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The Cursed Towers by Kate Forsyth

The Cursed Towers (1999)

by Kate Forsyth

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Series: The Witches of Eileanan (3), Eileanan Universe (3)

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  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
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.

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  Mulluane | Nov 3, 2008 |
"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. ( )
  cathepsut | Feb 24, 2007 |
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"Thou shall not suffer a sorceress to live."

Exodus 22:18
"If any person or persons shall . . . consult, covenant with, entertain, employ, feed or reward any evil or wicked spirit for any intent or purpose, or take up any dead man, woman or child out of their grave or any other place where the dead body resteth, to be employed or used in any manner of witchcraft, sorcery, charm or encantment whereby any person shall be killed, destroyed, wasted, consumed, pined or lamed in his or her body, every such offender . . . shall suffer death."

"An Act Against Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Dealing with Evil and Wicked Spirits"

A Statute Made in the First Year of the Reign of King James the First (1603)
for my Nonnie,

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451456912, Mass Market Paperback)

A new age has dawned in the kingdom of Eileanan. But the flame-haired twins--Iseult the Scarred Warrior and Isabeau the apprentice-witch--must face their oldest fears...in the epic series that's not only "vividly depicted" (Romantic Times), but "a lot of fun" (Locus).

3rd in the bestselling fantasy series

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The witches of Eileanan, Book 3.

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