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Daughter of the Storm by Tina Callaghan

Daughter of the Storm

Tina Callaghan

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Poolbeg for Children
Publisher: Poolbeg Press Ltd
Publication date: 2 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781781997864
3 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
4 Oct 2019

"Certainly this is a novel for those who like drama heaped on drama, a book for younger readers, but for those who don’t scare easily"

Mixing horror, legend and the supernatural, Tina Callaghan’s second novel is a high-octane story set on an unnamed island off Ireland. Daughters of the Storm comes billed by its publisher, Poolbeg, as crossover fiction but a melodramatic plot and tendency to guide the reader place it firmly in the young adult genre. Oscar Wilde’s remarks on sentimentality – desiring the luxury of an emotion without paying for it – are equally true of melodrama. For a book to be truly dramatic, the reader needs tension and, crucially, to care about the characters. Callaghan achieves this in parts of her novel, and there is plenty within the covers to commend. She is a clever writer who uses primal instincts to get us to care about her characters... Pacing is not a strength of this novel and the breaks between scenes are rushed. One minute a group of islanders led by Lia are in the jaws of a creature known as the Strix, the next minute they’re back in the pub, huddled safely together. But where’s the baby?! Back out again into the storm we go. Long quotes at the start of each chapter will feel random to adult readers (mostly from Dracula, but occasionally Francis Bacon or Flaubert), though they may inform or charm a younger audience. Certainly this is a novel for those who like drama heaped on drama, a book for younger readers, but for those who don’t scare easily

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