Fionn, feeling angry and rejected is sent with his sister Tara to spend the summer with their grandfather on the island of Arranmore. Grandfather is the Storm Keeper on Arranmore, a powerful and magical heritage. But he is old; it is time for a new Storm Keeper. A struggle is coming between the followers of Dagda and those of Morrigan. But who will the island choose?
Mixing a very real landscape and magic with confidence and assurance, Catharine Doyle tells an exciting story that quickly engages the reader’s belief. Drawing on Irish mythology in the Dagda and the Morrigan, proponents of light and darkness, she provides the setting for the age-old struggle between the followers of each; a very traditional theme but a very satisfying one providing plenty of opportunity for tense, gripping moments of real jeopardy. Fionn is a credible boy torn between anxiety for his mother, resentment of his sister and confusion in the face of his destiny and his Grandfather’s failing memory. Imaginative touches include the Grandfathers use of candles to store memories and past events, while it the island itself as a character in itself that has the final decision. But it is not going to end there; Fionn may emerge as the new Storm Keeper but the Morrigan is waking. The struggle will continue to bring more magical excitement to young readers. Here is an author to watch.