Shadowmagic (Shadowmagic #1)
The story developing fast and rather captivating. Page turner I would say!
I would recommend it to everyone it's fun and good read! Beautifully written too
I look forward to the next installment!
Connor is an 18 year old boy who lives with his (one handed)handicapped father. Suddenly his doors bust down and his life is in danger. He finds himself magically in another world, and everything in his life is not what it seems. Everyone wants him dead, and he has no clue why.
Loved the story.
The only thing I didn't like was the ending. But I hear that this is the first installment...more
The story is not very deep, and if you are looking for something that will bring you some new understanding of...more
I confess that I bought this book just because it was dirt cheap and it got magic in its title. I didn't even read the synopsis. Only to find out that the audio format read by the author is free on iTunes! And I wanted to try out the kobo for blackberry app in my phone. Anyway, I started reading and I was pleasantly surprised! I was enjoying it! And when I am not reading it, the story pops into my head and Conor does all sorts of alternative version of the story... and then I couldn't wa...more
I think I just had a little trouble relating to the main character. I'...more
Im not sure that I would go as far as saying it was LOTR for a new generation but I can see where some of the comparisons come from. Boy on a journey to discover himself and become a man along with his group of friends each with their own journey. Battles against evil etc etc.
What I did like about the book though was that it was easy to get to grips with the characters names. Quite often fantasy novels h...more
I would certainly not buy this book but it exercised its power over me and managed to come home with me anyway. Nevertheless, when I did buy it, I figured that it would probably be shelved for a year or so, since I have so many other books to read before it was time for this one. But every time I passed it, I glanced at it and it made me think that I could probably read just the first chapter to see what I thought about it. Then when I had started reading,...more
As plotlines go, that is one that can work very well for me. Neil Gaiman's Stardust is one of my favourite ever novels. Alas, Shadowmagic is no Stardust. Instead, our teenage narrator is permanently wise-cracking, but never really funny. The adventures mostly consist of him meeting people, who instantly try to kill him, and him observing that...more
The main character is Connor, raised by a one-handed father, Oisin, who speaks to him in ancient languages and teaches him to use a sword. Connor is transported to the land of Tir Na Og, a place inhabited by Imps, Ban Sidhe, Leprechauns...more
i never really thought that i had a favorite genre and this book made me realize that how i enjoy reading a fantasy novel..
first let me congratulate the author for posting his book on podiobooks for free.. one of the many examples that commercial success can be achieved even though the content is free...and authors' narration is also very good which i believe adds up to the overall positives about the...more
Conor thinks his dad is a bit odd for forcing him to learn swordfighting and teaching him Ancient Gaelic, that is, until two people on horseback break through the front of his house and take him to Tir-Na-Nog, an ancient Celtic "neverland" of sorts. Conor and his father are soon involved in an epic battle involving an ancient prophecy and family secrets long hidden.
That said, the concept and...more
I am half-way through it and I will probably finish it today because I cannot wait to get to the end.
John Lenahan has created a very fulfilling mix of adventure, magic (without the cliches), humour, and a dark side all in one book.
And although the story is told by a young man's point of view this is definitely not a book for boys only. I'm all for a good story, and whoever likes a good story will be entertained by this reg...more
Shadow magic is way more interesting, original, action pack and lots of humurous situation. But there is some tragedy too. Overall very entertaining, and I am glad to say Conor is a real hero [an intelligent and resourceful one]. I look forward to book 3.
The author h...more
The story was easy to listen to, and captivating enough to hold my attention. I didn't mind my little ones listening there were no swears or overdone violence.
I look forward to the next installment!
I loved that the author read the book.
Connor is an 18 year old boy who lives with his handicapped father. Suddenly his doors bust down and his life is in danger. He finds himself magically in another world, and everything in his life is not what it seems. Everyone wants him d
So why a four (i.e. really liked it), you might wonder? Well, Lenahan might not be very original, but he knows how to spin a yarn and tell a story in an engaging manner (like really good storytel...more
The characters felt shallow; we only really got to know much about Fergal, and I felt there was very little substance even to Connor, the book's protagonist. So too did the locations feel distant and empty. While I can totally understand the lack of a focus on Connor's 'Real World', no amount o...more
Conor is a normal boy living a normal life, that is until he opens his front door one day and is taken hostage by 2 knights on horseback into the realm of The Land! From thereon he discovers that he was hidden in the real world when he was a baby to protect him from people in the Land who would kill him to fullfil a very old prophecy.
There he discovers family he never knew he had and races of people he never knew existed, like banshees, imps and leprechau...more
I really enjoyed the book, however something about the writing style kept niggling at me, I can't pinpoint it, possibly the use of humour during what should have been tense scenes or possibly the occasional use of 'real world' references kept dragging me out of the fantasy!
Regardless, this was a good book, and I will def...more
The idea is really quite cool, but I feel like I've heard similar ideas many times. Though that doesn't count for Connor's mom being a Shadow witch (that was the coolest part). I liked the magic parts in this book and aside from the very end, there's really not much of that to go on or keep me going, so I tuned out big portions of the book.
It was a fast and easy read, and I'd recommend it for someone looking f...more