Autumn: the season of endings. And beginnings.
Especially for one young apprentice.
At the annual Festival of the Hunt, thirteen-year-old apprentice goblin hunter Finn MacCullen and his master, Gideon Lir, join other Tuatha De Danaan to honor their people’s heritage. But Finn soon realizes that there are some who denounce his right to attend due to his half-human bloodline.
While he struggles to keep his place by his master’s side, he finds himself embroiled in a decades-old grudge between Gideon and another Knight, bewildered (and beguiled) by a female apprentice with a temper as explosive as his own, and battling a pack of goblins determined to wipe out the entire camp in a surprise attack.
It’s going to take some fancy knife work, the help of a female Knight with a lethal bow, and one old pick up truck to defeat the goblins and prove to his people that his blood runs true-blue Tuatha De Danaan.
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Have you ever read a book that you just don’t want it to end? A book where the characters are so real to you that you hurt when they hurt and laugh when they laugh? Award winning author Darby Karchut writes that kind of book. From her Griffin Series to her Finn MacCullen series, Ms. Karchut’s characters take you along on their adventures, their dangers, their tender moments, and their funny moments. In the author’s latest novel, THE HOUND AT THE GATE: Book Three of The Adventures of Finn MacCullen series, for tween/mg readers, you’ll feel like you’re with Knight Gideon Lir and his apprentice, Finn MacCullen, as they attend the Festival of the Hunt. You’ll face the Amandans, Goblins that you don’t want to meet on a dark night, or in bright daylight for that matter, with Finn and Gideon as they fight to save their lives and the lives of the other knights. Finn may be half Fey and half Mortal, but he’s also a boy. Put him together with Lochlan, another apprentice in training to be a knight. Add a girl knight in training and you have typical thirteen-year-olds with tempers. Like most teens they often make bad choices along with good ones. I love the kids because they’re so human, well, in their behavior, anyway, if you overlook their amazing skills with bows and arrows and knives. THE HOUND AT THE GATE is a story of dashing knights and evil goblins. Most of all, it’s a story of fatherly love between a man who loves a boy as though he were his birth son. It’s the story of a boy that cannot imagine his life without his knight. There is a bond between Finn and Gideon that’s as strong as or stronger than a flesh and blood father and son. Ms. Karchut’s books keep getting better and better. I wonder what Finn and Gideon will be up to in the next novel in the series. The author gives us a sneak peek of the fourth book due out in 2016. She also includes a page of notes with information on the Scáthach, as well as a page explaining the different words and phrases used in the story. This series would make a great addition to public libraries and school classrooms and libraries for discussion of Celtic mythology and of the true meaning of friendship and family. My review is from an ARC that I was fortunate to receive. You don’t want to miss this one. ###