Teen Book Review: Irish the Demon Slayer

Irish the Demon Slayer by C.T. Markee
Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch

Irish Kehoe is just spending the summer with his friends when his little sister Kathy is kidnapped. Irish and his best friends, Streak and Huff, must now go to a world of Celtic mythology to save Kathy. There Irish and his friends find allies in the Sidhe, Cuchulain, and other famous Celtic heroes. They then go on a quest to save Kathy and defeat the evil Abaddon, king of the demons.

We all know about Greek mythology, thanks to Percy Jackson, but few people have read about Celtic mythology. I am not that familiar with Celtic mythology either, but Irish the Demon Slayer definitely exposed me to it. I really enjoyed this book, with exciting plot twists and believable characters you could relate to. I had the pleasure of talking to the author, who is a local Santa Rosa author and this is his debut novel. I would recommend this book to people who want to learn more about Celtic mythology or are just looking for a fun read!

Book Spotlight: Radiant Darkness

Radiant Darkness
Radiant Darkness, by Emily Whitman.

Book review by Kathy, Librarian and Children's Services Coordinator for Sonoma County Library.

In Greek mythology, Persephone was the daughter of harvest goddess Demeter, and becomes Queen of the Underworld when she is kidnapped by Hades.  Her mother's grief over Persephone's abduction causes the world to fall into winter; when she comes back to the world above, spring and summer return. 

Radiant Darkness, by Emily Whitman, is a retelling of that traditional story.  In this version, Persephone is not a damsel in distress– she is a rebellious teen with an overprotective mother, who falls in love with a tall dark stranger and willingly goes with him to be his bride.  If you love classic mythology, and want it with a side order of romance, then you don't want to miss this new twist on an old story.