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Sign of the Throne

(The Solas Beir Trilogy #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Abby is haunted by dreams of an ivory castle, blood-thirsty monsters, and a striking stranger. Working as a babysitter for a family of mythology lovers in wealthy Newcastle Beach, California, she struggles to define herself among the elite class while trying to make sense of her strange visions. Upon meeting David, the doppelgänger of the mysterious young man in her dreams ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 14th 2013 by Castle Garden Publications (first published September 7th 2013)
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Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Abby has strange dreams about a boy and evil creatures that threaten them. Both are real. David is the unknowing heir to the throne of a different land and his enemies will do anything to stop him getting there through the portal to claim his crown. Abby must convince him of his real identity and help fix the portal before both worlds are consumed by evil.

My first thought on seeing this book was how beautiful t
Novels On The Run
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 8th August 2013:


I totally dug this book. This is a very clean read that any school library would want on their shelves.

I love the cover of this book, it really is true to the story line.

Melissa gave me a really great story that is very well written and very smoothly told. I am in two minds if it is middle grade or YA genre. My reasons, the main characters are eighteen and up, but the story is an appealing fantasy for younger readers.

First of all I'm glad that the author of this book Melissa Eskue Ousley provided me with an ARC of this book. The writing style was narrative and it's very well written. I loved the storyline. This book was very imaginative and I loved the characters and the way they were described. Eulelia, Cael, The Buchans, Jonathan and last but not the least at all Abby and David were very well written characters. Even the evil ones were neatly described. I loved that magnetic pull between Abby and David whi ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a teacher of middle school students, I always read the books I place in my classroom for my students. I have just finished reading Sign of the Throne and this is a book that will be well loved in my classroom library. The images Melissa Eskue Ousley has created with her writing connect the mystical and present daydreams of many. My love of Celtic lore, mythology, and strong, compassionate heroines was fulfilled in Melissa's book. I cannot wait for Book Two of the Solas Beir Trilogy because I ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love YA romance. I love fantasy adventure books with castles, kings, and battles to the death. And I really really love Mythology! Sign of the Throne was like an enchanting fairy tale with all of this, and a magical portal to another world! The characters are so vivid, both in Newcastle Beach, and Cai Terenmare. The battle of Light vs. Darkness will undoubtedly rage on, and I can't wait to find out what happens next for Abby and David in the next installment of this trilogy.

I want to thank th
Howard Parsons
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, things come between you and your sister. Sometimes, she takes up with a mortal enemy. Sometimes, she steals your child from his cradle. Rather than spiriting the child away to some mountain hide-away or foreign strand, your sister takes him though a portal to a different world . . . known as Earth . . . and after destroying the portal, hides in the quaint seaside city of Newcastle Beach, CA. What’s a mother to do? Well, Queen Eulalia of Cai Terenmare does know what to do and thus foll ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every teen hits a time in their life where they struggle to define who they are and what their place is in the world. Abby's struggle is a little more challenging than most. Not only is she perched between the worlds of every normal life and the elite society of Newcastle Beach, she is haunted by strange dreams that threaten danger if she doesn't understand their meaning in time.

The story of Sign of the throne envelopes two worlds, that of the world we all live in and the land of Cai Terenmare,
Dreaming of castles and handsome boys shouldn’t become nightmares, but for Abby, an ordinary girl, so she thinks, her nightmares are far too real. In a parallel world, evil has a plan to destroy a kingdom and it may spread to the human realm if no one can stop it and time is running out. A baby, heir to the throne of his realm is stolen and brought through a magical portal, left on the doorstep of a wealthy and childless couple, his memory of his past life and his future destiny will be erased f ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read every free chance I had because I was entranced by this book.

In the beginning, the story jumps ahead twenty-two years. At first, I was confused and really wanted to know what had happened in that time period. What happened to the baby? What happened to the Queen? Well, we do find all of this out in a unique-ish way. The Queen tells the back story to Abby. I wasn’t sure how I liked this until I started getting into the story. I really
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
ARC Goodreads Giveaway for honest review.

Sign of The Throne is a very intricately written book, weaving too worlds together while still giving you a glimpse of what it is like for each of the characters on opposite sides of the portal. Melissa Ousley's writing flows so smoothly touching on every emotion throughout the book, from love, hate, sadness, pain and an insanely addictive adventure. She writes with so much visual description it's hard to put down. I felt as though I could see everything
Johnnie-Marie Howard
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow at first it I thought it was a little weird how things started off, but then the story lines starting to make more since once the characters we're mixing with each other more. Let me just say off hand first I totally am happy that David Corbin and Abby Brown were able to be together. Heck after all the dreams she was having of him I'm surprised it took as long as it did.

Abby has a best friend named Jon who is in love with her but he just seems like a player. In the past they have been togeth
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Abby is an ordinary girl—or so she thought; her dreams are consumed with wretched monsters and visions of a mysterious boy. The mysterious boy is David, the son of a wealthy couple in New Castle Beach and the heir to the throne of Cai Terenmare. Unfortunately, David does not remember who he really is, and it is up to Abby to return him to his people and save the kingdom from an evil lord.

Melissa Eskue Ousley’s Sign of the Throne is a beautifully written tale that will captivate readers from
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Romance, action, and suspense...this story has it all. The characters were likeable and easy to relate to. The fantasy was perfectly meshed with the real world and I enjoy when writers are able to weave their story and make use of myths and legends from our own history, it makes the fiction more believable to me. Abby was a great character, humble and sweet, and David, well he's that "bad boy" we all love....motorcycle and leather jacket and all. I stayed up late to ...more
Sidra Umair
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
I got this book in exchange for an honest review.
I like the idea of alternate world and their connection, of how balance must be kept for every action you do causes a reaction.
The characters of David and Abby are strong. Loved the others as well....well, except for the bad guys. Disliked Moira the moment she was introduced.
There are so many POV in this book and you really see and feel what every one of them is like. Even though you hate Moira and the others, you understand the reason for their b
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a parallel world connected to ours by magic portals. The characters are rich and relatable to 'tweens on up. The story is beautifully told and kept me enthralled from the first chapter to the last and looking forward to more. Stiff competition for the Twilight series in the romance department and fantasy genre of the Percy Jackson books. Great read for any age! Kudos to Melissa Eskue Ousley!
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Wow. This book is simply amazing. I was sucked into the story from page 1 and I did not put this book down until I was done. By the end, my eyes just couldn't read fast enough; I was on the couch with my knees tucked under my chin with the suspense. The characters are great, the plot is fantastic, I can't recommend this book enough.

For those interested, this is a clean book.
Christine Finlayson
A wonderfully creative and entertaining YA novel. The story weaves between a fantasy world (rich with action, adventure, and very descriptive writing) and a modern-day story line that includes a teenage romance. This is not a genre I usually read, but I got so engrossed in the story, I had trouble putting it down (though I did skim over one long section of fantasy). I'm glad to know there's a second book coming. Can't wait to read it!
Amber Bogdanowicz
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book off of the First Reads contest on Goodreads along with the second and third books of the Solas Beir Trilogy. The book sucked me in right away, and I could have easily finished the book in a day. "Sign of the Throne," was really well written by Melissa Eskue Ousley. It was not one of those books where you read about a tree for 3 chapters, rather, it got straight to the point. Great book!
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this book in two days; I had trouble putting it down and almost wished my train would be delayed so that I didn't have to stop. I love the characters, they are defined very well and seem like people I could meet in real life. I found myself smiling throughout. This is a clean read for the YA crowd.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
would be a dream come true to win this giveaway...i reallllllly want to read it.. amazing storyline too ... i wish i wish i wish ... :D
J.L. Rallios
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 1/2 stars. This is one of the types of books I don't like to review, but I review every book I read, and I won't stop now. I gave it the rating that I did because this is an interesting fantasy with lots of action; is well written, and has likable characters. The plot is somewhat predictable and there is too much, for my taste, in clothes description. Hey, I'm a guy, but if it really added something to the story I wouldn't have minded. But speaking of taste, that's why I hate to review this ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I was really excited to get my hands on a copy of this book. I love the cover, I love the synopsis, and I especially love the 'lost heir, doomed world, random girl in the middle of it all' theme. I was expecting something refreshing and heroic, but while I did like certain aspects of the book (mainly the heroic ones), the story was pretty much like every other 'lost heir, doomed world, random girl in the middle of it all'. There were some new additions, but most of it was basically the same stuf ...more
Michelle  novelsontherun
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 8th August 2013:


I totally dug this book. This is a very clean read that any school library would want on their shelves.

I love the cover of this book, it really is true to the story line.

Melissa gave me a really great story that is very well written and very smoothly told. I am in two minds if it is middle grade or YA genre. My reasons, the main characters are eighteen and up, but the story is an appealing fantasy for younger readers.

Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r4r
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sign of the Throne is a story of a girl named Abby who starts having dreams about a boy she doesn't know or recognize. However, when she suddenly sees someone identical to the boy in her dreams, she seems to feel an instant connection to him. She ends up realizing that there's a reason why she's had these dreams and that he is the sign of the throne from a whole different world. Her job is to get him back to his world in time so he
This book sure dragged a lot. About 10% of the book is dedicated to lore, most of which I ended up only lightly perusing, but for the most part outright skipping due to the fact it read less like a character giving important information and more like an entire other story being incorporated into the book.

Aside from the lore-related info dumps, the characters were incredibly strange and unbelievable. I mean, who accepts that there are shadow monsters and another world without having a panic atta
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
Despite some solid writing, Sign of the Throne was a really weak YA book. Part of the problem is that the book felt like it wasn’t sure what genre it wanted to call home. The two main characters, Abby and David, are eighteen and twenty-three respectively. The age of the characters and the topics of colleges and job hunting, while only briefly mentioned make me want to dump the book into the New Adult arena. However, the action, main plot, and the character interactions all screamed Middle Grade ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Sign of the Throne was interesting and different. What it lacked in "polish" or writing, it made up for in the uniqueness of the plot and descriptive details. The characters were not very developed, and at times the story seemed to rush through important aspects or develop relationships much too quickly. But, with the intended audience in mind, it would do a decent job in keeping the attention of readers.

In all, I read and finished the book. It was a quick and interesting read, a little enjoyabl
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2016
A fun, adventurous story of two worlds and a teenage girl who is far more than you might expect! I'm closing this book and picking up number 2 right away.

I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
It could be that I just wasn't into it. The beginning dragged and the details seemed to insignificant to what the author really needed to focus on in the story. However to each their own. It could be the head ache I am having.
This is so badly written it deserves to be labeled a romance novel and one for the very young reader who likes PRINCESS stories. I skimmed so I can tell my friends, who teach, my opinion of the series AND I like a great deal of what is labeled YA. This was proof any hack can get published.
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Melissa Eskue Ousley is an award-winning author living on the Oregon coast with her family, a neurotic dog, and a piranha. Her debut novel, Sign of the Throne, won a 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Book Award and a 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her third book, The Sower Comes, won a 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her fourth book, Sunset Empire, debuted in the bestselling Secrets and Shadows youn ...more

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The Solas Beir Trilogy (3 books)
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  • The Sower Comes (The Solas Beir Trilogy, #3)

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