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

Shannon Mayer
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sisters bound by love, separated by blood. . .

And doomed to face the unimaginable.

An everyday vacation quickly turns into a nightmare of epic proportions. Two sisters must struggle to find the strength within themselves to survive as well as to save one another. When the world of Fae emerges on a rocky shore far from the Emerald Isle, all hell breaks loose.

Two factions vie for the sister’s loyalties, one light, the other dark. Neither honest.

A series of events are set into motion that will not only test the bonds of sisterly love, but will defy belief and reality. Then you have found yourself deep in . . . “Dark Waters”.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 496 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: #4,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 57 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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43 of 48 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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18 of 20 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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15 of 16 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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13 of 14 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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18 of 22 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
4.0 out of 5 stars good as gold
As good as Shannon Mayer's stories are held interest and flowed well good conclusion.Her knowledge of old info really good.
Published 6 days ago by DJK
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
It was shorter than I expected though, but a very good read! I can't wait to continue the series. enjoy
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting plot... unexpected twists... ...
Exciting plot...unexpected twists...just ordered second one...
Published 16 days ago by P. Howser
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother.
Short answer: Immature writing, with poorly constructed characters, isn't enough to redeem an interesting plot. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Fae adventure!
Couldn't put it down, so it was a quick entertaining read. Going to get second book, as soon as I finish this review.
Published 26 days ago by alice
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh..not so engaging
Am normally a big fan of anything to do with the Irish mythos and fairies, but this seemed fairly basic. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Andrea Harkleroad
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful!!!
This was a nail biter!! I didn't know what to expect next and if this would be complete or leave me hanging for the next book in this series. It left me hanging.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
my new fav author
Published 1 month ago by Diane Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kind of fun but has a good story line. Not the same as her other series.
Published 1 month ago by William Hanson
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love it
I really love the Rylee Adamson, Tracker series, so I had high hopes for this one as well. I was really disappointed. The character development is just not there. Read more
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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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