The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Genre: Middle Grade
TOTAL RATING: 4.0 STARS
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.
This book was charmingly delightful. Picked up the audiobook on a sale, on a whim and was happy I did.
A beautifully magical story about family, loss and responsibility that burns with such a warm irish/celtic flame that makes the story all the more charming.
Fionn and his sister develop a sweet report with his grandfather and the family’s secret is revealed so smoothly that the pace of the story becomes riveting by the final few chapters.
The only knock against the story would be the slow burn start, however, you could argue that this method is needed to set up the celtic backstory and the lore behind the main arc of the story.
Additionally, the narrator was fantastic! That really adds another level to an audiobook – really making or breaking good books.
A highly worthwhile fantasy adventure with a beautifully imaginative magic system.