re reading it became apparent that the Irish ness was equally present in both novels.
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J and his wife Aisling have made a fine home on the Liddy family farm even though J.
J s music career keeps him too busy for any actual farming The Liddy children, teen Hazel, eleven year old Jenny, nine year old Donal, and the destructive two year old Aiden also keep their parents busy Jenny is particularly difficult to reign in with her willful nature and predilection for skipping school to wander the fields with a mysterious white goat.
Although at the core of the story, none of that is where the story starts Instead the story begins with a young man, now many, many years dead, waiting on a hill of stones to learn where his future lies Years later, on that same beacon, a ghost stands guard over the hillside for reasons long forgotten Throughout the novel this ghost s fate will intertwine with those of the Liddys in unexpected ways that will change the family forever.
The Last of the High Kings, as the name might suggest, integrates a lot of Irish lore into its plot Fairies, pukas, and of course ghosts, all play important parts in the story These magical elements work in strange contrast with the commentary on global warming and other man made maladies that run beneath the surface of the storyline.
In terms of plot, The Last of the High Kings was not always as enchanting as The New Policeman, partly because readers will already know all about Tir na n Og and Aengus Og but also because this book had to tread different ground and, at times, made J.
J much less clever than readers of the first book will remember These problems became less bothersome as the plot moved forward and the story began to move along quite nicely by the halfway point.
The characters found within these pages really are just as charming as those found in The New Policeman Written in the third person, the narrative follows many characters points of view At first this might make the book seem scattered, but it gets easier as the characters become familiar Donal, the quiet and introspective member of the Liddy clan, is a particularly delightful addition This technique also allows Thompson to look at the family as both individuals and a larger unit While The New Policeman was largely about the land of eternal youth and fairy lore, The Last of the High Kings is firmly grounded in this world dealing with fantastical elements but also especially with the Liddys reconnecting as a family This book will stand alone without its prequel, however to get the full picture it is really vital to read both titles.
This sequel to The New Policeman picks up the story with the next generation J.
J Liddy still lives on the Liddy farm, now married to Aisling with four children His daughter Jenny is a wild child who prefers to run barefoot through the farm and wild areas, spending time with her friends the puka and the ghost who guards the land from monsters Though the story is nominally centered on Jenny, like many classic British fantasies the focus is really on the entire family, including unlike in most classics the grown ups Jenny is not what she seems or, perhaps accurately, she is exactly what she seems but not what most people would suspect and neither is her friend the puka The puka is one of the original makers of the world and is none too pleased at the way humans have trashed it Though the happy ending the reader was hoping for does win the day, with some tricksy faery help, the reader is left thinking that the puka does have a point after all A solid engaging fantasy that hovers right on the edge between tween and teen as it really does focus exclusively on family relationships and the main character we follow is 11 but still touches on deeper environmental and ethical issues Luckily, fantasy readers tend to be willing to read back and forth across that tween teen edge than most readers who prefer characters their age or older Book Pairings The style of storytelling really reminded me of Susan Cooper s The Dark is Rising series Rick Riordan s Percy Jackson series would be a good match for readers who enjoy mythology in their fantasy.
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J Liddy, from the 1st in this series, is grown up and married with children His contact with Tir na n OG continues as he deals with his younger daughter Jenny s contact with a Puka, and a ghost guarding a stone beacon A bit less time in the fairy world in this novel but Irish magical musical history in the ploddie s world There s a slightly darker edge to this story than there is in the first because J.
J is dealing with adult issues now but still a fun read.
I don t know if it s just Thompson s writing style, but both of these books so far have been very enjoyable reads There s not a whole lot of action or plot, but the characters are lovable and the read is easy J.
J.
, Jenny, the ghost at the beacon, the puka, Donal Truly enjoyed thisNot my usual reading fare but the story was interesting if a bit chaotic at times I am happy to have this in my library and to recommend it to others.
Another story of the Liddy family of Ireland and their dealings with Tir Na Og I didn t think it was as good as the first book, but it was a quick read with some great moments.
Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for TeensReadToo.
comThe ghost of a young boy guards a pile of stones on the top of a mountain in the Irish countryside, and the only person who has spoken with him in the last three thousand years is Jenny The daughter of J.
J Liddy, who traveled to the timeless world of T ir na n Og when he was a young man, Jenny feels dreadfully out of place in the human world, preferring to roam the rocky fields of the Burren barefoot and converse with the P ka than go to school The P ka, a spirit disguised as a white goat, understands, and teaches her many things that she would never learn in school, such as how to read the winds of change The Liddys have long accepted that this is what Jenny was like, but only J.
J and his wife, Aisling, know why that is J.
J has been waiting for years for a deal he made in T ir na n Og to come to fruition, and his patience is wearing thin Once he decides to put his plan into action, he finds that there are many factors that he did not consider, or even understand The ghost, the P ka, and even Jenny have a major part to play in what could very well be the unmaking of the human world As Jenny learns of her own significance, she must work out a plan of her own to save the people that she has grown to love Although I did not read the prequel to this book, THE NEW POLICEMAN, I found this story very easy to follow, with only a minimal feeling of perhaps having enjoyed it had I read the first book That factor grew very unimportant as the story drew me in with its mystery and mythology.