Book Reviews

Book Review: The Forbidden Land, by Kate Forsythe (2001). Book 4 in the witches of Eileanan series.

With Eileanan trying to recover from war and Lachlan now ruling the lands, it is time for more evil to be cleansed from the lands and the rightful rulers put back into their seats. Elfrida NicHilde, is one of these such rulers, and along with a small party of witches loyal to Lachlan and implored by him to help, sets out to take back Tìrsoilleir, and free a long term prisoner Killian the Listener.
These tasks set before the small party are not an easy feat to achieve and Lachlan appeals to the banprionnsa Finn for help. As Finn has fought beside Lachlan and the Eileanan Witches many times before it didn’t take much convincing to get her to join them. It isn’t long before the party are deep in the thick of their mission facing dangers and testing their resolve, but what they find may not be what they had counted on. 

Again Kate Forsythe has given us another thrilling episode in the Witches of Eileanan series. Filled with magic, action, and suspense, The Forbidden land is a nice addition to an epic storyline. I recommend this book for mid teens and up, and I give it a rating of 7/10.


Book Reviews

Book Review: The Pool of Two Moons, by Kate Forsythe (1998). Book 2 of the Witches of Eileanan series.

The second book of the Witches of Eileanan series is even more action packed than the first. The Banrigh is furious that she is unable to catch the elusive Bachiach, the leader of the Rebels, she sends her witch hunters out to find those witches not brought down on the Day of Betrayal. Meghan has caught up with Bachiach and brought with her Iseult. Bachiach realises that there must be in fact two women identical to one another and that the one he had left behind could be in serious trouble. Meghan is murderous when she realises what he has done, Isabeau, Iseults twin, is in great danger, which means everyone’s futures are hanging in the balance.
Jorge, along with his band of children join up withe rebels and together begin the plans to raise the Loadstar. For he who holds the Loadstar rules the lands. It is up to the rebels to take down the Banrigh Maya, and bring back peace and justice to the lands.

As in the last novel the author has captured the readers imagination ten fold, and I found myself with my head stuck in this book for hours late into the night. All the unanswered questions about the Coven and of course the Ensorcellor, make for a suspenseful novel, boding well for further storylines. I thoroughly enjoyed this book in the Witches of Eileanan series and recommend it for mid teens and up. I give the book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.


Book Reviews

Book Review: Dragonclaw, by Kate Forsythe (1997). The Witches of Eileanan Book 1. 

Dragonclaw is a fabulous novel written by Kate Forsythe and the first of a series of 6. Without a doubt Kate begins by weaving a magical setting similar to the time of the crusades, with its own flavour of originality, and then goes on to introducing the reader to some powerful characters. It all begins with the introduction of Isabeau, an orphan who has been raised by Meghan the wood-witch. They reside in a savagely hidden tree beneath the shadow of Dragonclaw, a rocky formation above their little valley. It is Isabeau’s 16th birthday and time for to take the trails of becoming a witch. Unfortunately witchcraft is against the law and punishable by death. So it is when she is being tested that the secret valley and treehouse is discovered and Isabeau is hurtled into and adventure that she had only ever dreamt of.

Meghan and her band of exiled witches begin their fight to retake control of their lands which they were cruelly hunted out of by the Righ and Banrigh, although the Righ himself is a witch by blood. Meghan believes that the Banrigh is to blame for the events which led to their banishment, and holds much knowledge she is right, however without the actual proof there was no case. Now, however, being discovered has caused a chain of events that will change things forever. 

The novel Dragonclaw is well written and I enjoyed it immensely. Very original in both setting and storyline I found myself deeply immersed in the lands of Eileanan in the middle of plans for a rebellion. The author writes in a way that really draws the reader into her tale and it’s one of those books that you can’t just put down. Something is always happening. A great read overall and I recommend this novel for mid teens and older. I give it the rating of 8/10 stars.