Cursed Towers: Book Three of the Witches of Eileanan Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2000
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"A new age dawns in the kingdom of Eileanan, but not without resistance. Now the Righ, Lachlan the Winged, overturns his dead brother's decrees against witchcraft. But sixteen years of hatred and superstition have cloaked Eileanan in darkness...
The flame-haired twins must go their separate ways. Iseult to fight side by side with Lachlan. Isabeau to the Cursed Towers, to master her powers - and find the family she has never known."
I have omitted some of that, it gave away too much of the plot...
A slow start. The time spans covered in this book are bigger than in the first two. There are less details, everything is painted with a broader brush. It feels a bit as if she's trying get the story going faster, to lead up to a later point somewhere. But eventually the story picks up again. I especially liked to read about Isabeau's time with the Khan'coban. The end almost reads a little like the final part of a trilogy - a nice wrap-up of the main story lines. It'll be interesting to see, how the new plots develop further in the next book. Don't really want to say much, as it would give away to many things.
We see our favourites from the 1st book Isabeau, Meghan, Iseult & Jorge. This book focuses more on Iseult than Isabeau, which I found rather disappointing as I found Isabeau such a strong character and would have liked to have seen more of her in this. Iseult is so very different from Isabeau, having said that I wasn't overly fond of Iseult in the 1st book but, came to like her more in this one.
Overall a brilliant book, I just didn't like things switching so quickly but, this is stilla book I would highly recommend and can't wait to read The Cursed Towers.
The continuation of The Witches of Eilanan continues in The Cursed Towers, Isabeau regains her position as the main character of this book, I have to say I prefer her character to that of Iseult, Isabeau has more connection with all the main characters throughout the series.
This book ties up some loose ends from The Pool of Two Moons, this book is probably the slowest of the 1st three books but, essential if your are going to read all 6! There are some new plots here but, nothing to really get the imagination going.
I was mildly disappointed with this book but, it has not detracted me from continuing the series and hopefully the next one will be much better. That said this book is much better than some fantasies out there and the series as a whole (the one's I have read anyway) is very well written and would recommend it highly.
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Isabeau, i think, is put through a lot of pain emotionally. Although her sister is banrigh she is still seen as a mere maid to most, she feels as though her sisters husband dislikes her greatly, and her taking in Maya's child does not help any. She goes to be with the Khan' cohbans and learn their ways, while she is there her great grand mother the firemaker treats her rather coldly, she feels as though her sister is loved more than she and feels a bit of jealously at Iseult and longing for her. She is not accepted in the pride at first and the people she loves are far away and she feels longing for them as well.
With the war against the Bright Soilders many lose thier lives, many whom you grow to love throughout the story. I cried much throughout this story at the deaths of so many characters that I had grow to love. I cried at the isolation and depression that Isabeau had to endure. Although she felt lost and alone she never grew weak, knowing she had Bronwen, her mother, feld, and her father to take care of. I though this was a amazing story with a great plot. Kate Forsyth definately has a talent of her own. I can not wait until the fourth book is released as this book has left me hanging. I definately recommend this and the other books of this series.
The author has a real talent for writing characters that have depth and meaning for the reader and the world the story is set in is very well thought out. Although the plot has many standard elements, it is nonetheless fresh in many ways and the elements of an apprentenice coming of age, standard faire in fantasy novels, is extremely well done here.
I, personally, was pleased Iseabeau was the main character of book 3 and indeed has emerged as the main character of the series. She has ties to all the other main characters and is privleged to learn and live among different races that exsist on the world. There is also spiritual philosophy in the book but it is neither overdone nor preachy but very well presented.
Any fan of fantasy books from Tolkien on will be very happy to pick up these books up and go to Elithiean, they are very well thought out and a pleasure to read.
In fact I would like to point out that this book can be read on it's own, without first reading bk.1 or bk.2. I had not read either the first or second and came fresh to this book, and did not find it in the slightest bit confusing as long as you suspend picking over the small details which are not particularly important, and wait they will be, lo and behold, revealed to you all in the goodness of time. --SO basically I'm saying, I really enjoyed this book--
It will now be my pleasure to go back and read the first two books in the series, and look forward to the 4th (& final?)novel.
The book doesn't stall and dwelling on boring things such as views and just how perfect the day was and dally on discriptions of exactly what people were wearing, and digress into exactly how people were feeling.
I like to be accorded the intelligence to discern from intelligent prose the mood and humor of the charcters.
Kate Forsyth should be commended on her portrayl of Maya the Ensorcellor because she has made her a truly compelling character.
One more point to add - what is with trying to make the fairies all look different and so particularly describing when they have only one breast or two? I did find that perculiar but oh well, I guess she was a bit strapped for making them non-humanoid.
Breasts and accents, my only complaints, rather piddling really, so get the book!!
"The Cursed Towers" does an effective job at picking up some of the loose ends from "The Pool of Two Moons" and at the same time starting some new sideplots. This book doesn't disappoint when delivering this story. Should you read it? Absolutely. It's superb fantasy writing at it's best.