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The Gold-Son Paperback – June 20, 2017
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“Noble’s latest is an inventive, creative, and humorous take on the enchanted world of Leprechauns. Her lyrical, poetic storytelling will wrap readers up in her magical world. Noble’s characters jump off the page and will capture readers with their personality and wit. With magical flair, Noble expertly pens a modern-day version of a classic fairy tale.” —RT Book Reviews
“[Noble’s] second book weds the atmosphere of folklore with timeless questions of humanity with which teens wrestle: love, responsibility, identity. Noble takes a well-worn trope, stretches it two hundred years, populates it with interesting characters, and breathes enough new life into it to appeal to teen fans of fantasy.” —VOYA
“Taking place mainly in Ireland, this stand-alone novel uses traditional leprechaun fables to flesh out the fantasy world.…Noble effectively brings the Irish brogue to the page.” —School Library Journal
“The story is, simply, beautiful.” —Fictionist Magazine
“…An enchanting and magical and whimsical tale that will immediately grab hold and will keep readers captivated.” —Fiktshun
“A solid follow-up to her debut book, The Mermaid’s Sister.” —NorthcentralPA.com
“…A magical story about Irish folklore that takes you across time.” —morrisareads
“The Gold-Son immerse[s] you in all the tender, bumbling eagerness of young love—Noble develop[s] the Leprechaun’s cavern from the obligatory villainous lair to a world rich in Leprechaun ideology, intrigue, and…vivid touches of imagination…” —Teenreads
“The Gold-Son is a delightful story…” —Dazzled by Books
About the Author
Carrie Anne Noble is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The Mermaid’s Sister, which won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adult Fiction in 2014. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Realm Award for Speculative Novel of the Year. A member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Carrie Anne enjoys hosting spectacular tea parties, watching British TV, and spending time with family and friends.
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For starters, I was delightfully swept away by the 1800s Ireland setting where most of the book took place and the atmospheric, fairytale-esque feel of the writing and the story.
Even better was the amazing creativity of the leprechaun aspect! I really want to read more books about leprechauns now, except I feel like all other versions of them would pale in comparison to the version this author has created. The curse on Tommin that compelled him to steal gold was so unique and well-written, and I felt so bad for him. He was ashamed of his stealing, but if a leprechaun went too long without stealing, they'd get itchy hands, then they'd get seriously ill. They could also smell gold, and whenever they stole some, they would get basically drunk on the good feeling it gave them. There were also mentions about things like burying their treasure and creating rainbows. And I loved the way gold and silver and shiny things were described from Tommin's POV, how they called to him. It was such good writing. Then there was the underground city and the whole leprechaun society, the way they cursed babies and then took them once they got older to teach them and transform them into full-blown leprechauns.
I also loved seeing our modern times through the eyes of a leprechaun when the story jumped forward. Tommin was horrified that people used paper money and credit cards, and online banking was the absolute worst!
And speaking of the jump forward in time, the author did a great job of showing that through Tommin's perspective. [Hidden spoiler can be found in my review on my blog or Goodreads.]
I had a few small issues with the plot though. It was a bit slow, and it seemed like Eve was the one moving it forward and doing things to reach their goal more than Tommin was. I also think there were a few things that could've been explained better. [Hidden spoiler can be found in my review on my blog or Goodreads.]
It also made me uncomfortable that Tommin tried to use charm on "Penny" in order to make her like him more and not turn him down when he asked her on a date or put his arm around her. He didn't use it for anything more serious than that, and it's believable that someone would do that, but I still felt uncomfortable because if it had worked on her, it might've given her more feelings for him than she would've had naturally, and then consent would've become a blurred line.
As for the characters themselves, Tommin was a good guy (despite what I just said above). He loved his granny, he cared for the shoemaker he apprenticed under when he was ill, he risked his life for Copper, and he tried to do good things to counteract the thieving. Even when he started turning into a leprechaun, he tried to hold onto his humanity and fought a constant inner battle. Eve was tough as nails. The poor girl had an awful life, being kidnapped, raised, and abused by Lorcan. I didn't blame her one bit for wanting freedom or revenge. She was also smart and clever and fiercely determined. And I felt terrible for Copper as well. He was also kidnapped and abused, plus forced to be Lorcan's slave. But Copper was a sweetheart to Tommin and Eve, and he never let Lorcan crush his bright, feisty personality.
Overall, I adored the creativity in this book, I loved this author's portrayal of leprechauns, and the atmospheric writing and setting really pulled me into the story!
Rating: 4 Stars
Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight (link in profile)