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The Storm Keepers’ Battle by Catherine Doyle

Title: The Storm Keepers’ Battle

Author: Catherine Doyle

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia

Published: 30th March 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 352

Price: $14.99

Synopsis: Fionn Boyle, Storm Keeper of Arranmore, is facing the fight of his life. The terrifying all- powerful sorceress Morrigan has been raised from the dead and has sealed off the island from all help.
Fionn is the only thing that stands between her and a dark future. He’s got to find a way to defeat her. But there are some terrible choices in store for Fionn as the dark sorcerer begins to take his nearest and dearest for her own. With only two candles left to burn, will Fionn master his powers in time to stop her?

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Ten days have passed since the events of the second book, and the Islanders of Arranmore are relying on Fionn to save them from Morrigan, the sorceress. Morrigan is determined to defeat Fionn and take over Arranmore with her Soulstalkers. Fionn is more than just the new Storm Keeper, though, and he is going to need both candles, and all the help and luck he can get to defeat Morrigan – but at what cost to himself and his fellow islanders?

The stunning epic conclusion to the Storm Keeper’s trilogy has arrived with gusto and catapults our reluctant hero into the biggest challenge of his life – saving the island, but also, convincing the Beasleys to join him and help fight the battle. Can Elizabeth and her kin see past their hatred for the Boyles and join the fight? Or will it be the young children of all the families – those who have been there for generations and those who are new to Arranmore – to unite the clans and finally defeat Morrigan?

Children and child characters power this book and series, in particular Fionn, his sister Tara, Bartley Beasley and his sister Shelby, and Sam, Shelby and Fionn’s friend from school. The adults are present, and do help, but the action and magic is driven through the child characters. This empowers the child reader and allows them to imagine taking control of their world and fight an enemy like Morrigan. It can give them the confidence to stand up to bullies or feel like they can speak up against discrimination. They might need help from older siblings, friends or parents, but the message is that united, you can do anything. You can stand up to people, you can be who you are – be true to yourself.

Fionn’s bravery, fear and reluctance shine through and make him a well-rounded character, showing how far he has come since we first met him on the ferry at the start of The Storm Keeper’s Island fighting with his sister, Tara. It is a story of sibling love from the very first page to the final page of the entire trilogy, and a testament to the loyalty of siblings, and the special bond that they share – a bond like no other.

I’ve loved going on this journey, and exploring a world so much like ours, yet at the same time, different, as it is touched by magic, and has a sense of fantasy or magical realism about it that brings Irish mythology and magic to life. It is filled with love, life, magic and family and pulls the threads of each book together exquisitely and stays true to the characters and the genre.

A fantastically thrilling finale that I couldn’t put down.

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