Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Cursed Towers By Kate Forsyth (Witches of Eileanan: Book 3)

By Kate Forsyth

Lachlan the Winged now holds the Lodestar. He and Iseult have been crowned Rìgh and Banrìgh of all Eileanan and the Far Islands, but dark times still lie ahead. The Bright Soldiers pursue their holy war, the Awl seeks to raise Maya’s daughter Bronwen as Banrìgh and Margrit of Arran plots behind the scenes.

With deception and betrayal at every turn, magical spells are spun and evil curses are cast, striking Lachlan down. As Isabeau seeks her own destiny under the glittering eyes of the dragons, Iseult finds she alone can save the country from a terrible and bloody war...
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The Cursed Towers By Kate Forsyth (Witches of Eileanan: Book 3)
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0451456912
| ISBN-13: 978-0451456915
| Publisher: Roc (May 1, 2000)
| Random House au Info
| Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars

Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
Fighting a war on four fronts is never easy, especially for a young and untried Righ. However, Lachlan has powerful allies at his back. The League of the Healing Hands, the New Coven, his warrior wife Iseult, the former rebels and Lilanthe, the tree-shifter, who is going to attempt to recruit the remaining faery, along with those Lairds who are still loyal all support the Righ in their own way. A powerful force for sure, but will it be enough? Isabeau has problems of her own. The new Righ has developed an almost irrational hate for Bronwen, the babe of Maya the Unknown and Isabeau fears for the child's life. Add in the mystery of Maya's complete disappearance, the lingering hatred that sections of the populace still have for all things both witch and faery, the vendetta the Mesmerdean have against the witches who have killed their kin, and you truly have one huge mess.

This is a VERY busy book. The focus splits often between characters, there are some very tragic events and more then a few surprises. The main focus is on the war and even that is not a straightforward focus since there are four forces to contend with. Lachlan must decide how to defeat the Bright Soldiers, punish Margrit of Arran for her betrayals, and locate the Grand-Seeker who is gathering an army to restore Maya's child to the throne. Attacks from the Fairgean are a factor too but as you will soon see, not in a way that you might expect. Meanwhile, Isabeau is on an adventure of her own, separate from most of the main storyline, and it too contains a lot of twists, turns, and surprises.

Again, the characters impressed me. These books really suck you into the individual story lines and make you care about each person. Even Maya has qualities that make you, if not sympathize; at least partially understand her motives. You will not find too many light moments in this book. That is to be expected considering that it is primarily about war, but still, there are a few inserted skillfully to help break the tension. Overall, this book is much darker and much more complicated then the first two.

There is a surprise romance, or it was to me. A failed romance, which also surprised me. There is a delightful surprise concerning Lasair and pretty much everything that happens to Isabeau caught me off guard. Lilanthe also amazed me as she develops into a character with strengths I would have never expected of her. I loved every minute of it. The world building, the magic system, which is so accurately portrayed, the "real" characters, and the almost non-stop action made for a delightful read.

Even with all the tragedy and violence, I still found nothing offensive that I felt would prevent a teen from enjoying this book. Of course, that depends on the teen; the dialect used is a challenge and flat out annoys some readers. It is a coming of age story, many of the main characters are still fairly young, and most are in their teens. There are also plenty of older characters (Megan is over 400!) to grab the attention of the adult set. Overall, it is a good book for almost anybody. I highly recommend this series so far. Now on to book four!

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Reviewed by Mulluane on October 16, 2008
Rating: 5 of 5

Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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