2015 Kindle Book Award Finalist
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Gotham Writers' YA Novel Discovery Contest Finalist
"Since I was a little girl I've been labeled a freak in my small town. There's no blending in when your mom practices an ancient pagan religion and everyone believes she's a witch. On my 15th birthday my secret wish is the same as always - to just be normal. But that's not what I get. Not even close." - Brigit Quinn
Instead, Brigit is shocked to learn she's descended from a legendary Celtic tribe - powerful people who serve as guardians of the stone circles of Ireland. A spellbound book of family history reveals the magical powers of her ancestors. Powers that could be hers - if only she wanted them.
And when someone sinister and evil returns to steal her family's strength, Brigit has to make a decision. Fight to keep her unique heritage or reject it for the normal life she's always wanted.
This contemporary coming-of-age novel will appeal to teen (and adult) readers who enjoy stories of magic steeped in the mysticism surrounding the standing stone circles of Ireland.
|Publisher:||Lost Lake Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
About the Author
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Circle of Nine: Beltany has a great theme--that which you do, good or bad, comes back to you threefold. I also appreciated the well-drawn characters and the compelling plot that made me think of a PG, rather than R, version of The Outlander. For this reviewer, a romantic who loves going back in time, especially if it can be to an exotic setting like Ireland, Beltany, the first of a series, was a fantasy read. I'd advise you to brew some tea, cozy up, let your world wind back, and immerse yourself in the Circle of Nine world with potions, magic, and dances in the moonlight.
We are proud to announce that CIRCLE OF NINE: BELTANY by Valerie Biel is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite Turning 15 has never been a more stressful experience. Brigid, a 15-year-old, has just found out that she's the most recent in an ancient Celtic tribe. Instead of being a princess, or a famous artist, Brigid is the direct inheritor of magical powers of her ancestors. When something dark and deadly from their past threatens her, Brigid must learn to look deeper into herself than she ever imagined in order to save herself and her family. Circle of Nine: Beltany is a wonderful fantasy/contemporary blend from Valerie Biel! This was a truly beautiful read. I enjoyed myself immensely during the entire ride and Circle of Nine: Beltany is sure to be sticking in my mind for weeks and months to come. I've already caught myself reminiscing during the quieter moments of work twice! Brigid starts off as your typical teenager. She's anxious about her birthday and popularity and all that jazz, and her world gets rocked when she finds out about her heritage. This is a true coming of age novel, exploring both Brigid as a young girl, and how she relates to her family and history. Valerie Biel has a captivating, almost lyrical quality to her work that helps the flow and the smoothness of the piece wonderfully. You can just feel the words slide along as you read and it's a remarkable experience. I enjoyed her storytelling as much as I enjoyed the characters and the plot! Circle of Nine: Beltany is a wonderful blend of present and past, mixed with a healthy dose of Celtic mythology to captivate the brainiacs among us.
I really enjoyed this book! Goes right along with my other favorite fantastical coming-of-age novels that we love so much. However, unlike the other books, we get a powerful female lead. I hope she's planning on writing more of this story!
Circle of Nine: Beltany is a work of dazzling imagination. Biel's tale weaves Brigit Quinn's struggle to claim or reject her birthright, while battling those who covet it, with magically haunting histories of her ancestry, spanning centuries and each a gripping story in its own right. One can only hope that this is the first of many books by Biel.