The ancient land of irinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when irinns kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciaras unearthly ability to control her enemies minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just irinn, but the entire world. Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciaras enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows hes something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciaras strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world. With evil rising around them, theyll do what it takes to defend the land they loveeven if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all....
|Title||:||Beyond a Darkened Shore|
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Beyond a Darkened Shore Reviews
Soooo I kinda got this book 3 time this month in boxes and crates, and I was nervous after seeing a 3.7 rating, but I actually loved this book, and I honestly can’t tell you why.
It had a few flaws that would usually take some star power and deductions, but y’all! I actually really enjoyed this story.
And felt very satisfied with the ending.
A more thorough review to come :)
I'm not even sure where to begin with this. I can't remember the last time I disliked something so much. Well I kind of can but it's not worth mentioning.
I'm pretty much a 'if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all' kind of person. When it comes to books especially, I hate to be just negative because it takes a lot to put yourself out there and writing a book is not an easy thing but sometimes, sometimes it's just got to be said and I have got to say that this was just terrible.
Things I liked: Norse + Celt mythology, a warrior princess, quest story format (because who doesn’t like a good quest?), stand-alone
Things that weren’t my cup of tea: the story execution
While I did end up finishing this one, it ended up being a fairly average read. I thought the main character was underdeveloped, felt like the pacing was a little rough, and I’m still torn on the level of keen I feel towards the romantic relationship in this story.
What a lovely surprise!
I hadn’t heard of Beyond a Darkened Shore until it was featured in Fairyloot’s April box themed “Whimsical Journeys”, and it couldn’t be more suitable because it was a whimsical, all-encompassing journey indeed! With an intricate blend of Norse and Celtic mythology, a rejected heroine with mystical powers and a Valkyrie endorsed hero on a quest to defeat flesh-eating monsters, Jessica Leake crafted a tale of war and love that deserves more attention.
“In all the world, th...more
TW: Threats of rape, animal death.
I dunno. This is a book about Ciara, a warrior princess of a Celtic village. She has a dark power - she can control people with her mind. One day, her village is raided by a group of Northmen and she manages to capture one. The clincher? She can't read his mind at all and he seems to have powers of his own.
All in all, this was kind of a sloppy book of Celtic and Norse mythologies that read like a Jackson Pollock painting looks - it seemed like the author's proce ...more
Rating is a 4.5. Could have been a five star, but I had a few problems when it came to pacing and awkward sentences. I'll explain more in my review, but overall? I actually really enjoyed this one.
The cover and the blurb of Beyond a Darkened Shore intrigued me enough to want to read the book but I didn't know that it's a historical fantasy that mixes Celtic and Norse mythologies. When I stared reading the book and realized it has all of those things I was so much more excited to read it. And once I started reading it I had a hard time putting this dark, gritty, action-packed story down. Jessica Leake created a rich, fascinating world, filled with lush scenery, complex characters, terrifyi ...more
“The laws are clear: there are only two strong enough to defeat them. One born for it, the other through great sacrifice.”
I will always pick up a mythology book. It’s one of my book buzz words that almost guarantees I will be interested in reading a book. I’m happy to say that Beyond a Darkened Shore did not disappoint me.Beyond a Darkened Shore follows Ciara and Leif, two people with special powers, who might be the only ones capable of stopping a looming destruction. Yes this synopsis sou ...more