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Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again. Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone. Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but given up. Can the determination of a girl who has barely come into her power bring them together? Or, just when she finally finds her pl...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 332 pages
Published May 2012 by Compass Press
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Heather McCorkle
Mar 29, 2012 Heather McCorkle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I've written novels for fun, for adventure, for good causes, and for love. But this is the first novel I've written because my heart and soul demanded it. Though this novel is certainly filled with magic, adventure, and discovery, it is a bit dark at times in its honesty. It is meant for mature YA and adults.
Advance read this one. Be jealous. ;)

Hold onto your horses. To Ride a Puca is an exhilarating ride through a magical world filled with secrets and danger at every turn. Just like the legend, this wild tale of love, family, and friendship will leave you forever changed--in a wonderful way.
First of all I want to thank Heather McCorkle for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. I am utterly grateful and thankful that I put my hand up when Heather was offering. All I can say is WoW! I'm actually quite saddened that the story is over. I had grown quite attached to the characters and to the beautiful and haunting world of Irelands past. The image that will forever remain in my mind is of the Dane Tyr, sitting mounted up on his horse on a hill, watching...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
I have really enjoyed and loved reading Heather McCorkle’s The Secret of Spruce Knoll series. So I was excited to hear McCorkle had written another novel in this series. To Ride A Puca is an amazing Historical/Fantasy adventure about the Druids of Ireland, and the war they’re waging against the barbaric people known as the Dane, who are trying to take their land and kill all Druids. I loved McCorkle’s first two novels in this series, but To Ride A Puca was special. Being able to go back in histo...more
Christine Fonseca
This is a fabulous YA historical paranormal romance that is as sexy and dark as it is fantastical. Set against the history of the druid clans near the end of its time, this story examines young love, coming of age, and reconciling that which you have learned from your parents vs that which you discover on your own. I enjoyed the characters of the story, as well as the mythology woven intricately throughout the story. And yes, this is definitely a sexy story that stayed with me for days afterward...more
Karlene Petitt
To Ride A Puca is a fabulous read! Highly recommend it to anyone...and everyone. Historical fiction with creativity, passion, compassion and all that teens go through. Loved it!
When it comes to fantasy books, I'm a pretty hard critic. The one thing that I absolutely need to have in these sort-of books is to be able to lose myself in a completely new and unusual world. That's a big thing to ask from an author, I know. But now that I've read To Ride a Púca and it met my criteria, I can fully recommend both this book and the wonderful author behind it!

What else can I say but I absolutely LOVED Neala's world! The world-building was, put simply, exquisite! I was in awe. In...more
The Cover Contessa
I would like to thank author Heather McCorkle for providing me with a digital copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I have heard such great things about Heather's books, I jumped at the chance to read and review this one!

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Invaders are coming to take what isn't theirs, again. Neala wants to stand and fight for her homeland, but as one of the last druids, she may be standing alone. Persecuted, hunted down, forced to live in obscurity, the druids have all but give...more
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW......... I don't really know what else to say. Thank you so much Heather McCorkle for allowing me to read this AMAZING book. well as you can tell I loved this book so let me just tell you a few things but I don't want to give awat to much because everyone on earth should read this book okay here goes...
Neala is a druid they are hunted and killed by the Danes because of their power she has lived sheltered by her parents after her brother dies fighting to protect their land and...more
Sep 06, 2012 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: loved
A thank you to Heather McCorkle for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

I love books based on mythology and legends and this one is no exception.

Neala has lived a sheltered life, and has been lied to about her Druid heritage. Until Dane Warriors invaded Ireland and Neala's world is turned upside down.

I loved the characters, Neala is a strong, brave female. Just the kind of girls that I like! I loved Bren, but I also loved Tyr.

This book was a highly engagin...more
Linda Gray
This is a wonderful historical fantasy focused on a Viking invasion of Ireland in the last days of the druids there. A brave young druid warrior, a girl of sixteen, is the protagonist. She discovers her deepest true self, her heart's desire, and love, in the ravages of war. By the end of this book you can't help yearning along with her for the survival of the druids and of the land they love so much. Dark and painful in many ways, the story nonetheless leaves you believing there's no doubt that...more
Love all of Heathers books!
Her words will reel you in and won't let go of you until you have read the last page!
Jules cressall
To Ride a Puca (May 2012 release) by Heather McCorkle takes place in long ago Ireland and tells the coming of age story of Neala, a young Druid girl learning about her powers. Druids are being persecuted to near extinction and she and her family must hide their powers from their neighbors. Sheltered by her parents, Neala must discover her power and her connection to Ireland and decide if it is worth fighting for.

There is a distraction of being wooed by 3 attractive men to take the edge off of of...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I enjoyed this book and it probably was a 3.5 for me. It didn't just totally draw me in but there were some really fun elements in the story. I listed it as fantasy but it was not in a fantasy land or world, but there are Druids, shapeshifting, and magic so that is fantasy...maybe. I love books with horses in them and that added to this one for me.

Neala's family are Druids and they must keep it a secret or they will be killed, so their kind live in isolated areas and only deal with the regular w...more
Zoe (Bookhi)

To Ride a Puca is a perfect choice for fantasy fans - it has brilliant world-building, great fantasy creatures and a very unique quality. I haven't read a book like this before which is really saying something!

The main reason why To Ride a Puca stands out among other YA fantasy novels is due to the Irish culture. I really enjoyed the Celtic feel and how McCorkle used this so naturally. I've never read a book that has had an Irish Celtic feel to it thus making the book even more original. Once yo...more
This book is young adult but there are a lot of implied thoughts that hinge on the budding desires of the teenage heroine and her suitors. At first I wasn't impressed with the way the romance was done but after mulling it over I think the author did a great job of capturing the struggle of youth and desire. The world itself is a magical one filled with characters that I found likeable but perhaps a bit under developed? Things moved along very quickly and it was what I would consider an easy read...more
Very well written tale of druids in Ireland at the time when the Danes were attacking and conquering the British Isles. The characters are compelling and the plotline never lags. I appreciated the Celtic and druidic lore, which I admit I know little about. I also liked that part of the plot involves conflicts of emotions when those you think you should be able to trust prove untrustworthy and vise-versa.
YA Celtic Fantasy.
Started out promising - heroine is a Druid.
But as the love interests started piling up, it got too much -3 boys/choices for her!
Heroine at times was a tease and toys with some of boys.
The big surprise was pretty predictable given the title of the book.
Leigh Moore
Loads of action, a great love story, AWESOME prequel!
The love interests were a little confusing, but they were all HOT.
Makes you want to have magical powers--great read! Get it~
Tom Park
Although properly a YA novel, it is a good, albeit quick read. Enjoyed the taste of what I consider old Ireland.
I loved this fantasy novel so much that I read the entire Spruce Knoll series!
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First and foremost, I love to read! Fantasy, sci-fi, and horror (and all their sub-genres) are my favorites.

I am an author of fantasy, in all its many sub-genres. Living green, saving endangered species, helping other writers, and supporting fabulous authors are a few of my passions. I am also a volunteer for the IS Foundation which works to make the world a greener place. When I'm not volunteeri...more
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