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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bluefire; Reprint edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385737823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385737821
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,088,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–Set on the western Irish coast during the late 16th century, this book is narrated by Maeve O'Tullagh, the daughter of a fisherman whose happy existence is turned upside down when her baby sister dies. Pregnant again, her mother insists that her unborn child is the reincarnation of the one she lost and slips into distraction. A strange lady gives Maeve a talisman to protect her mother. When Mam removes it on the night of the baby's birth, she loses her mind completely. Maeve is convinced that something stole her mother's soul and dedicates herself to protecting her new sister. When the child is four, Ishleen is lost in the same vegetative state. Now 19, Maeve embarks on a journey to discover who has snatched their souls and save them before it's too late, encountering an ancient evil along the way. This novel combines Irish mythology and classic fantasy. Maeve is the perfect “everyman”–observing much but revealing little. While the concept is enthralling, the story is uneven in its execution. The beginning drags until Maeve begins her quest, and then things move almost too quickly. The main characters are well constructed but readers will find it slightly confusing to keep track of which minor characters are important to the story and which are just filler. All in all, this interesting adventure will appeal to dedicated fantasy fans and makes a good additional selection.Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fourteen-year-old Maeve O'Tullagh has become caretaker to her catatonic mother while her father and brothers are away fighting to free Ireland from Queen Elizabeth's tyrannical rule. When her younger sister succumbs to the same strange illness that plagues their mother, Maeve becomes desperate to save them. She embarks on a dangerous journey, sailing to the frigid home of the corpse goddess Uria, who harvests ghost souls for food and who has stolen the fire opal that belongs to earth goddess Danu. Retrieving the fire opal will restore the natural order of things, and save her mother and sister from a slow death. McBride wraps a traditional quest in Celtic clothing, with a message that love can be nurturing and healing, or obsessive and unhealthy. The focus on women—family members as well as deities—may skew the book's appeal toward girls, but the engineering complexity of Uria's lair, the details of the quest, and the casual violence of a major male character may broaden its reach. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Burgess on May 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As an Irish girl I will admit to being somewhat biased coming into this book. With scenery like the brilliant Irish landscapes, laid out for readers to picture while experiencing the journey that was The Fire Opal, what can you expect? I was already half in love with the story before finishing the first chapter.

McBride gives her readers magic, mythology/folklore and realism all wrapped up neatly in her debut YA novel. She has made the cross from writing adult fiction to YA fantasy quite seamlessly in my opinion.

Our main character, Maeve O'Tullagh was fierce and brace and built for an adventure. With a will of her own she becomes quite the opponent for the mean spirited (and hateful in my opinion) Tom Cavan. She even proves that she is a worthy adversary for an ancient and foreboding Goddess of days old and long forgotten. Not too shabby for a 19 year old girl.

This is a story that had me wondering about so many things throughout; will Maeve "save the day" so to speak? Will she be able to resque her mom and sister in time? Will evil really conquer good? The only aspect I was truly disappointed with was the ending. It might just be me but I found it lacking. I would have appreciated more information. At the same time, although it didn't feel like a traditional cliffhanger, maybe McBride is setting up her readers for future works involving these characters? I can only hope and wait and see what McBride has in store for us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HHK VINE VOICE on May 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Although I am no longer a YA, I love girl powered fantasy with a Celtic setting. This was a pleasant read.

Maeve is a young woman growing up in Ard Macha, Ireland in the Elizabethan era. The English are trying to invade. She lives with her parents and twin brothers. Her mother has always had a mystical quality that intensifies after the birth of another child.One day her Mother slips into a near coma, and Maeve begins the quest to bring her Mother's soul back.

The story was engrossing but tended to lag at the latter one-third, which is why I deducted one star. The bad guys are all really bad, and somehwat stereotypical. The Celtic mythology bit was interesting but I thought a little uneven (the Ice Barge was a little ridiculous). There is a potential love interest but the romance is scant.
At the conclusion, most of the loose ends are wrapped up, but the romantic angle was left open, possibly hinting at a sequel?

If you enjoy female based Celtic fantasy, I would suggest Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters saga, particularly her latest Heir to Sevenwaters, which is an absolutely fabulous tale of a young woman in a quest against fantastical forces for the sake of her family.
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By Yan on December 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When Maeve was a young child she found a large metal stick-like object embellished with a face with it a large jewel. The rod was engraved with word: THE ANSWERER. With the rain storm coming in and her fear that Maeve's older twin brothers will damage it, she buried it. But that night Maeve came down with a high-fever and when the fever broke, she suffered a slight amnesia and had forgotten about the rod she buried.

Seven years later her mother begins to show signs of madness of hearing swans after the death of Maeve's younger sister Ishleen the previous year. She announces to the family that she is pregnant again and Ishleen has come back.

One day Maeve and her old brothers caught Tom, a menace of a child who was graced with good looks, shooting at birds with his slingshot and knocking hatchling off ledges. In a faraway remorse Maeve didn't notice the lady with down falling from her sleeves until she tapped her on the shoulder. She offers Maeve two bottles that appears to enclose fire sealed with the 3 twisted spirals: one for Maeve and the other for her Mam as a protection. Just minutes later Tom pops up from no where and knocks the bottle for Mam out of Maeve's hand. Maeve then gives Mam her bottle instead.

With the "reincarnation" of Ishleen, the fire bottle is transferred to her yet on the same day Mam loses her soul leaving her body vacant. Forced to take care of the newborn and Mam at the age of 15 (or 16?) Maeve struggles to retain her sense of sanity from the viewpoint of the other villagers. But the English are coming. And then the Spaniards are coming to defend Ireland.

Yet hope begins to fade when Maeve's brothers and Da joins the rebellion and Ishleen's soul has been taken away.
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By TeensReadToo on September 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Maeve O'Tullagh is a teen living in Ard Macha with her family: Mam, Da, Donal, Fingal, and Ishleen. When still very young, Ishleen suddenly dies, depressing Maeve's mother and father. Once becoming pregnant again, Mam insists that she is pregnant with Ishleen, and she won't let the idea go. A woman at the sea gives Maeve a talisman to protect her mother. But when Mam removes it on the night of the baby's birth, she seems lost and catatonic. Maeve believes something stole her mother's soul and dedicates herself to protecting her new sister.

When Ishleen is four, she suffers the same fate as her Mam. With her Da and brothers off fighting to free Ireland from English rule, nineteen-year-old Maeve embarks on a journey to discover who has stolen their souls and save them before it's too late, encountering an ancient evil along the way.

This story was filled with magical beings and inanimate objects, and a family that thinks the mother and daughter are absolutely mad. At times, I was agreeing with the men of the family. In some parts, some very crazy stuff was happening, and I almost felt like Maeve was on an acid-trip or something. Seriously! It was nuts, but it was interesting!

The climax of the novel began in one of the last few chapters. This caused the novel to drag on for quite a long time, and it seemed to me that there were many insignificant pieces to the storyline. Also, the ending was very abrupt, which bothers me. It was left for me to wonder what happened to Francisco, a Spanish soldier, and also for Maeve's father and brothers. But really, this novel was interesting, and not really the kind of book I normally read, but it kept me interested, even if I got bored in some places. If you're into the fantasy kind of book, you might like it.

Reviewed by: Ashley B
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