Sammy Horner


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Sammy Horner

Finn and the Wild Goose

Sammy Horner has written for music magazines and theological journals in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has worked on educational children’s literature, as well as chapters for collaborative works such as ‘Following Fire’ and ‘Worship Like A Celt’. His book ‘Smith Happens will be available in paperback in 2021, but Finn & The Wild Goose, his first children’s novel is getting rave reviews and is available now! He is currently working on the second Finn adventure.

Finn & The Wild Goose

An urgent quest turns into a wild adventure where Finn discovers that all is not what it seems about his Granda. A fast-paced scramble through a land of banshees and leprechauns, faeries and fiends, leads Finn to the place where the mysteries of the wild goose are revealed.


Finn and the Wild Goose is a lyrical and beautifully woven story of Irish folklore, family, love and acceptance. Magical, and a highly recommended read for all ages. –Cat Hogan, Irish Times bestseller list author of They All Fall Down and There Was A Crooked Man

An enchanting wander through Irish mythology. –Bob Hartman, acclaimed children’s performance storyteller and author of bestselling Lion Storyteller Bible, among many others.

Rich in the lore of Ireland, Finn and the Wild Goose is a grand quest for children and adults alike. Samuel Horner, storyteller extraordinaire, crafts this novel with the flavour of the Irish fairytale of Fionn MacCumhail in a modern setting. When sister Evie is kidnapped, seven-year-old Finn Cannon must undertake a quest to rescue her. This journey has greater depth than a mere fairytale. It touches on profound truths sought by the heart of mankind. As one of the main characters, Granda, puts it: There is another story that instructs us in the way of true peace. . . It is the one that I choose freely and the one that I will pass on to my children and my children s children! Five stars. –Suzy Parish, Author of Flowers From Afghanistan –

What they are saying about Finn And the Wild Goose.


Top reviews from United Kingdom
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fast paced Irish story telling at its best.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2020
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This was just amazing- took me back to the happy days of my childhood and my grans wonderful tales – Sammy has no equal here. In this odyssey you can taste the welcome, feel the love and experience the hope that helps us on the journey – ‘…not all is as it seems…’ This man walks with giants and I look forward to many more tales I hope in the future from Finn and Evie.

5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2020

The first thing that I noticed while reading this book is that it is Dyslexic friendly.

This story is so creative I enjoyed reading about Finn and his grandad.

Finn and the Wild Goose is about Finn and Evie with their mum and dad who are leaving Scotland on a ferry to visit their grandparents in Ireland.

Nothing is what it seems. Finn sees a woman that’s scary and beautiful at the same time with dark, dark eyes and red lips, but the scariest thing was the sound she made was first a low moan, then a cry, then a scream.

Finn goes on any of adventures with his Grandad, throughout his stay with his grandparents.

In the chapter the cliff and the shadow young Finn is attacked by a bird. In the chapter Wild Goose Chase they had to run to the trees in fear of being attacked by more birds, where a wild goose named Goath comes to rescue Fin from being attacked by birds.

Finn and the Wild Goose is a special story woven with a Banshee that is a female spirit, a Leprechaun a very tricky, musical shoe-making, male fairy. There’s faeries and friends, and little lyrical songs, and with some lovely little illustrations that feature some of themes that have been involved within the story.

This very beautiful story is for the attraction of children and adults.
The author Sammy Horner is a grandfather who lives in Ireland with his wife and he has grandchildren Finn and Evie, where he has proudly named the characters in this book after his grandchildren.

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5.0 out of 5 stars
This has many layers and levels of understanding, there’s something for everyone here.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2020

Finn and the Wild Goose is a lovely fantasy story for children.

Based on Irish folklore this is an exciting, poignant journey which I loved.

The story immerses the reader in Granda and Finn’s quest to find Evie. The writing style is lyrical and poetic, full of folklore and fantasy creatures, some good, some bad.

Woven seamlessly into the story are life messages. This is not just a children’s book. It made me cry, laugh and think. It has many layers and levels of understanding there’s something for everyone here.

I read the paperback which has lovely illustrations of the characters, and a glossary of Irish terms.

This is a magical tale of good and evil, not judging things by appearance, and the importance of love.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher in return for an honest review.

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4.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2020

Thank you @lovebookstours for the opportunity to review this book!

A daring rescue, fantasy adventure and touching family moments. If this sounds like your type of thing, Finn and the Wild Goose is for you!

This book is full of Irish Folklore with mystical creatures that children and adults will love, not to mention touching family moments between Finn and his Grandad.

My inner child really enjoyed the magic of this story and definitely one I would share with my nephew when he grows up.

My rating is 4/5 star ⭐⭐⭐⭐

4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful illustrations throughout
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2020

Thank you @lovebookstours for having me on the book tour for Finn and the Wild Goose by Sammy Horner.
This novel follows Finn and his Grandad on a wild adventure, through a land of banshees and leprechauns, fairies and fiends.
This is such a lovely story with lots of fun and exciting moments throughout. It’s really fast paced and beautifully written!
I loved the relationship between Finn and his grandad and especially enjoyed the Irish folklore and poetry woven throughout the story.
I would definitely recommend this especially for young readers, it’s such a sweet and heartwarming read.

5.0 out of 5 stars
A Wonderfull, Exciting, and Thrilling book!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2020

I found this book exciting, surprising and imaginative. It is full of lovely vocab and Mythical Creatures, from Leprechauns to Werewolves, Sluagh and the mighty Caorthannaugh as well as the saviour, the Wild Goose. I am 12 years old and I think it is a great book to read to children from 9 – 14 years old. It has scary, funny and exhilarating parts and is full of suspense. The setting is in Ireland and is based on the Celtic culture. I liked spending time in the new world that Samuel Horner creates. It has poetical language and flows well. At the back of the book there is a helpful glossary which tells you how to pronounce the words and what they mean.

I love the special connection that Finn and Granda have. It is full of understanding and the moral of the story is, ‘Not everything is what it seems,’ this quote comes up frequently throughout the book when they are on their amazing adventure.

I have recommended this book to my friends at school and family members and I really would recommend you to read it yourself.

4.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful Celtic fantasy adventure.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2020

Thank you to @lovebookstours for giving me the opportunity to review the digital version of

finn and the wild goose by Sammy Horner

Review- This is a wonderful dark Celtic tale of a young boy called Finn who goes on a wild adventure with his Granda to rescue his two year old sister Evie.
Each chapter we find a mythological/fantasy creature where we face a spooky/scary challenge.
Its beautiful to see the bond between Granda and Finn and the valuable life lessons to be taught about kindness and respect!
Will the monsters aid Finn and Granda on their quest?
The journey is exciting and scary and will have young readers gripped to the end!
Written in a dyslexic friendly font with a fabulous glossary of the Gaelic words!
I would highly recommend this book to young readers and young readers at heart.

A beautiful book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautifully written story filled with excitement and adventure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 October 2020

A beautifully written story filled with adventure and excitement. You can feel the love that it has been written with. It is a warm hearted read that you cannot put down. I love that a deliberate decision was made to make it inclusive by using a font that support people with dyslexia.