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y Dragonclaw single work   novel   fantasy  
Is part of The Witches of Eileanan Kate Forsyth 1997 series - author novel (number 1 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 1997 1997
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'Isabeau the Foundling, discovered as a babe in the roots of a tree, is raised by an old wood witch in the shadow of Dragonclaw, mountain of the dragons. From Meghan of the Beasts, Isabeau learns herb-lore and the languages of animals, but dreams of the old days, when witches were the greatest power in the land. Before she was born, an evil sorceress cast a spell on the Rìgh, winning his love and turning him against the Coven. The great Witch Towers are now all abandoned ruins, magical creatures are hunted down and the Coven's ancient wisdom is lost. Only the Cripple, enigmatic leader of the rebels, fights to undermine the Banrìgh's power as her dark plans slowly come to fruition. Little does Isabeau know that she is to play a key role in the battle against the Ensorcellor, for she has a strange and mysterious destiny.

As Isabeau is initiated into the Coven on her sixteenth birthday, soldiers sent to hunt down dragons stumble across the clandestine ceremony, and her peaceful life is torn apart by blood and fire. Alone she must set out on a perilous quest that will bring her face to face with her own destiny. For Meghan must go and confront the dragons and, afraid she will never return, entrusts the sacred Key of the Coven to Isabeau, who must carry it to safety. Without the Key, the witches can never release the Lodestar, a sphere of great power that was locked away on the Day of Betrayal. Meanwhile, the sea-dwelling Fairgean stir, children vanish in the night, and the dragons - the most ancient and dangerous wisdom in the land - rise against the Ensorcellor.'

Source: Author's website kateforsyth.com.au (Sighted 14/04/2010)

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Notes

  • Dedication: For my darling

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Arrow Books , 1997 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 531p.
      Description: illus., maps
      Reprinted: 2003 (At least 2 reprints after 2002.) , 2015
      Note/s:
      • On t.p. verso: Witches of Eileanan trilogy; 1
      • Reprints issued under different covers by Neal Armstrong and Spike Wademan.
      ISBN: 9780091835101, 0091835100
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Penguin , 1998 .
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      Alternative title: The Witches of Eileanan
      Extent: 411p.
      Note/s:
      • This imprint carries no mention of Witches of Eileanan series.
      • On spine: LE 5689
      ISBN: 0451456890
      Series: y ROC Fantasy Roc Books (publisher), Z1447969 series - publisher

Works about this Work

There Be Dragons Nikki Barrowclough , 1999 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 21 August 1999; (p. 45,47-48,50)
Untitled Bill Congreve , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 23 1999; (p. 106-107)

— Review of The Pool of Two Moons Kate Forsyth 1998 single work novel ; Pilgrim Sara Douglass 1998 single work novel ; Dragonclaw Kate Forsyth 1997 single work novel
Kate Forsyth: Past, Present and Future Jason R. Bleckly (interviewer), 1998 single work interview
— Appears in: Altair , August no. 2 1998; (p. 101-103)
A Vintage Year for Australian Fantasy Peter McNamara , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 15 no. 1 (Issue 41) 1998; (p. 38-44)

— Review of Dragonclaw Kate Forsyth 1997 single work novel ; Darkfall Isobelle Carmody 1997 single work novel ; Sinner Sara Douglass 1997 single work novel
Australia Fantastica Penny Hendred , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , Spring vol. 9 no. 2-3 1997; (p. 2-3)

— Review of Dragonclaw Kate Forsyth 1997 single work novel ; Threshold Sara Douglass 1997 single work novel ; Darkfall Isobelle Carmody 1997 single work novel
Top Tales from Other Worlds Vic Crossland , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 30 July 1997; (p. 4)

— Review of Dragonclaw Kate Forsyth 1997 single work novel ; Zones Damien Broderick Rory Barnes 1997 single work novel
A Vintage Year for Australian Fantasy Peter McNamara , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 15 no. 1 (Issue 41) 1998; (p. 38-44)

— Review of Dragonclaw Kate Forsyth 1997 single work novel ; Darkfall Isobelle Carmody 1997 single work novel ; Sinner Sara Douglass 1997 single work novel
Untitled Bill Congreve , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 23 1999; (p. 106-107)

— Review of The Pool of Two Moons Kate Forsyth 1998 single work novel ; Pilgrim Sara Douglass 1998 single work novel ; Dragonclaw Kate Forsyth 1997 single work novel
Australia Fantastica Penny Hendred , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , Spring vol. 9 no. 2-3 1997; (p. 2-3)

— Review of Dragonclaw Kate Forsyth 1997 single work novel ; Threshold Sara Douglass 1997 single work novel ; Darkfall Isobelle Carmody 1997 single work novel
Top Tales from Other Worlds Vic Crossland , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 30 July 1997; (p. 4)

— Review of Dragonclaw Kate Forsyth 1997 single work novel ; Zones Damien Broderick Rory Barnes 1997 single work novel
Kate Forsyth: Past, Present and Future Jason R. Bleckly (interviewer), 1998 single work interview
— Appears in: Altair , August no. 2 1998; (p. 101-103)
There Be Dragons Nikki Barrowclough , 1999 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 21 August 1999; (p. 45,47-48,50)
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