Finn Finnegan (Adventures of Finn MacCullen Series #1)

Finn Finnegan (Adventures of Finn MacCullen Series #1)

by Darby Karchut

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ISBN-13: 9781937053321
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Series: Adventures of Finn MacCullen Series , #1
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Award-winning author Darby Karchut has long been fascinated by mythology and hero stories from around the world. Drawing from extensive knowledge of world cultures, she blends ancient myths with modern urban life to write stories that relate to young teens today—snark and all. She currently lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, where she teaches at a junior high school. She enjoys running, biking, and skiing the Rocky Mountains in all types of weather, and owns more backpacks than purses.

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Finn Finnegan 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Debs13 More than 1 year ago
This is a MUST READ for middle schoolers (and adults too), who enjoyed Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Charlie Bone. It is the first in the series and I have read all 3 books so far and it is a real page turner. First, it is a book deep in Irish lore. Can you name me other middle school books that fill that slot? I can't. Finn is a modern young teen, with all the normal thoughts and behavior of a teen, trying to find himself and figure out relationships. Now let's add to that the fact that he is only half human. Yeah, that could mess up your thinking. He is becoming an apprentice to a knight who is swore to fight goblins-like creatures. No humans can know about the knights or the goblins. If they did imagine how they would react! It would be War of The Worlds panic all over again! This series is full of battles, mystery, friendship, disappointments and finding yourself. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the Celtic mythology (and the mention of others) in this book. Not to mention, the representation of the fey was refreshing. The relationship and banter between Finn, the apprentice, and Gideon, the Tuatha De Danaan knight, is entertaining and endearing. Though I often had to flip to the front of the book to double check the pronunciation or meaning of many Irish words, it was fun to do so. I had a delightful time reading Finn Finnegan and I look forward to the next book in this series.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite. Born into the world as half-human, half-fae, has really made growing up hard for Finnegan MacCullen. One world won't accept him for his mixed blood, the other doesn't even know that the fae exist and this leaves Finn feeling like an outsider even in his own family. We meet Finn as he is forced into the apprenticeship of his guardian, Gideon, who will be training him in the ways of the Tuatha De Danann. In order to fulfill his place within the fae, Finn has to prove that he isn't just a "halfer" and that he can hold his own against the fae's mortal enemies, the Amandan. Great characters and an awesome plot really made "Finn Finnegan" a fun read for me. Finn's voice was believable for his age group. He didn't sound too young or too old, and the same goes for Gideon. These individual and unique voices made the characters really come to life and make you feel super invested in their journey. There were explosions of mythology and world building that just blows you away and it is easy to believe in the mystical world that Karchut creates. As you follow the characters around, you can't help but fall more and more in love with the book. Finn Finnegan is a great coming of age tale that blends fantasy and reality perfectly. Though marketed for a pre-teen audience, "Finn Finnegan" will resonate with readers of all ages and promises entertainment, adventure, and a wonderful story.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Spencer Hill Press for providing me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures. Now with the beasts concentrating their attacks on Finn, he and his master must race to locate the lost Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan, the only weapon that can destroy the Amandán, all the while hiding his true identity from his new friends, Rafe and Savannah, twins whose South African roots may hold a key to Finn's survival. Armed with a bronze dagger, some ancient Celtic magic, and a hair-trigger temper, Finn is about to show his enemies the true meaning of "fighting Irish." The first thing that drew me to this book is the cover. I love the green color. And the title font is totally awesome. The cover really conveys that this book is about something Irish and some kind of “warrior”. Immediately, I knew I was going to be intrigued by the story. The cover, combined with the blurb had me really chomping at the bit to get my ARC! And when it came in the mail, I jumped right in. Finn MacCullen’s character is really great. Karchut portrayed a young boy coming into himself so well. He’s determined and stubborn. He wants to be independent but is constantly learning in order to do that he must listen and learn from his mentor. And Finn is a modern boy who is enveloped in a world of lore and fantasy. In a world we only dream about with monsters and magic. Gideon Lir is such a great father figure for Finn. He’s tough, but certainly has that gentle lovingness underneath that a 13 year old boy needs in his life. He teaches Finn great lessons, but tries to protect him at the same time. It’s nice to watch his character unfold from a man who shields himself behind a wall to hide his feelings into a man who truly cares for the boy in his keep. And he is a master at teaching Finn lessons through demonstration rather than pure explanation. I could really hear Gideon’s lyrical Irish voice in my head as I read the book, which I loved. The secondary characters were great as support. Working in another warrior and keep was a great balance and certainly helped Finn learn a lesson of true life. And having Finn welcome human friends into his life was also surprising but really showed that this boy turned warrior really was just the 13 year old boy he needed to be. The characters are realistic and relatable. I can surely see another 13 year old child understanding everything Finn is going through during this story. The story certainly had me guessing. I wasn’t sure where it was going or where it would end up. I love how Karchut mixes our modern world with the world of the supernatural. The use of the ravens to signify trouble is particularly interesting seeing as this bird has typically been used to signify a bad omen or the coming of war. It was a great choice as Finn and Gideon face a war on their people. It was great to watch Finn grow and learn; to come into himself and see that he is truly a Tuatha De Danaan. I loved Karchut’s writing. It flowed well and was easy to read. I’m glad she put a key at the beginning for the pronunciation of the Irish words. For sure, I would never have pronounced those words the way they are supposed to be said. And the way the book was written you could put it down after a chapter if you needed to, which is often the case with me as I have three kids to care for! I really haven’t had the chance to read much middle grade as of late. But I do enjoy them when I’m able to put them on my TBR. This is one not to be missed. If you have a child who reads middle grade adventure, this is surely for them. Job well done Darby for a book that is not only interesting but teaches life lessons while pulling you along through a great story. I can’t wait to read the next adventure Finn and his crew embark on! 4 out of 5 stars.
TylerHJolley More than 1 year ago
Darby Karchut creates an exciting new world by mixing modern day  with Irish Folklore in this middle grade adventure.  Karchut is an award winning-writer and local Colorado author. Finn Finnegan is about a thirteen year old who is half human, half Tuatha De Danaan.  Tuatha De Danaan is an ancient warrior race of mythical beings from Ireland.  At age thirteen it is customary for them to train with an older De Dannan and learn to fight and use their ancient skills passed down from generation to generation.  They are at war with the Amandán, which are goblins that can morph into objects or people for a short period of time.  Unfortunately they can only injure Amadán and therefore only slow them down.  The only weapon that can kill an Amadán is the Gideon Spear, and it’s been lost for a very long time. Karchut nails the perspective of a young teen becoming a warrior, with all its ups and downs.   This is a fantastic middle grade book for any young  boy.  It’s a clean novel which is something I always appreciate.  I also appreciate the history and Irish Folklore. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Finn Finnegan is an outstanding middle grade novel which is the beginning of a magical series filled with Celtic mythology, adventure, knights, warriors, Amandan, and more.  In this urban fantasy Finnegan MacCullen is a 13-year-old boy who also is the descendant an ancient magical race of Irish warriors called Tuatha De Dannan.  He is beginning his apprenticeship with Knight Gideon Lir, training to fight in the 2000 year old battle with the Tuatha De Dannan's enemy, the Amadan, which are goblin like creatures that can take on the appearance of a person or object in order to get closer their prey before killing them.  The Amandan believe that if the kill all the Dannan's, they can return home to Ireland and reclaim it.  As Finn trains under his master, Gideon Lir, he learns how to fight the Amandan monsters in suburban neighborhoods, all the while trying to keep his identity a secret, especially from his friends Savannah and Rafe, who may just play a bigger part in Finn's life than he knows.  Finn definitely has an Irish temperament, and that combined with the Celtic magic, creates an exciting read that younger readers will thoroughly enjoy.  Gideon Lir is Finn's trainer or master, but also a father figure to him.  He has that Irish temperament, as does Quinn, so they tend to butt heads, which makes for some "hot-tempered" situations that are really entertaining.   The novel also contains journal entries from both Finn and Gideon, which add a lot to the story and help you get to know the characters better, and also are quite humorous at times.  Finn Finnegan is an excellent beginning to a magical series centering around Celtic lore in a modern day urban setting.  I think this is a book that middle grade students will absolutely love, as well as those who are young at heart.  I look forward to seeing what Darby Karchut has in store for Finn in future installments.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is all kinds of amazing! It reminded me of a cross between Harry Potter and the Spiderwick Chronicles when we received it at Spencer Hill Press. Add this to your TBR list--you won't regret it!