Author: John Lenahan
Series: Shadowmagic #1
Date: August 2009
Source: Review copy from author
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Conor thought he was an average teenager. Okay, so his father only had one hand, spoke to him in ancient languages, and was a bit on the eccentric side, but, other than that, life was fairly normal. Until, that is, two Celtic warriors on horseback and wearing full armor appear at his front door and try to kill him. Don't you hate when that happens? Join Conor as he grapples with typical teenage problems, like how to deal with a father's high expectations, how to survive in the world on your own, and how to woo a beautiful girl who wants you dead.
This is a very well rounded fantasy book.
Conor is a normal boy living a normal life, that is until he opens his front door one day and is taken hostage by 2 knights on horseback into the realm of The Land! From thereon he discovers that he was hidden in the real world when he was a baby to protect him from people in the Land who would kill him to fullfil a very old prophecy.
There he discovers family he never knew he had and races of people he never knew existed, like banshees, imps and leprechauns!
The whole story is filled with adventure from start to finish, there is never a dull moment. The story swings between swordfights, magic, talking trees, castle parties and many other wonderful elements. I loved how humorous it all was. And despite the seriousness of Conor’s situation he always finds time to spring a funny or sarcastic line in the middle of it which had me laughing out loud quite a few times.
I feel I need to explain why I only gave this 3 stars. Although the world created for this story was very well written, I just felt a bit like there was too much information overload going on. There were so many characters and so many different aspects to do with ‘true magic’ and ‘shadowmagic’ explained throughout the book, that I kept having to go back to re read bits so as to take it all in. And by the end of the story there were still a couple of things that I dont feel were explained fully. Such as, how were Conor and his Dad able to enter the real world without dying like everyone else?
My second reason for the 3 star rating was because there was one thing that happened to one character at the end that I was NOT happy about at all. I will say nothing further about this becuase I don’t want to spoil it but that there automatically knocked a star off for me because I didn’t feel it was necessary for that to happen in the story.
Overall though I’m very glad I picked this one up. It was an easy read, it pulled me in from the very beginning and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the second book.