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Beyond a darkened shore
Leake, Jessica, author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]

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421 pages ; 22cm
Princess Ciara of Mide, who has the ability to control others' minds and actions, has been using her powers to protect her people from the plundering Northmen, but when she captures Lief, a young Northman leader, she learns she is not the only one to harness this power.
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Vikings meets Frostblood in this romantic historical fantasy stand-alone from author Jessica Leake.

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 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 clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara's enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he's something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara's strength in battle, the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they'll do what it takes to defend the land they love...even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Seventeen-year-old Ciara is a different kind of Irish princess: she's also a warrior with the uncanny power of mind control, using her enemies as weapons against their own comrades. Banished by her father when she refuses to kill a Northman prisoner because of their similar prophetic abilities, Ciara must find her own way of protecting her family, avenging her sister's murder, and figuring out her actual parentage all while trying to resist the attentions and appeal of Leif, the Northman leader. Leake has done her research, weaving in elements of both Irish and Viking mythology (such as the Morrigan, Odin, and the Valkyries), which lend flavor to an otherwise formulaic romance (boy meets girl, they hate each other, they like each other, trouble arises, and everything works out in the end). But with undead armies, flesh-eating spirit horses, and a powerful heroine, fantasy, romance, and historical-fiction readers will have a great time.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ciara, a princess with the ability to control the minds and actions of others, aligns herself with her enemy, a Northman named Leif, to save their world from fantastical creatures bent on its destruction. Throughout their journey, Pagan beliefs and Norse gods clash. Ciara becomes an outcast banished from her kingdom, and the initially glaring differences between her and Leif soften as they find more rare similarities to bind them. Elements of the "star-crossed lovers" trope renders their bond unsurprising, and moments of lust paired with carnage-such as a first kiss shared while they're burning corpses on a funeral pyre-can be off-putting. Faerie magic and an army of the dead help to enliven the story, and Ciara proves to be a formidable warrior in her own right, with or without her love by her side. In her YA debut, Leake creates a strong backdrop of fantasy and myth, and she draws on her background as a psychotherapist to instill her characters with a rich vitality. Ages 14-up. Agent: Brianne Johnson, Writers House. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This book brings together Celtic and Norse mythologies. Ciara is princess of Mide, one of the kingdoms of Éirinn (known in modern times as Ireland). Ciara is blessed-or cursed-with the ability to take over a person's mind and force them to do her will. The Mide's enemies are the Northmen who raid villages, murder the residents, and take home their spoils. Leif is leading such a raid when he comes across Ciara, who spares his brother in battle, before taking Leif captive. The pair become unlikely partners in a battle against a greater enemy; giants called jötnar who want to conquer the world. While Ciara fears her powers, Leif helps her embrace them and learn better control with the assistance from his Northman seer. Ciara struggles against her feelings for Leif, and while he stays respectful he also makes his attraction clear. As the romance develops, it gradually takes over the book, with victory against the jötnar becoming secondary. This alternate historical fantasy provides background to the belief systems of both sets of people, and other than the addition of magical elements, accurately portrays the medieval time period. Abrupt revelations that are intended to surprise instead bog down the plot as it heads into the long-anticipated final battle. -VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries where mythology is popular and well read.-Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.