Blog Tour and Review of Fianna’s Awakening

Posted December 11, 2018 by Lizzy in Book Reviews, Book Tours / 0 Comments


Blog Tour and Review of Fianna’s AwakeningFianna's Awakening (Warriors of Myth and Legend, #1) by Ron C. Nieto
Published by Victory Editing NetGalley Co-Op on November 13, 2018
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 308
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Outcast. Betrayer. Chosen.

After five years being a Fianna, Aisling O’Malley still has to prove herself every day. The sins of the father weigh heavily on her shoulders, and no matter what she does, her fellow warriors regard her as the undeserving one. It doesn’t help that one of the four mythical treasures of Ireland has turned up under her nose, leaving her none the wiser. If by any chance the touted Spear of Lugh up for auction is indeed the legendary Spear of Victory, she needs to get her hands on it before anyone else does—and be spectacular enough about it to make the rest of the Fianna forget she almost missed the artifact in the first place.

Exile. Betrayer. Forgotten.

After spending twice as long undercover as he ever lived at home, Ronan no longer knows where he belongs to or where he’s actually exiled from. He can’t return to his people, not unless he collects the four artifacts of power the Tuatha Dé lost when they were forced to leave Ireland, and three millennia after the fact, he’s pretty sure they’re going to remain lost. Except one of those ancient treasures has landed in his lap—or could land in his lap, if he brings himself to work with the spunky young woman who wants to hire him to consult on the Spear’s authenticity.

Can two broken people learn to trust one another? And even if they can, will it be too late to save Ireland… or themselves?

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fianna’s Awakening is the first in an urban fantasy series about the Fianna, a group of people who are chosen to be the guardians of Ireland. Aisling O’Malley is the only – perhaps first – female Fianna, and as such the demands on her are even heavier than most, because she must constantly prove to the others that she is as worthy as they.

Things I Loved:

“I’m fast,” she said. “And strong. And tough, and resilient.” A shrug. “I can tell when danger of the creepy kind is around, most of the time.”

“Danger, but not the spear? So an invincible artifact of untold power isn’t dangerous?”

Well, put it like that and it does sound like I got a malfunctioning superpower…

  • Um, well – Ireland! I might be slightly obsessed. There is a little bit of Irish mythology worked into this book, but none that I was particularly familiar with so I’m not sure if it was made up by the author or just obscure.
  • The magic system is VERY intriguing and I really hope it’s explained in more detail in the next books! Also I want to know more about the process of becoming a Fianna…that was never really explained.
  • Aisling – despite years of belittling and posturing from the rest of the Fiannas, she’s still stubborn as a mule and confident in her own abilities. Hell. Yes. I love strong female characters. By contrast Ronan seems a bit hapless and awkward. I’m not sure he’s the right one for her…
  • The humor!! Oh my gosh, the wry, sarcastic bits got me so much.

Small Complaints:

  • Need. More. Details. I felt like most of the magic and history was only half explained! Like this Sword of Lugh…where did it come from? Why was it made? By whom? I’m aware of the traditional Celtic god Lugh, but the book never really talks about Celtic deities in detail so I’m just…up in the air. PLEASE TELL ME MORE.

“You know, handing out prophecies of doom and gloom and then going skimpy on the details is not an attractive trait.”

  • Romance…where? So Aisling and Ronan apparently had a kind of attraction thing going on, but it was most present in their first meeting and then fizzled. I didn’t feel any kind of chemistry. They’re both extremely interesting characters on their own, so you don’t really NEED a romantic subplot here, but…*points at description and cover* Doesn’t that look romantic to you?

3.5/5 stars. I’ll definitely be giving the second one of this series a shot, because I’m intrigued by how the author is bringing Celtic legends through to the modern world.

1/5 flames. Eh, I would love to see some more sizzle between Aisling and Ronan, but if not, they’re still both interesting characters in and of themselves.

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Author Bio:

Ron C. Nieto is a fantasy and romance author who has been writing in her secluded fortress for the longest time. Recently, she had a talk with her cat and decided that she should share her creations, because it was selfish to hoard them all for herself.

If you would like to know more about her, please visit her website.

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