Gideon's Spear (Adventures of Finn MacCullen Series #2)

Gideon's Spear (Adventures of Finn MacCullen Series #2)

by Darby Karchut

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ISBN-13: 9781937053949
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Adventures of Finn MacCullen Series , #2
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(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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Gideon's Spear 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
High-powered action, mythical monsters and a strong paternal bond make up the central themes for Gideon’s Spear by Darby Karchut. Protagonist Finn MacCullen is the thirteen-year-old apprentice to Gideon Lir, an ancient knight. Finn is struggling to hide his monster-slaying training from the humans around him in Colorado. Finn also has another secret that even fellow knights and apprentices can’t be made aware of: he is The Spear, the physical embodiment of a legendary weapon. His magical blood is both a force for great strength and weakness; it can destroy his enemies, but leaves young Finn very vulnerable to attack. And of course that means there are plenty of evil beings all-too-eager to hunt him down. As a Welsh person who was brought up on Celtic tales, I feel that Darby Karchut does an excellent job of mixing the humour, magic and gravitas of old Irish traditions with the modern day life of an American teen. Gideon’s Spear is a good lengthy read for its intended preteen audience, but also an enjoyable short read for adults who still enjoy the traditional sword and shield fantasy genre. The characters are likeable and masterfully formed through high-quality storytelling and an appropriate mix of action and exposition. The only drawback for me was that I wanted more from the novel’s main villain, though I suspect as the series progresses this element will progress too. Overall, I feel that Gideon’s Spear was an excellent light read that will entertain all readers aged 10 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. I recomend this book to everyone who likes adventure.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
Being a thirteen-year-old boy is tough enough. Being the thirteen-year-old Spear of the Tuatha De Danaan and apprentice to a Knight, with monsters and a witch after you is challenging to even the bravest young teen. Author Darby Karchut has written another winner. After reading FINN FINNEGAN, BOOK ONE OF THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MACCULLEN, I didn’t think the series could get any better. I was wrong. GIDEON’S SPEAR, the second book in the series, continues the story of Finn MacCullen and Gideon Lir, the awesome duo I met in book one. Sometimes Finn is just a boy. He makes mistakes. He tests his Knight’s patience. He gets into trouble. Other times he fights a witch and the Amandan creatures, alongside his master, Gideon, with bravery and amazing skills for so young a warrior. What I love most about these novels is the relationship between Finn and Gideon. It’s more than a mentor, apprentice relationship. In addition to teaching Finn the skills of a brave warrior, Gideon also shows Finn the need for good manners and respect of others, the way a father guides his son. Finn reacts the way any teen boy would react: sometimes with anger or resentment, still knowing Gideon is right. In GIDEON’S SPEAR, secrets are revealed. Neighbors are not always what they seem. And life is never dull for Finn and those around him. Darby Karchut has given each character his/her distinct personality. Mac Roth, Gideon’s oldest friend, is the kind of friend everyone should have, and one of my favorite characters. Each scene is written with such detail it makes the reader feel like you’re there, fighting the monsters with Finn and Gideon, or at the house while they’re training, or with the neighbor twins and their family. Author’s notes at the end of the story explain the source of many of the names and terms used in the novel. The reader also gets a peek at the third book in the series, THE HOUND AT THE GATE. It looks like another winner. If only we didn’t have to wait a year to read the whole story. Every middle school library and classroom should have copies of Gideon’s Spear. The novel would also be popular in high schools, I think. So now we wait to see where Finn and Gideon take us next. A very nice novel, Ms. Karchut. Thank you. ###
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Morecharacters are added, the plot keeps a proper pace, and there is much that made me laugh outright. I look forward to the next book in this series.