Published By: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: March 12, 2012
Date Read: December 10, 2012
Genre: Middle Grade - Fantasy
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.
Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of "fighting Irish."
Wow! I really don't even know where to start with this review. This book was so awesome and I really didn't expect to like it quite as much as I did. After finding out this book was Middle Grade my instant reaction was 'Oh'. I just don't 'do' MG books but I thought I will give it a go anyway just because it is Spencer Hill Press and I just love all of their books. I was so pleasantly surprised by Finn Finnegan... it completely took my pre-conceived thoughts about Middle Grade books and completely threw my expectation out of the window and blew me away. I am sad to say that I am one who before reading this book went Middle Grade? No thanks I will pass and never give the book a second thought. Darby has completely changed my mind about Middle Grade books and I will never be one to pass on a book just because of it being MG ever again.
Finn is dying to start his apprenticeship. Growing up with a family that never cares or notices him isn't the best so he can't wait to go start his apprenticeship and find out how to use his powers. Finn is a descendent from an ancient celtic race of warriors from Ireland. Paired with his 'Master' Sir Gideon, Finn find that his apprenticeship is much harder than he first expected. He must learn manners and how to act as well as how to use his powers... but danger is brewing for Finn and Gideon... can they both come out of it? Things for Finn will never be the same.
I genuinelly loved this book. I sat down with the intention of reading just a few chapters and the next thing I knew I was finished with the book. Having not read any Middle Grade nor anything by Darby Karchut before I was very impressed. I was completely drawn into this addictive story and I loved every single second of it. Darby is a fantastic author and her writing style is just so amazing. It's such a laid back and easy read and you just find yourself completely sucked in and unable to stop reading. This book will give you 'Just One More Chapter Syndrome' and let's face it those are the best kinds of books.
Finn is such a great character. I was worried about how much I would connect with the character with him being younger than the characters in the books that I usually read but I really needn't have worried at all. I instantly loved him. I love his carefree nature and his talking back to Gideon. Finn really grows a lot as a character throughout the book and goes from this carefree young boy who just wants to have fun to learning the lessons and the danger of training to be a Tuatha De Danaan warrior. I just loved seeing his adventures and his journey throughout this book and I really couldn't put the book down and I was dying to see what would happen to Finn.
I really fell head-over-heels in love with this book. It's such a great story and I will be counting down until the second book will come out to see what happens next. I genuinelly loved it and Darby totally proved me wrong about MG books. I never wanted to read a MG book and never thought I would enjoy them but I really loved this one. It's true that I won't go out of my way to look up MG books to read but if I come across one that sounds good I won't instantly go 'Oh It's Middle Grade... I Don't Think So' I will pick it up and give it a go and that is a massive improvement from what I was like before reading this book.
Finn Finnegan is such a great fantasy adventure that reminds me of Harry Potter... but it is way better written! It has Fae, Goblins and magic... everything you could ever want. If you are looking for a fun light read that will have you giggling into your book and have your heart pounding fast not able to wait to see what is going to happen next this is the book for you. It is brilliant and definitely worth a read!