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Dark Waters: Book 1 (Celtic Legacy Series) [Kindle Edition]

Shannon Mayer
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Praise for Dark Waters 

"Right from the beginning this story explodes."
Author of the Vicarage Bench Series, Mimi Barbour 

"Don't expect to be lulled to sleep, this story doesn't stop moving. As fast as it is happening for our protagonist, Quinn, is as fast as Mayer takes us along for the ride."
The Cabin Goddess (Reviewer)

"The premise is an interesting mix of original and classic . . . the familial bonds and an emerging love triangle are really what drive the story and give it more dimension. Highly recommend!"
Author of The Slave Girl Chronicles, JC Andrijeski

Overview of Dark Waters

The bond between sisters is stretched to the limit as they are thrown into the world of the Fae. As they learn their places in this new world, secrets and dangers from the past emerge setting them on a dangerous path; one that would see them face off not as sisters, but enemies. Add in a wicked love triangle and you have the start of a new twist on classic Irish lore.

5 Star Reviews . . .

"This is a story of integrity, determination, sisterly bonds, and courage laced with fear. The characters are multi-layered, and they come to life in Mayer's skillful hands."
Author of Pibbin the Small, Gloria Repp

"The story . . . hooked me from the first page. . . what I loved most was the intensity of the world they were thrown into. . .the perfect blend of paranormal fiction. . loved it!"
Author of the Fang Chronicles, D'Elen McClain

If you LOVED the action of the Hunger Games and the bond between Katniss and Prim, you will devour "Dark Waters"!

Other Works

**Dark Ilse, Celtic Legacy Book II (Urban Fantasy)
**Dark Fae, Celtic Legacy Book III (Urban Fantasy)
**Priceless A Sexy Urban Fantasy Mystery (Rylee Adamson #1)
**Immune A Sexy Urban Fantasy Mystery (Rylee Adamson #2)
**Sundered, A Zombie-ish Apocalypse Book 1 (Romance/Horror)
**Bound, A Zombie-ish Apocalypse Book 2 (Romance/Horror)
**Dauntless, A Zombie-ish Apocalypse Book 3 (Romance/Horror)
**Scattered, A Zombie-ish Apocalypse SHORT STORY

Product Details

  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing (December 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006R03B6C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Action-Packed Sexy Adventure January 29, 2012
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Shannon Mayer's, Dark Waters, is action-packed from beginning to end. This book has it all, a bond between sisters, monsters, Fae, and sexy men. You can't go wrong.
After an attack by her own Grandfather, Quinn is "quickened" and her life is changed forever, but when her younger sister is kidnapped, pulling her into the water world, Quinn must face one trial after another including her attraction to two very different men. This book leaves some unanswered questions as it sets you up for the next book, but it in no way takes away from this book or story. I loved it and recommend it to anyone who loves the paranormal/urban fantasy genre.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rose DeWitt Decatur meets Ralph Waldo Emerson September 24, 2012
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The strength and resilience of Rose DeWitt Decatur meets Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."

Normally, the Fantasy genre just isn't my thing. I am quickly learning though, that there is a difference between Urban Fantasy and Fantasy. Shannon Mayer fantastically combined a little bit of both into this fast-paced, edge of your seat thrill ride which enraptures you right from the first page. Within a few minutes my jaw was laying on the floor and the craziness had begun-though I didn't realize at the time a war had just exploded around me, sides were taken and lines had been drawn. I was shocked that I couldn't put the book down and completed it in less than 24 hours. Poopy diapers from my two year old were ignored....he could sit in it just a tiny bit longer so I could keep reading!

The Irish folklore was precisely intriguing and never overdone. The love triangle was so believable at times, I found myself forgetting this was fiction. Destinies intertwined, they were altered and their boundaries were fought against continuously which all combined to create the feel and premise of this book. The characters are so well defined that from the very first page you are vested in their futures and find yourself cheering them on. The women find strengths they never knew they had and the men are mysterious and sexy....what more could anyone want in a novel?? Yet unlike so many other fantasy novels, this one retains its' believability.

As with all of Shannon Mayer's characters, you will find them very dimensional and incredibly well thought out and flushed to the surface.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it January 4, 2012
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It was a fun book, loved the characters and definitely looking forward to the next! I really liked the snake - kept thinking if I was old, I'd pick a nice snake body, too - don't know why that really struck me, but I fell in love with her character. ;)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars world-building here is off to a fabulous start March 10, 2012
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This was filled with lots of action and I enjoyed reading it. The story flowed quickly and it was easy to get caught up in the supernatural world the author envisions. The bond between the sisters is fabulous, and I loved the sense of danger and conflict that is woven throughout the whole book. The world-building here is off to a fabulous start, and I am eager to read the next installment. That said, the major cliff-hanger ending was a real blow. I don't mind when there is a set-up for the next adventure but I heartily dislike serialized books - most especially when there is a long wait before the next book is released. In general, my practice is to wait until a series is complete so I can better submerge my mind into the story. I wish I had waited longer before reading Dark Waters. I feel that this book ended too soon. The ending left me feeling somewhat depressed and out of sorts - I much prefer leaving a book and feeling at least content, if not jubilant.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and terribly paced; a total wallbanger August 12, 2013
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I really enjoyed Ms. Mayer's Rylee Adamson series, so I decided to give this book a try. Big mistake. It's hard to believe that the same person wrote these two series. Dark Waters makes no sense. The dialog is atrocious. Quinn is as thick as the Great Wall of China, and I'm sure that she would have rated my "too stupid to live" tag on Goodreads, if I could be bothered to shelve this title. And the way that the (supposedly non-crazy) family members in this book speak to one another??? I can't even.

I generally like stories that start in the middle of things and force the reader to catch up, but that presupposes that the author does a good job of world-building, which isn't the case here. I gave up less than 30% of the way into this book. My frustrations with it began before 10%, but I wanted to give it a fair shot before ditching it. The crazy thing is that I tried the sample, didn't like it, and gave the full book a shot anyway. Silly me.

I will echo another reviewer and thank my lucky stars that this book was only $0.99. It's books like this that inspire some readers to impose a blanket ban on buying books that cost LESS than $2.99. While I haven't reached that point yet, I'm getting much pickier about the dollar books that I will read. If I hadn't been a fan of this author's other series, I wouldn't have tried this one out. I would have missed nothing, and saved myself a buck. Lesson learned.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good thing this only cost $0.99 December 7, 2012
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I enjoy fantasy books immensely, but this book was just ridiculous. I was intrigued by the idea of playing of off an ancient Irish fable, but that story really isn't explained well. The characters are rather one dimensional, and the main character seemed to find herself in love with two different men and really no rationale such an attraction.

As other reviewers have mentioned, this book leaves you with a cliffhanger. It's completely unnecessary. I won't even be buying the next books in the series as I never actually got pulled into this one. I have been known to finish a book in a day, but this one took me over a week simply because it was not that interesting. I finished the book in hopes that the writing and storyline would improve, but neither were really enough to capture my attention.

Does Quinn love Bres or Luke? And how could she be so passionate about either one since she's only known them for a few days? What's the deal with Cora? What's going on with Luke/Lugh? What does Quickening really do/to whom does this occur? How did it happen to Quinn's sister? And most of all, how did so many of you enjoy this book?!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark waters
wasn't bad just not my cup of tea. I felt the world or char building wasn't really generate enough interest to want to read another book.
Published 4 days ago by Bruce C Isabell
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I can see lots of potential in this book that wasn't carried through. It started out great, and I loved the ideas that were introduced. Unfortunately, it fell flat. It was bo-ring. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Would make a great movie. Easy fun reading which kept me interested. Read the following 2 books also. They were great also
Published 11 days ago by Shazzy
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read
Good story line with just enough twist to keep the reader entertained throughout the course of the story. Also plenty of action and mystery along the way
Published 16 days ago by William C. Rawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Waters
Don't know why this book captured my imagination the way it did, but I was totally involved in the story. Read more
Published 20 days ago by MarciB
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
I am not sure what I was expecting but I was disappointed with the series. All this build up and then seemed anti climactic.
Published 22 days ago by didillama
5.0 out of 5 stars Light and Enjoyable Reading
Enjoyed enough to buy the other two books in the series. This was a nice read with interesting twists and turns. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Susanne Sewell
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read
It is well written, but just not my style of book. I would prefer more background about the celtic legends. Not sure if I'll follow through with the other books.
Published 26 days ago by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle download...
Did anyone else download this book with pages missing? is there a correction to this I'm missing? Other than missing several pages I assume the book was good!
Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I was hoping that this would be of the same caliper of the Riley stories which I adored. I will try the next in this series to see if things improve
Published 1 month ago by Annette Geiger
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Shannon Mayer lives in the southwestern tip of Canada with her husband, dog, cats, horse, and cows. When not writing she spends her time staring at immense amounts of rain, herding old people (similar to herding cats) and attempting to stay out of trouble. Especially that last is difficult for her.

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