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The Obsidian Dagger (Celtic Mythos Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brad A. LaMar , Igor Adasikov
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Book Description

When a mad witch with a magically crafted and frightfully powerful Obsidian Dagger threatens to obliterate humanity and overtake the magic clans of the Celtic Isles, destiny forces 17-year-old American, Brendan O’Neal, and his younger sister, Lizzie, to intervene. Joining the desperate princess of the Leprechauns, Dorian, and her two loyal companions, Rory and Biddy, they embark on a dangerous and wondrous adventure across Ireland and Scotland to thwart the witch and save mankind.

Battling the witch’s mutated forces of magical beings, the heroic band will have to reach deeper into themselves than they ever thought possible to find the strength, courage, and will to see their quest through to the end. Brendan will soon learn that the lines between reality, mythology, and divinity are more blurred than he ever imagined.


This is an action-packed fantasy adventure for fans of young adult fiction with a story telling craft that appeals to adults and teenagers alike. If you liked The Lightning Thief, The Olympians, Fablehaven, and the Trylle series, you won't want to miss The Obsidian Dagger!

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    About the Author

    When he s not fighting evil witches and wizards, Brad A. LaMar is an educator who resides in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. He has taught science to middle school students for 12 years and works with teachers facilitating professional development and school improvement. He is married to Lori, a beautiful and supportive woman, and together they re raising Evan and Paige, two intelligent and wonderful children. The idea for the Celtic Mythos series came from his love of science fiction and fantasy and the underutilized and abundantly rich folklore of the Celtic people. They are so much more than leprechauns! Brad has always loved a good story, and upon researching the mythos of the Celtic Isles he became enthralled in the type of story he could tell. Brad has always enjoyed writing, but in the beginning it was more for examples to share with his students than it was for anything else. It wasn t long before Brad found himself writing every night and submitting his work for publication. Brad finds publishing a tedious and painstaking process, but he says it s worth it. There are so many more stories to tell, and he can t wait to get started.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2342 KB
    • Print Length: 280 pages
    • Publisher: Light Messages Publishing (February 20, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Not Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars LaMar Rocks! March 1, 2013
    If you're looking to get a middle school student interested and excited to read, this is the book for you! We have several copies in our library, and the book is literally flying off of the shelf. Due to the wait list, we've decided to purchase a few more copies. A book that gets middle school age students wanting to read? What else is there to say?! Brad LaMar hits a homerun with this exciting tale!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fantastic Fantasy! April 9, 2013
    I won this book from Goodreads. A father is needing to do some family research in Ireland and decides to take his two kids along and turn it into a vacation. Soon the children find out that their vacation has turned into an adventure! Brendan and his sister Lizzie find themselves making friends with Dorian, the daughter of the king of leprechauns. When Dorian's father the king of leprechauns is kidnapped by a witch trying to steal magical beings powers, Brendan soon offers to help rescue him. Brendan finds himself smitten by Dorian and a romance blooms soon on their adventure. There are many other fun and magical creatures throughout this book. Brendan also discovers there is much more to himself then he ever knew and the book leaves it to where you know more adventures await in store for these characters. I recommend this book to young middle school aged children. I enjoyed this book and appreciated winning it. I look forward to seeing what else author Brad A. LaMar has in store for us!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Obsidian Dagger by Brad A LaMar February 7, 2013
    Obsidian Dagger is a fun adventure story mixed with humor and romance. It was an easy, enjoyable read. Very descriptive writing that took me right into the world of the charecters.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! March 15, 2013
    If you're looking for a fast paced, engaging read filled with colorful characters and a mystical setting, then The Obsidian Dagger is for you! As a middle school Language Arts teacher, my students are really excited about this book! They enjoy the exciting story and the descriptive language. I know they're eagerly awaiting number two in the series! Writing a book that grabs and engages young people is no small task, well done Brad LaMar!
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!!!!! February 28, 2013
    Have you ever read a book slow, not because it was bad but because you just didn't want it to end? The Obsidian Dagger by Brad LaMar was one of those books to me. It follows Brendan and Lizzie along with their father Oscar as they travel to Ireland to find out about their family history, that is until things get a little crazy and they have to defeat an evil witch. It was a fun, exciting, fast paced adventure with a touch of humor. The banter between Brendan and Lizzie was so true to life, I can picture my kids being the same way when they are their age. Even when the story gets a little "unbelievable" the characters question or point out everything giving this book a "real" feel. Their travel companions Dorian, Rory and Bibby are such love-able character. Morna and Dullaghan were awesome evil. I loved the writing style as the story was told by all the characters not just thru the eyes of one. The only thing I thought the story could use was a bit more description of the world or surroundings just to give that I feel like I was there feeling. Other then that I would recommend this book to any middle grade, ya or adult who like a good modern day fantasy, taking myth and legend and giving it new life. I'm happy to be able to add this book to my favorites list and I can not wait for the next book!!! Happy reading :)

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Book December 9, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    What an excellent writer Mr. LaMar is........his talented keep you wanting to turn the pages and not lay the book down
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read February 27, 2013
    The Obsidian Dagger is YA fantasy novel that I found to be a quick, enjoyable read. The book kept moving along, without having to force situations. While this isn't my favorite book in this genre, it is above average. I would read the other books in this series when they come out.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good story August 7, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The story is fine, original. The characters could be more developed, the story is plot driven rather than character driven. Most frustrating, though, was the amateurish editing, or lack thereof. A spellchecker is not an editor, and the grammar checker was clearly turned off or ignored. Clumsy and amateurish, the language kept throwing me out of the story.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars The first in the series, this book makes readers ...
    The first in the series, this book makes readers want to savor and appreciate every page. Before you know it, you'll be at the end of the book and wish for more pages.
    Published 2 months ago by Valentine333
    1.0 out of 5 stars Content was fine, was written "dumb downed
    Content was fine, was written "dumb downed." I know it's a YA book, but it's written too plainly and childishly.
    Published 2 months ago by Renee92057
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    This is a good book for a 12 year old. Don't recommend for adult reading.
    Published 2 months ago by David C. Corbett
    4.0 out of 5 stars each page makes you want to keep reading on and on and on...
    The Irish, the Leprechauns, witches keep you wondering will they Mali? How can they? A must read for anyone who likes mythology and Fairytales.
    Published 3 months ago by Dee
    1.0 out of 5 stars I shouldn't have expected something great since I got it for free
    I couldn't even finish this book. I shouldn't have expected something great since I got it for free, but I gave it a try and it failed epically.
    Published 5 months ago by Book Worm
    5.0 out of 5 stars Completely entrailling !
    From the very beginning up to the very end ... the story is so facinating and well written that the story seems reel ... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Mirella Manera
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brings out the Irish in everyone!
    This is a delightful YA novel that will make you feel young at heart. Thoroughly entertaining and a refreshingly novel plot that evokes a sensation of Harry Potter and yet remains... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by dedlund
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book
    I have been reading this book for my own entertainment, and I think it is a fun and imaginative piece. I look forward to sharing the book with others.
    Published 13 months ago by LH
    5.0 out of 5 stars My Twelve-year-old Loved This Book!
    This review is in the words of my twelve-year-old son, who enjoyed the book very much and wanted to recommend it to others. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by womenswrites
    5.0 out of 5 stars fun and exciting!
    This is a great read for young adults (or the young at heart). My son and I both enjoyed the exciting adventure this book took us on! Hoping Santa will bring us the second book!
    Published 17 months ago by Lori
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    More About the Author

    Brad A. LaMar is the author of the best selling and award winning YA fantasy series, Celtic Mythos. Brad is from Indianapolis, Indiana and has been an educator for 15 years. He enjoys crafting fun stories and tries to always create interesting characters that readers will love. Brad's favorite genres to write are science-fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. He writes stories for young children all the way up through adults. There's nothing like a good story to pass the time and engage the mind.

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