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Kickshaw Candies
by R.K Finnell   

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Fantasy

Publisher:  R.K. Finnell-Murray ISBN-10:  0578034093 Type: 
Pages: 

236

Copyright:  Aug 25,2009 ISBN-13:  9780578034096
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The town of Baile seems to be just a small town with ordinary people until Teagan O’Brien opens an unusual candy shop. Something ancient and buried begins to awaken in the people when they consume his sweets. They remember a life they had long ago left behind becoming their true selves, and a maleficence awakens that had been locked away in forgotten memories. Out of those memories comes the truth of what brought them to the world of humans and the path back to the place they call home. The path to their salvation depends on three of their human-born children, who are thrust into a future of uncertainty as each one discovers the truth behind the people of Baile and the secrets locked within their own bodies and Only these three have the ability to overcome the evil that threatens to corrupt and dominate every living creature, to save not only their kind, but humanity itself.

Kickshaw candies is a fantasy based on Irish folklore. It is rich with characters never before seen in a world of the strange and unusual.

Excerpt
A call of anguish and despair came over the cool sea wind as the young one sat in front of his mother while she twisted his hair into a braid. She stopped for a moment, listening; her hands trembling so slightly. The call was faint and many years old, yet there was something foreboding in it that time had not calmed. It was a call she knew that her youngest son must answer. The young man heard his brother’s voice in the call and turned to look at his mother with an anxious look on his face. The voice was old and tired, not the young man that had swept him up on his shoulder to cross the creeks as they took their walks. It was a cry of disheartenment and abandoned sanguinity.
“I heard...”
“Yes. I heard it too,” she said. “He calls for you, my son. Will you answer?”
He had never been farther from home than the shores where he would watch the others as they came and went across the sea—except for one time. Some never came back, and others came back as old men. Many years had passed, and his brother was no longer young. It was heard in his voice.
Again, the call came and something else with it; the cries of children. The boy clasped his hands over his ears to block it. His mother gently took his hands away and made him listen.
“You are hearing what has not yet been,” she said. “There will be much pain for those children if you do not go. You are the only one who can avail them.”
“What children are they?”
“The children of the lost ones.”
“How am I to save them?” the boy asked. “I have no abilities.”
She pulled out one of his long hairs and set it on the palm of his right hand.
“Your crafts are no less than your brother’s,” she said. “While he can only create with another, yours lies within you. You have only to bring it to being.”
He did not understand what his mother told him, but he knew it was the truth. He looked at the hair in his palm and closed his hand on it.


Professional Reviews

"A Whole New World... and you won't be able to put it down"
By Autumn Conley
"A Whole New World... and you won't be able to put it down"
KICKSHAW CANDIES is like being a six-year-old and walking into the most wonderful candy store you have ever seen. You will read this book with that kind of wonderment as you discover all the mysteries hidden beneath the endearing characters and stories that Finnell’s imagination has so cleverly spawned.

In a world seemingly like our own, Kickshaw Candies opens its doors. As each new story and character is introduced, the tale becomes more mysterious and mystical; for the people who live here and the histories they share go far beyond typical human days. The story unwraps quickly at a can’t-quite-put-this-book-down pace, and we soon realize that while this little candy shop exists in our typical world, there is nothing typical about it or its owners at all.

From page one of this story, it may seem impossible that the fantasy would ever connect with reality, but Finnell does an amazing job of drawing you into the lives and minds of peoples with special powers, ancient grudges, and future callings. There are moments of bliss, moments of terror, and moments of triumph nestled in a well-written, imaginative story that readers will find as tasty and addictive as the corner candy shop.


Kickshaw Candies - An exceptionally written original story!
Kickshaw Candies by R.K. Finnell is one very well written book.

This author has created an original captivating story that pulls you in from the very start. I believe this author may be setting a trend on a hybrid genre of books (Fantasy Horror) and does a great job with it.

My reviewing style tends to be overly critical on major literary components revolving around plot, characterization and writing style. Kickshaw Candies exceeded my expectations.

R.K. Finnell keeps the suspense building into a crescendo and there were times that made me realize that this author writes like people think.

Kickshaw Candies is a book to put in your top 5 of books to buy. You will not be disappointed with the writing or the story.

This book earns a 5 star rating.



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