Read by John Lenahan

(4.7 stars; 2693 reviews)

"Hi, my name is Conor. Other than my father being a bit of an eccentric lunatic, my life was pretty normal until I got attacked in my living room and whisked away to Tir na Nog, the mystical land of the ancient Celts, where it turns out Dad is the usurped heir to the throne and everybody wants me dead because of some prophecy. Don't you just hate when that happens?"

Shadowmagic is a rip roaring fun fantasy adventure novel by John Lenahan very loosely based on Irish mythology where every chapter ends on the edge of a cliff (or at least a high curb.) Join Conor as he grapples with typical teenage problems like, how to deal with a father's high expectations, how to survive in the world on your own and how to woo a beautiful girl - that wants you dead. Shadowmagic a podcast novel for young adults from 12 to 112.

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Chapter 1: Aunt Nieve Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 2: Uncle Cialtie Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 3: Mom Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 4: The Yewlands Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 5: Rothlú Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 6: Fergal Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 7: Araf Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 8: Esa Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 9: Gerard Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 10: The Dahy Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 11: Acorn Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 12: The Hazellands Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 13: Lorcan Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 14: The Reedlands Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 15: Big Hair Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 16: The Druid Table Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 17: The Race of the Twins of Macha Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 18: The Castle Beach Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 19: The Shadowcasting Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 20: The Pooka Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 21: The Army of the Red Hand Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 22: The Return to the Hazellands Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 23: The Evil Eye Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 24: Mother Oak Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 25: Born Ready Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 26: Aein Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 27: The Choosing Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 28: The Truth - a Second Time. Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 29: A Time to Bend Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 30: A Decision Read by John Lenahan
Chapter 31: Goodbyes Read by John Lenahan


Enjoyable escapism

(4 stars)

I enjoyed the story, and the author managed to add some interesting twists and turns to keep it interesting plus I love anything to do with folklore. My one criticism is this old routine where the character is taken to a magical world where everything is fresh and exciting with all sorts of possibilities - yet they desperately want to return to their world where their lives were drab and boring with a mortal life ending in death.... I just don't understand this mentality. We see it with superheros who aquire fabulous powers only to dedicate their lives to research how to get remove the powers and become normal again.

pretty good indie

(4 stars)

the language is a bit repetative, and juvenile but overall i enjoyed the plot. it feels a little familiar as it seems influenced by several other works. Bits that are from Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and even the bible from what I recognized. It has its own voice though and the characters come through vividly to take the reader on their journey. I especially enjoy listening to the author as our narator for this recording. Then I know it is being told as he intended it to be read. Always a treat! Mature enough to be an ages 10 and up category in my opinion as a fellow parent. From one author to another I especially congratulate you on what you have accomplished and know how hard and vulnerable one must become to publish. I will be listening to book 2 and hope that the aforementioned book 3 will surface soon.

best book ever!

(5 stars)

the author reads the book which his voice i think is perfect! i listened while at work at i was so in to my work as i listened it was like a trance. it was very well written and i hope that there are lost more from this author and from the series

more than the little people

(4.5 stars)

This is a dream of a story that will catch the imagination of all ages. When my grandchildren came to stay the always had (favourites), and now with great grandchildren I can see this joining the list. Thank you for a fast moving, enthralling yarn.

umteenth time

(5 stars)

I I have honestly lost count of how many times I've listened to this book and how many times that I have read it and read along while listening to it, it is absolutely fabulous I love the music I love the author's voice the characters that he brings to life I always have to skip the one part where Connor ignores firgal in his moment of need to talk to him cuz I know what it eventually pans out too and it's sad and I cry every time and I cry at the end of the third book as well it's just a beautiful story and if you haven't listened to it yet you need to cause you'll be hooked for life and I really hope that LibriVox never takes this off of their site

Uber fun and greatly entertaining!

(5 stars)

This story is a lot of fun, I highly recommend it. It's not super deep like Tolkien, but instead think Terry Brooks meets "Princess Bride" and that will give you a sort of idea of the author's style. The reader, who happens to be the author, does a fantastic job of bringing his work to life. Great job John, not just on your writing, but also on your performance. you bring the story to life. I look forward to your future work. Cheers!

what can I say to convey the magnificence of this novel.....

(5 stars)

sheer brilliance. there was intense character development. impossible not to love and hate some characters. amazing story, I couldn't get enough. the relief that there was a sequel is actually kind of funny. I could almost see the world. 5 stars is not nearly enough. if I could read it anew I would.

All the boxes ticked

(5 stars)

Great story. I love real world meet magic world stories. Funny guy that Connor. Im really looking forward to a second book of shadow magic. Thanx so much John.