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Review: Bury the Living by Jodi McIsaac

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Bury the Living by Jodi McIsaac 4.5/5

13900661_1238683009516447_231595185_nRebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.

When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. Here she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.

Thanks to 47North and Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Bury the Living is due for release on September 6th 2016.


A book about Irish history interwoven with folk lore/ fantasy. It has a feel of Outlander about it, and after sticking with the first few chapters, I found I couldn’t put it down.

After Nora’s IRA father and brother were murdered in the fight for a free Ireland in the 90’s. She joins the IRA at fifteen. The narrative jumps a span of about 10 years, where Nora is a humanitarian aid worker haunted by reoccuring dreams of a man begging for her help. After following clues from her dreams (No Spoilers), she is transported back to 1923, just after the Tan War, but just before the death of Liam Lynch that sees the Free State win over the Republicans.

I like Nora as a main character; strong, determined to make a difference, and hard-headed. Thomas Heaney, the man Nora is looking for in 1923, is similar to Nora in his connections to the mysterious. The clashes between him and Nora upon their first meetings add to the reader wanting a romance to blossom between them. Then, there is Pidge, I found her incredibly endearing, a little haphazard, but that only added to her charm. As  a sub-character, Pidge worked wonderfully.

I rated this book 4.5/5. I took the half away for the slightly confusing start to Nora’s time travel that took a little while for me to get into. Once, I did, the narrative progressed perfectly and was constantly captivating. I read 80% of the book in one evening. This book is set up to be a series and I will definitely be continuing Nora’s journey.

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