Official Review: SKELLIG: The Tales Of Conor Archer, vol. 2

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Official Review: SKELLIG: The Tales Of Conor Archer, vol. 2

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[Following is an official review of "SKELLIG: The Tales Of Conor Archer, vol. 2" by E. R. Barr.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Skellig: The Tales of Conor Archer, Volume 2 is an imaginative fantasy novel written by E.R. Barr. Conor Archer, a teenager who lives in Chicago, descends from an ancient Irish shapeshifting species called the Roan. They are seals (selkies) in the ocean and dark-eyed people (with webbed hands) on land. Conor is originally from Tinker’s Grove, Wisconsin, a town founded by Irish Tinkers, a version of gypsies. He has the power of connecting light and dark, and he travels between reality and the mystical world. To better deal with this predicament, Conor travels to Ireland, where he faces powerful enemies.

The fantasy elements and the coming-of-age plot go together well in this inventive novel. Conor grows as he gets schooled in the Celtic arts; his powers find a home, and he becomes a worthy foe to the evil forces he has to overcome. Additionally, there are illustrations in the book, which I appreciated. For instance, there’s a sketch of the Archangel Michael, the Ranger of the Heavens, trident in hand, on his winged horse, Brian.

What I most enjoyed about the book was how the author explored ancient Celtic mythology, traditions, and beliefs. There are druids, bards, treasures, and amulets, among other things. I particularly enjoyed Amergin, Bard of the West, Walker of Worlds, who finds “heroes of the Light to stop the evils of the Dark.” There are many folk songs throughout the novel, and the music “holds the land together.”

The novel has a well-woven plot, and the characters and their magical traits are well-developed. I was pleasantly surprised by Hercules Columba Roddy (aka Colly), a changeling and a shapeshifter who could turn himself into a werewolf. Conor’s dog, named Troubles, is also delightfully magical. There are also amusing links to the real world. For instance, when Michael lights the atmosphere on fire, NATO picks up the disturbance and scrambles jets to check it out, but their engines die as if an EMP blast had occurred.

In closing, the book has instances of non-borderline profanity; I thought this was unnecessary and narrowed its potential audience. This aspect was what I disliked the most about the novel. I wish the author would have refrained from using the f word. Thus, due to this negative aspect, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. If you enjoy fantasy novels, I believe that you should take a look at it. I also think the book might appeal to readers who appreciate Irish folklore.

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Post by Rubbi »

Celtic mythology, traditions, and beliefs... and even druids and magic! I agree with you, this must be very enjoyable to read.

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Post by NetMassimo »

I'm not particularly into folklore, but this novel seems well constructed and interesting despite the flaws you described. I'll look into this series! Thank you for your great review!
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Wow, sounds like an interesting read. I love Celtic mythology so this sounds like a good fit for me:-)
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Post by Usma Khann »

The plot sounds enriched and the illustrations included would be a cherry on the top for my inner-child. Appreciate the honest review.🌸
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Post by Eucaelvin123 »

I love paranormality and this sounds like a good deal. I'll look for the book and read up.

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Post by Priyanka2304 »

The entire concept of Celtic mythology is new to me. The review has increased my interest in reading this book.

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