A little research on Amazon told me that there are actually four books in this series and the fourth (and final, store bringing back some of our favorite characters) is due out in 2009. So I’m not quite as surprised by the third book in this series. Melling still has degrees in Celtic stuff and whatnot, ampoule and her books are still set in Ireland.
This, prostate the third volume, has roughly the same plot as the last two: young female must travel around Ireland alone to save a female relative and also Faerie. In this book, the young female is Dana; she’s twelve, which is five or six years younger than the heroines of the previous two novels. The female relative is her mother, who disappeared some years ago. That is again a change; formerly the missing female relative was of the same generation. Dana is also Irish, not American, although her father is Canadian by birth. There are themes in this plot that are not present in the other books; Dana and her father are environmentally aware and active. There is a section of old-growth forest near where they live that has been threatened by developers. A group of eco-activists come to live in the trees to save them.
Anyway, the plot surrounding Dana is that her father has accepted a job in Canada, and Dana does not want to go. This is at least in part because of the lack of closure surrounding her mother. Even her father suffers from some issues with that. When a fey woman in the forest, quite close to the eco-activists, asks Dana to deliver a message to the king of the Forest and tells her that if she does, she will be granted her heart’s desire, she does without hesitation. This quest necessitates a fair amount of travel and danger; there’s an evil force at work, and the plight of the trees and the king of the Forest are, of course, linked. Continue reading The Light-Bearer’s Daughter (Chronicles of Faerie, book 3), by O. R. Melling