I'm so glad my magpie instincts for pretty covers made me pick up this book, because it is definitely the best book I've read this year so far. It was so good, I had to buy the follow up, The Lost Tide Warriors for my Kindle.
This book oozes lyrical prose peppered with beautiful descriptions. Add the unputdownable, thrilling plot and you have a book deserving of many awards.
The main character, Finn, truly changes during his time on the island. He goes from being a scared, young boy, to a fearless one, who has to grow up too fast. I've never been so invested in a character before. I just wanted to see him succeed.
The other characters are so well written and believable too. My favourite was Finn's grandfather, who reminded me a bit of Michelle Magorian's Mister Tom.
I loved the island! I found myself dreaming of running and fighting against the wind and rain with a candle in my hand! The island is powerful and majestic and will not be outdone, standing proudly as a main character in the book too. I loved the way it helped or hindered residents depending on its preferences.
I loved all the Irish mythology within the story showing that the author knows her history. I was totally immersed in the world of Dagda and Morrigan and I can't wait to see what adventures follow. The magic was so believable.
Each chapter rises and falls in pace and tension, finishing off with page turning cliff hangers. Lots of unexpected twists and unexpected surprises packed into the plot.
This story is very unique and refreshing, if not a little dark at times. Ideal for Years 6, 7 & 8 students.
I honestly can't wait till the all the books in the quartet are published.