All sixteen-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and care for his beloved granny, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. Driven by a curse that demands more and more gold, he’s sure to get caught eventually.
When mysterious Lorcan Reilly arrives in town with his “niece,” Eve, Tommin believes the fellow wants to help him. Instead, Lorcan whisks him off to the underground realm of the Leprechauns, where, alongside Eve, he’s forced to prepare to become one of them.
As Lorcan’s plans for his “gold-children” are slowly revealed, Tommin and Eve plan their escape. But with Tommin’s humanity slipping away, the fate-crossed pair has everything to lose unless they can find a way to outsmart a magical curse centuries in the making.
I’ll admit, the premise of the book is what first drew me to requesting this book. That it is set in Ireland and deals with Leprechauns—well, that just sounded like a lot of fun. But I found myself losing interest in the story while I was reading it. I finished the first part of the book (it’s separated into two parts), and just was not interested in what was going to happen next.
I did feel some sympathy for Tommin, that he fought his urge to steal, but it was just too strong for him, and it ended up getting him in trouble. I think Tommin had potential to be a great character, but he felt one dimensional.
The story wasn’t badly written, but it was lacking something that I can’t pinpoint.
*I received an arc copy via Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.