BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE by Jessica Leake

BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE

Age Range: 12 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

As heir to the throne and a skilled warrior, 17-year-old Ciara wields considerable power, but when a deadly enemy threatens her home, she must call upon her supernatural talents to protect those she loves.

In Ireland in 1035 C.E., dangers come not only from the violent Northmen, but from ancient deities warring against each other and the influx of Christianity. When a power-hungry king allies himself with the jötnar, a race of horrific giants, Ciara must fight alongside her enemy. While the thought of allying with the Northmen is repugnant, she finds herself falling for the charming Leif. Together they face duplicitous kings, painful memories, and dangerous magical creatures. But if their kingdoms and love are to survive, Ciara must embrace her birthright and Leif must honor the pact he made with the Valkyries in this historical fantasy that is rich in Celtic and Norse lore and threaded through with a story of star-crossed lovers. While Morrigan and Odin are terrifying, raven-haired Ciara is the star. Beautiful, strong, and independent, she is the perfect warrior princess.

Epic historical fantasy filled with deadly creatures, simmering romance, and nonstop action. (Fantasy. 12-16)

Pub Date: April 10th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-06-266626-0
Page count: 462pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2018




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