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Gideon's Spear

(The Adventures of Finn MacCullen #2)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  15 reviews
For Finn MacCullen, it's time to Irish up.With a shout, Finn held the spear aloft. Come along, ye manky beasties, he yelled, throwing every bit of Gideon-ness he could into his voice. I've a wee point to share with ye! Gripping the end of the shaft in both hands, he swung it around and around over his head, creating a whistling sound. Faugh a ballagh! The Spear! Goblin voi ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Spencer Hill Middle Grade (first published February 1st 2014)
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Kelly Hager
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh, you guys, this book.

I'll be honest---I am a huge fan of her first series, the one about Griffin. And I was incredibly skeptical about this one, both because it's marketed as middlegrade and because...well, it's not Griffin. And this series seems to have replaced Griffin. So there was a bit of "Pete Best Forever; Ringo Never!" coming from me. And then I read Finn Finnegan (the first book) and begrudgingly fell in love with it. And then I read this one---in just a few hours, because I couldn't
Wes Karchut
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this is my wife's book, but I really liked it, not because she wrote it, but because it's a fun, adventure-filled book. I think girls will like it as much as boys.
Kathy Martin
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
GIDEON'S SPEAR was an excellent sequel to FINN FINNEGAN. Finn is still getting used to the idea that he is really Gideon Lir's apprentice and that he has found a home where he is loved and valued. Finn is having a bit of trouble getting used to the idea the he is the legendary Spear that can defeat the Amandan. He is also having some issues with the parents of his friends Rafe and Savannah. Their father is convinced that Finn is being abused by Gideon because he frequently has bruises and cuts. ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads have done it again. Gideon's Spear was a breathe of fresh air. I must say, from my perspective, this second installment was even more enjoyable than the first. Darby truly has a gift for character driven stories. And a top notch talent for mastering the faux father/son relationships.

I absolutely love Gideon and Finn together. These two feed off each other and well...'complete' each other so perfectly. And I have to admit...the more we get to know Gideon? The more I am in love with hi
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! Have you ever believed that you don't fit in? That you just can't get anything right? That you are letting someone you care about down? Then you will identify with Finn. He is apprenticed to Gideon, who is training him to be a knight in modern times. They are fighting the Amandán, goblin type creatures. Now throw in 2 neighbor kids, their grandfather in Africa & their parents, who are very concerned about what is going on with Finn. Next, let's add another knight & his new ap ...more
The sequel is a satisfying follow on from the first book in the series. I have rated it 4 stars as the author has the tendency to over-explain certain situations.

I also found it rather difficult trying to accept the idea of Finn going to his friends' house to watch how mielie pap is made. Rather than the delicacy that the author seems to be attempting to portray, mielie pap (maize meal) actually forms the major part of the diets of the majority of indigent people here in South Africa. Simple to
Darby Karchut
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
I loved writing this second installment of Finn's adventures!
Meredith Mansfield
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Could Finn and Gideon get into any more trouble. I'm sure I'll find out in the next book. Fun read.
Robert Kent
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honest and for true, I liked Gideon's Spear even better than Finn Finnegan, though newcomers to the series would be better off starting with that book. The origin and introduction of our characters out of the way, Karchut is able to spend book two deepening the characters and their relationships, thickening the plot, and raising the stakes. Also, there's even more action this time around, which makes the pages fly by in no time.

Karchut expertly reminds return readers and catches up new readers
Gideon’s Spear by Darby Karchut
(Book #2: The Adventures of Finn MacCullen)
Source: Author
Rating: 4/5 stars

Sometimes the hardest part about being a book reviewer/blogger is being honest especially when that honesty may hurt an author that you consider a friend. But, just as the author stays true to their story and characters, I must stay true to my thoughts and feelings about the books I read and know that my dishonesty would be both disrespectful and unappreciated. So, for the first time ever I h
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gideon's Spear is not one of those novels that pushes you along toward its conclusion. Rather, it reaches out from the last page, and pulls you through twists and turns, ups and downs, and everything else author Darby Karchut can throw at you, till finally you reach the end.

Gideon's Spear starts off shortly after the bruises have healed from Finn Finnegan, the first in "The Adventures of Finn MacCullen" series. Though he's still early in his apprenticeship, Finn has had to learn quickly how to f
Beverly McClure
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Being a thirteen-year-old boy is tough enough. Being the thirteen-year-old Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan and apprentice to a Knight, with monsters and a witch after you is challenging to even the bravest young teen.

Author Darby Karchut has written another winner. After reading FINN FINNEGAN, BOOK ONE OF THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MACCULLEN, I didn’t think the series could get any better. I was wrong. GIDEON’S SPEAR, the second book in the series, continues the story of Finn MacCullen and Gideon Lir
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. I think I liked it even more than Finn Finnegan, which was also a really good. The characters were fleshed out even more in this book. The new characters added more to the book and the story. This was full of action and adventure. Overall it was a very fun read.
I received a free copy of this book as part of GoodReads First Reads program.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words.
Her middle grade book, DEL TORO MOON, was a Colorado Book Award Winner and a Moonbeam Children's Silver Award Winner

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