Book of the Month – Storm Keeper’s Island – Catherine Doyle

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and protect the islanders. Similarly, once in a generation, a book comes along which wields its power to capture the imagination of readers young and old. On that note, let me introduce you to The Storm Keeper’s Island.

“Doyle’s world is build brick by brick, fusing ancient Celtic mythology with modern storytelling”

As soon as Fionn sets foot on Arranmore, he feels its power. Here is a place where nothing is as it seems. The island seems to have a life of its own. A life that can only be harnessed by the Storm Keeper – Fionn’s secretive grandfather – but his time is drawing to an end and the island is searching for its next keeper.

This is the first book of a planned four. As a reader, you are introduced to Fionn, the island and the whole supporting cast. Throughout the whole 299 pages, the Doyle’s world is build brick by brick, fusing ancient Celtic mythology with modern storytelling. There’s magic, intrigue, adventure . . . you name it. And of course, a sinister villain waiting to raise herself and cause havoc in future books.

Catherine Doyle has undoubtedly created a masterpiece. Just the fact that the book was subject to a five way auction for the publishing rights should tell you this. There is just something about The Storm Keeper’s Island that grabs your attention. The narrative is eloquently written with bursts of text that will transport you to Arranmore. It flows lyrically, effortlessly, between time and space. Importantly, here is a book that doesn’t ask you to suspend belief; it has you suspending it without even realising.

Then there’s the human touch. Fionn’s whole life is entangled within the story. From the death of his father, to his mother’s subsequent illness and his grandfather’s slowly faltering life, every backstory tugs at the heart strings.

“The Storm Keeper’s Island is more than a straight forward book; it the beginning of an epic saga”

If the truth be told, The Storm Keeper’s Island is more than a straight forward book; it is the beginning of an epic saga. Here is a book that has an epic feel that so few books have. One that could so easily be transported to the big screen. Trust me, when I say that given the chance children across the World will fall in love with Fionn and his adventures. It won’t be long until their parents are too.

Once in a generation, a book comes along which wields its power to capture the imagination of readers young and old. 21 years ago a certain magical book took the world by storm. A generation later, we now have a worthy successor.

**I promised myself I would never say that in a review, but couldn’t help myself!**

Age Recommendation: 9+
Pages: 299 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781408896884

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