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The Gold-Son

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,206 ratings  ·  162 reviews
All sixteen-year-old Tommin wants is to make beautiful shoes and care for his beloved granny, but his insatiable need to steal threatens to destroy everything. Driven by a curse that demands more and more gold, he’s sure to get caught eventually.

When mysterious Lorcan Reilly arrives in town with his “niece,” Eve, Tommin believes the fellow wants to help him. Instead, Lorca
Published June 20th 2017 by Skyscape
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Hannah Greendale
Sixteen-year-old Tommin is cursed by a compulsion to steal at regular intervals. All he wants is to be free of the curse, so when a stranger named Lorcan Reilly arrives in town with his niece, Eve, and claims he can break the curse, Tommin willingly follows Lorcan to the underground city of Neathgillan. There, Tommin discovers a realm of leprechauns and is faced with a choice: Should he break the curse to regain his humanity or succumb to the lure of gold and learn the ways of the leprechaun?

R.Q. Woodward
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really wanted to like it. The cover is gorgeous and the description great. Seemed like it would be a fun read.

For starters, the story should have been centered around Eve instead of Tommin. He never changes or takes initiative and feels very flat. He's driven by his curse throughout the story and is nothing but a naive follower. Eve is much more interesting, does all the planning, leg work, and saving, and IMO has a muc
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars. I definitely did like it.
Kristen Burns
4 Stars

I wasn't sure this would be my kind of book, but it's about leprechauns, and I love reading about uncommon paranormal creatures/beings, so of course I wanted to read it. And I'm so glad I did because I really liked it!

For starters, I was delightfully swept away by the 1800s Ireland setting where most of the book took place and the atmospheric, fairytale-esque feel of the writing and the story.

Even better was the amazing creativity of the leprechaun aspect! I really want to read mor
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, arc
Charming and delightful, THE GOLD-SON reads like a classic fairytale but with a modern day twist. From its traditional opening, to its quaint setting, to its folkloric characters, to its heroic protagonists, to its evil antagonist, to its innocent romance, it is an enchanting and magical and whimsical tale that will immediately grab hold and will keep readers captivated.

Tommin Kelly had no idea why he was so consumed with the need to steal. Had he known the true circumstances of his birth he mig
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
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While I enjoyed The Gold-Son, I felt as if it was written for younger readers. It didn’t quite have the depth or development that I typically look for in a story. That being said, I think I would have loved it when I was in middle grade. There was an almost fairytale feel to the writing. Adventure and magic abound and it’s hard to go wrong with Leprechauns.

The story begins with Tommin beginning to change into a leprechaun after he was cla
Hezekiah Brown
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I greatly enjoyed this book. It has the feel of the old Irish Faerie Tales, but it also has a bit of a modern twist. Noble's story-line is well thought out. Although you think that you know the ending when you start reading it, there are several major plot changes along the way so that this story is far from boring. This is a more mature work than her first volume (The Mermaid's Sister) in that she has more developed characters and explores more complex themes this book.
Although this book would
Michele Israel Harper
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I first read The Mermaid's Sister, which I absolutely adored, and immediately snatched up a review copy and an interview with the author once I found out The Gold-Son was coming out. I was not disappointed.

I never knew much about the world of the Leprechauns, but everything from their greed to their rainbows to their mushroom tea made them seem absolutely real to me. Carrie Anne Noble writes in rich historical and fantastical detail. I would recommend this book to anyone who love
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

What a delightful book! A fairy tale that involves teen protagonists that nevertheless doesn't feel like a modern writer inserting teen angst/modern teen characters into historical fiction/fantasy. It just feels so authentically old-school fairy tale.

I listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. (The marvelous Irish accent didn't hurt.)
Austine (NovelKnight)
I could fill a shelf with books that have the potential to be amazing but don't quite live up to what they claim to offer. This was the case with The Gold-Son, featuring an intriguing cover and a synopsis that promises a tale unlike any I've read before. And, indeed, it was certainly original, taking the tale of Leprechauns and breathing new life into it. There's your potential. The execution, however, fell flat leaving me with little attachment to the plot and characters.

This is the story of To
Laura A. Grace
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! It was very different than what I usually read (or have ever read I think). The way the author portrayed the leprechauns is something else! I'm not sure if I'll look at nice shoes the same way again (might be wondering just who made it so wonderfully).

Tommin might have the urge to steal, but I still found him relatable in his struggles of wanting to do right and love his family to the fullest. Eve was also very relatable. I greatly admired her strength and h
Rachel Stansel
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this tale of a teenage boy who learns he was, at birth, destined to become a Leprechaun. We follow him as he tries to balance his two sides and determine what kind of person he is and what kind of life he wants to have. Well told, this is a nice YA book. Part folk tale, there is romance, though sedate. A nice read.

Full disclosure - I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, fantasy

The Gold Son is about a human boy named Tommin. He is an ordinary sixteen-year-old who wants to make beautiful shoes and take care of his granny. The thing about Tommin that is not ordinary is his insatiable need to steal. He’s driven by a curse that demands more and more gold.

One day the mysterious Lorcan Reilly comes to town with his “niece”, Eve. Tommin believes Lorcan wants to help him, but instead Lorcan whisks him off to the underground realm
High Plains Library District
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Casual readers, Teens, and Adults
Carrie Ann Noble unveils the schemes of the little, green men we call leprechauns in her book The Gold-son where they meddle with more than just gold. Noble draws on the mystical ambience of Ireland to tell a story of internal struggles and love.

Young Tommin has an unnatural compulsion to steal. He knows it isn’t right, but try as he might, it’s too hard to stop. When a man claims to have a cure, Tommin is skeptical, but a deal is made. Tommin realizes too late the plans the man has for him, an
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Going into this book I really wasn't expecting much. I knew it was a fairy tale about leprechauns and that's about it. I was honestly really surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book! It does have a very classic fairy tale feel (especially in the first half) but it's written in a very modern way. It definitely had the enchanting old school fairy tale feel with none of the confusing puzzles or games that old fairy tales tend to throw your way. It's about a boy who's cursed from the time ...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave
BFF Charms: Oda Mae Brown, Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Folkloric
Bonus Factor: Leprechauns
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Hiding My Valuables

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Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is meant to be a YA novel. It's sort of a fairy tale about a young man who becomes the "gold-son" of a leprechaun. The author takes you into a very interesting fantasy world which seemed fresh and fun. I also liked that there is a female heroine/love interest who really saves the day.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Carrie Anne Nobles last book- The Mermaids Sister, and The Gold Son was also good. The characters were well written, the plot was interesting. I enjoyed the time jump of the story. I liked that it was a story about ‘leps’, which I don’t know that I’ve read a story from a leprechaun’s perspective. It was a love story, but not to YAish.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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*I received a free copy of this ebook through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

2.5 stars.

There wasn’t necessarily anything wrong with this book, I just couldn’t get into it. All that time that passed from start to finish? Yeah, I kind of felt like that’s how long it took me to read The Gold-Son. I found myself rushing through it so I could be done. It’s a shame actually because the idea behind it is interesting. It just wasn’t my style of writing, I guess.

Eve and Tommin were all right
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Ms. Noble's first book, "The Mermaid's Sister" so I was thrilled when she released "The Gold-Son," her second novel. The characters here are compelling and real, even within the fantasy world she created. And that world is a fresh and clever take on Leprechauns and Fairies. I appreciated the carefully woven world, full of details and rich descriptions that really brought it to life.

I greatly enjoyed, too, the positive traits of the main protagonists, Tommin and Eve. Both suffered greatly
Bubble Bath Books
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Gold-Son presents a remarkable history and setting for what we think of as those little cute guys in green--leprechauns. Carrie Ann Noble went deep and brought us an imaginative new back story to explain Leprechauns and it ain't pretty like a rainbow. But this is a wonderfully crafted fantasy not to be missed! See our full review at ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
This one was ok. Although it was noted as a Young Adult novel, it's another one that starts out sounding like a middle-grade read. This one is another one that I would tell you not to read the synopsis if you haven't done so. It gives way to much away and pretty much sums up the story for you the reader. I felt through reading this book that I already knew what was going to happen. And for the most part, I did. All thanks to that blurb. There were a few twists and turns that kept the story movin ...more
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Virginia R.
Had this book stopped or resolved at 57%, it would have been a five star book. But Part II made me go completely cold on the novel, which is a shame, because Part 1 was wonderful. The setting and descriptions are vivid and clear, and as a reader, I immediately felt for Tommin, the main character, who comes to discover that the reason he feels such an intense, obsessive need to steal is because he was cursed at birth by a leprechaun, and is destined to become one.

Along the way, Tommin meets a ca
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bob Boze
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With The Gold Son, Carrie Anne Noble has sealed her fate as my idol. She’s not turned me into a fantasy lover but she certainly has turned me into a lover of everything she writes. When I grow up as a writer, not likely to happen, but if it does, I want to be just like her. Well, make that, write like her.

When I read the Mermaids Sister, I was immediately impressed with Carrie Anne’s ability to add details into every scene and event that made you feel like you were there, standing in the middle
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In the wake of her checkered past as a theatre student, restaurant hostess, certified nurse aide, and newspaper writer, Carrie now writes novels and short stories. She lives in the mountains of Pennsylvania with her tolerant husband, charming children, two naughty cats, a not-so-bright dog, and seven really-not-so-bright chickens. The chickens do not live in the house. You can read her blog at htt ...more

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