The pacing of this book took my breath away! What an exhilarating yet moving adventure that was just as good as the first. Filled with bravery, this tale of good vs. evil, darkness vs. light, inspired me to never give up, even when a situation seems hopeless. And Fionn’s relationship with Granddad is so endearing; I love their senses of humor. I found it hard to leave Arranmore Island when I finished reading this grand story.— Susan
“Fans of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson can add Fionn Boyle as a generous and brave hero from the Emerald Isle.” – School Library Connection on The Storm Keeper's Island
There is magic deep within Arranmore Island, and Fionn Boyle is beginning to discover how it has woven its way through generations of his family's history. But Arranmore is in trouble; evil sorceress Morrigan's soul stalkers have returned, giving rise to widespread fear and suspicion. Fionn wants to help, but the Storm Keeper magic passed down from his grandfather seems to have deserted him.
Fionn sets out to summon the merrows, a vast army of sea creatures who may be his only chance. But how can he find them without the faintest idea of where to look? The battle to save Arranmore has begun.
This gorgeously written, magical tale of family, bravery, and self-discovery is perfect for fans of Orphan Island and A Snicker of Magic.
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 was her debut middle-grade novel, inspired by her real-life ancestral home of Arranmore Island where her grandparents grew up, and the adventures of her many seafaring relatives. Catherine lives in Galway.
“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 on THE STORM KEEPER'S ISLAND
“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.” —starred review, School Library Journal on THE STORM KEEPER'S ISLAND
“Fans of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson can add Fionn Boyle as a generous and brave hero from the Emerald Isle.” —starred review, School Library Connection on THE STORM KEEPER'S ISLAND
“Doyle's prose explodes with lyrical language as she deftly explores themes of loss, guilt, and how memory weighs on one's soul... [she] proves with this exquisite debut that she is a middle-grade fiction author to watch.” —starred review, Booklist on THE STORM KEEPER'S ISLAND
“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 on THE STORM KEEPER'S ISLAND
“Magical in every way.” —Eoin Colfer, New York Times bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series on THE STORM KEEPER'S ISLAND
“Imaginative and exhilarating.” —Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me on THE STORM KEEPER'S ISLAND
“Catherine Doyle is one to watch.” —Lauren Wolk, Newbery Honor author of Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea on THE STORM KEEPER'S ISLAND