|The Undivided is the first in the
Rift Runners series. The story centres on an Ireland where Boudicea signed a treaty with
the Faeries to repel the Roman invasion. Two thousand years later, the treaty is still in
force, held by the Undivided, a succession of psychic twins, who channel the magic for the
Druids. Darragh and Ronan are the current Undivided; however, a traitor threw Ronan
through a rift into another reality, one where the Romans won and magic no longer exists.
If Darragh is not able to find his brother and bring him home, then both of them will die.
book is very powerfully written, with vivid and believable characters, both human and
Faerie. Whilst there is good and evil in the story, with humans fighting Faerie on one
hand, and the humans in the alternate realities fighting amongst themselves, nothing is
black and white, with both sympathetic and unpleasant characters one each side. The tale
itself is simple; the need for the brothers to reunite before a deadline, but there is
enough intrigue, politics and adventure to keep the pages turning. Some of the twists are
resolved a little too easily, not quite in a deus ex machina way, but certainly in an 'as
luck and the plot would have it' way, but this does not detract from the overall enjoyment
of the story. The ending is a cliffhanger, due to this being one of a series, and I am
definitely looking forward to reading the next book.