The Witches of Eileanan [NOOK Book]

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Named Best First Novel by Locus

'Twas a time when dragons left their lair and evil shadowed the land....

On the Day of Reckoning, the witches of Eileanan were outlawed--and violations of the new order were punishable by death. Eileanan's Great Towers, once meccas of magic and learning, were left in ruins....
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Overview

Named Best First Novel by Locus

'Twas a time when dragons left their lair and evil shadowed the land....

On the Day of Reckoning, the witches of Eileanan were outlawed--and violations of the new order were punishable by death. Eileanan's Great Towers, once meccas of magic and learning, were left in ruins. And now, the entire land trembles in fear....

Yet deep in the mountains, in the shadow of Dragonclaw, a young girl is being tutored in the old ways. Ignorant of her past, uncertain of her future, the foundling Isabeau will soon be forced down a dangerous path of prophesy, conspiracy, and magic. It is a world where dragons possess the key to ancient mysteries...where a lost prince will discover a strange and wondrous destiny...and where the ultimate battle between good and evil will be waged....

A new Day of Reckoning is at hand....
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In a land where witchcraft has been forbidden, young Isabeau learns the old ways in order to take her place in the battle to overcome the forces that threaten her world. Australian poet Forsyth's fantasy debut details a richly imagined universe with a distinctly Celtic flavor and introduces a resourceful and courageous protagonist. This first novel in a projected trilogy belongs in libraries where the demand for epic fantasy is high.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101659939
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Series: Witches of Eileanan , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 92,272
  • File size: 580 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of thirty books, ranging from picture books to poetry to novels for both adults and children.



The Witches of Eileanan was named Best First Novel by Locus. Other novels in the series include The Pool of Two Moons, Cursed Towers, The Forbidden Land, The Skull of the World, and The Fathomless Caves.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2014

    A great series of books and Yes you do have to read them in orde

    A great series of books and Yes you do have to read them in order. I loved the series so much I want it for my Nook as well BUT and here is a big BUT why isn't the 4th book in the set available for Nook? I wont buy until it is ... what a shame

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    One of the BEST series

    I am always looking for a good fantasy series that creares an interesting world full of dynamic characters. I own Forsythe's entire Witches series and Rhiannon's ride in paperback and they are falling apart. I am buying her entire series for my Nook now. As authors go for fantasy Tolkien is King and Forsythe may just be Queen. My wife, who doesnt read book series since she read Vampire Diaries as a reenager, fell into this series. We bith got attached to the characters and the world Forsythe created. Love this series and angry it doesnt pop up as it should when searching the genre on my Nook

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

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    Absolutely fantastic book. I couldn't get enough. The story is c

    Absolutely fantastic book. I couldn't get enough. The story is compelling, well written and keeps you hooked for the next book. I love the characters and how they grow as the story goes on. If you haven't had a chance to read this series yet your missing a great read and a magical series that will make you just want to sit down and read read read!

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    My take on one of a few authors you will always find in my library...

    This is not a good read for those who like all loose ends tied up in a neat little bow at the end of each book. This 6-book series weaves several beginnings into a concentrated conclusion in an intriguing world filled with the familiar archetypical creatures, characters, relationships, & storylines, as well as new variations on old favorites. Forsyth sets the atmosphere with beautifully descriptive prose &, a favorite part for me, adds another scene-setting layer with adeptly handled vernacular speech. I disagree wholeheartedly that it makes the book unreadable. I would offer it’s no more distracting than reading Mark Twain. *shrugs*
    I am a voracious reader & an “epic series” kind of girl; I become devoted to a world & the characters in it (R.A. Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms & the 150+ books of Dragonlance are in my repertoire to give you an idea), often rereading & zealously awaiting more from the same authors & worlds. I’m always thrilled to find a story longer than a single book or an all-inclusive trilogy to buy all at once to avoid starting & stopping to wait for those pesky publishing pauses. I went through all six within days, sacrificing many hours of sleep just to get through more pages. I also bought the next series (which returns to this world & touches briefly on some of the familiar characters) - Rhiannon's Ride - as it was published. This is big for me. I HATE having to wait on authors for months, sometimes years, to complete the next book – so, needless to say, I believe it’s worth it to invest a few dollars to buy both the Witches & the Ride books (though Ride wasn’t as wonderful as the Witches books, IMHO).
    As to story &/or character dissection, I decline. Part of the whole adventure for me as a reader is doing that for myself. However, I’ll say that I gravitate toward worlds that include not only strong female characters, but male counterparts who allow for female strength while maintaining masculine power. Few authors earn my admiration in this – one can easily fall into the trap of creating weak, testosterone-lacking boys in men’s bodies & overbearing, ball-busting b**ches weighed down with predictable & insipid interactions between not only the different genders, but within their own sex. Forsyth handles this balance well & I feel like the characters react fairly realistically to the situations they are in & to the people (beings) they encounter. She takes a well thought out & poignant run at the nasty anti-magic/witch/Fae storyline focusing on “racial” & familial issues with a perfect touch of darkness. She certainly doesn’t delve as deeply into fantastically disturbing territory as Anne Bishop or Jacqueline Carrey, but who does? (These authors would be my recommendations for those looking for epic, strong female-centered stories with the balance mentioned above IF you’re willing to venture into much darker landscapes.) So, while Forsyth’s world gives a much lighter read, she maintains that same sense of depth & breadth in landscape & characters – something I really enjoy. All in all, worth the time & the money for anyone looking for an easy, fun, engaging read through 6 books of fantasy, adventure, romance, friendship & courage.
    *reposted on all books in series*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    You'll Want More!

    I hated for this book to end and couldn't wait to move on to the next one in the series! The characters are engrossing and really stick with with you. The story line is unexpected. You won't want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    I can't believe how amazing this series is!

    My friend recommended this series to me and when I sat down to read it, it started out difficult with the language and terms, however those things didn't take long before they were 'normal' to my reading of the book. I love this series so much, I'm on book 5 right now and I've also flown through the first 4 books because I can't seem to put them down! It's an amazing world to be sucked into and I have to say the language and terms really helps build the entire picture!!!! Highly recommend this series!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2007

    VERRRYY WELL WRITIN'!!!!

    THIS WAS AN AWESOME BOOK I FLIED THROUGH THE FIRST 3 BOOKS IN LESS THAN A WEEK! Im only fourteen too!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED

    I love to read fantasy and science fiction. And with all the great reviews this book received I thought it was a sure thing. Boy, was I wrong! I found this book so difficult to read due to the author's desire to write the characters with the actual accent they would be speaking with, that it took me 3 hours to read the first 40 pages! I read 500+ words a minute so this should be the first clue to anyone who reads a lot, that it wasn't an easy read..not to mention how uneasy the wording she used was to understand. A lot of the problem along with the applied accent to the dialogue was trying to figure out what certains words meant in context to the entire dialogue. As a well read, reader I find that the suggestion of an accent is enough for me to know where they are located and how they'd be talking is enough. I was so disappointed in this book that I could not even finish it. I've only had 1 or 2 other books that I've never been able to finish..this book is now among those. Not worth the money!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    GREAT, GREAT, GREAT

    Great is the word for this series of books. I love to read fantasy books. This entire series was great. She manuvers her characters and even battles with them. She makes an entire world and send you into it. I literally couldn't put the books down. It is a wonderful read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    EXELLENT BOOK!

    This entire series is great. Some of the best books I've ever read, and thats saying a lot. This book is a little slow because it spends a lot of time setting things up, but towards the end of the book and the rest of the series is fast moving and keeps your interest. The last book in the series is great, and it leaves you thinking about it weeks after you've finished it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    One of the best books I've read in a long time

    I thought The Witches of Eileanan is one of the best books I've read in so long. The more I read the more involved you get with the characters and the more I grew to like them, and admire their courage. can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2004

    Best Fantacy Book Written

    Isabeau lives a quiet life in a hidden mountain valley with her guardian Maghen. All is quiet until the Red Guards storm the valley on Isabeau¿s sixteenth birthday, the same day Isabeau is taking her initiation tests into the outlawed coven of witches. Isabeau embarks on a terrifying journey to restore the three pieces of the Keybarer¿s key and to overthrow the evil Banrigh who has ensorcelled her way into controlling the kingdom of Eileanan. Many obstacles stand in her way. Many tests will be given to her to test her abilities to disguise herself, but the real test is: Can she make it through alive?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Brilliant

    I loved the witches of eileanan series. They have great strong female charachters, 2 sisters very different but both strong in different ways. The books also have some lovely spiritual aspects to them. I love the dragons and some of their words are mighty wise. Can't wait for Kate Forsyth to write more. I started reading fantasy not too long ago and started wioth 'The Ill Made Mute' by Cecilia Dart-Thornton which was very good. Then i picked this book up and could not put it down I had to Keep making trips to the book shop to get the next one in the series. I have read quite a few more fantasy novels now but this is so far my very favourite even over 'the Assasins Apprentice' by Robin Hobb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    A wonderful Adventure

    WOW! This book was such a quick read. I just inhaled it!! The book is nicley paces with character to come to know and love quickly. Mrs. Forsyth is a WONDERFUL aurthor and I look forward to the rest of the series and great new collection! I'm so happy I found it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    An Excellent Read!!!!

    this was a really good book. it was kind of slow in some places, but finished strong. it had some really great twists. kind of hard to understand at first, but gets easier to understand as the book goes on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    Fantasy Book Lover

    I liked this book. When I started out reading it, it reminded me of The Hobbit for some reason. As it went on, it captivated you into Isabeau's world. I recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2002

    A wonderful fantasy land!

    This series is well written. Once you pick it up you will not want to put it down. The characters will come alive as you read all about there adventure's & trial's. There's something for everyone. Can't wait to find the 6th book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2002

    Where heros and heroines live and love nd courage conquer all.

    In a place where magic is strong. In a place where magic is forbidde. In a place where magicrules all. There is Isabeau. Learning how this magic can be controlled and how it can control you. Isabeau must go on a quest to save all of her land and to find out more about herself an others. Naive in a way but mature in a thousand others. She will capture your heart and never let go. If you are looking for adventure, love, and magic this is the place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    Too good to be real

    This book gives a great twist on how magic is usualy writtin! Kate Forsyth gives magic lovers some new stuff to read! If a good book is what you want with a lot of action then Kate Forsyth is here for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2001

    A Land Where Anything Can Happen, And Everything Does

    Kate Forsyth uses everything essetial for a good book. Suspence, horror, and every drop of imagination a human can posses. THE WHITCHES OF EILEANAN is full of magic, mystery, and action. The plot is wonderful and beatifully crafted. Once you pick up the book up it's impossible to put down. Go and read this book today. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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