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The Black Swans: A Tale of the Antrim Cycle by [Moors, N.W.]
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Taisie MacDonnell is a quiet girl who loves knitting and Celtic music. When a traditional Irish group moves to her small town of Antrim, Maine, she's thrilled. And that the handsome pipe player she met at a fair is one of the band members makes it all the more exciting.

Conn McLaren and his siblings that make up the band, The Black Swans, are wanderers, moving from place to place. They have a secret that they must hide, a curse they have been under for many years, placed on them by the Fae at the behest of their step-mother, Aoife.

Taisie has no idea that becoming involved with Conn, the handsome pipe player, will enmesh her in magic, a centuries-old enchantment and pursuit by the Fae.

This book is a modern retelling of the old Irish story "The Children of Lir".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 723 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sunday Morning Publishing (March 1 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U6I9PUC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Nothing like a reinterpreted folk tale involving magic, the Fae, and KNITTING! Well-written and engaging, it kept me smiling and riveted to the end.
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We are proud to announce that THE BLACK SWANS by N.W. Moors is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c67c63c) out of 5 stars Stick with it! April 24 2015
By Citizen Justin - Published on
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The first quarter of this book might give you the impression you’re reading some kind of gentle romance. You’re not. This is about a modern girl – albeit one with archaic tastes – who finds herself over her head in a Gaelic myth and must call upon all of her resources to recover any hope of freeing herself and her beloved. During these initial chapters, several details that appear to be merely ‘setting the scene’ turn out to be of considerable significance later on. So read carefully!

After that, the plot develops at an incremental speed and by the end of the book things are happening fast, with elemental forces, secret worlds and capricious hidden folk all playing their part. There is even a late, but greatly appreciated cameo appearance from a certain Big Guy whose stories I loved to read as a young ‘un.

I can recommend this book to fans of Celtic mythology, drama and anyone who simply enjoys a good story and fancies something a bit different. And hey, you’ll be able to tell people you were reading N.W. Moors before she was popular. That ought to be worth a few social points!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c67c690) out of 5 stars More from Moor please! March 17 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I want more from N. W. Moor!

Wow, what a great story teller. I immediately got sucked into the book as the setting was in Maine where I live. Add Irish folklore, celtic music, knitting, time travel & love, and you've got the makings of a story written by someone who knows their craft. If you're an Outlander addict, or Janet Chapman fan, this is Book 1 in Moors' Antrim Cycle series. Give it a try!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c67c96c) out of 5 stars Excellent & entertaining Irish folklore romance with intrigue & suspense. April 14 2015
By Margaret M. McGovern - Published on
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Awesome book. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I hope there will be more books in this series and maybe about Finn and Hugh. The two main characters in this story are Conn and Taisie. The major location of this book is Maine but we get a visit to the land of the Fae. Taisie' s grandparents were born in Ireland so she grew up with all the Irish tales and legends. When the 4 siblings identities were revealed Taisie knew she'd do anything to save Conn. That included going into between the world's as well as the land of the Fae. It's an exciting book. It's a contemporary romance yet paranormal that deals with many Irish legends. At times it's sad yet holds intrigue and suspense. I look forward to future books written by Ms Moors.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c67ce88) out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down... May 9 2015
By Robyn Wallis - Published on
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I have to first state that I received a copy of this book free in exchange for the review. The business part out of the way, I can now get to the good part

All I can say is Wow! It's as though the author stuck her finger in my ear one night and decided to figure out what kind of book I would like. I am of Scottish and Irish parentage, myself, so I grew up with the tales from both sides of the Giant's Steps. I am familiar with the story of the Children of Lir where the four of hem are buried by St. Patrick, Finn McCool and how the Giant's Steps were built, and the battles of the Tuátha De Danann. And did I mention the Celtic music? That wonderful, wonderful Celtic music?

N.W. Moors retells the Children of Lir in a way that makes a logical and highly readable retelling. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, it centers around the four children born to King Lir and his wife, Aobh. When she dies, Lir marries, Aoife, the sister of Aobh. But Aoife curses the children for 900 years with a Druid rod.

Fast forward to Taisie MacDonnell and the fictional town of Antrim, Maine. Taisie lives with her Gran MacDonell just a short walk from the knitting shop, Sheep Knits for Ewe. She meets the Children of Lir in their swan form near her Gran' s home just before she and her boss leave for the Cumberland Art Fair. The Children are playing as the McLaren family in the group "Na Ealai Dubha'" which is Gaelic for the"Black Swans," of course.

Taisie , it turns out, is the "mate-for-life" of whistle-playing Conn McLaren, and their love grows and deepens, despite the fact that Taisie catches Conn changing from black swan to human. Taisie vows to break the enchantment of the children and with the help of long-time family friend Gilly Flowers (in actuality, the Lady Airmeath, healer to the Tuátha de Danann), Taisie sets off to break the curse that keeps Conn and his family slaves to Queen Maeb, queen of the Fae.

I particularly liked the way that N.W. Moors explained how the children were to be rescued from the curse that bound them. In the original story, the rescuer had to make shirts out of nettles for each of the children. In The Black Swans, Taisie, an experienced knitter, knits four sweaters from the wild wool she finds hanging off the bushes and brambles around her family's sheep farm outside of Antrim. Anyone who has done hand spinning knows how monumental a task this can be if the wool isn't first washed and carded. She obviously has a working knowledge of the steps necessary to produce yarn and a respect for those who can produce the beautiful knits the Irish are famous for (my Scottish foremothers were crocheters, but I have a high regard for the knitting I have yet to master).

The Black Swans is part adventure (I appreciated the fact that any danger was not drawn out step by gory step), part romance, part fantasy born in the Irish legends of the past, but a wholly absorbing read that was hard to put down. I can't wait to read the next installment in the cycle.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c67c750) out of 5 stars "A twisted story of realism, mysterious legends and magical suspense." May 2 2015
By Elaine MacDonald - Published on
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Elaine MacDonald

As I began to read the story of THE BLACK SWANS , I immediately felt drawn in. Perhaps because of childhood vacations in Maine and memories of listening and playing Celtic music most of my life.

The swift development of interesting main characters made the story move quickly and I settled into a comfortable pace of reading. At first I thought this will be a predictable, but pleasant romantic story. However, I was not prepared for the shocking twist of the mysterious, yet magical change of direction to the story line.

Since the first part of the story had conveyed a realistic picture of small town life, I felt compelled to read on because I had connected with the characters and wanted to know their fate, even though my taste does not lean toward fantasy stories and legends.

The characters' journey through a mystical forest was a bit tedious with its many odd characters and confusing events. Perhaps it was necessary to make the reader feel the heightened tenseness and suspense of the story, and the need for shear magic to bring the characters back to reality.

I liked the rhythmic pace of this book. Since I like logical endings and resolutions to a story, I really enjoyed the sense of a completion of the "circle of life" and the many future possibilities in the conclusion, even if magic is involved.
I would recommend this book to both young readers and older readers who think young. It is multi-generational. Perhaps an enticing description of Celtic music and romance and the magical wonder of legends on the back cover will grab the interest of many age groups.