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  • Published: 1 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857988706
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $24.00

Dragonclaw

Book 1, The Witches of Eileanan




The Witches of Eileanan, Book One. A gripping story of witches, enchantment, magical creatures and dragons.

The Witches of Eileanan, Book One. A gripping story of witches, enchantment, magical creatures and dragons.

Since the Day of Reckoning witches and magic have been outlawed on Eileanan. The great towers, once centres of learning, are now abandoned ruins. The penalty for practising witchcraft is death. Yet the Lodestar still calls to the Rìgh, king of Eileanan, making him uneasy. And there are those determined to restore witches and their craft to their rightful place in Eileanan.

In a hidden valley deep in the mountains, in the shadow of the peak of Dragonclaw, Isabeau the foundling grows to womanhood in the care of Meghan, an old wood witch. Meghan can call animals to her hand and knows the secrets of herb-lore. But Isabeau dreams of adventure . . .

Carrying a magic talisman that contains the last hopes of the persecuted witches, Isabeau is hunted through the land by the evil Banrìgh. Meanwhile the sea-dwelling Fairgean stir, children mysteriously disappear in the night, and Isabeau's guardian climbs Dragonclaw to seek guidance from the most ancient and dangerous wisdom in the land . . .

Dragonclaw is the first book in the series The Witches of Eileanan.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780857988706
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $24.00

About the Author

Kate Forsyth

Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and has since sold more than a million copies around the world. Her books include Bitter Greens, a retelling of Rapunzel which won the 2015 American Library Association Award for Best Historical Fiction; The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairy tales, which was named the Most Memorable Love Story of 2013; and The Beast’s Garden, a retelling of ‘The Singing, Springing Lark’ set in the underground resistance to Hitler in Nazi Germany. Recently voted one of Australia’s Favourite 15 Novelists, Kate Forsyth has been called ‘one of the finest writers of this generation’. She has a BA in literature, a MA in creative writing and a doctorate in fairy tale studies, and is also an accredited master storyteller with the Australian Guild of Storytellers. Read more about her at www.kateforsyth.com.au

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Praise for Dragonclaw

“Enthralling.”

The Daily Telegraph

“Second only to Marion Zimmer Bradley.”

WITCHCRAFT MAGAZINE

“A writer with a sound streak of both imagination and talent.”

DB MAGAZINE

“A remarkable fantasy debut ... it sings with quality.”

The West Australian

“Original, with unexpected depths and plenty of fun.”

Locus


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