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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 16 years of hatred and superstition have cloaked Eileanan in darkness. And though he has won the power of the Lodestar, Lachlan’s rule is challenged by a mere babe - and a civil war erupts.

The flame-haired twins - Iseult the Scarred Warrior and Isabeau the apprentice-witch - must go their separate ways. Iseult to fight side by side with her husband, Lachlan. Isabeau to the Cursed Towers, to master her powers and to find the family she has never known.

One woman battling for a new reign, one woman learning the old ways, their separate threads will twist and turn into a tale of mayhem, mystery, and magic.

©2000 Kate Forsyth (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Monotheism Bashing Cleverly Disguised as Fantasy..

The first two in the series are great. Fun, fantastical, creative... colorful characters and satisfying plots... magic and myth beautifully woven together with humor and even a little romance. It's in the third book that it starts finally making itself plain. The "good guys" we've spent two-and-a-half books cheering on are witches and winged fairies. Awesome. The "bad guys", or at least one portion of them, are painted as ridiculously strict zealots who believe all magic to be an abomination. Okay. I get it. Fine. Then comes the scene where the author starts mocking the entire idea of God and satan, going so far as to quote Bible passages and portraying monotheistic people to be heartless and rather stupid. Making too much out of it? Well, I am pretty laid back... however, when you have a guy pretend to be God's angel, quote God's word to the believers, blow a trumpet, have a choir of mock angel's singing praises ... and he's the good guy? Too far. Just too far.

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Another amazing book

I have read the paperback version of this book more times than I can count and I have loved this series since I first discovered it. I was so excited to see it is finally coming out on audible. The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life and speaking in a clear voice. Although the accent is heavy, it is easily understood and really brings the characters different personalities to life. The voices used make it extremely easy to differentiate between each character. I highly recommend this book. If you love a story of magic and sci fi filled with great accents and a gripping story then this series is for you.

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religious christians are haters. full stop

This book is about Witches and their struggles and triumph against another monotheistic organized religion. seriously...its not the authors fault that christianity fits the bill.
In truth, the trials, torture, lies, ruthless hunting, bizarre religious practices and overall head scratching, bigoted, hypocritical, hate mongering over things that they don't understand and refuse to gain knowledge about....is exactly what organized religious christianity is, to a lesser degree. and what it has tried to paint as holy, to a larger degree. these things actually happened in real life in the past and the are still happening now for all to see if a person just bothers to look.

If this fictional book offends you its probably because it's like looking in a mirror and having to face your sins in the name of your sky god against innocent people that you don't understand and that just wish to be left alone.
Don't justify your hate by blaming this book on propaganda.
CHANGE AND BE BETTER.

This book is excellent as far as writing style, story, plot and pace are concerned. I was drawn in to the characters and cared about their journey and plight.
Im about to get the next book and see how the story develops.
Bravo to the Author for the simple realism captured in the life of these Witches and the creatures that they associate with. for conveying the pain, suffering and triumph for each of them individually and as a group as they learn to work together to overcome the tyranny set against them.
Thank you for reading.

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an epic fantasy series

I love this series so much with every book it gets SO much better. any fantasy fiction fan will love it. The narrator does an incredible job.

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A completely immersive series

Incomparable world building. The story is written so well, with world and character building that's top of the fantasy genre. This is a tightly written series wih multiple character narratives that the author flawlessly weaves together. The series is simply a great example of the fantasy genre.

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Addictive + Powerful

I am so in love with this series! Can't stop listening! Highly recommend this series!

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Amazing storytelling

The book is excellent. The reading of it is truly one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard.

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exceptional narrator

the narrator continues to deliver the story in a beautiful way. tje narrative is exciting and ever changing

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I’m hooked

I wasn’t sure after the first book whether I’d keep listening to this series but I’m glad I did. Book 2 deepened my appreciation for the main characters. The many battles held my attention. Now onto Book 3!

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Much more action than in the second book.

Book 3 moved the story along nicely and provided a few nice twists. I am more likely to finish this series after reading this book. The narrator does a good job but often doesn't pause long enough when the story moves to a completely different set of characters within a chapter. Make sure you ken your Scottish terms.

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  • Sharon
  • 10-06-21

Magical tale

Another enjoyable novel by Kate Forsyth and beautifully narrated by Ellie Newlands. This is the third book in the series and have been entranced by each so far.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-21

Love this series!

The pronunciation is different to how I imagined but otherwise excellent - I just assume they've got it right!

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  • Adam Bush
  • 08-27-20

Excellent Audiobook

This is a truly well narrated audiobook. Its various characters and cultures are well written and the action and intrigue are multi-layered whilst tying the plot together in an exciting and seamless way. Well worth a listen or a read.

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  • Amber Smeenk
  • 08-01-20

I have trouble following the story...

Isabeau, Ishbel, Iseult etc names are all to similar and make it hard to follow the story

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  • Donna Harrison
  • 07-22-20

Book Review for Cursed Towers

I love this series, the way it is read and the magical story as it unfolds. This is the third book in the series and I keep coming back for more. This is perfect for anyone who believes in magic, or who is curious and wants there imagination stimulated

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-13-20

Timeless story weaving...

This series sits as well now in 2020 as when it was first published. It has not aged as many do in the fantasy genre. Kate has crafted this magical, beautiful, brutal world with so much depth giving Elle Newlands a flawless book where she has breathed, sang and given form to the characters and story... it's well worth ride