[ARC Review] Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake


The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.


tw: mention and attempt of rape in the book, this happened around 37%/38% of the novel, chapter 11.

There are so many unique things about Beyond a Darkened Shore, the setting, the characters, the plot and more. I was ensnared from beginning to end. I haven't read a book with Vikings and Norse Mythology so this book was a treat. I really enjoyed the battle scenes, the imagery and description was so good. 

A warrior princess, mythology, historical fiction, and mystery, this book has everything I wanted. My only complaint is that I wish the book was longer, maybe like a duology but trilogy but this book does wrap up nicely. But this book is so imaginative and unique. I've always wanted to read a book like this and now I finally have.

The characters are great, Ciara will do anything to protect her kingdom and her family. Though she makes rash decisions at times. She is a badass warrior princess though. I honestly swooned when she was fighting in battle, it was amazing. Leif, is a young Northman leader and an enemy to Ciara, but they share a common goal in order to prevent evil from spreading. The most alluring/interesting part of this novel was the raven that holds prophetic visions.

Overall I would give Beyond a Darkened Shore 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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