Sign of the Throne: Book One in the Solas Beir Trilogy

Sign of the Throne: Book One in the Solas Beir Trilogy


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ISBN-13: 9781938281327
Publisher: Gazebo Gardens Publishing,LLC
Publication date: 09/14/2013
Series: Solas Beir Trilogy , #1
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Melissa Eskue Ousley is an author of fiction and nonfiction who has published numerous academic articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of College and Character and The College Student Affairs Journal. Having received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from The University of Arizona, she has taught psychology courses and worked within higher education on diversity issues, serving underrepresented students and conducting research. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association. Her expertise in psychology and interest in culture and mythology have heavily influenced the themes and character development in her first novel, The Sign of the Throne. This is the first book in a trilogy written for young adults. She is currently working on the second and third novels in the series, The Raven and the Rabbit and The Sower Comes. Melissa lives on the Oregon coast with her family and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she's not writing, Melissa can be found hiking, swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.

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Sign of the Throne: Book One in The Solas Beir Trilogy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Fortunately, Melissa Eskue Ousley's Sign of the Throne is only Book One in the Solas Beir Trilogy because it's one of the books you don't want to put down, but you also don't want it to end. The story is all about Abby, a girl who didn't really think she was very special. When she dreams of a mysterious, handsome boy and then meets him in real life a few days later, things start to change in her life. She feels magically drawn to him and strange things start to happen. The couple she baby-sits for fortunately knows a few things about ghosts, spirits and other folklore, so they try to help Abby with making sense of what is happening around her. The boy, David, plays a more important role in the safety of the world - and an alternative world - than anybody could have imagined. The characters Melissa Eskue Ousley created in Sign of the Throne are very well described and you immediately like or dislike them. I can see, however, how some readers might prefer either Jon or David over the other. It's a lovely story that shows how the decisions of individuals, even if it's just a little nixie, can make a difference for good or for bad. I definitely never got bored with the book and can recommend it to all people who love fantasy books that are page-turners. It has just the right mix of romance, action, tension and fantasy to make it a good read for all ages.
Novelsontherun More than 1 year ago
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle : I totally dug this book. This is a very clean read that any school library would want on their shelves. I love the cover of this book, it really is true to the story line. Melissa gave me a really great story that is very well written and very smoothly told. I am in two minds if it is middle grade or YA genre. My reasons, the main characters are eighteen and up, but the story is an appealing fantasy for younger readers. The story is told from two worlds, the human world and Cai Terenmare. Melissa has a wonderful imagination that kept the pages turning. I loved all the characters names and I loved the back of the book contains, ‘Places and Terms’. I realized I had been pronouncing a character’s name wrong by the time I had finished. It is worth a look. There were some great scenes that visually looked awesome in my head when reading. The smashing of mirrors would look spectacular on the big screen. Queen Eulalia’s babe has been stolen and her King assassinated. Like any mother would, Queen Eulalia goes after her stolen babe and finds herself trapped in the human world until she can reopen a portal to get herself and her now grown son back. Poor Queen Eulalia got the wrong end of the stick on a magical spell and she is trapped, but she has the help of a faithful frog named Fergal the Valorous. He can get himself back and forth between the worlds giving Cael and herself information. Time is of the essence. Once David turns 23 yrs old the villain of this story can take over Cai Terenmare , claim the throne that is rightfully David’s . Bit hard to claim your birthright when you have been stolen as a babe and now live with adopted parents who have no idea about David’s heritage or any knowledge of the world he is from. He has no clue who he really is. The ever loyal Cael goes on a quest to find the Sign of the Throne. The piece of the puzzle needed to get his Queen back into her own world. I really like Cael. A brave, loyal character who has a thing for the Queen. Abby is a wonderful character I liked very much. She is a sitter for the Buchans. I really liked their whole family. Riordan ( that would be the chappy I was pronouncing wrong the whole book) is a fun character, he likes to wear a kilt. He would be such a great dad to have, he has a great heart and dares to believe in what a lot of parents wouldn’t. Jonathan Reyes is a great character. He is Abby’s best friend. He likes the ladies but he is always there for Abby. Me thinks he is a bit confused about whether he likes Abby as a bff or more. I am a huge fan of Jon’s. I really connected with his character. He is funny and loyal. Her relationship with Jonathan Reyes had quite literally begun the day they were born - their mothers bonded in the maternity ward, and gave birth within hours of each other. It was a matter of chemistry - Jon was charismatic, but he could be a little too wild. Enter David Corbin the twenty two year old hunk with the Harley Davidson. He is rather delicious. Abby finds herself on her own mission and she isn’t immune to David. David’s family have expectations for his future and he is torn between what he wants. Little does he know that it is all about to change. A nicely woven together fantasy where two people from two different worlds find each other. A peaceful existence will always be challenged by a villain who will look for a way to get what he wants. A beautifully descriptive book filled with imagination ,brave gorgeous lads, ravens, black cats, shadows, nightmares, dreams, a Nixie, a Queen who won’t give up on her son, and a love that was inevitable, making for a great start to Melissa’s trilogy. But will it be a fairy tale ending? Michelle
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read every free chance I had because I was entranced by this book. In the beginning, the story jumps ahead twenty-two years. At first, I was confused and really wanted to know what had happened in that time period. What happened to the baby? What happened to the Queen? Well, we do find all of this out in a unique-ish way. The Queen tells the back story to Abby. I wasn’t sure how I liked this until I started getting into the story. I really like how that was done. It was a great perspective. Sign of the Throne introduces us to a world of Gaelic/Scottish mythology and to a world of Light and Dark. This story had wonderful world building through the storytelling of Eulalia. We learn much about this world from her. The characters are relatively young, but very accepting of this new/other world. Part of me was bothered by this and part of me liked this. Sometimes with books of this nature, I dislike how easily everything comes together in the end, how trusting and accepting the characters are of this “other” world. I can’t imagine being so understanding and accepting of something so out there, so extraordinary, so not likely to be real. That’s what makes it a bit tough to get behind. I enjoyed this book. I want to read more in this trilogy. BUT… this book ended rather neatly. It ended a bit too easily. On another note, this is one book that I wish I hadn’t read on an e-reader. It would have been nice to flip back to the character/pronunciation guide while reading this book. That is something that is not easily done on an e-reader. However, I enjoyed it. I want to know what happens next. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to any YA fantasy fan. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Dreaming of castles and handsome boys shouldn’t become nightmares, but for Abby, an ordinary girl, so she thinks, her nightmares are far too real. In a parallel world, evil has a plan to destroy a kingdom and it may spread to the human realm if no one can stop it and time is running out. A baby, heir to the throne of his realm is stolen and brought through a magical portal, left on the doorstep of a wealthy and childless couple, his memory of his past life and his future destiny will be erased forever, if someone does not intervene in time. His mother, the queen follows through the portal, but is powerless to save him. Enter Abby, whose nightmares will lead her to this young man and perhaps fulfill her own true destiny. Will she rescue him in time? Will she be able to make him remember who he really is? The clock is ticking and evil looms. Sign of the Throne by Melissa Eskue Ousley is an engaging and enchanting young adult tale that took me into another world, as the battle between good and evil is waged in two realms. Her descriptions are intense, intricate and each world feels right, from the reality of the world we know to the mystical qualities of Cai Terenmare, as these worlds are woven together with words. From quirky to cute, to totally human to misguided and evil, Ms. Ousley paints her characters in full living color! And bless her; there is even a glossary to help understand names, places and everything! The author’s imagination is a treasure chest of wonder, and I’m happy to have shared in its bounty! Looking for fantasy, young romance, and a chance to help save the world? I highly recommend Sign of the Throne and am looking forward to the next books in this trilogy! I received a review copy as part of the Sign of the Throne by Melissa Eskue Ousley Book End Tour & Giveaway stopping at Tome Tender October 15.
Amber681 More than 1 year ago
ARC Goodreads Giveaway for honest review. Sign of The Through is a very intricately written book, weaving too worlds together while still giving you a glimpse of what it is like for each of the characters on opposite sides of the portal. Melissa Ousley writing flows so smoothly touching on every emotion throughout the book, from love, hate, sadness, pain and an insanely addictive adventure. She writes with so much visual description it's hard to put down. I felt as though I could see everything she had written from Eulia's disfigurement, the sirens, the city and castle of Caislucis , even Nysa and ever changing Nixie form. I love that the characters of Abby, David, and Jon's conversations were true to their age and time. Most authors make younger characters seem overly stuff and adult, but Melissa hit the nail on the head with them and their sometimes playful, sometimes painfully honest conversations. I also really like how she included a map and a glossary of sorts in the back of the book. If you are like me and stay on the same name for an hour until you can figure it out, this really helps. There is even a small description of all the main characters, important places, and artifacts. The ending is perfect. With just enough information that your not left hanging, but peaking your interest enough to want more. I can't wait to read The Rabbit and the Raven, book 2 in the Solas Beir Trilogy. Sign of the Thrones is one of the best books I've read all year.
KingPea More than 1 year ago
I love YA romance. I love fantasy adventure books with castles, kings, and battles to the death. And I really really love Mythology! Sign of the Throne was like an enchanting fairy tale with all of this, and a magical portal to another world! The characters are so vivid, both in Newcastle Beach, and Cai Terenmare. The battle of Light vs. Darkness will undoubtedly rage on, and I can't wait to find out what happens next for Abby and David in the next installment of this trilogy.
jmhoward07 More than 1 year ago
Wow at first it I thought it was a little weird how things started off, but then the story lines starting to make more since once the characters we're mixing with each other more. Let me just say off hand first I totally am happy that David Corbin and Abby Brown were able to be together. Heck after all the dreams she was having of him I'm surprised it took as long as it did. Abby has a best friend named Jon who is in love with her but he just seems like a player. In the past they have been together but I think that during the story Jon realizes that it's time for him to let Abby go. Which he does the night of the Autumn Ball when David finds out who he really is. I was shocked about how Abby went about telling him about his mother Eulakia and the Sign of the Throne. I really enjoyed the characters and how each character had a purpose in the story they all just came together I haven't read to many stories like that. The author really knew how to keep me turning the page. Although the chapters seem really long they all make since. It was well written and for the most part written for anyone from 13 and up. I really enjoyed reading it. I can say that I really enjoyed Abby's journey to bring David home and the destiny she was up to do. Makes her a stronger person. I did receive this book on a giveaway on Goodreads and was in no way ask or told to do this giveaway I thought the Author did a great job writing this and wanted to share my thoughts on the book.
Daniela07 More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to get my hands on a copy of this book. I love the cover, I love the synopsis, and I especially love the 'lost heir, doomed world, random girl in the middle of it all' theme. I was expecting something refreshing and heroic, but while I did like certain aspects of the book (mainly the heroic ones), the story was pretty much like every other 'lost heir, doomed world, random girl in the middle of it all'. There were some new additions, but most of it was basically the same stuff. Different settings and different names, but that's not a lot to go on. Although, I do think it's a cute and relatively quick read that I probably would have enjoyed back in middle school, it was more of a disappointment at this stage. Abby was an interesting heroine with a sarcastic strike that I could totally relate to, but I kept wanting more from her. This Plain Jane persona that she was playing (even with prophetic nightmares and shadows that stalked her) didn't make her stand out, and the third person POV wasn't helping much either. I know I probably sound like a sadist, but I wanted more bad things to happen to her. Not because I liked seeing her get hurt and all, I just wanted to test her limit. How far was she willing to go? Things were too easy for her. David liked her in an instant. She didn't even have to try. When she told him the truth (the second time she saw him) he believed her with just one 'she's a psycho' thought that vanished in an instant. Where's the fun in that? David, on the other hand, was the replica of a Prince Charming. He was polite, sweet, and practically vomited cliches all over the place. But that's what made me falter, because I was hoping for a more unique point of view, not a cliche. She's the Plain Jane. He's Prince Charming. They live happily ever after (with some complications, because this is obviously the first book).  Warning: Insta-love This, to me, is the biggest no-no I could ever come across. My problem started off when Abby had dreams about this guy. The swoon-o-meter just took a plunge right there and then. And yet, I crossed my fingers hoping that I was wrong and it was all a trick. But, alas, the instant she meets the guy (David), 'sparks start to fly', and I fail to understand what they see in each other. Because romance to me isn't 'love at first sight', that's too easy. Too unrealistic. I need something worth fighting for, something worth reading through. I felt nothing worth keeping between them. At least there was this mini, microscopic love triangle between her, David, and Abby's best friend (Jon) to raise the stakes a little. That didn't last very long but at least I was slightly amused by it.  Story-wise, even though the plot is basically like every other fantasy story and most of it was downright predictable, I did like the new additions. Melissa Eskue Ousley is a master when it comes down to fabricating magical worlds and creatures. Her writing style was smooth and that's why the book was so fast-paced, it maneuvered around the cliches so I didn't have to force myself through them. They still annoyed me (don't get me wrong. I could easily point them out) but the impact was lessened.  Overall, I like Sign of Throne as a fantasy for all ages to enjoy, but it's more of a fairy-tale you read once and once is enough. It would definitely pass as a charming bedtime story, but not much of a young adult book. The romance is too quick, the storyline too predictable, and the characters far too stereotypical. I'm giving it three stars, because I did enjoy it on a very superficial level and Melissa's writing did work its magic. Do I recommend it? Yes and no. If you're looking for something original and unforgettable, then this might not be the book for you. If you're looking for something quick, cute, and Disney-like, then this might just brighten your day.
AvidReader62 More than 1 year ago
As a teacher of middle school students, I always read the books I place in my classroom for my students. I have just finished reading Sign of the Throne and this is a book that will be well loved in my classroom library.  The images Melissa Eskue Ousley has created with her writing connect the mystical and present daydreams of many. My love of Celtic lore, mythology, and strong, compassionate heroines was fulfilled in Melissa's book.  I cannot wait for Book Two of the Solas Beir Trilogy because I am as hooked as my students will be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent fantasy book. The characters are well developed and the story line is exciting. This book is a real page-turner!