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Into the Mist: Silver Hand

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Thirteen-year-old Gabe Wrenn has always taken refuge in his imagination. Refuge from his hovering mom and bullying brother. Refuge from the smirks and stares of his classmates. Refuge from his epilepsy. But now his imagination seems to be running wild. And he can’t stop it. And the only person Gabe can confide in is a girl who thinks his "weird brain" is the key to unlocki ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published January 30th 2012 by Smashwords Edition
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Nicole Peterson
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA Readers
Main Character Gabe, has epilepsy from a childhood injury. His brother Sam, was pushing him on a swing and gave him too hard of a push which sent him flying into a brick foundation. He had just moved into a new house, is in a new state, and is starting a new school. No easy feat for a teen that believes he's a freak. Ever since his accident his mother has been overly protective of him. Sam is jealous of the attention that is paid to Gabe and likes to bully him. Gabe's dad is there for him and tr ...more
Roberto Mattos
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a very interesting and well written book that will keep your attention to the end. The initial chapters start creating the ambient and the plot warm up in direction to the intense final moments of this first of two fantasy books narrating the saga of our heroes.
The plot is simple to follow. The family of a young boy (Gabe) with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy moves to a new city, where the boy has to adapt himself to his neighborhood and his new school. He befriends with a girl next door (Ellie)
Cheryl M-M
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
An epic fantasy that bridges the realms of reality...
What an interesting way to combine the world of fantasy and a medical condition like epilepsy. Weaving the two worlds together to the point where neither reader nor character is certain what is reality and what is induced due to his condition. The main character is faced with a new school, home and new situations, which are all things that can create stress and bring on seizures. He meets the girl next door who introduces him to the local leg
April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA and MG Fantasy
Recommended to April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth by: Great Minds Think Aloud
Shelves: april-2012-reads
A delightful, captivating, and fascinating “urban” fantasy, this is the beginning of a series, and what a delight that is. I truly loved this book and could not set it aside. Author Steve Finegan not only knows his Celtic lore, he knows characterization, inside and out. I’m not generally a fan of fantasy, especially high or epic fantasy, but this book is just special, and I highly recommend it.

Seventh-grader Gabe just moved into a new house, new locale, and dreads trying to meet new kids and st
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
First Thoughts:

It took some adjusting to get used to this authors style of writing and the concept of the world he created. The concept of the story was actually really interesting and once you started learning about the boundaries and ideas of the world it became easier and more acceptable to understand. Though at times I found myself confused on what was happening I was able to eventually grasp the idea and move forward. It was in the end a fun and fast read and with a little improvement it co
Katherine Smits
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free, advance copy of this book through Book Rooster. I am not receiving compensation of any kind for this review.
Into the Mist: Silver Hand is a YA novel that also resonates for adults. Well written, insightful and intriguing, it twines the strands of two stories into one, fusing the protagonist’s dual experiences in both the concrete world of reality and the evanescent world of myth.
Gabe Wrenn is a seventh grader diagnosed with TLE or Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. His overpr
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Into the Mist: Silver Hand is a brilliant novel that brings back a lot of memories for me. It reminds me of reading fantasy novels when I was young and the excitement and thrills that I get when turning through the pages. The book is basically two stories in one and Finegan does a marvellous job balancing and blending a modern day coming of age story with a traditional fantasy story set to a Celtic background.

The story is about Gabe, a 13 year old boy who is suffering from mild Temporal Lobe Epi
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I got "Into the Mist: Silver Hand" by Steve Finegan from a member giveaway. "Into the Mist: Silver Hand" is about Gabe Wren a thirteen year old boy who loves to sketch and and draw. Gabe is an excellent artist with a lot of imagination. His favorite character to draw is "Corvus" a crow man. At the beginning of the book, Gabe has just moved to new town and is starting a new school. As if dealing with these things was hard enough, Gabe also has a secret. Gabe has a form of epilepsy called TLE. Whi ...more
Tahlia Newland
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy, fantasy
Title: Into the Mist: Silver Hand
Author: Steve Finegan
Publisher: Indie/Self
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

This book is undoubtedly awesome, a skilful rendering of a tale both real and fantasy that matches, and in many cases, surpasses anything a trade publisher might put out. If you still need convincing about the quality of Indie books, then read this. I totally recommend it and if you have a teenage son, then get it immediately.

The thing I really liked about this book, apart from the quality of t
I wasn’t sure what I would make of Steve Finnegan’s Into the Mist as I started reading. I enjoy fantasy though I’m getting a little jaded by books trying to hook me into series. I’m fascinated by how the mind works, but I’m not sure how well sympathy and illness lead to plausible characters. And I love ancient mythology but sometimes feel dismayed at how modern stories tend to use it instead of reinterpreting it.

That said, I actually enjoyed this book a lot and was sorry to read the final page.
C.M. Lance
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Epileptic seizures frequently are preceded by "Auras", a sense of disorientation, déjà vu, even altered sense of taste, the world just seems different. What if the Aura was evidence of something different? What if it is magic welling up?

Gabe suffered a head injury when he was six. Since then, the sensations he experiences have been diagnosed as epileptic auras. His mother is overprotective from a sense of guilt. His father turned away from his creative accomplishments in order to support his fam
Yolanda Renee
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A new exciting young adult fantasy series recently hit bookshelves in the novel INTO THE MIST: SILVER HAND by Steve Finegan. Just as most thirteen year olds Gabe Wrenn seeks solace from bullies in his imagination. The outcome is a talent for drawing and storytelling that results in the creation of a graphic novel, a novel he shares with no one, until he meets Ellie. Then suddenly his whole world opens up. But with added popularity comes even harsher bullying. You want to know how Gabe navigates ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
*I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author for review, but my rating was not influenced by it.

The premise of the book is interesting and somewhat novel in that our protagonist is a teenager with epilepsy. When it comes to YA fantasy the plots are beginning to look pretty similar, bending with popular trends, so it was nice to see Finegan trying something new.

The basic plot is that Gabe, a teen boy who experiences seizures and feels like an outcast, moves to a new town with his fam
Andy Angel
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A rivetting read that bodes well for the series.
Gage, a young boy with a form of epilepsy, moves to a new town with his family where he meets his new neighbour Ellie, who seems to be guided by the spirit of the Brynmoor Witch, a woman who lived in the area in years past.
The Brynmoor Witch had a cottage in the woods, an area local townspeople generally won't go near (the exceptions being Ellie and local bully boy/ badboy Alex). Ellie seems to recognise that Gage is different and when she takes hi
Kate Policani
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: win
Gabe is a young teen under pressure. He has just moved to a new town, facing a new house, a new school, and all the trouble that comes with it. In addition to his regular stresses, he lives with an epilepsy disorder resulting from a head injury when he was little. Strangely, his affliction initiates a connection to something fantastic. After meeting the perky neighbor girl, Ellie, supernatural things begin to happen to Gabe. A strange wood full of old trees, a ruin, a witch's ghost, and a creepy ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
An enormously surprising book for me, Into the Mist takes place between this world and another where magic rules and there is an epic battle between good and evil.

Why was it surprising? Because the premise of the book, while promising, revolves around a thirteen-year-old boy. And I didn't think that a book that has a young boy as its hero would be as profound as this. From the beginning I was completely wrapped up in the story of Gabe and his new friend Ellie. Gabe, who has a hard time making fr
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is about a 13 year old boy named Gabe, who has TLE. His parents are overprotective, he doesn't have any friends, doesn't get along with his brother, and to top it off his family just moved. He finds that sketching takes him away from his troubled reality, but starts to find that the sketches become the reality. He makes friends with a new neighbor who shows him a special place in the woods, and that's where the magic really begins. It then begins a race for time to save things in the w ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining read with a killer cliff-hanger that will ensure you read the sequel when it comes out.

This book deals with the stigma of being different (in this case having epilepsy) and how it impacts not only the person with the stigma but all those around them. The impact on each familial relationship is different, and all for different reasons. And since the protagonist is the one who has TLE (the type of epilepsy he was diagnosed with) we get to see how heavily it impacts him.

But everyt
Maria Elmvang
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of this ebook as an ARC, and really appreciated the chance to get to read it. Steve Finegan paints amazing word-pictures, and I was quickly drawn deep into the book. Into the Mist: Silver Hand reminded me a lot of The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and Shamran by Bjarne Reuter in its atmosphere and structure.

Since ItM:SH is the first book in a series, it very much served to set the stage for the coming books, and as such I preferred the 'OtherWorld' aspects of the story to thos
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it

This story took place in two different worlds- our own in present time, and the other not exactly specified. It seemed to still be Earth, but in either a different dimesion or a time long ago. Our main character, Gabe, is an average boy who happens to have epilepsy and a mother who takes 'over-protective' to new levels. He writes and he draws and he, somehow, finds himself transported to this other world. He soon finds that he is destined to save this other world from impending doom. He is a gre
Jasmine Villanova
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beneath the Moon and Stars review

I really liked this. It was kinda hard to get into in the beginning. What I liked best was getting to learn about a new type of mythology. Gabe was surprisingly a very strong main character. I loved all the art and the epilepsy was kinda fascinating. Ellie was so cute. I love how she never gave up on what she believed. Gabe should listen to her more often. I hope they get together in the next book they would be a super cute couple.

The plot was pretty fast paced
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Steve Finegan's writing style grabbed me from the first chapter. He made it easy to follow two intricate story lines, as our world and the world of Celtic mythology intertwine through the main character Gabe. Either story by itself would make a readable book but combining them makes a memorable one. I very much enjoyed Gabe, Ellie, Mr. Wrenn and Corvus as they struggle in both worlds. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the Wrenn's family dynamics, and Gabe's medical woes. They give a good founda ...more
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Wow! Talk about a cliffhanger! I need more! Silver Hand is such a unique and fun book combining ancient legends with urban life. The plot is complex and creative and the characters so vibrant and alive. They could live just down the street from me! The writing creates such a vivid world for this exciting story! I can't wait for the next book! This is a definite must-read for anyone who enjoys urban fantasy!
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gabe Wrenn is a young boy with epilepsy, who moves to a new house in a new town. His brother treats him like a freak, his mother babies him. All he has is his art. When he meets Ellie, the girl next door, he is drawn into an adventure that brings his art to life. I loved this book, the story moved seamlessly between worlds. I can't wait to read more!
Larry B Gray
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The plot was excellent and well developed. I was disappointed when I came to the last page, I wanted more. The characters were easy to identify with and follow. I highly recommend this book.
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really liked this books concept. Full review to come.
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