Darby Karchut creates an exciting new world by mixing modern day with Irish Folklore in this middle grade adventure. Karchut is an award winning-writer and local Colorado author.
Finn Finnegan is about a thirteen year old who is half human, half Tuatha De Danaan. Tuatha De Danaan is an ancient warrior race of mythical beings from Ireland. At age thirteen it is customary for them to train with an older De Dannan and learn to fight and use their ancient skills passed down from generation to generation. They are at war with the Amandán, which are goblins that can morph into objects or people for a short period of time. Unfortunately they can only injure Amadán and therefore only slow them down. The only weapon that can kill an Amadán is the Gideon Spear, and it’s been lost for a very long time.
Karchut nails the perspective of a young teen becoming a warrior, with all its ups and downs. This is a fantastic middle grade book for any young boy. It’s a clean novel which is something I always appreciate. I also appreciate the history and Irish Folklore. I give this book 5 out of 5 donuts.
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