I'm Darby Karchut and I write about the magic and power of families, and powerfully magical families. Oh, and horses.
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Book One - 2013
Winner of the 2014 IPPY Silver Medal for Juvenile Fiction
Finnegan MacCullen - a thirteen-year-old apprentice with the famous Irish temperament.
Gideon Lir - a legendary Celtic warrior with a bit of a temper of his own.
Secretly, these blue collar warriors battle the hobgoblins infesting their suburban neighborhood...when they're not battling each other.
“Overall, a great choice for adventure-loving readers who prefer their battle scenes with a hefty dose of ancient weaponry, ground-fighting skills, and just a touch of magic."
--School Library Journal
"If Lloyd Alexander had written The Ranger's Apprentice, the result might have been something like Finn Finnegan. Fantastic!"
-- Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall and Ashen Winter
"Finn Finnegan brings classic adventure into a modern day setting for a great read. The Celtic lore in the story is fascinating
and gives it an extra richness. This will appeal to all those readers (myself included) who love the idea of a hidden and dangerous world within our own sometimes too ordinary
-- Dee Garretson, author of Wildfire Run and Wolf Storm
Book Two - 2014
Bronze Medal-2014 Readers Favorite for Juvenile Fiction
For Finn, it's time to Irish up.
When a power-crazed sorceress and the neighborhood pack of beast-like goblins team up and threaten both his master and his friends, thirteen-year-old Finn (not Finnegan) MacCullen does the only thing an apprentice monster hunter can do: he takes the fight to the enemy. And woe to the foe he meets along the way.
"It's rare to find a sequel that raises the bar, but ye gods! Karchut has done it with Gideon's Spear! Loads of action
and humor, as well as a formidable new enemy, will keep readers turning the pages right to the end of Finn MacCullen's latest adventure."
--Jeannie Mobley, author of Katerina's Wish
"Gideon's Spear is packed with friendship, adventure, humor, and mystery--everything needed for an entertaining and page-turning read."
-- Lindsay Eland, author of Scones and Sensibility and A Summer of Sundays
"Gideon Spear is fantasy at its most intricate, and will appeal to any fantasy reader...a fine story that teens will find evocative and fast-paced."
--Midwest Book Review
The Hound at the Gate
Book Three - 2015
Autumn: the season of endings. And beginnings.
Especially for one young apprentice.
At the annual Festival of the Hunt, thirteen-year-old apprentice goblin hunter Finn MacCullen and his master, Gideon Lir, join other Tuatha De Danaan to honor their people’s heritage. But he soon realizes that there are some who denounce his right to attend due to his half-human bloodline.
While Finn struggles to keep his place by his master’s side, he finds himself embroiled in a decades-old grudge between Gideon and another Knight, bewildered (and beguiled) by a female apprentice with a temper as explosive as his own, and battling a pack of goblins determined to wipe out the entire camp in a surprise attack.
It’s going to take some fancy knife work, the help of a female Knight with a lethal bow, and one old pick up truck to defeat the goblins and prove to his people that Finn’s blood runs true-blue Tuatha De Danaan.
"If you have not started this series you must! If you have a boy that is middle school aged-he will love this series. If you are a middle school teacher, this book is definitely a must have for your classroom library. Highly Recommended."
-- The Literati Press
"Fights break out, secrets are revealed, and an unexpected twist forces Finn and Gideon to trust someone they never thought they could. With everything that happened in The Hound at the Gate, I'm ready for the next book in this series right. now. I don't know how I'll wait!" -- A Belle's Tales
"THE HOUND AT THE GATE is a story of dashing knights and evil goblins. Most of all, it’s a story of fatherly love between a man who loves a boy as though he were his birth son. It’s the story of a boy that cannot imagine his life without his knight. There is a bond between Finn and Gideon that’s as strong as or stronger than a flesh and blood father and son."
-- Beverly Stowe McClure, author of Star of the Team and Life On Hold
Book Four - Sept. 2016
Just when Finn MacCullen thought fate couldn’t kick him any harder after the events of the Festival of the Hunt, it does. Now, he must overcome a series of nearly impossible trials to prove his worth as an apprentice, or lose his place at his master Gideon’s side.
But Finn and Gideon, and their friends, are determined to boot fate right back. They’re going to do whatever it takes to succeed, including teaming up with a sorceress and a certain teen angel.
However, Finn’s life has as many twists as a Celtic knot, and master and apprentice find themselves in their ancestral homeland of Ireland with only their wits—and a fair bit of the Black Hand’s charm—to protect them from the vengeful Celtic goddess known as the Scáthach.
In this heart-stopping finale of the award-winning series, it’s going to take every scrap of Finn’s Irish luck and pluck to save himself, and his master, from death. Or worse.
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A portion of the net profits of the Adventures of Finn MacCullen books goes to the Gava Kids. This remarkable foundation, with one hundred percent of all donations going directly to the students, focuses on the empowerment and education of Namibia's Topnaar children.