Author: Shannon Carter
Book: The Heir of Tara (The Heir of Tara #1)
Published: July 2014
Evelyn Woodville, “Evie,” is beginning her freshman year at Salem State University. Between studies, she is anxious to explore the historic town of Salem, Massachusetts, site of the infamous Salem Witch trials. Her interest in this period of American history is something she inherited from her father. Her father was murdered in Salem when she was young. Her plans unravel when she is catapulted into a world of magic powers, with powerful creatures locked in a civil war. One inescapable fact comes crashing down on her; she is not the ordinary girl she thought she was. She possesses power over water and is instrumental to a centuries-old prophecy being fulfilled.
Sharron Carter has written a classic urban fantasy. The story is set in modern Salem, Massachusetts. A young girl who goes by the name Evie must come-of-age more rapidly than she expected to survive her trials. The story has strange creatures from Irish myth and legend. It is set in the modern world, using mobile phones, driving cars, and listening to rock music. Throw in a handsome young man, a mystery, and fast paced action, and you have the makings of a page turner.
In the edition I read, there were a few typos that stood out, but faded once I got into the story. The actions scenes blended magic and melee fighting. I am puzzled by the lack of modern weaponry which I think could have easily been woven into the story. Altogether, it is an enjoyable story for any fan of urban fantasy, especially those who are fond of ancient Irish tales.