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Dark Waters (A Celtic Legacy #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  1,612 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
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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Shannon Mayer
Jan 01, 2012 Shannon Mayer rated it it was amazing  ·  (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
May 13, 2012 Marsha rated it it was ok
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
Jun 26, 2012 Leesa rated it did not like it
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
Amber LaShell
Mar 01, 2012 Amber LaShell rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Jun 09, 2012 Michelle Cornwell-Jordan rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 13, 2016 Mita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
interesting premise blown to shit by some love and loyalty at first 'hear his voice' thing.

seriously. the girl HEARS some dudes voice on the phone and is all 'ooo hot *shivers of a sexual nature*'
then .... in the midst of her sister DYING/DROWNING/being pulled down into the depths of the ocean by scary ass MONSTERS, guy KEEPS her from SAVING her sister and USES HIS MAGIC ON HER TO SCREW WITH HER HEAD. but then AFTER she FAILS to save said sister girl is still all 'ooo kiss me you gold and shiny
S.A. Hunter
Jan 26, 2012 S.A. Hunter rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy a Dark Fantasy take on Celtic Legends
Recommended to S.A. 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
Sadie Forsythe
Oct 24, 2012 Sadie Forsythe rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable

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
J.C. Andrijeski
Jan 18, 2012 J.C. Andrijeski rated it it was amazing
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
Anastasia Pergakis
Jan 21, 2012 Anastasia Pergakis rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Mimi Barbour
Jan 11, 2012 Mimi Barbour rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Flora Smith
May 24, 2013 Flora Smith rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2012 Laurie rated it liked it
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
Jan 12, 2012 Abigail rated it really liked it
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Charity Parkerson
Jan 26, 2012 Charity Parkerson rated it it was amazing
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
Marie Loughin
Jan 03, 2012 Marie Loughin rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
May 27, 2012 RedBecca rated it liked it
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...
Jul 01, 2015 Arlene rated it liked it
I am not sure exactY why

I loved the idea, I loved the theme. The characters seemed a bit card boardish to me. I could not quit connect to any of them. I am on the fence about book two
SciYourFi Team
Jan 28, 2012 SciYourFi Team rated it liked it
Christine Hayes
May 19, 2017 Christine Hayes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was really good
Apr 06, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Praise for Dark Waters 

"Right from the beginning this story explodes."
Author of the Vicarage Bench Series, Mimi Barbour 

"Don't expect to be lulled to sleep, this story doesn't stop moving. As fast as it is happening for our protagonist, Quinn, is as fast as Mayer takes us along for the ride."
The Cabin Goddess (Reviewer)

"The premise is an interesting mix of original and classic . . . the familial bonds and an emerging love triangle are really what drive the story and give it more dimension.

May 15, 2014 Jilly rated it it was ok
This book had real potential. The idea behind the story really grabbed my attention but the execution of the story left a lot to be desired.

First, Quinn and her sister Ashling find out there is more to their family history and their grandfather's ravings than they thought. They quickly discover they aren't normal and going in the water is a really bad idea.

Second, soon after watching her sister be abducted, Quinn is thrown into a world where she's some kind of long awaited for Fae and is suppose
Dec 26, 2016 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Dark legacy

Amazing story about two sisters that son know the secrets being kept. Can they depend on each other and get through all the crazy and do what need done.
Jun 11, 2016 Kimberly rated it liked it
Being Generous, I think...

This book tells the story of a 3/4 blood Tuatha de Dannan young woman, Quinn, who has no clue of her heritage. She has a womb donor, Darcy, for a mother and a younger sister, Ashling, she loves more than anything.

We are dropped into her life as it goes nuts and her sister is taken from her. She gains powers she doesn't know how to use. She's got two powerful male protectors, Luke & Bres, yet she slips their guardianship all the time. She ends up battling the Big Ba
Jul 10, 2014 Tiffany rated it really liked it
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
Feb 17, 2015 Bookmom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quinn is determined to go ahead with her plans to take her sister to the coast so Ashley can learn how to surf for her graduation present, even though Quinn is terrified of going near the water. She’s got a good reason for her fear. When something drags her sister under the water, she’s determined to save her, even though others attempt to convince her Ashley’s death is for the best.

We’re introduced to the Celtic war between the Fomorians and fae known as the Tuatha de Danaan. Quinn discovers th
Mar 13, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Dec 21, 2016 Katy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, but didn't love it. New, different, totally Shannon Mayer.
Jun 26, 2013 Helena rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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