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Kate Forsyth

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Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the award-winning & internationally bestselling author of more than 20 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include 'The Wild Girl', the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world's most famous fairy tales; 'Bitter Greens', a retelling of the Rapunzel fairytale; and the bestselling fantasy series 'Witches of Eileanan' Her books for children include 'The Gypsy Crown', 'The Puzzle Ring', and 'The Starkin Crown'

Kate is currently studying a doctorate in fairytale retellings at the University of Technology, Sydney

I am very excited to announce that Book 1 of THE IMPOSSIBLE QUEST is being launched today

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Four unlikely heroes
Four mysterious gifts
Four impossible tasks
Five thrilling books

‘Tell your lord to beware,’ the wild man said, gripping Tom’s arm with a dirty hand. ‘The wolves smell danger in the wind.’

The Impossible Quest is set in the faraway land of Wolfhaven. It tells the story of four f... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 4.10 · 21,977 ratings · 991 reviews · 34 distinct works · Similar authors
The Witches of Eileanan (Th...
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 3,497 ratings — published 1997 — 7 editions
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The Pool of Two Moons (The ...
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 2,503 ratings — published 1998 — 11 editions
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The Cursed Towers (The Witc...
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 2,112 ratings — published 1999 — 11 editions
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The Tower of Ravens (Rhiann...
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 2,160 ratings — published 2004 — 9 editions
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The Fathomless Caves (The W...
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 1,736 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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The Skull of the World (The...
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 1,695 ratings — published 2001 — 6 editions
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The Forbidden Land (The Wit...
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 1,709 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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The Shining City (Rhiannon'...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,405 ratings — published 2005 — 9 editions
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The Heart of Stars (Rhianno...
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,253 ratings — published 2006 — 9 editions
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Bitter Greens
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 1,119 ratings — published 2012 — 16 editions
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The Witches of Eileanan The Pool of Two Moons The Cursed Towers The Forbidden Land The Skull of the World The Fathomless Caves
The Witches of Eileanan (6 books)
4.148433371083428 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 13,245 ratings

The Tower of Ravens The Shining City The Heart of Stars
Rhiannon's Ride (3 books)
4.006234413965087 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 4,812 ratings

The Gypsy Crown The Silver Horse The Herb of Grace The Cat's Eye Shell The Lightning Bold The Butterfly in Amber
The Chain of Charms (6 books)
3.821272885789015 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 1,147 ratings

Starthorn Tree The Wildkin's Curse The Starkin Crown
The Starkin Crown (3 books)
4.072261072261072 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 429 ratings

Dragon Gold Wishing for Trouble Sea Magic
Ben and Tim's Magical Misadventures (3 books)
4.142857142857143 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 7 ratings

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Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.Paul Auster
Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.Gustave Flaubert
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I really loved Karen’s mysterious and beautiful novel The Midnight Dress, and once I heard Karen speak about her new book Ophelia & the Marvellous Boy I knew at once that it sounded like my kind of book. I bought the gorgeous hard-back in London,...more
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This is the second novel I've read by Australian author, Josephine Pennicott, the previous being, Poet's Cottage. Like it's predecessor, Currawong Manor takes us on a journey of discovery of long... " Read more of this review »
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" I was really looking forward to this book after reading and enjoying another of Josephine Pennicott's books, Poet's Cottage.

Her latest, Currawong Manor takes place in the Blue Mountains in NSW, a place I have spent quite a bit of time in, which re... " Read more of this review »
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The heart-breaking story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, a group of young university students who protested against the crimes of the Nazi regime and paid for it with their lives.
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“May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave.”
Kate Forsyth, The Witches of Eileanan

“I think fantasy is best described as a kind of fiction that evokes wonder, mystery or magic, a sense of possibility beyond the ordinary world in which we live, and yet which reflects and comments upon that known world.”
Kate Forsyth

“There's a flame of magic inside every stone & every flower, every bird that sings & every frog that croaks. There's magic in the trees & the hills & the river & the rocks, in the sea & the stars & the wind, a deep, wild magic that's as old as the world itself. It's in you too, my darling girl, and in me, and in every living creature, be it ever so small. Even the dirt I'm sweeping up now is stardust. In fact, all of us are made from the stuff of stars.”
Kate Forsyth, The Puzzle Ring

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“She felt as if she had strayed into a fairy tale, as full of peril as of wonder, a place where anything could happen.”
Kate Forsyth, The Puzzle Ring

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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message 12: by Lucy

Lucy Thanks for the friend invite, Kate! :)
Your books seem really interesting. I'll have to read them some day.

Sonya Heaney Thanks for the friend invitation. :)

 Mysterious Maya thanks for friending me :D

Kagama-the Literaturevixen Thanks for friending :)

Cristaux Hi Kate, thanks for accepting my friend request! I absolutely loved Bitter Greens and I can't wait to read The Wild Girl. You are an exceptional writer and your novels are a pleasure to read.

message 7: by Stan

Stan Law A belated thanks for choosing me to be among your friends, Kate. It may interest you that one of my books, "Marvin Clark—In Search of Freedom", is now a matching FREE download on Amazon Kindle. Enjoy it while you can. (A little review on Amazon wouldn't hurt either!)

Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews) Holy moley! I just figured out that you're *the* Kate Forsyth who wrote Bitter Greens! I've been dying to read that and am now star-struck you friend requested me and liked one of my silly reviews!

Anyway, fangirling aside, it's very nice to meet you and hope to see you around on here!

message 5: by Amy

Amy Thanks for the GR friendship, Kate!

message 4: by Tien

Tien Hi Kate, honored to be your GR friend :)
And since it's a Friday arvo, have a FAB weekend!!

message 3: by Leyah

Leyah Hi Kate!! So happy you befriended me - thankyou!!!

Alexandra (AlexEatsBooks) Hi there Kate! So glad to meet your acquaintance! *grins*

Meredith Hey, Kate! Thanks so much for friending me! :-)

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