The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle – A Review

Hi, Lovelies! It’s been a while.

I finished The Storm Keeper’s Island (as I was typing the title, I nearly wrote The Storm Island’s Keeper, which sheds a bit of light on how I’m feeling today) not too long ago and decided to write and post a review for it, because… that’s what I do?

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
  • Publication date: July 1st 2018
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

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 waiting for Fionn. As the battle to become the island’s next champion rages, a more sinister magic is waking up, intent on rekindling an ancient war.

I have started this book when it first came out back in 2018 and, for some reason unknown to me, put it down and never picked it back up again. Until now. And it was everything I love about middle grade books.

The Storm Keeper’s Island is set in Ireland and follows Fionn as he goes to visit his grandfather, who lives on the island of Arranmore, for the first time with his older sister, Tara. As she abandons him for the friends she made the previous summer, Fionn spends a lot of his time with his grandad and learns the island is magical and his grandfather is the Storm Keeper – the protector of Arranmore. The blurb above makes more sense than my one, so just read that.

This book was absolutely delightful. The story was really fun and magical. I loved the setting – books set in Ireland and written by Irish authors feel strangely familiar and close to my heart, even though I’m not Irish (I have been living here for 12 years, though).

Fionn was a likable main character. Very unsure about himself and the trip to the island at the beginning, he develops greatly and finds his purpose. I loved the way his realtionship with his sister was tackled. Constant bickering and teasing is definetly something many can relate to, but it was also visible they both cared about each other. I enjoy the trope of an old grandad-like figure as a mentor (e.g. Dumbledore), and the relationship Fionn had with his grandad was incredible.

The Storm Keeper’s Island was such a quick read. Granted, it’s only 300 pages long, but it took me on a wild adventure and out of the current bleak reality. It was never dull or boring. I especially loved the magic in it, where memories can be trapped in candles.

I can’t wait to continue with the series and follow Fionn on his adventures. I honestly think book was amazing and more people, especially kids, should read it. It’s a story worth growing up with.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a fairly short one. Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon!

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