Dark Waters (Celtic Legacy, #1)
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Dark Waters (A Celtic Legacy #1)

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The bonds of family are stretched to the breaking point as legendary monsters, a deadly prophecy, and soul swallowing fears threaten to destroy them. Magic, secrets, sensuality and mind numbing terror all rolled into one to keep the pages flying.
Kindle Edition, 156 pages
Published by HiJinks Ink Publishing (first published December 28th 2011)
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Ravina Andrea Kurian
One of the reasons I love the self-publishing era is because good writers like these can be discovered.

But first, what I didn't like about the book. And this is me being pedantic. A synopsis offers the reader a glimpse into what is coming, what to expect. Just as a business report has a summary, a book has synopsis. This book doesn't.

The area provided for product description is cluttered with reviews from other readers and book bloggers that add nothing to the description of what you are about...more
May 13, 2012 Marsha rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
I can imagine that an author may have a difficult time in editing books. What exactly makes a book too long or too short? As I read "Dark Waters" I thought that the book had real potential. However, it was all lost for me because the story was too rushed! I really did not have time to garner any real belief that the main character was in lust, love with either of the two men featured. What's more, I felt the storyline became convoluted at times.

Quinn and her younger sister Ashling decide to visi...more
Shannon Mayer
Jan 01, 2012 Shannon Mayer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
First of all, let me tell you that the basis for this book is very near to my heart. The bonds of siblings, sisters, and family are not something to be taken lightly, at least not to me.

Quinn and Ashling, two sisters with a strong connection and no one else in the world to lean on, face their darkest fears if they are to survive what feels to them, a turn into madness. Ancient prophecies, legendary monsters, secrets, sensual men, heart pounding action and of course, a fun, fast paced plot are s...more
Quick summary - Girl & sister go on holiday to celebrate sister's graduation. Mother MIA because she's not interested in kids, particularly sister. Girl takes sister for surfing lesson, sister gets kidnapped, girl goes to rescue of her sister from evil under-the-sea fae with her innate fae powers and two fae guys who want to get it on with her. Annnnnd go...

I honestly think the plot has potential. All the characters could be incredibly memorable and easy to attach yourself to and think about...more
Amber LaShell
Dark Waters is the first book in a new series titled, Celtic Legacy. In Dark Waters we follow Quinn who is taking a vacation with her younger sister, Ashling to celebrate her sisters graduation. The problem is, her sister has decided to go to take surf lessons and Quinn is deathly afraid of the water after she was attacked by a shark months before.

While taking Surf lessons her sister is pulled under the water by some hideous creatures that have one eye and a huge mouth full of teeth that looked...more
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Okay, this was a fantastic read! It is the story of Quinn, who her entire life believed that she knew certain truths. That she and her sister Ashling, loved and took care of one another, that their mother was absent emotionally and many times physically. That they were normal. But it all changes when upon a routine visit to see their ailing grandfather who resides in a psychiatric facility, that Quinn’s world shifts. All of their lives, the sisters believed their grandfather was slightly delusio...more
Sandy Hunter
Jan 26, 2012 Sandy Hunter rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy a Dark Fantasy take on Celtic Legends
Recommended to Sandy by: My writers group
Shelves: fantasy
I had previous enjoyed Ms. Mayer's "Sundered", so was intriqued that she's ventured into a take on the Irishc myths in that at story's beginning the two sisters Ashling and Quinn are only beginning to understand their heritage as daughters of the fey—the Tuatha De Danann. The otherworld, or underworld, thrusts itself into their reality when Quinn's beloved younger sister is abducted into the watery world of the Fomorii.

I love that all this is happening right off the shores of Tofino!

Needless t...more
Sadie Forsythe

Even having finished this book, I'm undecided about how I feel about it. There seems to be an interesting plot developing. It's well written. The dialogue seems natural and it flows fine. Though there are a few editing issues, most notably a whole passage that seems to have been pasted in twice.

But...BUT I hated the wimpy coward Quinn was portrayed as, even while she was supposed to be a prophesied saviour. It made her feel inept, like she couldn't do anything unless there was a man there for...more
Flora Bateman
This was a fun read with an original twist on the mythology aspect of it. The focus here was on Irish myths instead of more commonly seen Greek/Roman Gods. The family aspect of this read was also a bit unusual. We are introduced to two sisters that are very close. Quinn is the older sister that has practically raised her younger sister Ashling. Their mother has had little to do with them and their grandfather is in a mental institution, and even he has his favorite of the two.

As the story unfol...more
J.C. Andrijeski
I read through this book in just two sittings...a really fast, engaging read that kept me wrapped up in the characters and the action. The premise is an interesting mix of original and classic, in that Quinn, the main character, finds out she is a member of an ancient Celtic race, one of two warring factions that end up having an interesting relationship to her family's bloodline on both sides. Quinn herself is "quickened" by her Grandfather early on in the book, and finds out that she is a sort...more
I just love books that have Irish lore, have since I was a kid so I was super excited when I had seen that Shannon was writing something along those lines. The story starts off with Quinn getting ready to take her younger sister Ashling on a mini-vaca to the beach to celebrate Ashling's graduation. But first a quick stop to see their grandfather. Ordinary, right? Not quite. Out of the blue Quinn experiences her Grandpa "quickening" her, and she has no idea who is going on or what it means. Quinn...more
Anastasia Pergakis
This story intrigued me from the start. Especially the part about the two sisters. I loved the relationship between Quinn and Ashling, reminding me of my own sister as I read the book. I definitely related to Quinn, being the older sibling - the urge to protect and watch out for her younger sister.

The world building into the Fomorii and the Tuatha was developed well by the author. I'm sure we will learn more about each in the coming books of the series, but for the first book, Ms. Mayer did wel...more
Mimi Barbour
Jan 11, 2012 Mimi Barbour rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Right from the beginning this story explodes. It starts in a psych ward where the heroine Quinn is visiting her Grandpa. He ‘quickens’ her in a violent way that will prepare her to meet with her coming fate. The way Ms. Mayer wrote about young Quinn, I found I cared what would happen to her. In fact, I couldn’t put the book down.

When Ashling, Quinn’s sister, talks her into a surfing trip to Tofino strange things start to happen. First of all, because of a shark accident previously, Quinn is hor...more
This was filled with lots of action and I enjoyed reading it. The story flowed quickly and it was easy to get caught up in the supernatural world the author envisions. The bond between the sisters is fabulous and I loved the sense of danger and conflict that is woven throughout the whole book. The world-building here is off to a fabulous start, and I am eager to read the next installment. That said, the major cliff-hanger ending was a real blow. I don’t mind when there is a set-up for the next a...more
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Charity Parkerson
An Action-Packed Sexy Adventure

Shannon Mayer’s, Dark Waters , is action-packed from beginning to end. This book has it all, a bond between sisters, monsters, Fae, and sexy men. You can’t go wrong.
After an attack by her own Grandfather, Quinn is “quickened” and her life is changed forever, but when her younger sister is kidnapped, pulling her into the water world, Quinn must face one trial after another including her attraction to two very different men. This book leaves some unanswered quest...more
Marie Loughin
No gossamer and glitter fairies, here! Dark Waters is a quick, action-packed urban fantasy offering a refreshing twist on the use of Celtic myth in a modern setting. From the beginning, this novel offers interesting characters and creatures in more interesting settings. (I particularly enjoyed Quinn and Ashley's visit with their grandfather.) A couple of things kept me from giving this novel five stars. First, the characters felt younger to me than I think is intended, so the more adult love int...more
If you are looking for an awesome UF series try the Rylee Adamson series by this author. It is one of my top favorites (along with Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs). Since I love Rylee so much I decided to give this a shot.

I like the idea of the story: two sisters, one destined to fulfill a prophecy. Irish lore. One sister is taken and the other is trying to get her back and to do this she must accept the help of creatures she didn’t know existed before. There are two factions of the fae in this a...more
I would have given a much higher rating but this reads like the self-published book it is. It needed some serious editing but there was a lot about the story I enjoyed. The pacing was off, the way Quinn vacillated between two men was a little much, and a ton of commas were missing where they needed to be. All that said, I think I'd probably read the next book because the world and the characters were interesting enough. This series has great potential but needs some polishing...
I liked this book but it could have been much better. It's like a hollywood action movie: the story is good and the pacing is fast so we are caught in the action but the characters are paper thin and the dialogs are borderline ridiculous. The worst was the pseudo love story : the heroine meets an handsome boy and hop! she is in love!... Then she meets a second one and guess what? She is in love too!... I was wondering what would happen if she were to meet a third one, a fourth one, .... Her two...more
Rebecca Lindbak
Hungry for more!

Hungry for more!

oh my, talk about a intertwining love triangle! light and dark, good and bad, all mixed up into an overwhelming urge to throw away everything you thought you knew. this is definitely a 5 star read! I have so many different emotions flowing through me right now. once I started reading Dark Waters I couldn't put it down, and as soon as I finish this review I'm going to buy the next one! I have to find out what happens to bres and ashling!! does Quinn stay with Luke...more
Mar 14, 2013 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I read all three books in this trilogy consecutively. I'll try to keep the books separate when reviewing them:

Book 1 in the Celtic Trilogy is aptly named. The story picks up speed quickly. I really enjoyed the world and the setting and I really loved the main character.

Quinn is a strong character who is easily related to. I totally understood where she was coming from and I loved that while she was strong and brave, she was also insecure about her being the "Chosen One".

Luke was an interesting...more
Just My Opinion
The strength and resilience of Rose DeWitt Decatur meets Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

Normally, the Fantasy genre just isn’t my thing. I am quickly learning though, that there is a difference between Urban Fantasy and Fantasy. Shannon Mayer fantastically combined a little bit of both into this fast-paced, edge of your seat thrill ride which enraptures you right from the first page. Within a few minutes my jaw was laying...more
This was a fun and fast read where the blurb really doesn't do the book justice. The sisters in this book seemed as if they mostly raised themselves. Their mother is disinterested in being a parent, so Quinn steps up to the plate to give Ashling the graduation present she deserves. The destination of their trip turns into an insane mess of magic, mystery and terror as both Ashling and her mother both disappear while in completely different locations. Unfortunately, Quinn can only save one.

This b...more
Quinn and Ashling go on a beach-front adventure to celebrate Ashling's graduation, despite Quinn's fear of the water since her shark attack three years prior. Before they head off on their road trip, they go to visit their grandfather in the mental institution, who ends up attacking Quinn, quickening her in the process to her Fae abilities. Trying to forget their grandfather's attack, they go ahead with the surfing lessons, but soon Ashling is pulled under water by hideous creatures despite Quin...more
Couldn't put it down

Believe it or not, I chose the rating because it was not long enough. It held my interest and was a page turner. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. Ready to read the next two.
Lisa Swanepoel
Well written with interesting characters however I was not pulled in by the story. I have bought the whole trilogy and will read the next book and see if I feel more invested in the characters by the end of that one
Karla Kretschmer

once again, I am hooked on Shannon Mayer. what a great read. Will not be able to stop reading the next book.
I have been wanting to read this book for a while and finally was able to! VERY glad I did! It was a very good read. It was not too long and left you wanting more. I finished in a couple of hours and downloaded the second book. This book has some good romance but not overpowering. There is a good amount of action that makes you want to hoot and holler! It also has some moments of sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. I also laughed a few times too! This is definitely...more
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