Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

Beyond a Darkened Shore

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her cl...

Details Beyond a Darkened Shore

TitleBeyond a Darkened Shore
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Mythology

Reviews Beyond a Darkened Shore

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Release date: April 10, 2018Ok, let me get some serious fangirling out of the way first because this book had every element I love and was easily one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. I mean, there's a warrior princess in magical ancient Ireland, tons of Irish mythology, Norse mythology, vikings, fae, and then the Morrigan comes in. COULD THE SETUP BE ANY MORE PERFECT?! And crows are my favorite animal, so even the cover was perfect.The ge...
  • Anissa (FairyLoot)
    Wow. I am at a loss for words. I loved this book SO much! The story captured me right from the start and I was rooting for Ciara and Leif so hard. On top of the fantastic characters and story, I loved all of the Celtic and Norse mythology. Everything was just perfect and I never wanted it to end! Love!!!
  • Sabrina
    Checkout my full review on my blog! http://omgbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.... tw: mention and attempt of rape in the book, this happened around 37%/38% of the novel, chapter 11.There are so many unique things about Beyond a Darkened Shore, the setting, the characters, the plot and more. I was ensnared from beginning to end. I haven't read a book with Vikings and Norse Mythology so this book was a treat. I really enjoyed the battle scenes, the imag...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    About: Beyond a Darkened Shore is a young adult fantasy written by Jessica Leake. It will be published on 4/10/18 by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, 432 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, fantasy, mythology, and historical. This book is intended for readers ages 14 and up, grades 9 and up. This book is the author’s debut and a standalone fantasy. My Experience: I started reading Beyond a Darkened Shore on 11/16/17 and finished...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “The laws are clear: there are only two strong enough to defeat them. One born for it, the other through great sacrifice.” I will always pick up a mythology book. It’s one of my book buzz words that almost guarantees I will be interested in reading a book. I’m happy to say that Beyond a Darkened Shore did not disappoint me.Beyond a Darkened Shore follows Ciara and Leif, two people with special powers, who might be the only ones capable ...
  • Stacee
    2.5 stars?I was all over that synopsis and the bird on the cover and sadly it took a lot for me to get through this one. I really liked Ciara and Leif. She stands up for herself and he’s cocky and together they’re fantastic. I loved the scenes of them bantering or kissing or pushing each other’s buttons. Plot wise it was booooooooring and yet not. When there are awesome things happening, they’re mostly awesome. It’s the parts in between...
  • Kristen
    This book was really fun! The start was a tad slow in places but after 40% it got epic! The middle portion of the book had me absolutely hooked!
  • Adrienne Young
    A sweep-you-away fantasy filled with mythology, romance, mystery and magic. I really loved this one and I think YA readers will too! So happy I got to read an early copy.
  • K.A.
    I was lucky enough to read an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. And oh, was it a beautiful and kick-ass book. Filled with Celtic and Norse mythology, Viking battles, wars with gods and monsters--both human and non--pacing that built and built perfectly, and a slow-burn love story between enemies (the icing on a dark and riveting cake), I loved BEYOND A DARKENED SHORE. After the first quarter mark, I seriously could not put this b...
  • Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes! Yes! No cliff hanger, but please let there be another book!! I need more of Leif & Ciara!!!!
  • mith
    Rating to change; I'm a bit torn on how I feel about this.
    Things I liked: Norse + Celt mythology, a warrior princess, quest story format (because who doesn’t like a good quest?), stand-aloneThings that weren’t my cup of tea: the story executionWhile I did end up finishing this one, it ended up being a fairly average read. I thought the main character was underdeveloped, felt like the pacing was a little rough, and I’m still torn on the level of keen I feel towards the romantic relationship in this...
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    Between 4 and 4.5 stars!I really enjoyed this one! It started off with some action to pull me in and kept up with a good pace throughout. There was so much fun mythology involved and I loved the storyline. Definitely worth a read! Better RTC.
  • Sean
    I loved the whole Viking + Celts everything, and the magic was incredible! The Moriggan, the undead armies... This was everything I hoped it would be. Truly fantastic. I read an advance copy of this book.
  • Yara
    This book deserves more than five stars! If you like Celtic/ Norse mythology and Vikings, then this is the perfect book for you. It flows seamlessly, has a ton of action but at a good pace, slow burn romance, and friendship/ family themes. So far, this is my fave book I’ve read this year and recommend it to everyone.
  • Aanchal (Book Flame)
    4.5 Stars Beyond A Darkened Shore surprised me, maybe it's because I didn't have any expectations going in for the novel, I just knew it had a breathtaking cover and I wanted to read it. This book is not just a pretty cover, inside the pages is an epic fantasy filled with magic, Norse and Irish mythology, undead armies, monsters, love and loss along with characters you will come to love or love to hate. I'd say it's pretty damn amazing. Any epic ...
  • Bella
    OMG.I was given an uncorrected ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I was blown away. This book incorporates everything that I love, a little bit of romance, mythology, historical fiction, and a warrior as a main character! The book is beautifully written and made me laugh as well as cry! The story is filled with mystery, and magic, but not in an overwhelming way, and overall, this was a book that I would strongly suggest! The s...
  • Madeline J.
    Fantastic use of lore in the worldbuilding. Leake has also created strong characters whose journeys I was invested in. Fantastic!
  • Bridget
    Loved this one!!!
  • Lexi
    I loved every moment of it. I love Leif. I love how he let Ciara be her own and wield her own power. Honestly such a beautiful story of a female hero also getting her love 💜
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    There is a lot to like about Beyond a Darkened Shore,  but it wasn't my favorite book.  I'll start with the things I liked.  There is a hate to love romance between Ciara and Leif that I really enjoyed.  Not only did they hate each other, but they were enemies that came together to defeat something much bigger.  The mythology was excellent.  I loved the elements of the Morrigan, The Valkyrie, the jotnar, and the old gods like Odin.  That ...
  • alice (arctic books)
    2.5 stars, I think. Full review to come.
  • Erin
    I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This book was everything anyone could ever want in a fantasy. Wars, enemies turned allies, a romance, Celtics gods and Norse gods. I loved both Ciara and Liefs characters and their thirst for revenge. YA fantasy lovers should give this one a read or anyone interested in Celtic or Norse mythology.
  • Cassie James
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review, This doesn't in any way influence my opinion on it. Beyond a Darkened Shore is a unique book of the likes I haven't read so far. Sure there are other characters like Ciara that are daughters of leaders with some kind of power but the setting of this book makes it differ in a special way. The story is so refreshingly original I was fully engrossed in it by the end of th...
  • Rachel (APCB Reviews)
    ** Rating is 3.5 stars **After reading so many glowing reviews for "Beyond a Darkened Shore" paired with the pitch of a Norse mythology, I eagerly started this book hoping to see a brutal clashing of two clans both struggling to survive. What I found instead was a heavy mythological plot that, while unexpected, managed to capture my attention early on."Beyond a Darkened Shore" follows the eldest daughter and heir to the Mide throne. Because of he...
  • Renu
    Beyond a Darkened Shore completely took me by surprise, I wasn't expecting to like a story about giants as much as I did. Eirinn is a land made up of kingdoms who are constantly having to protect their home from pillaging Northmen. Ciara, the mc, lives in Mide and because of her supernatural abilities she has been able to keep her people safe. That all changes, however, when she starts seeing a ominous crow who shows her dark visions. Then when N...