31. The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

This was another birthday book, one from my Mum and Dad. I just thought it sounded really interesting and felt like it needed to be read.

Synopsis (as taken from the back of the book) is as follows:

When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island it begins to stir beneath his feet…

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn’s grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new keeper will rise.

But, deep underground, someone has been waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.

Ability to read – I tried to multitask when I was reading this and eat cake as well but I ended up having to put the cake down because the book was too captivating and demanded my full attention. It was easy to read this book, it didn’t cause me any issue and I understood all the layers that were at play here. I thought that what I was reading was engaging, riviting and new.

Characterisation – Fionn was a wonderful character to read about and a wonderful character to get behind and see grow. Fionn is an unlikely hero and a character that has to overcome many hurdles to find his place in the world. I thought Fionn was a wonderfully constructed character who had many layers and a character whose fisrt impression changed as the book progressed. I think he made a name for himself and proved himself to the other characters around him. Reading about Fionn’s adventure makes you believe in magic again and takes you to a place where reality and memories merge together.

Visualisation – It was easy to visualise what was happening and it was easy to understand the emotions the characters were going through. Catherine Doyle brings magic alive with this story, and takes the reader on an unbelievable adventure of excitement and the true meaning of what being a Storm Keeper really means.

Uniqueness – I haven’t read anything quite like this before. The adventure this story took me on is unlike anything I’ve read before and I truly thought I was reading something new and unexplored. The character’s came alive through the story and reminded me that it is always the most unlikely of characters that make the best heroes and have the best stories to tell. I didn’t know that this book would have a sequel when I first read it and am slightly disappointed/annoyed/excited that I have to now wait until July 2019 for the next book. There were a lot of unsolved questions at the end of this book that I desperately want answers for.

Hannah xoxo

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