Review Finn Finnegan by Darby Karchut

Title: Finn Finnegan
Author: Darby Karchut
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Published: March 12, 2013
Paperback, Arc, 200 pages
ISBN: 9781937053321
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Publisher

Finnegan MacCullen: a thirteen-year-old apprentice with the famous Irish temperament.
Gideon Lir: a legendary Celtic warrior with a bit of a temper of his own.
Secretly, these blue-collar warriors battle the hobgoblins infesting their suburban neighborhood...when they are not battling each other.
Finn (not bleedin' Finnegan) MacCullen is eager to begin his apprenticeship. He soon discovers the ups and downs of hunting monsters in a suburban neighborhood under the demanding tutelage of the Knight, Gideon Lir. Both master and apprentice are descendents of the Tuatha De Danaan, a magical race of warriors from Ireland. Scattered long ago to the four corners of the world, the De Danaan wage a two thousand year old clandestine battle with their ancient enemy, the Amandán, a breed of goblin-like creatures.

My thoughts:
I'm a huge fan of Darby Karchut's Griffin series. so I jumped at the chance to read Finn Finnegan. Karchut did not disappoint with this new series. Once again she pulls you in with action and adventure as well as gives her characters strength and depth. 
Finn Finnegan is the first book in The Adventures of Finn MacCullen. In this book we meet Finn and Gideon. Finn is training to be a knight and is an apprentice to Gideon to fight goblins. They are a secret, ancient order who have vowed to protect the world from those fearful beings.The order is searching for an ancient weapon that could help the knights defeat the goblins.
One of the things I love most about Karchut's book is the relationship between the characters. She always manages to write characters that make you want them to succeed. The way the characters interact with each other is often hilarious as well as heartwarming. And speaking of characters, two of my favorite characters from her previous series make a guest appearance in this book. 
So why should you read this book? If you're into action and adventure, love sword-wielding, magical warriors that kick goblin booty, and a bit of mystery thrown in, then Finn Finnegan is the book to read.
*Parental note: this book contains violence associated with battles, along with the death of a character. The language is clean. I think it would be suitable for kids ages  10 and up.

My rating:

Other books by Darby Karchut:
Griffin Rising
Griffin's Fire
Griffin's Storm


  1. I reviewed this one for School Library Journal, and while it wasn't really my type of book, I know my middle school library visitors will love it. Thanks for posting the trailer--I hadn't seen that!

    1. I think middle school kids will really like it, too. :)

  2. Thanks, Marcie, for reviewing my book. Glad you liked it. It was so fun to have Griffin and Basil make a cameo in it! :-)


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