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Manannan's Magic (Manannan Trilogy Book 1) by [McGrath, Michele]
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Manannan's Magic (Manannan Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Manannan Trilogy (3 Book Series)

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  • Print Length: 231 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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 snatching away everything from the local inhabitants ... even their very lives. It is a haunting tale of love and hate, life and death, betrayal and survival - all wrapped up in a veil of ancient magic. At its heart lies the relationship between the mystical healer or magician, Manannan, and Renny, the young girl he finds injured during a terrible storm. As Renny is restored to full health in his care, a deep emotional bond forms between them but, knowing their destinies must follow separate paths, Manannan cannot acknowledge his love for her. Instead, he is forced to leave, fleeing danger as a dark secret from his past catches up with him. The ending of the book is very poignant and points to a sequel which promises to be equally captivating.
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The author weaves an amazing story of adventure, magic and love.

A man, Manonnan McLir comes from the sea with the mist and changes a village and one girl's life forever.
Renny lives in fear of her father, Oshin. Later we see what kind of despicable person this man truly is when he tries to sell her and schemes with a potential suitor to rape her so that she will be forced to marry him--a man she detests. Women in the village are second class citizens with no rights, no voice --this is not such a farfetched notion when one considers how women are treated in some Islamic countries. Manonnan comes to her rescue for the second time. He teaches her how to read and to write. He teaches her the healing powers of herbs and also how to see into the future. She loses her heart to Manannon but their love is a bittersweet one.
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