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Born of Oak and Silver (The Caradoc Chronicles Book 1)

Born of Oak and Silver (The Caradoc Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marie McKean
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All that you can do is make the most of what you’ve been dealt—fight a good fight, resist being beaten by circumstance, and hope that somehow, despite it all, you’re able to accomplish the impossible.

But even then you cannot change the fact that you were born cursed.

I am one of those unlucky few upon whom the Curse of the Four Fathers has fallen.

It is I who must bear the burden of having a life that is unchangeably intertwined with the Fae. A sorrow made all the more great by knowing that where they are tragedy, loss, misery, and despair most assuredly follow.

As a Druid it is my responsibility to uphold the boundaries that keep the worlds of the Tylwyth Teg, and our own, separate. As a man it is my only ambition to protect the family and woman I so desperately love.

The only problem: I'm not sure this curse will allow for me to do both.

About the Author

Marie McKean lives in Utah with her superman of a husband, three wildlings for children, and dog who does not know that he is not human. She enjoys finding ways to have a good time, and will try just about anything once. When not found raising her children, she loves escaping into Utah's majestic backcountry.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 598 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Marie McKean (25 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #448,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marie McKean was born in rural Utah, far from city life. Surrounded by the Abajo Blue Mountains, she gained a passion for the serenity of nature. When a young adult, her sheltered and quiet-mountain life came to an abrupt end when she married and moved to the "Big Apple." New York City opened her eyes to a whole new world. She worked for an international insurance company at the top of One Penn Plaza and later moved to San Francisco in pursuit of her advancing career and in completion of her degree in British and American Literature. Although it was all rewarding, deep down something was missing; there was something else she had to do.

She accepted an invitation to travel to Mississippi to explore her family's genealogical roots. The stories of her ancestors were rich in legend and fantasy. It was during this trip that Marie had a return-to-self, embracing the simple passions that drove her imagination as a child. Her purpose was not found in a career where the reward is money and prestige; rather, for Marie, it was found in the creation of characters that confront all the horror and happiness of real life. Since this time Marie has resurrected forgotten historical folklore to tell the stories of her imagination.

Her first novel, "Born of Oak and Silver", is known for its controversial ending that splits opinions. Marie is now preparing to release a sequel, "Born of Ash and Iron," as well as a new series "Stone Faced Angel."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 6 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from Lovers of the Paranormal.

I personally did not find the opening chapter to be gripping, it was a bit of a grind to get through, but once I persevered, I really enjoyed the rest of the book.

It follows the history of Daine Caradoc, a young man who is marked by Druidry and a curse. It reads more like a biopic, starting from before his birth and skipping years at a time. It details his family, training and life from the moment he is singled out for a druidic life.

The writing was clear, the characters well written and the structure well handled. My only niggles involve the character motivations and lack of suspicion.There is also a complete lack of progress on the part of Daine. He doesn't seem to investigate anything himself and because we don't see his training, we don't know how he could chuck lightning about.

But even with that, I enjoyed this book and will read the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Born of Oak and Silver, by Marie McKean 14 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
An intriguing book title
Making you wonder what it means
Well, I'm not going to reveal all
Except nothing is, as it first seems....

Marie McKean tells an exciting story of Daine, a powerful
Druid who is a keeper & protector of the earth.
As a reader, you follow Daine's quest with Bramwyll
to prevent the Fae & the Sidhe from destroying the Macardles.

Many heart wrenching moments throughout & each encounter with Maurelle,
will fill you with trepidation.

Thank you Marie, I really enjoyed the dramatic sequence of events unfolding & the
twists & turns within this fantastic Druid story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 4 Oct 2013
By Toni - Published on
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Born of Oak and SilverThis book is amazing. It takes you through the entire life of Daine, a Druid, sworn to protect the human race. How he came to be and how strong his moral compass steers him, even through the most harrowing circumstances. Every character jumps off the page as if they are alive and next to you, described in perfect detail. It's about, life, the battles, love and death. If you are looking for a book that will pull you into another world and make you feel every nuance, then this is the book for you!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Born of Oak and Silver 14 Feb 2014
By Cindyaie - Published on
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While I read this book, I was disappointed by the weak plot. The story skips several elements in the story line. And I don't like unexplained violence, the story is brutal in several places. Certainly not a book to recommend to younger readers. I will not be looking for more books by this author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for something well written 14 Feb 2014
By DsrtRosy - Published on
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Between the purple prose and the anachronisms, this just wasn't what I had hoped for. The premise at the beginning seemed good but I couldn't get past a little boy who is supposed to be speaking late19th century French suddenly speaking modern English with a southern drawl. Pass.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye-Opener 20 Nov 2013
By Mrs. Samantha K. Munt - Published on
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I thought I knew a lot of stuff about a lot of things but Born Of Oak And Silver made me realise that when it comes to Druids and the fae I know absolutely nothing! How great is it to open a paranormal/fantasy book and come across a subject that hasn't been exhausted to the point of common knowledge?
I wonder if that's just me because I don't read this genre but my husband explains the plots of various fae books all of the time and this just feels completely refreshing- there are so many elements that I will have to google, as I dost things in life to get my head around
Three things about BOAAS are completely outstanding; The title, the originality and the opening chapter which left me breathless. Wonderful writing that has you hooked straight away.
This story focuses on the journey of one particular character as he comes into his own and I'll be very interested to see how Daine ends up! The author has a unique form of style and pacing that is very complimentary to the subject matter once it gets going. I don't think it would suit many genres but Ms McKean is definitely the conductor of this tale and the quirky storytelling suits perfectly in a world where time lapse, and characters take action without apology. It feels like a shadow has fallen over Daine and all he loves but the setting and language are so romantic that it soothes the hurt expertly.
I really enjoyed the Druid aspect and It shows hat he author knows this subject matter intimately.
I'd love to give it 5 stars but unfortunately, I have an Achilles for a particular story arc and the author takes no prisoners in a few scenes that had me a little rattled. That is me being a sook however-Game Of Thrones had me captivated but I had to stop watching or risk my poor maternal heart. But what horrifies me is what will enraptured a reader who doesn't mind walking on the dark side so I recommend this to thick-skinned, evil fae enthusiasts. and anyone looking for a fresh angle in adult fantasy /pnr who enjoys being caught off guard by sharp plot twists :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written fantasy horror story with lots of HORROR 29 Oct 2013
By Bill's Book Review - Published on
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Marie McKean has put together a very exciting, very dark, fantasy book with Druids and Faeries fighting for control of the world. This book is not for the faint of heart, as some very horrific events take place. If you are up to it, then grab this great novel, lock the doors and windows, and settle down to a little horror. Very well written and I can hardly wait for the sequel.
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