My latest review is for a fellow Brag Medallion recipient E.R. Barr and his first book in the Conor Archer duology, Roan (The Tales of Conor Archer #1). Read on to find my thoughts on this urban fantasy that combines Celtic myths and modern day science.
Synopsis (from the author):
Orphaned and alone, Conor Archer comes back to his hometown to find himself the center of attention. With the help of new friends, Jace the captain of the football team and Beth, his twin sister, along with a strange Labrador Retriever named Troubles, Conor has to discover who he really is and how he is tied to the mystery of the ‘Dark Ones’. They are the children the town is protecting from an ancient river demon and a shapeshifter in the nearby Indian Burial mound. Into the midst of Conor’s hunt for the truth comes DIOGENE, a biogenetics company with a scientist willing to do anything to unravel the mystery of the ‘Dark Ones’. Conor finds himself caught in a web of lies where myth and science war for humanity’s soul.
What I liked about Roan:
I enjoyed the Celtic myth, Native America, and modern science combination. The story wove those elements together nicely. Add in the beast in the river (Piasa), ancient rivalries, love interests, and humans influenced by both evil and good, and you have a great tale.
What I didn’t like about Roan:
My only complaint about Roan was the redundant references to the prophecy surrounding Conor. Despite the many mentions of it, the prophecy really never was fully revealed.
Overall impression of Roan:
I liked Roan by E.R. Barr! A nice combination of myth and science, tons of ancient intrigue, and an earth shattering prophecy make for a good urban fantasy tale. If you enjoy those elements, read Roan!