I read the first of the Conor Archer books (Roan, The Tales of Conor Archer #1) not long ago and enjoyed it. It was a nice combination of fantasy, Celtic myths, Native American mythology, and modern technology. I added the second book of the series to my TBR and here are my thoughts.
Synopsis (from the author):
RUMORS OF MAGIC AND MURDER hung over the tragedy at Tinker’s Grove which destroyed a town and killed some fine people. Aunt Emily thought sending Conor Archer to Ireland to see his godmother was the solution to keep him safe and out of harm’s way.
Conor went and immediately got himself in trouble with a local landowner, a Japanese war criminal, and a bunch of Otherworld things that wanted to destroy him. Not everyone was an enemy. There were the secretive Travelers–the Tinker folk with legends that tended to come true. Of course, the Roan were there, the People of the Sea, promising to watch over him. But there was something more–an ancient being camped out on the mysterious Skellig Islands, intent on protecting him and the land.
He remembered Aunt Emily slapping an envelope into his pocket saying, “Here’s your ticket; have a nice flight; stay safe.” Not a chance he thought. Ireland might be a spectacular place, but it was bound to be dangerous. Good thing he had his shapeshifting powers. But would his newfound abilities be able to defeat the Dark who wanted him dead?
What I liked about Skellig:
Skellig was an excellent conclusion to The Tales of Conor Archer. The cast of characters changed, but the stakes stayed just as high as Conor pursued his destiny. The combination of mythology, fantasy, and modern technology kept me entertained, and the end was satisfying. If you want a book with all those elements, give Skellig a try!
What I didn’t like about Skellig:
While I enjoyed Skellig, the story tried too hard to get all the aspects of the mythology included. It mostly succeeded, but there were times when it seemed forced. Other than that, no complaints.
Overall impression of Skellig:
The book had all the elements of a great fantasy story. Magic, prophecy, danger, and mythology combine to create an excellent tale. As mentioned above, if you like these elements, try Skellig!
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