Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Son of Shadow by John Lenahan. Thank you to The Write Reads for the tour invite. Read on for more info and my review.
A world of faeries, leprechauns and dragons – and magic fuelled by the blood of trees.
A mystery portal to the Real World.
And a pair of curious young adventurers who know they shouldn’t step through it…
Meet Fergal the Second, nicknamed ‘two’. Or ‘Doe’, in his own language. He can do magic. But, for the moment, he’s forgotten where he’s from. Or what’s happened to his blind friend Ruby.
He’s actually from Tir na Nog, the enchanted world of Shadowmagic, where a new generation of the royal House of Duir are cheeking their parents, preparing for adulthood and itching to see the Real World for themselves – whatever the peril.
Son of Shadow is a great fantasy that explores Celtic mythology. This is a subject I’m not well versed in, so I was excited to learn more. I do think this is a story you should go into without knowing too much, so I’m going to give my opinions but I won’t go into major details.
I love the world building. The descriptions are beautifully written and I really like the magic system, here. Author John Lenahan writes in a way that allowed me to get lost in the world and forget I was reading. That’s part of the draw of fantasy for me and John Lenahan nails it.
While I really enjoyed the world and magic, the real showstopper in this book was the characters. A great cast of strong, well written, female characters who make intriguing decisions and kept me invested in the story.
If you’re a fan of fantasy, check Son of Shadow out.
Thank you to The Write Reads for the free review copy and tour invite. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Born in Philadelphia but long settled in the UK, John Lenahan is an acclaimed magician and TV performer. He fronted his own BBC2 magic series Stuff the White Rabbit, played the voice of the toaster in Red Dwarf and has appeared on a wide range of entertainment shows including TFI Friday, Comedy Café and Celebrity Squares. He is a member of the exclusive Magic Circle. He is also the author of the popular Shadowmagic trilogy, a fantasy adventure series for young adults which combines Irish folk myth with 21st-century wit. Son of Shadow takes up the story once more, following the noble houses of the magical parallel world of Tir na Nog into the next generation.
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