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Manannan's Magic (Manannan Trilogy Book 1)

Manannan's Magic (Manannan Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michele McGrath , Sheri McGathy
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Fantasy winner UK Authors Opening Pages Competition 2008

Highly atmospheric, and we were caught up all the way through. The concrete details are beautifully inserted in the story, vivid and convincing.

“My enchantments are only the magic of the earth itself and the things that grow. I heal not harm. I repeat ”" you have no need to fear me.”

“You won't turn me into a frog, will you?” I had never believed that particular story anyway.

“I prefer you the way you are,” he replied with a smile.

Manannan McLir escapes his enemies and finds sanctuary, for a little while, on the Isle of Man. Both feared and urgently needed, he uses his skills and the strange knowledge from the East to cure wounds and sickness.

Among his patients is Renny, a young Celtic girl who falls in love with him and is witness to a terrifying experience one night. As he tells her later,

“My visions are the only true magic I possess, and this knowledge must be kept a deadly secret, otherwise my life, and perhaps yours, is in peril.”

These visions predict the future, for other forces are stirring in this Year 800. A Viking chieftain has sent his son to look for land that he can conquer and settle.This young man, Edan, hears about the Magician, as Manannan is called, and alerts his people.

When the Vikings invade, bringing with them Manannan’s bitterest enemy, a great battle takes place and Manannan must escape from the island. But he is surrounded and only cunning, not magic, can help him now.

˃˃˃ "Very compelling and dynamic write. The descriptions of the kind stranger are wonderful. This period piece is done well."

UK Authors Reader Five

˃˃˃ This Author certainly has a gift for story telling.

UK Authors Reader One

˃˃˃ Strikingly well written ”" lovely, lyrical flow

UK Authors Critique

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 856 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award winning author, Michele McGrath, was born on the beautiful Isle of Man in the middle of the Irish Sea. She has lived in California, Liverpool, France and Lancashire before returning home. Living in Paris and Grenoble taught her to make a mean ratatouille and she learned the hula in Hawaii.
Michele is a qualified swimming teacher and manager, writing self help books on these subjects.
Although she writes in many genres, her real loves are historical romance and fantasy. She has won numerous writing competitions, had second places and been short-listed many times. She has had tens of thousands of sales and downloads.

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What others are saying about Michele's books:

"From the very first and magical sentence, I was hooked on this novel." Eddie on Kindle, reviewing Manannan's Magic.

"Set in post-revolutionary France, Duval and the Infernal Machine captures the atmosphere of suspicion and intrigue that reigned in Paris at the time. The author does a splendid job of immersing the reader into the darker corners of the city. " Simon on Kindle reviewing Duval and the Infernal Machine

"I have been terrified of the water ever since nearly drowning in Lake Michigan. My wife has tried to teach me to float - with no success - for 40 years. The techniques outlined in this book are easy to follow. Maybe finally, after all these years, I'll be able to swim and NOT be afraid of the water. Thanks Michele, wish you lived in the States so I could get private lessons." Steven on Kindle reviewing Learn to Swim, even if you are terrified.

"An intriguing and haunting short story, which the author says is based upon a real wartime experience. The fitting and satisfying ending will stay with me for a long time. An excellent story." Gunnar on Kindle reviewing Five Lamps.

"Beautiful! Just 12 short pages, but it left me in tears. The author has such a delicate, lovely way with words that the sentences and sentiments were whispered over the pages. I will save this on my kindle to read again." Tina on Kindle reviewing The Carpenter's Bench.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
From the very first and magical sentence, I was hooked on this novel. In a truly human story set in the Isle of Man's misty past, when the Celts and the Vikings became embroiled in an unequal conflict, the characters, Renny, her fellow villagers together with the mysterious McLir, are so totally believable the reader becomes almost a part of this fabulous story. The writing is clear and uncluttered, the imagery powerful and the story-line unfolds as naturally as the opening of a flower. My wife and daughter must also read it. That's the thing about a really good book... it'll be enjoyed by both sexes and all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book! 16 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Ms. McGrath comes from the land of storytellers, and it shows! In this excellent story, we are introduced to McLir, who is a magician with many secrets, and Renny, a young woman on the threshold of womanhood. Their fates intertwine so beautifully and lyrically that you are swept away into their story effortlessly.

Simply put, I loved this book! Thank you, Ms. McGrath for writing it. I did some research after reading it, and apparently "McLir," or "Manannan," is a pretty famous figure on the Isle of Man. This telling is an origin story and is filled with romance, adventure, ships, and even a sword fight.

I highly recommend this book. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would, happily.

I received a complimentary copy of the book to review from the author. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved it! This novel was set in a world I knew very little about, a time when the Celts and Vikings where in heated conflicts near the isle of Man. I learned so much from reading this. The story told in the first person read smoothly and describe the scenes in vivid detail. I love it when I can totally disappear inside a story like this. This is a must read for anyone wanting to experience life in this time period. It is a story of recovery and life inside a cave that becomes a home, a place of security with a future away from a father that made life unbearable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rich & smooth, like a good cup of coffee 9 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a smoothly-written, detailed and satisfying story. It's set in the old Celtic British Isles, and it's easy to become totally immersed in that world, with its tinge of superstition, smoky homes, bracken-covered slopes, and suspicion of strangers. Although there's a lot of life detail, there's never too much; just when it might get boring, the author deftly moves on to other things, so you get a rich impression of the daily lives of the characters without it becoming mundane. Everyone stays in character; there are no anachronisms, no illogical jumps in understanding, and the protagonists are normal and believable people.

I actually read this book word-for-word. It's pretty typical for me to skip paragraphs here and there, but in this case I didn't, even at the end. I didn't want to miss the vital little clues hidden in the rich descriptions, and I really enjoyed the style.

There's not a huge amount of action, but things pick up in the second half. The ending is realistic, if not high on the happy scale. It left me wondering about the lives of some of the characters, curious to find out more. Fortunately, it looks like there's more to this series, so I can satisfy my curiosity!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable Read 28 Mar 2013
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Manannan's Magic tells of the coming of age of Renny the heroine of the story. Renny is thoughtfully portrayed, as she deals with the turbulent events that shape her life. Despite dealing with the cruelty of a mean spirited father, plague, and vicious Viking raids that effect everything Renny has ever known, there is a surprising gentleness to this story. Manannan McLir, a fantastic character, so well written that even when he is not in a scene you want to know what he is doing. Whatever is happening when Manannan is present he provides a calming reassurance. I appreciated the author avoiding a predictable conclusion. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine. 8 Jun 2014
By Martha
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm afraid this may be damning with faint praise. The book was okay, nothing new was introduced over other similar books I have read in the genre and the characters did not have enough time to gain real depth. Maybe it would suit as a holiday book for people who enjoy Celtic fantasy books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting start 6 Jan 2014
By Tsigana
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked the concept of the book but unfortunately it didn't live up to it. It lacked substance and the writing was not at all engaging
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5.0 out of 5 stars carried me along to the end 12 Nov 2013
By Bella
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Enjoyed the book. I forgot to take books on holiday so I downloaded this to my phone and I carried on reading when I got home. Good sign.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Well written character's in an entertaining tale
The story has a nice pace that shows the development of the main characters I would have liked more development of the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr David Norlund
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tale from Times Gone By
I found this book to be a captivating read. I do enjoy being immersed in and escaping to places and times gone by and Michele's narrative created an atmospheric backdrop in which... Read more
Published 17 months ago by John C
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
A gripping tale set on the Isle of Man during the time of the Viking invasions, all overlaid with a hint of magic in the form of the central character, the mysterious healer,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Tale
If you like historical romance which is historically accurate and well written, you need to read this book. Michele McGrath is a gifted writer. Her characters are well developed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by N. C. Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical tale of love and betrayal
This story is set at a time in history when the Celts were at the mercy of the murderous, raiding Vikings who arrived in their dragon-prowed longships, hell-bent on brutally... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dassie
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Gripping from the first sentence. Brilliantly written, the pictures Michele McGrath paints with her words are wonderful. If you like historical fantasies, this book is for you. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Vickie26
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical tale
A beautifully written story that takes you on an enchanting journey into a time forgotten. I am happy to have read it and highly recommend. A book for all!
Published 18 months ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic story about The Isle of Man's past
Thoroughly enjoyable tale set over 1000 years ago as the Celtic island is threatened by plague and invasion. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tony Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
I love the fact that the ending was different. It was not a HAPPY ending in the sense that it was not perfect and that made it all the more real. A very very good story as well!
Published 18 months ago by glsgoon
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