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Oh! Such excitement! :smile:

Several years ago I discovered www.podiobooks.com, a site where authors read (or have read) their work. Podiobooks is like Audible, or iTunes, except that its content is free and you won't find too many big named authors. I listened a lot and amongst the rough I found some real gems ... as did mainstream publishers. Quite a few of the authors were offered deals on their books and, obviously, having x thousand loyal listeners helped their cause, too.

Shadowmagic, a YA fantasy novel by John Lenahan, is one of my favourites.

A Lord of the Rings for the 21st century. Only a lot shorter. And funnier. And completely different.

Conor thought he was an average teenager. OK, so his father only had one hand, spoke to him in ancient languages and was a bit on the eccentric side but, other than that, life was fairly normal. Until, that is, two Celtic warriors on horseback and wearing full armour appear at his front door and try to kill him. After that, things get pretty weird.

Shadowmagic is a fantasy adventure for young adults (although grown ups will like it too). Written by one of the most popular magicians in the country it brings a fresh approach to the genre and will have a broad appeal beyond the fantasy sections.

Lenahan - who has a great reading voice - was signed by The Friday Project, an imprint of HarperCollins. The Sons of Macha, his third book, is released this coming March and, as part of the sales drive, they're giving away the kindle version of Shadowmagic for free/nowt/nada/zilch. Grab it! And, if you're into audio books then grab that, too.

Shadowmagic at Amazon U.K..

Shadowmagic at Amazon U.S.A..

Shadowmagic at Podiobooks

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