- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1780 KB
- Print Length: 312 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1547602538
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books; 1 edition (1 July 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BHNTVTR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 80 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Storm Keeper’s Island: Storm Keeper Trilogy 1 (The Storm Keeper Trilogy) Kindle Edition
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"Doyle's writing glows, with the pitch-perfect barbs the young people sling at each other, the atmospheric weather events, her masterfully delineated characters - including the island itself - and a page-turning plot. Heart-wrenching and heart-stopping, this is one gorgeous novel." --New York Times Book Review
"Doyle's prose explodes with lyrical language as she deftly explores themes of loss, guilt, and how memory weighs on one's soul. . . . Doyle proves with this exquisite debut that she is a middle-grade fiction author to watch, and readers can look forward to the continuing adventures of the Storm Keeper." --Booklist, starred review
"Doyle infuses every aspect of the novel with the richness of Irish folklore and culture: readers will be captivated by descriptions of the Island's beauty and magical history . . . [a] modern yet timeless fantasy." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Fans of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson can add Fionn Boyle as a generous and brave hero from the Emerald Isle." --School Library Connection, starred review
"The engaging construction of magical time travel and Doyle's beautifully descriptive prose will enchant those looking for an atmospheric magical adventure." --BCCB
"Irish legends collide with modern times in a fast-paced, magical tale about the ordinary becoming extraordinary. . . . A distinctive fantasy with depth, humor, and heart." --Kirkus Reviews
"Doyle's vivid imagery and colorful language engages the senses as she weaves together an atmospheric setting . . . a beautiful blend of Irish legend and self-discovery." --Shelf Awareness
"Magical in every way." --Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series
"Imaginative and exhilarating." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me
"Catherine Doyle is one to watch." --Lauren Wolk, Newbery Honor author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea
About the Author
Catherine Doyle grew up beside the Atlantic Ocean in the west of Ireland. Her love of reading began with great Irish myths and legends, and fostered in her an ambition to one day write her own. The Storm Keeper's Island is her debut middle-grade novel and was inspired by her real-life ancestral home of Arranmore Island (where her grandparents grew up), and the adventures of her many sea-faring ancestors. After living in Dublin City for two years, Catherine is now based in Galway but spends a lot of her time in the US and London.
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On a rough sea crossing from Dublin to Arranmore, Fionn feels terrible - little does he know that seasickness is only the start of his troubles. There are strange goings on a-plenty on the mysterious island of Arranmore. The island seems to change without explanation. Why do flowers grow in an instant and then vanish just as quickly? Why do storms appear and then disappear at the drop of a hat, or should that be at the lighting of or snuffing out of a candle? Why do ravens suddenly flood into previously clear skies? Why does smoke pour out of the chimney above an empty fireplace? And why does grandfather have so many candles?
Fionn will uncover the answers to all these questions and more as he learns the truths and secrets about Arranmore Island and its Storm Keeper.
One of the on-going themes in the book is that of rivalries. Of rivalries past and present. Of rivalries known and unknown. Dagda and Morrigan; Bartley and Fionn; Fionn and Tara. The relationship between Fionn and Tara fluctuates between hate, annoyance, resentment and ultimately reconciliation. The troubles they face ultimately bring them closer together.
The end leaves the reader with many questions answered but also raises new unanswered questions. My guess would be the next adventure with Fionn, The Lost Tide Warriors, will resolve many of the unknowns as I’m equally sure Doyle will leave the reader with many more wonderings.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure story that takes the reader around and through the many layers of Arranmore Island. It gives the reader a desire to go adventuring around rugged islands and explore hidden caves. To feel the biting wind on your face, the cold rain lashing down on skin, the mud and water seeping through sodden socks and then returning to the warmth of a ramshackle cottage where the fire will hopefully be ablaze and not just smoke drifting out of the chimney.
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I often find that they’re more magical, go deeper, they have far more to say for themselves and they say it in a bigger variation of ways!
If you stopped reading these books as you got older then I’m here to tell you that you’re missing out in a big way!
If you wanted to start reading books aimed at younger readers then you could do a lot worse than ‘The Storm Keepers Island’.
This is such a charming, magical, cosy, and enchanting book.
I loved every single page!
In this tale we take a trip to a magical island where everything is just a bit... strange.
Things seem to shift and move, flowers pop up out of nowhere, the wind seems to call out to you, and secrets and mysteries are hidden around every corner!
Is there really a cave that grants wishes? Can the weather truly be trapped inside a candle? Are there monstrous creatures living under the waves who protect the island? And can Fionn’s grandfather really control the elements?
Just open these glorious pages and find out for yourselves!
Catherine really makes you care about all the characters in this tale.
Their personalities are all so varied and fleshed out, their relationships a delight to read about! From the sibling animosity between Fionn and Tara, the love and family bond between Fionn and his eccentric grandfather, and the rivalry between Fionn and his sworn-Island-enemy Bartley!
It was all fantastic!
The island itself even feels like its own character! It was so vibrant and alive!
I desperately want to visit its shores myself now and have an adventure all of my own!
And I can’t wait for the story to carry on so that I can jump back into this enchanting world!
So next time there a storm brewing or the wind is howling at the windows, I suggest curling up with a steaming cup of tea and opening the pages of this fantastic book!