Conor Kelly and the Four Treasures of Eirean: A fantasy adventure

Ali Issacs’ Tir na Nog trilogy begins with this fast paced, breath-holding adventure.  The cover describes the hero, Conor Kelly as “Descended from gods/Raised by mortals/Friend of the Fae”, but a less likely hero you will never meet. This novel will have special appeal to the YA audience because Conor is a late teen, trapped in an unresponsive body.  He can not move or talk, but he can think, and his crafty thinking skills serve him well.

At the beginning of the story, Conor, alone in his wheelchair in a deserted hospital hallway meets up with Annalee, a Sidhe Princess who kidnaps him, transporting him to the Land of Tir na Nog, a land of Irish legend and myth and the home of the Sidhe, a benevolent fairy folk. Soon Conor has reason to wonder, Can Annalee be trusted? Is she friend or foe? and What does she expect of Conor?  Early on Conor discovers he is related to Lugh, god of lightening and has special powers.  His quest is nothing less than the restoration of the Four Treasures hidden away and also sought by Bres, a powerful and evil king.

The multi-stranded plot, many twists and turns, and cliffhangers at the end of almost every chapter keep the reader invested throughout to its conclusion.  This reader, for one, is looking forward to the second book in the trilogy.