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The Forbidden Land by Kate Forsyth

The Forbidden Land (2000)

by Kate Forsyth

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Series: The Witches of Eileanan (4), Eileanan Universe (4)

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  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
Kate Forsyth does it again by completely changing focus. This book covers Finn almost exclusively and it is a great tale of magic, adventure, friendship, harrowing danger, and horrific war. You will not find Isabeau or Megan in this book, and you will see very little of Lachlan or Iseult. You will get to spend some time with Dide, Enit, and the remains of the League of the Healing Hands. You will also meet Finn's too perfect cousin who is the NicSian heir.

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  Mulluane | Nov 3, 2008 |
"After her adventures with the League of the Healing Hand, Finn the Cat is bored, snowbound for the winter and faced with being molded into "Lady Fionnghal" by her mother. But Finn's talents are needed when Righ, Lachlan the Winged, tells Finn she must rescue a rebellious prophet who is the only one who can free a land enshrouded in darkness."

Easy to read, entertaining brain candy. Number four in the series is a detour from the main story line of the Witches of Eileanan. It centres on a minor character of one of the previous books. My favourite character of the series, Isabeau, is a total no-show. Others have commented, that they did not enjoy the book because of that. But I liked it. Straight forward story, good action scenes, tongue-in-cheek, funny, steady suspense throughout.

A word to the whole series - Although each book gives explanations of what has happened in previous books, so they can be read as stand-alones, I think it would be more fun if they are read in order. ( )
  cathepsut | Feb 23, 2007 |
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She can overcast the night and cloud the moon,

and make the Devil obedient to her croon.

At midnight hours over the kirkyard she raves,

Digging unchristened weans out of their graves;

Boils up their livers in a warlock's pow,

Runs widdershins about the hemlocks low;

And seven times does her prayers backwards pray,

Then, mixed with venom of black toads and snakes,

Of this unsousy pictures oft she makes

Of anyone she hates -- and makes them expire

With cruel and racking pains afore a fire:

Stuck full of pins the devilish pictures melt;

The pain by folks they represent is felt

Whilst she and her cat sit howling in her yard.

-- Allan Ramsay,
Seventeenth-century Scottish poet
for Binny and Nick--

blood-kin and soul-kin

in memory of all the imaginary worlds

we created and lived in,

and thanks for a lifetime of

love and support.

Write on!
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Finn brushed away the crust of snow and sat in the embrasure of the battlement, her legs hanging out.
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Once a Thief. . .

After her adventures with the League of the Healing Hand, Finn the Cat finds life at Castle Rurach boring. Snowbound for the winter and faced with the prospect of being molded into "Lady Fionnghal" by her mother, she pines to be on the battlefront with her father against the sea demons...

But Finn's talents are needed elsewhere. Summoned by the Righ, Laclan the Winged, she must embark on a perilous journey into the Forbidden Land. Imprisoned in the Black Tower is a rebellious prophet whose beliefs have made him an enemy among his own people.

Now Finn must help rescue the one whose words can free a land enshrouded in darkness...

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451458281, Mass Market Paperback)

In the fourth novel in the Celtic-inspired Witches of Eileanan series, a young girl comes of age-and discovers her abilities when she is called to aid her kingdom.

Praise for The Witches of Eileanan:

More depth and imagination than others in this field ...a rich tapestry of settings, creatures, and people...I'd encourage you to read [it]. (Australian SF Online)

Quite original, with unexpected depths and plenty of fun...a strong novel. (Locus)

Forsyth spices up a suitably complex power struggle with vividly depicted imagery and a worthy heroine...a most interesting fantasy series. (Romantic Times)

Excellent...I was impressed by Forsyth's command of the language and her ability to create such a detailed world...had me absorbed in the end. (The SF Site)

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Finn the Cat is bored with life as a banprionnsa. Nothing much ever seems to happen at Castle Rurach, and she's always getting into trouble for climbing trees, playing with the stable-lads and smoking her pipe, instead of sewing a fine seam like a banprionnsa should. To make things worse, her cousin Brangaine has come to live with them and is everything a banprionnsa should be - beautiful, gracious, and always perfectly behaved. Luckily for Brangaine, a caravan of jongleurs arrive at Castle Rurach to break the monotony before Finn does so - with her fists! But this is no ordinary caravan.… (more)

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