I’m still on a bit of a high after my plotting and planning class with Kate Forsyth (via the Australian Writers’ Centre), so have finally got my hands on her fantasy series The Witches of Eileanan, and have jumped straight into the first book in the series – DRAGONCLAW.
This one was published in 1997, and so many of my bookish friends tell me that The Witches of Eileanan series is one of their favoourites.
I’m only a little way in so far, but loving it so far! Check out the synopsis below to find out a bit more about the book and series, and let me know in the comments if this is one you’ve read (or have on your tbr!)
DRAGONCLAW by Kate Forsyth
Isabeau the Foundling, discovered as a babe in the roots of a tree, is raised by an old wood witch in the shadow of Dragonclaw, mountain of the dragons. From Meghan of the Beasts, Isabeau learns herb-lore and the languages of animals, but dreams of the old days, when witches were the greatest power in the land. Before she was born, an evil sorceress cast a spell on the Rìgh, winning his love and turning him against the Coven. The great Witch Towers are now all abandoned ruins, magical creatures are hunted down and the Coven’s ancient wisdom is lost.
Only the Cripple, enigmatic leader of the rebels, fights to undermine the Banrìgh’s power as her dark plans slowly come to fruition. Little does Isabeau know that she is to play a key role in the battle against the Ensorcellor, for she has a strange and mysterious destiny.
As Isabeau is initiated into the Coven on her sixteenth birthday, soldiers sent to hunt down dragons stumble across the clandestine ceremony, and her peaceful life is torn apart by blood and fire. Alone she must set out on a perilous quest that will bring her face to face with her own destiny. For Meghan must go and confront the dragons and, afraid she will never return, entrusts the sacred Key of the Coven to Isabeau, who must carry it to safety. Without the Key, the witches can never release the Lodestar, an sphere of great power that was locked away on the Day of Betrayal.
Meanwhile, the sea-dwelling Fairgean stir, children vanish in the night, and the dragons – the most ancient and dangerous wisdom in the land – rise against the Ensorcellor.