THE LEGENDS BEGIN by Shane Hegarty


From the "Darkmouth" series, volume 1
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Age Range: 9 - 14
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Does Finn have what it takes to be a Legend Hunter? Everyone better hope he does!

For centuries Blighted Villages across the globe were scenes of incursions by monsters from the Infested Side. Beings like Minotaurs and Manticores and worse broke through the barrier between worlds, and only the Legend Hunters, a hereditary line of human fighters in each village, stood between reality and certain destruction. Legend appearances have tapered off and subsided everywhere except Darkmouth, Ireland. Finn and his father are the last two active Legend Hunters…but Finn’s training is not going so well (as the destruction around town suggests). Across the divide between worlds, a very evil monster is hatching an understandably evil plot to take over the Promised World (aka here). And there just may be a prophecy that indicates that Finn is Earth’s only hope of stopping an apocalyptic invasion of monsters. Yep, Earth’s likely doomed. Hegarty’s debut and the first of a projected series is Ghostbusters meets Percy Jackson as written by Terry Pratchett. Finn, who wants to be a veterinarian not a Legend Hunter, is a put-upon Everykid and reluctant hero who’ll appeal to most readers. The world Hegarty imagines for him is at once frightening and funny. (Final art and Americanized text not seen.)

Provided the delightful Irish flavor isn’t sucked dry, readers will be hunting for the sequel in short order. (Fantasy. 9-14)

Pub Date: April 21st, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-231125-2
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2015


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