The Witches of Eileanan

The Witches of Eileanan In the Celtic land of Eileanan witches and magic have been outlawed and those caught for practicing witchcraft are put to death It is a land ruled by an evil Queen where sea dwelling Fairgean stir
  • Title: The Witches of Eileanan
  • Author: Kate Forsyth
  • ISBN: 9780451456892
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Witches of Eileanan
    In the Celtic land of Eileanan, witches and magic have been outlawed, and those caught for practicing witchcraft are put to death It is a land ruled by an evil Queen, where sea dwelling Fairgean stir, and children vanish in the night But in a valley deep in the mountains, young Isabeau grows to womanhood under the guidance of an elderly witch, and must set out on a questIn the Celtic land of Eileanan, witches and magic have been outlawed, and those caught for practicing witchcraft are put to death It is a land ruled by an evil Queen, where sea dwelling Fairgean stir, and children vanish in the night But in a valley deep in the mountains, young Isabeau grows to womanhood under the guidance of an elderly witch, and must set out on a quest, carrying the last hopes of the persecuted witches.
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  • Kate Forsyth

    Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling author of 40 books for both adults and children Her books for adults include Beauty in Thorns , the true love story behind a famous painting of Sleeping Beauty The Beast s Garden , a retelling of the Grimm version of Beauty the Beast , set in the German underground resistance to Hitler in WWII The Wild Girl , the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world s most famous fairy tales Bitter Greens , a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale and the bestselling fantasy series Witches of Eileanan Her books for children include The Impossible Quest , The Gypsy Crown , The Puzzle Ring , and The Starkin Crown Kate has a doctorate in fairytale studies, a Masters of Creative Writing, a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, and is an accredited master storyteller.


  • I wrote it, so I have to say it was amazing Besides, it changed my life I went from starving wanna be writer to internationally bestselling author practically overnight You ve got to find that amazing

  • Really looking forward to rereading this baby soon Although it is no longer my favorite ever book it s still a favorite will also hold a very very special place in my heart forever The only bad thing about this series is the dialogue but when you get used to it, you are seriously in for a special treat 3

  • An excellent start to a six part series, this first episode had me enthralled all the way through as apprentice witch Isabeau and her ancient mentor Meghan start on their quest to restore magic to the land of Eileanan and depose the wicked queen who has enthralled their ruler.Kate Forsyth has created a wonderful, fully realised fantasy world of magic creatures, fabulous dragons and evil enemies With such a solid basis, the rest of the series promises to be excellent.

  • First book of a series of 6 it s been left dangling and many threads are being woven not to mention many protagonists still being introduced which I feel is the nature of fantasy books Looking forward to the second part of my journey in Eileanan when my copy of the book arrives but for now I will get on with another book 3 and 1 2 stars.

  • this was an interesting world set up i HATED reading the dialect WHY there was no point to the dialect aside from me trying to figure out what fairn meant and why drop the t at the end of not it drove me nuts i thought the plot was intriguing, but a bit slow moving i also hate it when books don t end even if it s a series, there should be some kind of resolution this was a total cliffhanger so while i enjoyed it, it had some hitches.

  • A nice epic fantasy series As usual for this genre, the first book is the best, and the quality wanes slowly over the course of the series But the initial few are very good reads with lots of interesting ideas mixed in with the classic fantasy archetypes And they ll get you intrigued enough in the world that you ll probably want to read the last few as well, even though they re not as good The main characters can be grating and annoying at times but the support cast is full of lively and memorab [...]

  • Originally posted on Under The Rafters on the 25th August 2012.The first installment to one of my all time favourite series, The Witches Of Eileanan, is Dragonclaw.With witchcraft and witch cunning being outlawed for sixteen years now and the Banrigh the Eileanan version of the Queen decreeing all magical creatures as uile bheistean monsters and the need for them to be captured and executed, all the witches and witch lovers of the land are growing restless They wish for the old days to be back, [...]

  • I received my signed copy of Dragonclaw Book One of the Witches of Eileanan in a competition being run on author Kate Forsyth s website earlier this year.I absolutely adored her novel Bitter Greens and thoroughly enjoyed The Wild Girl, and so came to Dragonclaw the author s first published novel with high expectations.I knew before turning the first page that Dragonclaw is a YA fantasy novel, however in the very beginning when two witches are discussing the events of the land in front of an open [...]

  • This is my go to series for when I m feeling done with the world I read it through at least once a year and it never fails to cheer me up They re tattered and worn and falling apart, but they hold so many memories Its like visiting old friends, or putting on a favorite old sweater They re comfort reads.My mum bought me this book for my 15th birthday and I fell in love with each and every character I hassled her relentlessly every time a new book came out, and to this day, if she spots it on my s [...]

  • Not too bad a read I did find myself irritated by being told everything instead of shown, but that is a common problem in fantasy books and I m rather used to it My enjoyment otherwise was sadly overshadowed by the fact that every single facet of the Scottish accent which every single character has was written out in EVERY SINGLE THING THEY SAID We get it They re Scottish If everyone has the same accent, the accent is no longer a point of differentiation I don t mind the odd Scottish word thrown [...]

  • The pages o this book are filled with descriptions o everything using dialect o faux Scotland that made me want to find a stick o sharpness and stab myself.

  • May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, my spirit brave.I ll admit this was not so high on my tbr list, and I cannot for the life of me think WHY It has all the things I like Vague Scottish folklore Pagan like witchcraft A Quest of Great Import DRAGONS Weird faery creatures A high spirited lady protagonist This was a book with all the magic ingredients, although I wish I had discovered it a few short years ago in the height of my desperate love for magical ladies on quests phase Nevertheless, this [...]

  • The first 10 pages or so felt like coming home to me I have a severe sleeping disorder for years now and one thing that helps me to fall asleep is imagining myself lying in a safe, often magical, place that keeps out all kinds of evil lurking around outside of it I ve fallen asleep in Tom Bombadil s cabin, Badger s house in a tree in the Wild Wood, Hermione s magical tent, Robinson Cruso s cave fort, in amazingly tight locked rooms in even tighter locked buildings in the world of The Walking Dea [...]

  • Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on July 9, 2012 as part of the Discover Australian Fantasy feature.Written in the grand tradition of Epic Fantasy, Dragonclaw is the first in Kate Forsyth s series about the Witches of Eileanan.Witchcraft has been outlawed for sixteen years now, and the new Queen, or Banrigh, has decreed that all magical creatures be killed or captured Many of the original Coven of Witches died at the time of the Day of Reckoning but there are a few remaining, stoki [...]

  • The storytelling of this high fantasy novel is first class A spectacular debut novel from this poet turned author who this month published her 25th novel.Dragon Claw introduces us to the world of Eileanan, Megan of the Beasts and her apprentice Isabeau, and to the havoc caused by Maya The Ensourcellor.If you loved Lord of the Rings, but wished there were strong female characters, this is a book for you.History buffs will revel in the medieval politics of the series and wish that humans, witches [...]

  • Admittedly, it s been years since I last picked up this book, but it, and the following books in the series, are ones I have read multiple times and will eventually read again.Dragonclaw was given to me as a gift as a teenager I instantly fell in love and soon hunted down the following instalments in the series I think I ve read Dragonclaw three times now, and even as an adult, I still love this book It s one of the very first books that made me fall in love with epic fantasy stories and started [...]

  • I still have a bookmark wedged in this one at page 162 but I don t see myself re attempting it any time soon.It s such a dull start and I HATE when spelling is forfeited to convey an accent particularly here because I can t understand an Irish accent at the best of times It took me so much extra effort to work out what they were saying There s a grand total of three characters, and they re dull and do dull things I got as far as the old lady going to talk to a dragon but EHHHHHHHHH Was not even [...]

  • As most people who know me know, I m a Wiccan myself, albeit a very eclectic one, so I was fascinated about a fantasy world based on Wiccan magic and Celtic myth In this book, the witches of Brittania fled the Roman invaders across worlds, crossing over to another world full of magic, fae and strange beasts of legend They founded a society there untouched by Christianity, and the result is fascinating.No Catholic Inquisition to dodge doesn t mean all s well in the land of the witches, however An [...]

  • I loved this book so much It had magic and dragons and adventure It was everything that I wanted in a book so I had a really great time reading it I m definitely keen on picking up the next book in the series sometime soon.

  • i loved this book XD i love the idea of witchcraft and sorcery and evil sea dwelling peoples XD tho i feel sorry for isabeau and her hand

  • This was a wonderful fantasy novel it s very traditional swords and sorcery epic fantasy This is the first of six books in the Witches of Eileanan series Previous to reading this series I had read Forsyth s Rhiannon s Ride series which I loved and Bitter Greens which I wasn t able to finish So I was pleasantly pleased when I enjoyed this book even than the Rhiannon s Ride series.I loved all the interesting characters and world presented here You switch viewpoint a lot but I was impressed with h [...]

  • This book was really lovely I don t really have much to say about it outside of that it was lovely, the writing was beautiful, lots of talking animals and nature, and I really enjoyed all the Wicca paganism, Celtic mythology, and Gaelic words Also, lots of badass female characters And matriarchal dragons I m mostly reviewing it to give a trigger warning, so others won t get freaked out the way I did, because the rape scene really just jumps out at you out of nowhere.As I said the book was all lo [...]

  • Irritating characters, repetitive dialogue, and a very slow pace combine to make this novel painful to read It starts out interestingly enough with the main character Isabeau taking tests and learning of the imminent danger the world is facing The witches present at her testing part ways and we get to meet some unfriendly dragons After that it s self centered, headstrong, do no wrong Isabeau walking through the forest encountering characters for a few pages, and then walking through the woods so [...]

  • All magical creatures of Eileanan are persecuted by decree of Maya the Ensorcellor Witches have gone into hiding, but a resistance exists, building their forces in secret Isabeau, a young witch in training, knows very little of this She is raised in the quiet wilderness by Megan, a old hermit witch, and despite her natural talent, taught only the rudimentary basics of witchcraft After an attack on their home and sanctuary, they no longer can remain removed from the world Alone and far from home, [...]

  • The story centers around four main characters Megan o the Beasts, Keybearer of the Covens, Isabeau, her apprentice, Iseult, the twin sister Isabeau has never met and Prince Lachlan who has his own very good reason to hate Maya the Unknown A host of characters, both mundane and magical, will assist in their quest to recover the Lodestone and bring down the evil reign of Maya the Unknown.Wiccan witchcraft, magical creatures, a Celtic type world, and dragons, what is not to love No, it is not origi [...]

  • Forsyth has created this incredibly imaginative world full of a multitude of characters you can t help but connect with If you re a gal looking for a book with strong female characters, look no further If you re a man looking for an action packed fantasy series, you ve found it If you re looking to immerse yourself in a world full of witchcraft, magical creatures, corrupt kingdoms, epic battles, gut wrenching loss, and tales of love that will leave you short of breathBUY THIS BOOK the dialect is [...]

  • 3.5 stars The Witches of Eileanan is a very lengthy, fantastical beginning to a mythical series It s filled with quests, rebellions, and bloodthirsty destruction that only power can bring This book is overflowing with characters some of which share their own viewpoint in a chapter or two Although the characters bring originality and different sides of information in their respective chapters, I could really care less Literally the only time I was completely engrossed in this book was when I read [...]

  • This is one of those times that I wish I could give half stars, as my rating is really a 4 1 2 The first chapter started slowly, but the novel developed into a really great read Forsyth whose children s fantasy novels, I really adore created characters I could believe in cared about Multiple narratives were woven together, as the tapestry of storytelling took shape, it was delightful to see connections unfold in fact, in true mythological style, the Spinners weaving of fate was a theme of the ov [...]

  • My first book by this author and I was delighted to see she lives in Sydney like me This is book one of a fairly long series five or six books I believe and I am sure I will be reading all of them Dragonclaw introduces us to the history of Eileanan and its magical creatures including witches, dragons and a variety of fairies and monsters In the course of the story we travel with several different main characters in their quest to overturn the ruler and return to the old ways The story moves fast [...]

  • I loved, loved the beginning of this book Secret hide away in a hidden forest, tree home with nestled rooms Witches, and magic, and lessons I was a bit sad when this gave way to a bigger chase and details But I enjoyed the additional characters so this was fine This is a rare book that was able to bounce me from character to character without me developing favorites and growing resentful when I was not allowed to finish their story I loved the creativity and original ideas and new creatures cre [...]

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