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Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe Paperback – November 4, 2015
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"An entertaining, well-crafted story with unusually complex and entrancing characters."--Kirkus Reviews
When 16-year-old Cory sees his girlfriend Lia walk into a cave and vanish, he is better prepared than most teenagers because Cory is Danann, a descendant of the Shining Ones, the Fair Folk of Irish legend. Cory calls his aunt Tessa, a police detective (also Danann), and the two plunge into the passageway...on a sacred quest ordained by the eldest Danann and the Shining Ones.
...Hines deftly weaves a fascinating tale wrapped around a wide range of strong characters.
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Shining Ones is NOT a children's book. It's intended for teens through adults. (Characters range in age from 15 to 3000+.)
The story combines elements I love most: mystery, fantastic abilities, travel, ancient places, a treasure hunt, and characters forced to become their best selves. How they learn to trust and value each other forms the heart of the story. This is true of the villains as well as the heroes. As the Kirkus reviewer said, "She gamely portrays characters on both sides of the conflict; they're not evil, but driven by what they think is right, however questionable their justifications may be."
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Beginning in Keshcorran, Ireland with the introduction of Bres the Beautiful and Cliodhna of the Fair Hair the flavor of the story is set. The couple drives to a cave where Cliodhna begins to sing. This is the catalyst that sets the tale in motion. There can be no question the story will draw the reader into a mythical world where past meets present and adventure ensues. Even the quick transition to New Hampshire and the introduction of one of the primary female protagonists, Tessa Holly, is not jarring but neatly handled. Hines lets the reader know this book is about an Irish clan of beings who have lived for hundreds of years and are able to travel distances in the human world as well as to an “Otherworld”.
Tessa immediately fascinated me because her human persona is a police woman in Salem, New Hampshire. Although in reality she is a small woman, she is also a shapeshifter and able to change her appearance as needed. Drawn into the sudden disappearance of her nephew Cory’s girlfriend Lia, Tessa drives furiously across the state. Lia entered a cave in New Hampshire when she heard mysterious singing. It’s obvious Lia has been lured away by the singing of Cliodhna far across the ocean.
It’s here that the author introduces Sam McHugh a/k/a Aidan Orbsen, the father of the missing Lia. While at first Tessa is annoyed by this attractive man there is the suggestion this could change over time. Although Tessa considers him a “conceited ass” she refers to his face as “perfect”. More interesting is the fact that Tessa recognizes Sam as a rich man’s son who had been accused of murdering his wife. This causes Tessa to wonder about Lia’s sudden disappearance and whether the man might have had a hand in it. It isn’t long before Tessa realizes there is much more going on here than is apparent at first glance.
Thus begins the adventure that will draw a hefty group of characters into a fantasy adventure that spans worlds and generations. Hines has created a fascinating landscape but it is sometimes difficult to keep track of the characters. Some have more than one name or identity. Coupled with the unusual names and pronunciations this often slowed down my reading. In spite of this the author is able to connect the diverse groups of people using time and magic to show their relationships. Other than the sometimes confusing name changes the story flowed well, taking the characters through the challenges of locating a variety of magical items that would assist in recovering the kidnapped Lia.
While her father and boyfriend search for Lia, accompanied by Tessa and members of her family, the girl is held captive on a yacht off the coast of Ireland. Surprises await her as she learns she has a special power and is not just the girl next door. The cast of characters on the yacht are Formorians, enemies of the Clan of Danu (Tuatha dè Danaan), and they need Lia to complete a ritual that will change their lives.
The conclusion of the book did leave me feeling vaguely lost and I wonder if there is a sequel in the future. Although the conflict between the Danu and the Formorians seems to be resolved there is a hint of more to come. I would love to find out what happens to Lia and Cory, Tessa and Sam, and the other characters who have survived.
There’s plenty of action, mystery, and romance in this book to satisfy any reader. Integrating the modern world with the magical world of ancient Ireland is a task Hines handles with skill. A well written if somewhat complex fantasy, it is a solid tale that I am pleased to recommend.
Helpless, Cory sees a flash of light and watches his girlfriend disappear. Frantic, he calls his aunt Tessa, a descendent of Ireland’s fairy race, Tuatha de’ Danann. Racing to reach her nephew, she tells him to stay put, but he ignores her edict and falls prey to the magical opening that sweeps him to Ireland with a thud and into thick muck.
Tessa follows her nephew into the Otherworld to not only rescue him and his girlfriend, but to save the Danann gift of immortality. She must outwit the Formorians, who are warriors from the north and have similar magical talents as her Clan of Danu, but are rivals. They have all made their home in the Otherworld located in Ireland for 500 years.
As I read this intriguing book, I felt like I travelled these historic cities and towns, Yeat's country and the place where the legands of fairies were born. I so enjoyed the authors poetic writing and descriptions that made me almost feel the brush of fairy wings against my cheek.
The author weaves a complex story filled with fantasy, Irish folklore and historical details. Effortlessly, she brings these well-known characters to life, and draws the reader into the ride of their life. Sanna Hines easily blends the old world with the 21st century where the Irish deities have been transported. The character's dialogue is snappy and real and kept me turning the pages of this masterfully written book.
Will Tessa win her fight to save her nephew, girlfriend, fellow searchers who entered this world of mythology and fantasy? Will she be able to safeguard her legacy of immortality? You will have to purchase this intriguing novel to find the answers for yourselves. Bravo! Well done!
THE SHINING ONES tells its story with intelligence and wit. One is elevated, informed and charmed by how Sanna Hines’ story style evolves. It’s not far fetched to say she takes us to a higher, more intellectual level of understanding, especially as we decipher the ways of the Fair Folk and the Formorians. What a firm, intriguing voice THE SHINING ONES employs, but then why not? The author, Sanna Hines, respects her material and intelligently extends that respect to the reader as few authors have the skill to do.
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Based on Irish mythology, Shining Ones: Legacy of the Sidhe is a well written story that starts with a siren’s song and the disappearance of...Read more