A delightful, captivating, and fascinating “urban” fantasy, this is the beginning of a series, and what a delight that is. I truly loved this book and could not set it aside. Author Steve Finegan not only knows his Celtic lore, he knows characterization, inside and out. I’m not generally a fan of fantasy, especially high or epic fantasy, but this book is just special, and I highly recommend it.
Seventh-grader Gabe just moved into a new house, new locale, and dreads trying to meet new kids and start in a new school. Gabe’s anxiety is not only the routine worries of “new kid on the block”: he suffers from temporal lobe epilepsy, and although it is a mild case and doesn’t require medication, still he has “auras”: olfactory and auditory “hallucinations.” Poor Gabe is henpecked by an overprotective mother, the target of his brother’s jealous rage, and mocked by potential friends and schoolmates for his surpassing creativity. Yet even the “ugliest curse” can turn to silver, as Gabe unexpectedly discovers he is actually a long-awaited Celtic hero, the only one who may be able to turn back the undead forces of Arawn, Lord of Death and the underground.