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Dark Warning

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  90 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Ever since Taney was four she’s known she could see things before they happened. She also knows that she must keep her gift a secret—at all costs. Teased and isolated by the local children for being strange, as Taney grows older, she has more and more questions. Why is her father so terrified of her gift? What happened to her mother?

Then she meets the mysterious Billy, an
Paperback, 252 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Orion Children’s Books
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Jun 30, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
This review originally appears on my blog

I will admit, the initial reason I decided to read this book was because of the cover. It's so pretty! And it depicts a haunting theme which also encouraged me to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book was actually set in Dublin; told from a Dubliner's POV and written by an author who is actually from Dublin herself! It was a breath of fresh air to read a story that's set in a place so close to home and in an era where the distinc
Adele Broadbent
Taney was about 4 when she 1st experienced 2nd sight. She didn’t know what is was, just that a boy was going to be bitten by a dog. When she tells her father (Da), he doesn’t say much at first. When it happens again she can see he’s not happy and he tells her not to tell a soul. When she learns from her neighbours that her mother had 2nd sight Taney finally has a name for it.

But the local children do find out and begin to call her a witch. One day as she is being taunted, an unlikely rescuer com
May 07, 2014 Haley rated it liked it
Dark Warning The reason I picked up this book is because at that moment, I had this wonderful idea in my mind. I was thinking of writing a story of a girl who could see the past and the future of objects. Thus, it intrigues me to see the line "I see things that haven't happened yet. I know things I shouldn't know" on the cover page of Dark Warning.

Taney Tyrell is a red-headed girl who can see things before it happens. The folks called it second-sight. To Taney's father and stepmother, Taney's ab
Nov 17, 2011 Emma rated it it was ok
Struggling with the dialect at times but it does add to the realism

The ending was quite obvious.

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Written in first person narrative from the perspective of Tanney a young Irish girl with ‘special’ abilities. The beginning of the book starts with Tanney’s childhood and the initial manifestations of her ‘gift’: being able to see the future.

There is a mystery surrounding Tanney’s mother from the beginning. Tanney has inherited her ‘gift’ from her mother who died when sh
Sinead O'Hart
Aug 28, 2013 Sinead O'Hart rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by the premise of this book, which takes place in Georgian Dublin. It’s not a setting I’ve often come across in fiction, and I was immediately interested. The novel is steeped in the language, slang and geography of that period, including places and streetnames (like the wonderful Thundercut Alley and Smithfield Market) and is extremely well written from that point of view. This is helped by the fact that Ms. Fitzpatrick chooses to take a real-life Dublin character of that time, ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Zarina rated it liked it
Dark Warning is the story about a young Irish girl, Taney, with a special gift. She has to keep this a secret for fear of being seen as a witch, but as her powers grow stronger this becomes harder and harder for her to do. Especially when she starts picking up signals from a killer on the loose in her neighbourhood and she has to chose between saving the next victim's life and revealing what she can do or continuing to hide what she is capable of.

The novel is written beautifully and depicts the
Jul 01, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
Dark Warning is a great read from author Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick. From page one I was intrigued by protagonist Taney Tyrell. Taney is a young girl growing up in Dublin in the late 1700's. Taney from a young age noticed she was different. She saw things before they happened, she has the gift of second sight.

Taney doesn't know what to make of her second sight. Her father is scared of her abilities and tells her they are wrong and her stepmother thinks its the work of the Devil. Only her new frien
Dec 16, 2014 Stefanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
I found it very slow to get going. The blurb speaks of attacks but these don't start until halfway through and the culprit was too obvious. I was also confused by the setting and language, I didn't know it was Dublin until specifically mentioned. The time period confused me also and I didn't find out it was the Georgian period until I came across a note in the back. The fact that Billy is based on a real person fascinated me though.
Dec 06, 2015 Kirsten rated it liked it
I don't normally read youth fiction, and to be fair I didn't realise this was youth fiction until I started reading it. But it was a fun wee book, the characters were engaging enough, the settings nicely described, and the plot rattled on at a fair pace. I read it on one rainy, going-nowhere day, and it was absolutely fine.
Michael Emberley
Jun 03, 2012 Michael Emberley rated it it was amazing
I loved it. But I suppose I am partial... It truly evokes a Dublin I've come to know since moving here four years ago. I even lived in the actual Stonybatter/Smithfield neighborhood of the city where the story takes place. The historical details, particularly about class structures of the time the book is based in - the Georgian period/ late 1700's - fascinated me. Also the use of a real historical figure in Billy, a character right out of a Dickens tale but real. The jacket and title give the i ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
Received a pre published copy to review. I quite liked the story of Taney and her strange gift of seeing dark & chilling visions. Taney has to keep this a secret from her Dad as this frightens him. Her mum had the same gift but disappeared one day when Taney was very young. She manages to keep her visions private until one day she helps out her neighbour and the cat is out of the bag. Taney also discovers her mums dark secret and through some soul searching has to decide whether her gift is ...more
The story of Taney, who has psychic abilities that she inherited from her long-dead mother. Taney is both fascinated with and wary of her ability to 'float' from her body to see things happening, or to see into the future. As her ability becomes known, she struggles to make and keep friends, but becomes popular with the 'quality' of her community.
This was an easy-to-read, enjoyable story with a nice sense of mystery. The Irish slang used was endearing and added to the sense of place. That said,
Feb 05, 2012 Nikki rated it liked it
Taney Tyrell has a gift (or a curse?) that makes her different but she's not special. Her gift has to be a secret or she will be labelled a witch. Her gift has it's uses though and there is quite a build up of where and how she uses it and how it affects Taney and those around her. Having read the synopsis I must admit I thought the attacks on lone girls would occur sooner in the story and I feel more could have been made of this. It's predictable but I enjoyed the tale of Ireland of old and cou ...more
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Jan 14, 2015 Nicola Fantom rated it really liked it
I devoured this be looking out for more of this author.
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Apr 29, 2012 Jemma Gurney rated it liked it
Shelves: for-katie-lou
It was so suspensful and the twist at tge end was good! poor billy the bowl! D: I thought it was him then I thought it was her dad and then i thought it was him again! very good and I enjoyed reading it!
Aug 07, 2013 Pksoper rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2013
I'm not sure why I didn't love this book. Fitzpatrick's language is spot-on, obviously. The mystery would be surprising for a YA. However, the book just felt meh. It's probably my misreading.
Aug 16, 2013 Veronica rated it it was ok
I really didn't like it. To me it just didn't go anywhere and the ending was really bad.

I wouldn't recommend it to ANYONE.
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I’m a Dubliner living in Wicklow and I’ve been making picturebooks for over twenty years.

I like to use the picturebook form to explore emotions and observe the moments in our childhood that turn and shape us.

My first children’s novel, Timecatcher was published with Orion Publishers UK in May 2010 and my YA novel, Dark Warning, came out this January. Timecatcher is a ghost/adventure story set in
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