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The Shadows (Fianna Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Megan Chance
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Grace Knox is about to turn seventeen, and the world of Victorian New York society should be opening to her—a time of dances and parties and boys vying for her heart and her hand. Instead, Grace’s world is closing in: the family business is gone; her brother is drinking and gambling away whatever is left; her widowed mother cannot cope; and her grandmother is slipping into madness. And now Grace is having disturbing dreams of ancient battles.

Grace’s only hope is to marry Patrick Devlin and let his fortune save them all. But she isn’t sure she loves Patrick, and she doesn’t share his passion to free Ireland from British rule. Why look to Ireland when there is so much poverty and despair here?

Then Grace meets Diarmid, an Irish stableboy. Being with him means losing everything. But the secrets and mystery surrounding him are too compelling to ignore. Soon Grace is drawn into his world of legend and heroes, magic and prophecy—the world of her dreams—where her own choice between faith and fear holds the greatest power of all.

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Gr 7 Up—Unlike her friends who spend their time flirting and flouncing, Grace Knox has heavier matters to deal with than catching the eye of a potential suitor: the debt collectors plaguing her family and the struggle for independence of her ancestral homeland, Ireland. When Patrick, whose wealth could rescue her and her family, summons mystical warriors to join the fight, Grace struggles with her feelings for Patrick and the mysterious Diarmid, one of the warriors. Karen Peakes is more than up to the challenge of voicing two male characters. For Patrick, she goes to her middle range, making him a believable Victorian gentleman who is torn between his love for Ireland and his love for Grace. Diarmid is equally convincing as she goes to the lowest end of her range and includes a thick and mischievous Irish accent. A roller-coaster ride mixing historical with romance and a large dash of Irish folklore, Chance's series launch will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next volume.—Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI

About the Author

Megan Chance is the award-winning author of several adult novels. A former television news photographer with a BA from Western Washington University, Megan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at: www.meganchance.com

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  • File Size: 10688 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477816232
  • Publisher: Skyscape (June 3, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Grace Knox's life has been turned upside down. Her father recently died, leaving their family with a failed business, lots of debt, lawsuits against them, and struggling to survive. Her family's only hope is for her to marry a rich man. Fortunately, Patrick Devlin, a wealthy childhood friend, expresses interest in her. He's nice, age appropriate, and seems to truly care for her. Enter Derry, or Diarmid of Irish legend. He and the Fianna, ancient Irish warriors, were called by Patrick in order to overthrow the English rule of Ireland. Derry infiltrates the Devlin house to see if Patrick is the one who called them and what his intentions are. Unfortunately, Patrick thought the spell didn't work and also calls up the Fomori, a rival band of ancient warriors known to be harbingers of chaos and enslavement. Will they put aside their difference to work to free Ireland or willy they destroy each other in an epic battle?

The Shadows immediately interested me because of the focus on Irish mythology and Victorian society. The book does explore Irish mythology that I wasn't famliar with before. The Fianna and the stories involving them were the most interesting part of the story for me. They were dead for thousands of years because their hubris turned them into selfish tyrants A spell was bestowed upon them to either find a cause worthy enough for a priestess to agree with them and sacrifice herself for it or they would simply fail and die. Their internal stories before this were also drama filled, with stolen loves, killer boars, jealous exes, and tragic deaths. The Fianna in the present posed as a street gang in order to blend in while they figure out their situation. Overall, I liked them, but I would have liked to get a better picture of all of them, instead of just the leader Finn and Derry.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celtic folklore, tortured romance- Wow! June 8, 2014
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I have never read this author before but I am a big fan of YA historical fiction/fantasy and Celtic Folklore.
This book is breathlessly compelling, I was frantically turning the pages to see what would happen.
There was almost a Gothic tone to the story which I love.

The narrative is told by three characters :
Grace- a 17 yo girl whose family is newly impoverished. She has mysterious dreams and flash backs and holds together her family. Although she doesn't know it, she is a descendant of a Druid priestess and tied to the Fianna ( a group of ancient Celtic warriors).
Patrick- One of Grace's love interests. He is passionate about supporting the Irish cause against British rule.
Diarmid- an ancient Celtic warrior who along with his co-warriors, the Fianna, was put into eternal sleep by a Druid and a priestess. They have awakened after being called by Grace's horn at the hands of Patrick.

This is a very simplistic summary for a wonderfully complex plot steeped in Celtic folklore.
I couldn't put the book down!
Be warned, the book ends on a big cliff hanger- I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.

Although I am definitely not in the YA age group anymore, I really loved it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars thin on plot July 26, 2014
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Grace Knox is nearly seventeen. She should be preparing for her debut and enjoying everything that 19th Century New York has to offer. Instead Grace is tasked with keeping her family from the poorhouse by marrying well (and quickly).

While Grace is dismayed at this turn, she is thrilled to be the object of Patrick Devlin's affections. Patrick being young and well-off, not to mention good looking, is more than Grace could have hoped for. Grace may not share Patrick's passion to fight for Ireland's independence. But surely such a passion can grow over time?

The only problem is that while Grace is enjoying Patrick's company her thoughts keep turning to Patrick's mysterious new stable boy Diarmid. Being with Derry is impossible, of course. It would mean losing everything not just for herself but for her entire family.

The only problem is Grace feels like she knows Diarmid and no matter how much she tries to stay away, she feels drawn to him. But Diarmid has his own secrets. Secrets about Irish legends and heroes. Secrets that might get Grace killed in The Shadows (2014) by Megan Chance.

The Shadows is the first book in The Fianna Trilogy.

Chance offers a well-written historical fantasy here rich with details that bring Victorian New York to life. Grace's insecurities about her worth are frustrating throughout the story although Grace is an otherwise interesting heroine. Unfortunately there is very little going on here beyond the love triangle.

Chance sets up many elements and plot points that will no doubt be addressed later in the trilogy. Unfortunately The Shadows is thin on resolution. Instead readers watch as Grace waffles between Patrick and Diarmid with little in the way of an actual decision until mere pages of the story remain.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fate or love August 21, 2014
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Some serious plot rather than pure background would have been nice for this story. Grace Knox is having a rough time since her father died and her brother decided to drink and gamble away the family fortune. Patrick is just back from a 3-year trip to Ireland, and he professes that he has always loved Grace. He's rich, handsome, and seems perfect for her, but she can't get her mind off the stable boy, Derry. Turns out Derry is more than he seems and Patrick knows more than he is telling.

This book felt like an introduction to a story rather than a story itself. There was lots of background on a few characters, but there was almost no real plot. The ending felt like the author had hit her page quota, so it was time to end book 1. I didn't particularly like any of the main characters and the primary secret felt contrived. It was OK, but not a page turner. Perhaps the series will develop more fully with book 2, but I doubt I'll be reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out Of Legend
This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

Grace is stuck in a horrible situation. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nocturnus
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected good read
There are some books that you can just tell within a few lines if they're going to be good or not. This book amazed me how much I started to enjoy it from the first page. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tony R.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
This would make a fantastic movie series. Starting on th e next book now and can't wait the rest to be published.
Published 3 months ago by John L. Grosbeck
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun in Part One
After reading Megan Chance's adult novel "Bone River" and finding it a good read, I decided to give "The Shadows: the first book in the Fianna Trilogy" a go. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diana Faillace Von Behren
4.0 out of 5 stars still reading
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Published 5 months ago by bananas12
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting storyline.
Very interesting premise for a story. I loved the characters. I like the way the story evolved throughout the book between the different Victorian factions, Grace Knox, her... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathy P
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story
Great start for a new series. Strong characters. Look forward to the next book. Hopefully some of the characters will fill out more. Would recommend to lovers of legends.
Published 5 months ago by Billie Brookshire
3.0 out of 5 stars The Shadows (The Fianna Trilogy #1)
THE SHADOWS is the first book in a YA historical fiction/fantasy trilogy, mixing Victorian era New York with Celtic mythology. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leeanna Chetsko
4.0 out of 5 stars Who should Grace trust?
A lot of reviews described the story so I will just say it was enjoyable and I kept wanting to read on to see what happens. Did she make the right choice? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Silvia Lada
3.0 out of 5 stars Welll-written, but not much happens and it's drowning in YA cliches
The author clearly knows how to craft a sentence. I kept reading this book because it was well-written, and surely SOMETHING had to happen, sooner or later, right? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Silea
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Megan Chance is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of several novels. The Best Reviews has said that she writes "fascinating historical fiction." Her books have been chosen for the Borders Original Voices program and IndieBound's Booksense. A former television news photographer with a BA from Western Washington University, Megan Chance lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at www.meganchance.com

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