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The Storm Keeper's Island

(Storm Keeper #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,735 ratings  ·  572 reviews
When Fionn Boyle sets foot on Arranmore Island, it begins to stir beneath his feet ...

Once in a generation, Arranmore Island chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and keep its magic safe from enemies. The time has come for Fionn's grandfather, a secretive and eccentric old man, to step down. Soon, a new Keeper will rise.

But, deep underground, someone has been waiti
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 12th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Charlotte Reidy I think it has some darkness in it but there is lots of humor and magic in it too.

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Spencer Orey
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-fantasy
A lot of magic and heart on a beautiful Irish island.

There's also a lot of heaviness in this story, around a dead father, a mother so depressed she can't take care of her kids, a rapidly aging grandfather, and general sibling drama. But the main character Fionn was really sweet, and my favorite parts were the scenes when his grandpa was fun and wishful. I felt really connected to him from the beginning, and that's rare!

The build up around the threat of the big bad evil person and the upcoming w
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a wonderful story. The Storm Keeper’s Island follows Fionn, sent to the island of Arranmore with his sister Tara when his mother becomes too ill to care for him, into the care of his grandfather. Fionn’s grandfather is the Storm Keeper of Arranmore. The maker of storms and wielder of elemental magic that protects against the darkness of ancient sorcery. With Fionn’s arrival, this darkness starts to awaken, leading Fionn to fac
Lauren James
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ukya
I read this in one sitting. Magical, funny, heart-rending, terrifying - and with plenty more adventures still to come, I’m on tenterhooks for the next book. Fionn, his grandfather and father broke my heart and put it back together again.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
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‘Magic and myth combine to make The Storm Keeper’s Island a novel like no other. With a different kind of magic, this is a contemporary classic that will move its readers to feel like they’ve discovered and rediscovered their love for reading all over again.’

Inspired by Cat’s very own childhood connections to the island of Arranmore – off the west coast of Ireland – and intertwined with the ripe richness and rurality of Irish mythology, The Storm Keeper’s Island is a novel like no other.

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Adrianne Rutherford
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Stormkeeper's Island follows young Fionn as he travels to the island of Arranmore with his sister Tara to stay with their grandfather. Little does Fionn know just how magical and full of secrets the island of Arranmore is and most of all the dangers stirring within it...

This is a stunning, beautiful book and a great addition to the many MG titles already out there. Catherine's writing really draws you in and transports you to the island of Arranmore. I felt as if I were truly there, smellin
I knew immediately that I'd love this book, but Doyle's writing enchanted me and pulled me right into the story and Fionn's mind in a way I didn't expect. It's beautifully written and engaging, in a voice that feels confident and fresh, weaving humour with whimsical magic and the enchanting exploration of a family's emotional past.

Fionn and his annoying older sister Tara have been sent to stay with their grandfather on Arranmore Island by their mother in the city. It doesn't take Fionn long to r
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Doyle weaves a touching, heart-warmingly magical adventure story from the myths and legends surrounding Arranmore Island, her childhood home. Fionn and his sister are sent to Arranmore for the first time to stay with their elderly Grandfather, unaware that they are already bound by fate to the secrets and inherent magic the island hides.
It has a lot to say about the everyday magic of self-belief, courage and the abundant gifts of the natural world. It also sensitively handles family
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so moved with the wonder and magic of the relationship that 11 yr old Fionn has with the Grandfather he has never met.
Having been sent to live on Arranmore, with his older teenage sister, Fionn misses his mother back in Dublin, even though she isn't always really there. Nearing the anniversary of the death of his father, his mother has had to go away to be made better.
The Island seems to speak to Fionn and what follows is a lot of information he thinks his sister surely should have told
Mary Judy
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every so often a book comes along that wraps itself around you and uncovers your dreams. The Storm Keepers Island is that book.
Fionn travels to Arranmore with his sister Tara; his ancestral home that awakens the moment he sets foot on its’ shores. It breathes and sighs, enveloping him with its’ winds; recognising him, though Fionn has never been there. But the island knows. The island remembers. Every generation, the island chooses a Storm Keeper, guardian of secrets and memories; protector from
Stephen Connor
I really enjoyed this, much more than I thought I would. A fast-paced, full on adventure that combines magic, modern life and the importance of family.

Fionn and Tara are two squabbling siblings - and what brilliant squabbling it is - who are spending their summer with their grandad on the island of Arranmore. Grandad is a fantastic character, full of wit and love and humility, and the magic of his candles help to teach Fionn about the island’s past.

The island holds a secret, and Fionn’s arch-n
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Our July Kids book of the month...
Fionn and his sister Tara are sent to the island of Arranmore to stay with their grandad - the current Storm Keeper - but it's nearly time for the old man to step down and soon a new Keeper will arise.
The island is full of magic, and tales of a flying horse and an old cave that will grant you one wish - if you can find it - but as the battle to become the island's next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up.
A great adventure story full of Irish myth
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very special read that I got completely lost in. It is a timeless story of adventure, magic, and wonder. It brought to my mind some of Enid Blyton’s rollicking adventures from my childhood. It perfectly balances the humour of two siblings bickering, with the sadness of a child missing an absent mother, a lost father, and a deteriorating grandfather. It captures beautifully the relationship between Fionn and his grandfather as it blossoms and grows, and Fionn’s sense of being adrift an ...more
Angel McGregor
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is exactly what a children's book should look like!! An absolutely beautiful read, a good old-fashioned adventure story with a strand of magic threading between the pages! Fionn is a hearty character that pulls you in from the beginning and Arranmore Island is that place where we all wish we could visit this summer - this is a must read children, but it's more than just a kids' book! There were parts of Fionn's story that stirred emotions that I'm not sure 9-12 year old's would feel, making ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A massive dollop of magic, mixed with a charming and quick witted main character. Throw in an incredible grandfather, an island that has its own history and power and a struggle with grief. You get this. A book with clout.

There better be a second one.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magical mix of myth and adventure. Beautifully written with great characters. There is humour, sad bits and bits to grip you. First in a series so look forward to more.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
A magical adventure that had everything a great children's book should have; characters to root for, mystery, mythology, humour and did I mention adventure?

This book kept me utterly enchanted throughout and in the end not only did I feel like I had been magically transported to the island of Arranmore but also back to my childhood and the kind of books that made me fall in love with reading in the first place.

It's absolutely made my Top 5 Kids books of all time! Cannot recommend it highly enou
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fionn and his sister Tara are sent to Arranmore Island to visit their grandfather as their mother is struggling to care for them. Their grandfather is the "Stormkeeper" and has kept the darkness in check for many years. Fionn wants to know more about his deceased father and the mysteries of the island. One of the neighboring families though wants to succeed the grandfather and is seeking a mythical cave, where great power is available for those who can find it. I thought the book was short on pl ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is another book read at the beginning of the "sheltering in place" here in WA state.

Fionn Boyle and his sister, Tara, have been sent to spend time with their grandfather, on an island (Arranmore) that has mysterious secrets and magic. Fionn's grandfather is the current storm keeper of the island, but his days are drawing to their natural end, someone must replace this important position on the island. However, there is the Beasley family, known rivals of Fionn's family, who have every inte
Milly Potter
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story- a great adventure& an original idea 😊 I liked the main character, Fionn & how his relationship with his Grandfather and the island grew as the book went on. Look forward to the next one!

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Christina Reid
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolute perfection, loved every minute! Magic, mythology and family. Full review to come.
Maggie ☘
Gorgeous cover is gorgeous! I love all the blue tones. I normally don't read much MG books (aside for Harry Potter), but her Blood for Blood series is one of my favourites so I'm going to give this one a try in the future for sure! If anyone can make me fall in love with MG fantasy genre, it's this author! ...more
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
There were too many similes, but by the end of the book I didn’t even care and in fact completely forgot to be distracted by it. The story is imaginative and unique and completely absorbing. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next book!
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-a-to-g
Truthfully, I fell in love with the haunting and dramatic setting of Arranmore Island before I started to cheer for the characters. The beautiful and immersive storytelling swept me away right from the beginning though. Even when I found Fionn and Tara annoying and difficult to relate to at first, I was compelled to keep reading because of the mystery and excitement in this tale of adventure!

Another thing I really loved about "The Storm Keeper's Island" was how atmospheric it was. Ever since I w
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, physical-arcs
The Storm Keeper's Island is just a phenomenally wonderful children's book. Although it is shelved in 9 to 12 years, this book will appeal to all ages as it has (like the island of Arranmore) so many layers to it, from magic to family relationships to old rivalries with adventure running through it all. Beautifully descriptive writing brings the island to life and you really feel you are right in the thick of it with Fionn as he discovers just how incredibly brave and strong he is. I genuinely l ...more
Renee Godding
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars (rounded up)
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adventure themed books for children jave come along way since Enid Blyton. This book has strong powerful themes of family, grief and magic as well as beautifully and poetically written. Not since Harry Potter have I been so excited about what happens next
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
↠ Rating: 4/5 stars

I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, okay. I know what you’re thinking: a middle-grade novel? Ellie, you don't read middle-grade.


But fine yes, I don’t often read middle-grade. So when I do, it is often something really great. And The Storm Keeper’s Island is very, very good. It was a nice break from the heavy-hitting ‘adult’ books I’ve been reading recently. Now, that isn’t to say The Storm Keeper's Island isn’t heavy-hitting, b
The Artisan Geek
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
What a gosh darn good story!! Written awfully beautiful! I laughed, I cried and did all things in between. It's a book about love, loss and ancestry, teaching us the lesson that memories are the most precious things we have in live. Will definitely be reviewing this one soon on my Youtube channel!

I chose this book for my Around the World in Book Series and I love how this takes place on the island where her grandparents lived. I can't wait to read this!!! :D

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Catherine Doyle grew up in the West of Ireland. She holds a first-class BA in Psychology and a first-class MA in Publishing. She is the author of the Young Adult Blood for Blood trilogy (Vendetta, Inferno and Mafiosa), which is often described as Romeo and Juliet meets the Godfather. It was inspired by her love of modern cinema. Her debut Middle Grade novel, The Storm Keeper's Island (Bloomsbury, ...more

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“That is your greatest responsibility. To live a life of breathless wonder, so that when it begins to fade from you, you will feel the shadow of its happiness still inside you and the blissful sense that you laughed the loudest, loved the deepest, and lived fearlessly, even as the specifics of it all melt away.” 9 likes
“Fiona couldn't summon a smile.
His grandfather sighed. 'If you insist on pity, then really you must pity yourself. Your head is still very empty.'
Fionn frowned, indignation jostling the urge to cry fro a precious, fleeting second.
His grandfather chuckled. 'Start filling it up, lad. That is your greatest responsibility. To live a life of breathless wonder, so that when it begins to fade from you, you will feel the shadow of its happiness still inside you and the blissful sense that you laughed the loudest, loved the deepest, and lived fearlessly, even as the specifics of it all melt away.”
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