The Witches of Eileanan

The Witches of Eileanan

by Kate Forsyth
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The Witches of Eileanan by Kate Forsyth

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....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451456892
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1998
Series: Witches of Eileanan Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 664,884
Product dimensions: 6.62(w) x 11.08(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Forsyth was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1966, and wanted to be a writer from the time she first learned to read. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor, and is an internationally published poet. To help support herself while writing full time, she works as a freelance journalist. Ms. Forsyth has a doctorate of creative arts in fairy-tale studies, and is also an accredited performance storyteller with the Australian Storytelling Guild. She lives in Sydney with her best friend, who also happens to be her husband, and her children.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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
Crystal1205 More than 1 year ago
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!
ProfMom More than 1 year ago
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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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS AN AWESOME BOOK I FLIED THROUGH THE FIRST 3 BOOKS IN LESS THAN A WEEK! Im only fourteen too!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.