It’s time to review the final book in this series! This book was kindly gifted to me by Tracey Iceton ahead of the launch of White Leaves of Peace this month. However, this doesn’t alter my opinion in any way.
The same is true for this novel, which is an explosive end to the series. Our protagonist has changed once again: the story now centres on Cian Duffy, who is just nine years old when the Belfast Peace Agreement is signed. The Troubles are officially over and there is a time of promise on the horizon for many people in Ireland. The same should be true for Cian but his family history is complicated, bloody and not ready to be laid to rest. He is still wrapped up in conflicts, both past and present. This is only furthered when Brexit begins and the political climate changes again.
White Leaves of Peace brings the reader right up to date with the modern conflict, reminding them once again that the conflicts explored in this series are not merely the things of fiction. It was just as brutal and raw as the previous books in the series, not shying away from the uncomfortable truths and complicated questions that are linked to Ireland. It was eye-opening for me, and is something that will stay with me for a very long time.
For me, this was the perfect end to the storyline that began in Green Dawn at St Enda’s. It showed the pure talent of Tracey Iceton and the power that can be found in her words. These are intimate and intense stories that she has shared with readers and I am so glad that she did.