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AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow this is a very good read! I love the Celtic vibe wrapped in this fantasy book with romance and magic. Saoirse has so much going on, playing music in a pub, gets fired as a barista, finds out her father passes away and finds out she is adopted! Saoirse’s grandmother offers for her to come live in Cork with her. Smithy, whom is a blacksmith, also loves to play music. When Smithy and Saoirse meet they make music and sparks happen! What does happen when the Gods want Smithy and Saoirse to know their fate is when summoned? Read and find out.

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AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON – Review by Rayne East

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Irish Urban Fantasy
What a fantastic tale based in Irish folklore and legend. There was a lot of world building and character development in the beginning but halfway through the story starts to take off. The world is beautifully presented and the legend interwoven throughout. A magical journey filled with music and love.

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AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson

Kristin Gleeson is a talented author. She slowly weaves a magical tale that leaves you wanting more. The story of Saoirse, Anu and Smithy brings you so close to the magic awakening you can almost touch it. Kristin describes things in such amazing detail and really gives the reader a very clear picture of the setting. When it ended I wanted more story and had one of those moments readers know well… asking when is the next one going to be available. If you are looking for a book to take you on a magical journey then this book is for you!!!

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AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON – Review by Stephanie Nicole

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON was an amazing first time read for me. While I normally read more action packed, or drama filled stories, this beautifully written fantasy was a great change of pace. Ms. Gleason really gives us beautiful details all the way from the details in the characters looks, their surroundings, the sounds they heard, and every little day to day activity. With how much thought she put in to all the details of this short book it was easy to picture exactly what Ms. Gleeson wants us to. I personally look forward to reading more by Ms. Gleeson and I hope to read more about these characters.

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AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON – Review by Erin Wolf

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give Awakening the Gods: A Celtic Urban Fantasy (Rise of the Celtic Gods Book 1) by Kristin Gleeson, 5 stars.

This is an incredible tale of Irish urban fantasy. The traditional music Ireland is known for, along with Irish mythology, is really the core of a story woven so intricately, I felt myself pulled in immediately. It was written by an Irish author, so it took a minute for my non-Irish brain to get used to the terminologies and style. But once I did, I was fascinated. It is just so, so good. Being Irish at heart, I knew some of the gods mentioned in this story, but I love how this book focuses on ones I don’t often read about.

The author does a fantastic job of weaving the two worlds in, building things up slowly. Their love of the traditional Irish music is very apparent too. This adds even more fun and depth to the story. I cannot forget the characters either, which really completes this tale. Saoirse and Smithy are the focus here, and the romance between them adds yet another level. But there are so many secondary characters in here, and it still isn’t too many. I really hope we see more of them in future books.

If you like modern fantasy set in Ireland, this book is for you.

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AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON – Review by Angela Renee Diaz

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the musicians. It was hard for me to understand since some words were Irish. The storyline is fantastic once you get used to the wording. I love the tales.

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Awakening the Gods: A Celtic Urban Fantasy (Rise of the Celtic Gods Book 1) by Kristin Gleeson – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Saoirse is a young woman with flaming hair, green eyes and fair skin who wears her hair in the style of a braided coronet has just been fired from her job as a barista, she enjoyed it, but it didn’t fulfil her, but being late one too many times meant that she was not the model employee they were hoping for. Smithy is a man who lives in the rural countryside outside of Cork, he has been a blacksmith for as long as he can remember and he loves what he does, but the magic he used to feel while doing it has gone, it has left him with a hole in his heart and a lack of enthusiasm. He likes to spend what time he can playing in the local village pub with some session musicians and spending time with them, as well as having a bit of banter and good craic with them too.

Saoirse’s lack of a job does not help her pay the rent on the flat she lives in, or the fact that the lease on it will finish in a couple of months, so she will have to find somewhere cheap to live as well as a new job, so to help ease the depression of her situation, she does what she enjoys most and goes to a local bar and joins in with the other session musicians gathering there. Saoirse is just getting ready for bed when she hears a knock on the door, it turns out that it is a couple of Garda who have come to deliver some sad news, they have come to tell her that her father has died in a car accident and that she has their sympathies, she asks some questions, however, when the answers aren’t the ones she is looking for, she agrees to speak to his solicitor, however, when she goes to see him, he drops a bombshell on her about her heritage and how it is complicating the probate proceedings, but that he will be in contact at to let her know how things are progressing.

The next day she receives a phone call from a woman claiming to be her grandmother, she is apprehensive and doesn’t quite know what to make of it, but she agrees to meet her for a coffee and talk to her, this conversation leads to an invite to go and stay with her, Saoirse isn’t sure what to do, but agrees to go anyway and see where she comes from. When she arrives, she has a tour of the farm her grandmother lives on and makes an acquaintance with the woman who lives next door and when she finds out that she is a musician too, it is another thing they have in common. One day, Saoirse goes for a walk in the local area and is caught in a downpour when she comes across a man working in a forge who invites her in for tea and to dry off a bit, they find conversation easy and talk about music and the local area, but agree to meet soon at one of the sessions in the local pubs.

As the two keep running into each other and realise that as they make music together, it isn’t just music that draws them together, there is a deeper connection that neither of them can explain, however, they are both about to be pulled into a world which Smithy would rather forget and avoid and Saoirse doesn’t want to believe exists, but will they be able to fight the summons of Eire and come to her aid, or will they try to avoid a fated path and the danger which it holds? This is an Irish urban fantasy which keeps you entranced with tales of myth and legend, as they are woven into a modern day setting, which will keep you hooked throughout.

Reviewed by @roxsannel

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AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON – Review by Jasmin Marie

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1) is my first read by author Kristen Gleeson. This story of Soarse and Smithy was beautiful and interesting. Gleeson beautifully captured the main characters’ surroundings as well as the music they played together. I truly felt like I was witnessing the scenes myself. In addition to the characters and their stories, I enjoyed learning the history of the Celtic Gods. I’m looking forward to reading book 2!

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AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON – Review by Kayla Bullock

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Awakening the Gods was a fantastic start to this series. The story has a wonderful setting, somewhere between this one and the past. The characters are well developed, and Saoirse is very likeable. This is a hard book to review without giving anything away! The unexpected elements are fantastic and it was interesting to read about the Celtic gods–characters that I don’t know much about. The romance is sweet, the thrills are great, and I’m hoping the series continues to build upon this fabulous first novel!

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AWAKENING THE GODS (RISE OF THE CELTIC GODS) by KRISTIN GLEESON – Review by Heather Lovelace

Awakening the Gods (Rise of the Celtic Gods #1)Awakening the Gods by Kristin Gleeson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This fantasy was not what I expected at all. And I mean that in a really great way. It was such an interesting fantasy weaving classic themes with modern elements. The first few pages pulled me in immediately and I couldn’t wait to read more about Saoirse and find out more about her. Just a really great fantasy that opened up a new world, one I would like to visit again.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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