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, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews Beyond a Darkened Shore

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I just got my April Fairyloot today. They sent an email saying it was going to be late. Anyway, if you want to see the stuff, click on the link under the picture. ♥THE GOODSI loved the book just like I hoped I would!!Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐾🐺
  • Katerina
    What a lovely surprise!I hadn’t heard of Beyond a Darkened Shore until it was featured in Fairyloot’s April box themed “Whimsical Journeys”, and it couldn’t be more suitable because it was a whimsical, all-encompassing journey indeed! With an intricate blend of Norse and Celtic mythology, a rejected heroine with mystical powers and a Valkyrie endorsed hero on a quest to defeat flesh-eating monsters, Jessica Leake crafted a tale of war a...
  • 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!!!
  • Lena
    I loved every single aspect of this book!!! The romance was ON. POINT. ladies and gentlemen. I’ve also been really into the “Enemies to lovers” trope lately (don’t judge me I’m just a poor little fangirl and my heart simply cannot take it) so this was a delicious, suspenseful and just all around adorable read for me. Looking for something to make you happy? Read this book! Looking for two dumb idiots that are too proud to admit they dee...
  • nat.
    WOW!this turned out to be far better than expected! ❝The laws are clear: there are only two strong enough to defeat them. One born for it, the other through great sacrifice.❞everything I loved:• vikings • Ireland!!! • norse/celtic mythology • a badass MC• a romance to die for *swoon*• Leif Olafsson (my man and dream husband)• THIS ENTIRE BOOK! • and the action scenes were 👍🏼it was brutal, dark and violent, and all of it ...
  • 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...
  • Kassidy
    *3.5*I loved the richness of the Norse and Celtic mythology set in Irish history, but the pacing of the story dragged for me.
  • Alexandra Harris
    Soooo I kinda got this book 3 time this month in boxes and crates, and I was nervous after seeing a 3.7 rating, but I actually loved this book, and I honestly can’t tell you why.It had a few flaws that would usually take some star power and deductions, but y’all! I actually really enjoyed this story. And felt very satisfied with the ending.A more thorough review to come :)
  • Sophie
    MINI REVIEWI got this book in my April Fairyloot box.I was surprise to find this book but also happy and intrigued as it hasen't been hyped. I would dive in blind!I read it in three days due to work, chores, etc. and if I liked reading about Leif and Ciara's story I can't say that I was fascinated to the point it would have been painful to put it down.WHY?No clue as this book at first glance has all the ingredients to be a bestseller. -Norse Myth...
  • 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 ...
  • ✨ Kaira ✨
    Plot - 5Writing style - 4.5Characters - 4.5Romance - 5In which a powerful Christian princess fought alongside with a clingy Norse warrior to stop the giants from conquering the world. Plot - I would be lying if I'll say the plot was very original because the conflict somehow resembles Magnus CHase (obviously) , despite that, Beyond the DArkened SHore managed to surpassed my high expectations. Though I have to say, I would prefer if this is a tril...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Callie (BeverageandBook)
  • Justine
    Very much a 3 star read for me. It was fine, but not great, and ultimately I won't remember it.I really love the premise, and the historical Irish setting is one I enjoy, but the problem I had is that, for me, this book just didn't deliver like I wanted it to. I can't help but compare it to Juliet Marillier's books, and unfortunately it just doesn't hold up well next to those. Marillier's books are beautifully written stories that are both comple...
  • Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes! Yes! No cliff hanger, but please let there be another book!! I need more of Leif & Ciara!!!!
  • 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...
  • Sara (sarabara081)
    You can find more of my reviews at Forever 17 Books.4.5 stars!Beyond a Darkened Shore is a novel that had so much more to love than I expected!The world is very reminiscent of ancient Ireland and immersed with Celtic and Norse mythology. Ciara is a warrior princess with unique powers she uses in battle to help protect her people yet powers that isolate her from those very people as they believe her cursed. Nothing is more important to her than he...
    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...
  • Tara♥
    I'm not even sure where to begin with this. I can't remember the last time I disliked something so much. Well I kind of can but it's not worth mentioning.I'm pretty much a 'if you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all' kind of person. When it comes to books especially, I hate to be just negative because it takes a lot to put yourself out there and writing a book is not an easy thing but sometimes, sometimes it's just got to be said an...
  • mith
    Rating to change; I'm a bit torn on how I feel about this.
  • Jeanne
    A disappointing 2.5 stars.This started off really well, and I was (almost) enjoying it even more than Ace of Shades (which I read just before this one), but the second half of this book simply fell apart with no rhyme or reason. The world building turned awkward, the main plot felt rushed yet littered with many unnecessary scenes, and there were scores of illogical/inconsistent and awkward gaps throughout the second half of the story. The relatio...
  • Jess (◕‿◕✿)
    Rating is a 4.5. Could have been a five star, but I had a few problems when it came to pacing and awkward sentences. I'll explain more in my review, but overall? I actually really enjoyed this one.