Sunday, 25 March 2012

Review: Celtic Storms (Celtic Steel #1) by Delaney Rhodes

Original Title: Celtic Storms
Series: Celtic Steel #1
Author: Delaney Rhodes
Publisher: Delaney Rhodes Publishing
Published Date: February 4th 2012
Genre: Fantasy


Darina O'Malley watched the sun set in the bay from the great tower in O'Malley castle. She said a silent prayer for her cousin, Kyra, hoping the message that was delivered to the MacCahan's did not spell sudden doom for her and her people. If what her Uncle Ruarc had told her was true, she was to be married to a stranger in nearly a fort night, and her world would turn upside down.

The realization that her clan held secrets which could destroy them forever - chilled her blood. Who was this son of a Laird that she was betrothed to and how would he react when he learned the truth?


Patrick is the eldest son of the MacCahan clan.  Because that he is the next leader of the clan, when Patrick's right arm was crushed and became not as usable as before, Patrick lost his confidence in himself.  Also, after seeing his mother's death, he started stuttering.  Even with these faults, he was trained to be a good warrior (with his left hand) and a great blacksmith.

Darina was the eldest daughter of the O'Malley clan.  She has 4 other sisters.  When her parents died, Darina, along with her uncle, Ruarc, was leading the clan.  But, as the clan needs a proper leader, Ruarc approaches the MacCahan clan and asks Patrick to marry Darina.

There are secrets, curses and magic (oh, yeah, bad magic!) at work in the O'Malley clan, that Patrick is not aware of and also, some secrets were hidden from Darina too.  What will the couple do, when the secrets were out?  Will they be able to defend themselves and their clan from the bad people?

The novel came as a surprise, with excellent writing, strong characters and very descriptive world building.  Even the minor characters were well-formed. The bad characters were described as really really bad, like you want to throw them out, from the top of a thirty floor building.  The series started with a great start and I hope the left out bits of this book were answered in the next ones.

There is little romance in the air and at last when it finally started, the book ended.

Another new series to look forward to, in the fantasy genre.

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