Review: The Forgotten Ones (Danaan, #1) by Laura Howard

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Review: The Forgotten Ones (Danaan, #1) by Laura HowardThe Forgotten Ones
Series: Danaan #1
Author: Laura Howard
Pages: 197 (Kindle)
Release Date: April 28, 2013
Source: Freebie
Purchase: AmazonTBD (affiliate link)

Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his fairy tale about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.

3 Stars

The Forgotten Ones was pretty good. It’s an interesting mix of Irish mythology and folklore, where the fae are the descendants of a goddess. It’s also New Adult, but it’s not a romance! In fact, Allison doesn’t have time for romance, nor the will to start up one despite her longtime crush on Ethan. She just wants to finish college, go to grad school, get  a good job, and take care of her mother, giving her grandparents a break. But then, a man who looks just like Allison shows up at her door asking for her mother. Allison instinctively knows that this is her father, the man who left her mother alone, pregnant, and in the beginning stages of schizophrenia.

Of course, Allison’s father is on the fae and explains that he can help her mother. At least because she disappears and is taken by some evil far. The plot of The Forgotten Ones is mainly focused on Allison trying to bring her mother back to the human realm with the help of her newly found father and some other fae. Ethan also gets tangled up in all of this as leverage. The fae in this series are not totally evil, although we are told that some practice dark magic and are bad. They more treat humans as playthings and don’t really care happens to them when they’re done. There are exceptions like Allison’s father though. For the most part I was more interested in the magic and world-building, since the plot was too easily resolved.

I did like the The Forgotten Ones. I found the Irish tales of the fae to be really engaging, and I liked learning about how they use their magic. I also liked how the story was focus on family rather than a romance. Allison clearly loves her mother, even though she’s never known her from before the sickness took over. She just wants to do what’s best for them, but now that the fae are in their lives, it may be more difficult.

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8 responses to “Review: The Forgotten Ones (Danaan, #1) by Laura Howard

    • Angie

      I like quick reads, too. I don’t know if I’ll continue this series. I like it well enough to be interested, but I think I’d only read the next one if it went on sale for free or I borrowed it.

  1. I read this one as well although I did enjoy it slightly less then you did. It’s been a while since I read it, but like you I did enjoy the folkore, but the story didn’t really captured my attention. Great review!

    • Angie

      The folklore was really great! I do wish the plot had been stronger though, since it did have a good base to work from.

  2. I’m glad you liked this one for the most part, Angie. I’m glad the worldbuilding is good – even if the plot wasn’t so much. I like Irish mythology/folklore too so that’s a plus. AND I happen to have this one on my kindle. 😉

  3. karen

    I came across this book/series by reading a review for the third book in the serIes. I was glad to come across your review. I doubt I would have given this story a second glance if it had not been for the reviews. I am interested in the Irish Mythology but is reading other people’s opinions that make this book onto my TBR list.

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