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.
“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.”
Fionn and Tara are sent to the island of Arranmore to stay with their grandfather. Their mother is grieving and cannot look after them; their father died on the island, and it holds many memories for all the family. Fionn is terrified of the sea as a result of his father’s death. He is a shy character, who would rather spend his time safely indoors avoiding any kind of adventure. But the island won’t let that happen.
Arranmore is steeped in magic and mystery, and the legend of the Storm Keeper who wields the magic of the island. The longer Fionn spends with his grandfather, the current Storm Keeper, the more he learns and becomes involved as the island steps up to choose a new Keeper.
I absolutely loved Fionn’s grandfather. He is a wonderful character, funny, caring and brilliant, but also pushes Fionn when needed to face his fears and to become the person he was always meant to be. He takes him under his wing to teach him what it means to be a Storm Keeper, and how to manage the power of the island. Their relationship, which built over the course of the story, was wonderful to read, and by far my favourite bit of this brilliant story. Through his relationship with his grandfather, and their adventures together, Fionn learns a lot about himself and his powers, and he learns to be brave.
This was a wonderfully magical book and I cannot wait to read more from Cat.