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- Book 1 of 3 in Fianna Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great book, It really has something for everyone. You have a Historical Victorian New York society, Romance, and Celtic folklore. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steph C. Brentson
Fantasy, mystery and romance are intermingled in this engrossing tale of Celtic lore brought to the 19th century world of New York City. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tigerlily64
I liked the magic, the love interest. It was a bit hard imagining them in New York, though, instead of Ireland. But very interesting characters. I'd recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Sabrina Willis
I really enjoyed the series. It was something different and interesting.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Grace Knox's life has its challenges- her father's bankrupt business during a depression, her brother's gambling and boozing away with the family's resources, lawsuits, sick... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Valerie R. Macaluso
Megan Chance has a beautiful and intelligent way with words. Read it in two nights. You bet I got no sleep!Published 3 months ago by Alexandra
I wish people were real with grace from the beginning.. Then she wouldn't have made such a foolish decision in the end.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tyanna
One part Irish lore/ one part vicious love story... Grace Knox is at her wit's end, The death of her father and his company has her family desperate for money. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R.P. Blotzer
This is the second book I've read by Ms. Chance. Definitely different than Bone River, but excellent all the same. Read morePublished 5 months ago by AnneM
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