Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Ark of Dun Ruah by Maria Burke


Currach books normally publish non fiction Irish interest titles but they have branched out into the children's market with Maria Burke's The Ark of Dun Ruah. This is a tale of adventure and fantasy which will appeal to  children aged 10-13 approx. It features the story of orphaned brother and sister Simon and Kerry Macken who live in the normally quiet town of Kilbeggin, Kerry is a designer and a seamstress and Simon an amateur inventor. They are invited to travel to Fire City by Lady Lumina, President of the Land of Fire who has fallen for Kerry's designing skills. Almost as soon as they set out on their journey strange things begin to happen. In fact Simon had been seeing strange things since before they had left Kilbeggin; a mysterious hooded stranger who vanished before his eyes and a horde of giant eagles who try to attack their owl friend Pod. During their time on the ship the Ark of Dun Ruah they discover that Pod has been kidnapped by Red Beak an evil giant eagle who rules over Eyrie Island. They pair are determined to get their friend back and so they must go to the island and face the deadly evil there. A must read for fans of fantasy I think this will have particular appeal for fans of the Arthur Quinn series by Alan Early.

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