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Blood Ties

(Modern Tales of Na Fianna #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In an Ireland that mixes high kings, faeries, and modern warriors who drive fast cars, Ciran, a descendant from the famous warrior Fionn Mac Cool, bands together with a company of young warriors to go on a quest to recover their missing family members who were captured on patrol by the Goblins during a shaky peace between the two kingdoms. Ciran and his companions must fig ...more
Paperback, 438 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Deborah O'Carroll
Re-read for readalong, June 2017



Now I need to reread An Earthly King again...


Original review (first read March 10, 2016)

Originally posted on The Road of a Writer as part of a blog tour:

This book contains, among other things: awesome characters galore, brothers by blood and by bond, friendship, bickering (oh, the bickering!), quests, Irish warriors with fast cars and s
Abigail H. Leskey
Ciran Mac Cool, of the blood of Finn Mac Cool and some Fae, a Fianna warrior, has many brothers (and a sister, Maeve). He has Daegal, very close to him, sweet, and with second sight; Sean, a little warrior; Finbar, who is quiet; and Aeden, who is missing because he and other Fianna were captured by Goblins.
With the blessing of King Eamon (who is very funny and whose Captain of the Guard, Killian, is also funny and likes Maeve), Ciran and several other people go to rescue their relatives.
The C
Claire Banschbach
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
So I basically loved everything about this book. :) Ciran is a descendant of the famous Finn MacCool in what is basically an alternate modern world. He and his family serve the king of Ireland and when he gets sent off on a special mission disaster and adventure await!

The world is a mashup of modern appliances and medieval weapons, but it worked! How awesome are Irish guys with swords and leather breastplates speeding around in sports cars? Speaking of said Irish guys, I loved Ciran. He narrates
Merenwen Inglorion

Epic blend of modern world and fantasy. Love the sibling dynamics. More raving/explaining when I can get to a computer.
R.J. Rodda
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book! It totally surprised me how much I enjoyed this mash up of goblins with motorbikes, kings with cars, swords with mobile phones, legends of the Na Finna (of which I was ignorant) with modern day life. The blend of these elements was really entertaining and consistently executed. I also really appreciated the heart of this book - the longing of Ciran to find and rescue his brother who has been captured by the Goblin King, whatever the danger to himself. I also really liked the goo ...more
Ben Mariner
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ok, first of all. I love how Irish this book is. I mean, it’s set in Ireland and based of old Irish folklore so it kind of has to be, but still. For me, that was just kind of refreshing. It’s not just beating the same old legends and folklore to death. I knew nothing about any of this stuff before starting this book so it was really being introduced to a new world and that’s always a good thing. I love reading books set in countries that I’ve visited and loved because it reminds me of my time th ...more
Joseph Leskey
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYBODY!!!
This book is good. Good as in all those ways you can use the handy, overused word "good." I am not making it up when I say that this book is good. This is the sort of book…oh, never mind. Just remember that it is really good (oops, I didn't mean to say that more than thrice……spectacular) and is urban/contemporary fantasy (or whatever it's called these very fickle days)! I anxiously waited for this book as it came out and then suddenly there it was, in my hands, and I was reading it (I am not tal ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book, Interesting characters, I really liked the Irish mythology/ modern world thing.

But the cover... I know you shouldn't judge a book but it's cover... but....
emrys merlin
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars!

Blood Ties is a story about brotherhood, the gray area of war, and what happens when a bunch of sassy young men go questing together! so, naturally, this book was just SO. MUCH. FUN!

Plot synopsis:

In an Ireland that mixes high kings, faeries, and modern warriors who drive fast cars, Ciran, a descendant from the famous warrior Fionn Mac Cool, bands together with a company of young warriors to go on a quest to recover their missing family members who were captured on patrol by the Goblins
Jack Anderson
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With the first sentence, I was taken by the author's crisp writing style. Ms. West skillfully brings the medieval setting into modern times. She composes words and phrases in a way that draws the reader into this alternative reality. Though she has created a rather unique world, we can identify with the characters as they struggle with common challenges in their relationships. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy.

Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Blood Ties is a novel where you would love to live with the characters. It is a novel where you want to put yourself into. The world building, the friendships, the amazing relationships of the characters put me into a delightful, fascinating, interesting and adventurous journey. The novel focuses on urban fantasy where the ancient and modern era collides. It’s unique and it will spar fantasy novels out there.

I find this book amusing. The friendship and loyalty are so strong on this one that some
Joseph Leskey
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody
The e-book remains as good as the paperback.

See my excellent review of said paperback.
E. Writes
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I recently read all three of these books pretty much back to back, and here's the Cliff's notes on the trio. While being totally not my usual thing, I did find them oddly addictive.
There were a lot of flaws, especially earlier-to-later, clearly tracing the writer's growth. Some people might not be able to get past that; but if you're able to read with an open mind and a big pinch of salt on 'what should be' I found these tales fun and entertaining, in a way that I'm usually not exposed to muc
Madeline J. Rose
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Initial Response
That. Was. AWESOME.

High Lights
- I don't even know how to review this.
- I love, love, LOVED the characters, I thought Ciran was a great protagonist and he DIDN'T MAKE DUMB DECISIONS, which seems to be a running theme in YA books. Keevan and Riordan were adorable, Eamon was wonderful, even Deaglan grew on me. They were all really well-rounded and I felt like they all had unique personalities.
- I felt like I learned a lot about Irish lore! All of the interesting names and cust
Monica Banschbach
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Grace Mullins
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Louise Anderson
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Hazel B. West is the author of several novels including historical titles like On a Foreign Field, By Blood or By Bond; Wolfsblood, a book about werewolves in Roman Britain and the Modern Tales of Na Fianna series, which feature modern Irish warriors with swords and fast sports cars and lots of faeries.

As to what she prefers to consume (aside from bacon and coffee) she can often be found with her

Other books in the series

Modern Tales of Na Fianna (3 books)
  • An Earthly King (Modern Tales of Na Fianna #2)
  • Scars of War (Modern Tales of Na Fianna #3)