Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ARC Review: Darkmouth #1: The Legends Begin by Shane Hegarty

The Legends Begin
Author: Shane Hegarty
Series: Darkmouth (Book 1)
Publication: HarperCollins (April 21, 2015)

Description: Discover a new middle grade series full of madcap adventure, mythological creatures, humor, and heart. The world's unlikeliest hero is also its only hope in this spirited tween fantasy debut, perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon and The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.

For generations, Finn's family has protected Darkmouth from the fierce magical creatures known as Legends. Now the Legends are plotting a major attack, and it's Finn's turn to defend his hometown. So it's too bad he's the worst Legend Hunter in history.

My Thoughts: This is a story about a twelve-year-old boy who should be the 43rd generation of Legend Hunters in his family but he just isn't very good at it. Finn knows the theory and he has had lots and lots of training but, whenever he actually faces one of the Legends, something inevitably goes wrong.

It doesn't help at all that Finn has no interest in being a Legend Hunter. He would much rather be a veterinarian. However, his father is one of those bulldozer-types who is sure that he knows what is best for his son and doesn't really listen to a thing he says. He seems to think that, if he just wants it bad enough, Finn will turn into a great Legend Hunter.

Their town—Darkmouth—is the last town that has Legends popping in. The other Legend Hunters are out of work. No one knows why Darkmouth still has frequent attacks by Legends. The people in Darkmouth are very tired of having creatures from another world appear on their city streets. They really don't like it when Finn almost hunts a legend but leaves a trail of destruction behind him.

Then Steve and his daughter Emmie come to town. Emmie befriends Finn but she seems to know too much for an outsider. It turns out that her father has been sent to spy on Finn and his father. He is from one of the villages that no longer faces attacks from Legend Hunters. Finn feels betrayed by someone he thought was a friend and his father is resentful that the Council sent someone to check him out.

This story had some interesting bits and was certainly the beginning book in a series since many plot threads are left dangling. Kids who feel that they are being pushed into a future they don't want and adventure lovers will enjoy this one. 

Besides Finn's viewpoint, we also hear from one of the Legends in the Infested Side who is eagerly anticipating his conquest of Finn's world.

Favorite Quote:
Finn had read about Reanimations, and understood the process as well as he understood the science behind a Desicacation—which was not very much at all.
I got this eARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.

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