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Isle of Winds is the first instalment in a Middle-Grade age fantasy series Robin Fellows lives with his grandmother and lives what appears to be a rather ordinary life for a normal twelve year old boy.But when Robin’s Gran dies, quite suddenly and a bit mysteriously, his world is turned upside down. A long lost relative comes out of the woodwork and whisks him away to a myIsle of Winds is the first instalment in a Middle-Grade age fantasy series Robin Fellows lives with his grandmother and lives what appears to be a rather ordinary life for a normal twelve year old boy.But when Robin’s Gran dies, quite suddenly and a bit mysteriously, his world is turned upside down. A long lost relative comes out of the woodwork and whisks him away to a mysterious new home, Erlking Hall, a quiet estate in the solitary countryside of Lancashire.Suddenly Robin must adjust to his new reality. But reality is no longer what he thought it was…Erlking has many secrets – as do his newly found Great-Aunt Irene and her servants. After a strange encounter on the train and meeting a cold, eerie man on the platform, Robin begins to notice odd happenings at Erlking.There is more than meets the eye to this old, rambling mansion.Little does he know that there is more than meets the eye to himself.Robin is the world’s last Changeling. He is descended from a mystic race of Fae-people, whose homeland, the Netherworlde, is caught in the throes of a terrible civil war.Not only this, but in this new world there is a magical force that has infiltrated the human realm.Before he can wrench power from the malevolent hands of the Netherworlde’s fearsome tyrant leader, Lady Eris, he must first search for the truth about himself and the ethereal Towers of Arcania.The first instalment of The Changeling Series, Isle of Winds is an engrossing tale written in the traditions of high fantasy story-telling while carving out a magical new realm. It is perfect for fans of The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series....

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isle of winds Reviews

  • Jessia
    2018-12-11 10:01

    British fantasy though! I mean, they just do it better than us don't they? (well maybe I'm biased on this as all the books I love are British, (esp Harry Potter) I do love US fantasy too, I'm not a hater, really. but there's just something more 'magical' to me about Brits, I think it's all the castles, and boarding schools and tiny villages and the fact that whenever I read anything, I have to have google open so I can translate Britishisms. 'pavement' STILL sounds odd to me whenever I come across it. but that's off point.This book is very very British, (in the best way) which considering half of the monsters and people in it seem to be from ancient Greece, is odd but strangely this still works fantastically. all the characters say 'bloody' and 'bugger' a lot, which I approve of, and there's a stern old aunt and a very well spoken teacher (who happens to be a satyr) it's great!even the bad (as in evil) characters, are perfectly polite and charming, which only makes it even more chilling when the gaunt and sly Mr Strife is making 'hows the weather' small talk while stalking across an autumnal glade holding a wickedly sharp knife. movies- books- doesn't matter which, brits just make WAY better baddies. the Uber-baddie of the series (at least I'm assuming this from the setup in the first book. is an unseen puppetmaster called Lady Eris. we haven't actually met her yet, but I really really hope that when we do, she's found sipping chamomile tea and eating triangle sandwiches and being super British too, (while simultaneously being really evil) then my fangirling will be complete.One day I will go to actual Britain, and probably find it isn't really full of red buses, cops with really big hats, local pubs and elves and fairies, and I'll probably be very disappointed. but until then, I can cuddle into my British fantasy like a warm and cosy blankie, and Isle of Winds is as cosy and charming as they come.

  • Melissa Souza
    2018-11-25 16:06

    5 full stars!!!If you love Harry Potter and Narnia, you will love this book. The story starts with a 13 year old boy Robin whose Gran dies and is sent to his Great Aunt's house. The story then unfolds as to how Robin finds out about his Fae heritage and his adventure into Netherworlde where a war is underway.James Fahy does an excellent job of weaving a good yarn. His style of writing is just flawless. With each chapter, I was whisked away into a magical place full of fantastical creatures. The worldbuilding was intricate and layered. The magic system is introduced well and easy to understand. Not once did I find there was any info dumping. The plots and twists the story takes flows smoothly. Nothing was forced or haphazardly placed within the novel.The character development was done well too. I found Robin to be a thoroughly engaging character. His friendships with Faun, Karya and Henry was just endearing. He shows a lot of strength throughout the book considering he is learning a lot about himself. There is also a lot of mystery surrounding Karya which piqued my interest. I would love to know her backstory. The villains were some of the best I have read. They show spunk and are not so easily outsmarted. I also enjoyed the conversations throughout the book. I found myself, many a time, smiling to myself. So, there are a lot of light moments interwoven with the intense ones.All in all, I would say that this book delivers in spades. It is so beautifully balanced and narrated. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a good fantasy adventure read. You will not be disappointed at all. This one is going on my favourites pile for sure. On to book two next :)

  • Beverley Lee
    2018-11-28 14:16

    This book is an absolute treasure to read. It has shades of Narnia and Tolkien and Harry Potter, but in a strange and enthralling new world that is very believable right from the start. I was immediately drawn into Robin's story and the Netherworlde, Fahy creates an immediate sense of wonder but with darkness lurking in the shadows. I loved each and every character, even the despicable Mr Strife! The interplay between Robin, the mysterious Karya and the very loveable Woad is spot on and made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Fahy weaves his spell effortlessly and I cannot wait for the sequel later this year. Highly recommended!

  • Jo-Jo
    2018-11-14 13:05

    I loved this book! I didn't know what to expect when I started reading it- I read it for a challenge where I had to take the very first top-rated book from my to-read list after sorting by Rating. I got swept away in the story. The characters are interesting, the Netherworlde seems real, and I'm so excited to read the next book! I found the premise for the book to be imaginative...I have read a few books about the Fay in the past but never one like this(that could be because I've only read a few, not a ton), and I'm glad that it felt so original. This book is really well done and I'm hoping the next one will live up to it! 5 star rating, easily!

  • Occulusrex
    2018-11-14 08:10

    This was just excellent. I would recommend this to any fantasy lover who enjoys a well-spun tale full of intrigue. Isle of Winds is one boys journey from a lost and helpless orphan with no place in the world and little direction, to a blossoming power with a strong group of potential allies (and enemies) The Netherworde is well-realised, and filled with both understated menace and magic in spades. If this is the first of the series, then lace up your boots, as I'm in it for the long haul I think. good stuff.

  • Drew
    2018-12-14 09:06

    When I read Harry Potter, it wasn't the characters I fell in love with, it was Hogwarts. The big imposing castle. When I read Percy Jackson, again, it was the Half Blood Camp I dreamed of attending. I cared more about having my own hobbit hole and living in the Shire than I did about Frodo's quest.You see the theme here. Well now I have another magical place to play 'anywhere but here' with. The story in Changeling is a really good one, as others have said already on here and on Amazon, but for myself, I just fell in love (again) with Erlking: [image error]""At the very top of the hill, the Hall itself. It was huge-"Yes please![image error]""you'll find your room on the top floor, in the east wing, at the back of the house. You can't miss it. it's the tower-"[image error]"Then there's the Atrium, right at the top of the house where Robin has his instruction in Wind Magic.[image error]and the fact that you have this entire old mansion filled with magical corners to explore AND IT'S ALL YOURS.[image error]It reminded me if either the huge near-empty mansion from The Secret Garden, or the creaky old house from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. except of course the absolutely most interesting part of all of Erlking is the door tucked away down a corridor which leads to another world:[image error]YES. I will take a key to that please. in the meantime, as I can no more actually go and LIVE at Erlking than I can attend Hogwarts for schooling or summer Camp with half-blood demigods, I will make do with reading it. :) I cant wait to go back.

  • Abbey Rowlinson
    2018-12-12 16:06

    Let me start by saying I LOVE the folklore and mythology that surrounds Fay, and therefore i am always weary when i see a book that uses them are a primary aspect of the story. HOWEVER This book completely exceeded my expectations. I was expecting to enjoy the book , however i wasn't expecting to become as emotionally involved with the characters or to be sucked so completely into the Netherworlde. The thing that impressed me with this book was how the author never patronized the reader with the descriptions of the Netherworlde and the fay, both were taken seriously and that made the challenges faced by the main character seem that much more daunting. And speaking of main characters, Robin Fellows was a charming character who i instantly wanted to smother in bubble wrap in order to protect him from everyone and everything! but all of the secondary characters just as likable. Something I've discovered when reading books of this genre is that usually there is always a character who seems to only be there to test the readers patience and therefore make the main character seem more likable. Thankfully this doesn't happen in Isle of Winds. Every character had a moment where i genuinely felt affection for them (Even Hestia). And the villains? the perfect amount of scary and sleazy. Overall i would recommend this book to a reader of any age that has an interest in fantasy. It was funny, interesting, and surprisingly emotional. Very impressive as the first book in a series. Cannot wait for the sequel!!! 5 Stars

  • Nicola-Cillia
    2018-11-22 09:25

    I totally fell in love with this book. It has great characters, a good plot with plenty of action, and enough geeky magicisms to satisfy my inner geek-girl. (All the lore the main character has to study up on, i want to too,) The Netherworlde is such an interesting idea. To me it wasnt like another world somewhere away from our own, like Narnia, but one lay on top of ours (or underneath) like tracing paper. There were some really nice touches, like how the seasons don't quite match up, and the stars are different, but that everything here has a mirror version over there. For instance the local village is called Barrowood, and in the Netherworlde, there's an actual wood filled with burial mounds (barrows) and Erlking Hall over here becomes the Erl King's Hill over there, which any fan of Faerie lore and legend will recognise. More thN any other book, it reminded me of the mirror-world from Stephen King's 'the Talisman' and it had the same blend of enchanting and spooky too. Loved it. I have definately penciled in my next visit to the Netherworlde. High-grade fantasy goodness!

  • LadyMel
    2018-11-20 10:07

    Magical book (quite literally) Isle of Winds is the story of Robin, a 12 year old boy living in England who is sent to live with his strange and aloof great aunt after the death of his grandmother. Robin discovers that he has a very unusual family tree (to say the least) and that the gorgeous old country house he has been sent to live in is practically crawling in strangeness Fauns, satyrs, redcaps, evil ghouls who control dogs and birds made from shadow, and lots more. This is one of those tales that makes me really want to go to England! Wild heather covered moors, deep autumn forests and so much creaking and dusty charm in the mystical old hall of Erlking itself. I wanted to explore the house myself by candlelight. The windy atrium, the steamy greenhouses and the grand ballroom for practising sparring magic in. (As long as the cranky housekeeper wasnt home) I hope next time around we get to poke around some more of Erlkings locked rooms as well as the magical Netherworlde x

  • Tim
    2018-11-15 12:10

    I was dubious going into this as i'm aware it's aimed at 'middle graders' but hey so was Harry Potter and i loved that. Good news is i got like a chapter in and totally fell into the story. This is a really easy read, i lost hours of my life which only happens when i really enjoy a story. It is the first of a series, so i'm going to follow it and see where the story goes, but for a first instalment, it was well written, imaginitive and most of all fun. I would probabaly say this should be reccomended to anyone who likes really good fantasy, with a dark and intelligent edge. Would read again. Thumbs up.

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    2018-12-03 08:25

    There are many things that are striking about this book - there are touches of Harry Potter, Narnia, Clash of the Titans (thank you SO much for the gorgon!), Supernatural and even Zelda - at least in my mind (if you want to know why for each one, just ask! I won't bore you with my blather). Skrikers reminded me oh so lovingly of the hell hounds from Supernatural that I had a stupid grin on my face from the first chapter. But to compare this book to anything would be doing it a disservice. It is unique and portrays the Netherworlde and Erkling in a vivid but not overwhelmingly detailed way, which let my imagination flow.I fell in love with Robin (who most certainly is "not bad for a hornless wonder") and who wouldn't love Woad? What I especially loved was how the creatures were portrayed differently than where our standard knowledge would normally take us. While this book may have been written for middle grade readers, it does so in a way that adults can enjoy. I certainly enjoyed reading a book, that for the first time in a long time, doesn't have that instalove, love triangle or any romance hinted though I'm sure that will change as Robin grows, but it will be organic and true to the story and will be welcome when the time is right. I'm hoping there will be seven books based on revelations towards the end - if you know, you know and if you don't, you SHOULD ;)

  • Annabelle
    2018-12-03 10:18

    All great classic Fantasy starts with a train ride. The evcuated children being sent to the countryside in The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potters first journey to Hogwarts. And now Robin Fellows, leaving the city for the sleepy village of Barrowood, where the ancient and magical Erlking Hall awaits him with all its adventures. I dont know what it is about trains, but if a journey starts with one, i'm pretty sold it's going to be awesome. I wasnt dissapointed in this. Isle of Winds is a really good book. For a brand new series it sets up some likeable characters and a great and complicated backstory, and then just goes right ahead and plunges into adventure and magic, dragging you along with it. I'm not going to walk through the plot, that would spoil the fun of reading it yourself if you havent already. I will just say that i loved every minute of this book, from the hilarious back and forth between Robin and his freinds, to the many scrapes and close calls they have with various monsters and Grim old men, to the whole tone of it. It was a joy to read.

  • Natasha du Plessis
    2018-11-20 15:09

    Thank you to Endeavour Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to review Isle of Winds.Wow what a great story and new series!!! This is the first book by James Fahy that I have read, I was hooked from the start and can't wait for all the books in the series to be released. The descriptions that James give of Erlking and the Netherworlde makes you want to visit these places yourself. Imagine being able to tear through to a different world or using a Janus station. Meeting all the new creatures was a lot of fun and I would love to see them come to life in a movie. I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy and YA readers as well as my 15 year old daughter, she would love getting lost in this book. A must read and very difficult to put down once you started reading!!!!!

  • Louise K.
    2018-11-23 11:10

    When I was approached by Jack Butler from Venture Press asking if I’d like to review a book by an author I’d not heard of, I was excited. I love discovering new, talented writers. I did, however, have reservations about it being a YA novel. There have been many I’ve read which infantilise both characters and the reader, and often show the characters behaving only as stereotypes. However, the appeal of reading a new author’s work far outweighed my reservations, so I dived in. Without a doubt, I’m so glad that I did.Isle of Winds is the first book in James Fahy’s Changeling series, and what an opener it is! In an attempt to avoid spoiling what I felt was an enchanting and engaging book, I shall keep this review brief.Changeling takes the reader on a journey between this world and the Netherworlde—a world existing parallel to our own, and accessible by travelling through gateways known as Janus stations. Here exists all manner of creatures, from pixies and ghosts to satyrs and fae. The Netherworlde has its own laws and history, with social tensions and civil unrest playing an important role. The characters each performed as well crafted individuals, bringing with them another facet or layer of intrigue to what was already a fascinating story.James Fahy’s skill for compelling storytelling makes this book simply a delight to read. Once I’d begun, I found it difficult to put this book down—which is praise in itself—and when I did I would often find my mind drifting back between the pages, wondering what would happen next. I look forward to the arrival of book 2!

  • Lissel
    2018-11-21 15:19

    This is one of the few times that a book is advertised as “similar to HP” that actually has strong vibes that connect the two stories. Isle of Winds is a very charming first book of a fantasy series, and as such, it left a lot of questions unanswered that will surely be revealed in later installments. As world building goes, it was well done, though I feel the writing could have been a bit smoother. It felt at times, that it was written for a younger audience, with a few sentences that looked straight from a children’s book. Descriptions were enough to picture the setting, but again, I tend to prefer a more fairytaleish tone to the narrative that this book lacked. But this is just a personal inclination. I do wish the magic system was explained in more detail, but maybe we will get more on that in the later books?Robin was a very good MC. I especially liked how he adjusted to new circumstances without excessive drama, and while he was believable as a 12 year old boy, he didn’t waste pages and pages being difficult, obnoxious or having a “why me?” attitude that tend to get on my nerves. The rest of the supporting cast was well developed and interesting. I particularly liked Aunt Irene and hope to see more of her in the future. So, I did enjoy this story, and I’m sure I will read the second book when it’s out.

  • Sam Clare
    2018-12-09 15:03

    I am a fan of Young Adult/preteen books, I generally will always head to that section first above any other despite being the combined age of 2 young adults.This book ticked a lot of boxes for me. Great characters, great setting, intriguing mythology and some excellent dialogue. It has an excellent pace and is easy to read and it pulls you along quite readily.As with the best YA books things are complex enough to cause whimsical theorising but also simple enough to believe in and become invested in.The Netherworlde feels fully formed in that it could actually exist (or I wish it did) and it also ties into the reality we live in. Exploring the world through the main characters eyes is fantastic as he reacts in a very similar way to us the reader.Finishing the book makes you want to immediately reach for the next one to continue the exploration of the Netherworlde but I guess we will have to wait!This book is a must for anyone young or old who likes fantasy adventure with magic, peril, friendships and dark musing about soufflés.The author of this book has deservedly found a place among my looked for authors and I can't wait for the next book to come out. Well done Mr Fahy!

  • Terp Evans
    2018-11-30 16:11

    Isle of Winds (The Changeling Series Book 1)I’m an avid reader of YA, fantasy, sci-fi, mythology, and any combination therein, and there are a lot of mediocre stories out there in the above genres. Isle of Winds is not one of them: this book drew me in from the very beginning and held me throughout. The characters (human, fae, mythological, and otherwise) have a weight and depth to them that feels substantive. If you’re familiar with the Harry Potter world, many of the denizens of the Netherworlde will be familiar in name but little else—for example, I found the Redcaps to be particularly compelling! And I would hang out with Woad the Faun any day! (If the author could make that happen, I'd be very pleased.)My biggest complaint is that the author, James Fahy, won’t simply lock himself away in a room somewhere and do nothing but keep writing these stories! There are going to be seven books in the series, and I've made the grand mistake of starting book one before they're all finished! If the rest of the books are as engaging as Isle (and having started the first book in the author's other series, I have no doubt they will be), these will be the types of books I won't want to wait for! Ah well, it'll be a good excuse to re-read the books each time a new one comes out!

  • Ellen Read
    2018-11-16 15:16

    Isle of Winds by English author James Fahy @jamesfahyauthor (Book One of The Changeling Series.)The girl raced through the forest, tumbling through deep drifts of autumn leaves. Moonlight washed down from the starry sky, illuminating her darting figure.In appearance she was eleven years old. A hunted creature. To judge from her odd clothing of ragged pants, a dirty t-shirt, and a large overcoat patched together from various animal skins, she seemed a homeless orphan. A helpless, young waif.This, she was not.From these opening lines, I was hooked. James Fahy creates a very believable but mysterious world and I enjoyed my journey into Netherworlde with Karya, Robin and the endearing Woad. Each character is so well-formed and I adored them all, from Henry to Mr Strife.I loved that in this ancient land of Netherworlde, James Fahy has given a nod to archetypal symbolism, just as the Oracle, and a literary nod to Midsummer Night’s Dream with King Oberon and Queen Tatiana.The story is so well-written, with a tight page-turning plot. I would recommend this book to everyone. At times, I had to stop and remember that the characters are young. It made no difference. This read is for all ages.

  • Ann
    2018-11-15 16:13

    This is a wonderful new fantasy series for preteen and teen readers. The Changeling series has a young boy, Robin, going to stay with an aunt at Erlking Hall when his grandmother dies. Robin discovers he is the last Changeling alive and must work hard to help save the Fae and their lands. Part one, Isle of winds, has Robin and his friend retrieving the first orb and begin to get a handle on his new powers. Lots of fantasy and magic to keep readers glued to this story and have them waiting for the next installment.

  • William Stafford
    2018-11-18 08:25

    This book has ‘first instalment’ written through it like lettering through seaside rock. It’s very much the opening to what promises to be an exciting and entertaining series, setting up our hero, young Robin Fellows, and the strange world in which he finds himself.There are, perhaps inevitably, shades of Harry Potter here, as Robin learns he’s not who or what he thought he was, learns how to cast spells and encounters strange creatures and people… There are also echoes of Narnia, with its other-world accessed through magical portals, and reminders of Tolkien in the mythology that author James Fahy weaves to give his Netherworlde its backstory. Above all though, this book is in keeping with the grand tradition of children’s adventure. What distinguishes it from the rest is the writer’s lively and wryly humorous style, imbuing the narrative with wit. Action sequences are vividly depicted and the writer himself is no mean caster of spells, conjuring up both creatures and moments that are scary and engaging.A wildly enjoyable read that cracks along at a fair pace building to a special-effects climax in a cinematic way and, of course, sowing seeds for the sequels. I am very much looking forward to Book Two.

  • Clare
    2018-12-11 10:23

    I was excited to go into this book, as I'd heard many reviews comparing the world that Jamss Fahy creates to CS Lewis' Narnia (which is one of my favourite fantasy worlds of all time); and I was definitely not disappointed.. The world that Fahy creates is complex, with an exciting plot, is beautifully written; with extremely well developed characters, and I loved them all- from the energetic Woad to the evil Mr  Strife.Although this is a middle grade fantasy, it definitely didn't feel like it- this is a read that all ages can enjoy. I can't wait to get my hands on book 2.

  • Emma McClean
    2018-12-01 15:16

    I wasn't sure if this was a children's book, YA or adult fantasy, and in a way it's all of them. any age can enjoy this as it works on many levels. there's plenty of magic and adventure for younger people, some seriously creepy darkness for older, and some pretty adult themes about death and responsibility that would be appreciated by an adult audience. I've read there are going to be seven in this series and I hope so as i've just binged the first three and now i'm drumming my fingers for book four as I wasnt to know what happens next!

  • Monica
    2018-12-02 11:11

    This book is more geared for teen/preteen (think Harry Potter or Percy Jackson type story). I didn't realize that when I started it, but kept reading as I have 11 year olds who I thought might like it. I would absolutely recommend it to them, a delightfully fun and exciting fantasy tale.

  • emily star
    2018-12-08 12:05

    Review:James Fahy – Isle of Winds(The Changeling Series Book 1)The Isle of Winds – the combination of a thrilling story and an elaborated language did all what was necessary to catch me!This fantasy novel delivers on a very high level. I really had fun while reading, because the author is able to be funny with a pure lightness, nothing seems put-on, but all appropriate. The conversations fit to each situation and I never confused the characters – what happens regularly in fantasy.Without any spoilers, here some proofs why I like this book so much!I enjoyed that in the Isle of Winds I could assign so many tiny or bigger hints to mythology and the fae world. Robin is depicted as a very credible young boy and I have almost maternal feelings for him – nevertheless, he is brave and has a penchant for books that seems to be in development and very promising ;)The places described by Mr Fahy always felt like I was watching a movie in my head! I almost shivered because of the cold when the companions were travelling to the human world and back to the Netherworlde in the chapter The Ghost Stone!There are so many surprises, creatures who seem to be friendly first, become dangerous and vice versa. I never had the feeling that I could already foresee the end of the story or even of the whole series. That’s really a difference to all other books I had read recently. I do not like to be waiting for something that I already could foresee without reading hundreds of pages.Moreover, things that I always miss in other books where simply there. When untrained people go on a trip through different worlds, they sometimes show inhuman strength – but not in the Isle of Winds! Realistic elements always are included, e.g. that the backpack of the boy feels heavy because of the books he took with him. That makes the story even more readable.This book lives because of its excellent storytelling, uncountable tiny situations and hints and funny parts that I am not able to mention here without retelling the whole book or spamming my favourite quotes.Overall, it’s an outstanding debut novel by a remarkable author. I am sure, we will have to save up a lot of our free time in future for reading his novels since I hope he’s never going to stop writing ;)Finally, I really have to point out the striking storytelling in combination with the use of language again! This author is so full of noteworthy ideas which I haven’t read anywhere else before (and I am reading lots of fantasy stuff). There is so much heart blood in this novel, I am still touched.Yes, there are many questions left open in the end. I'll do what Aunt Irene would advise me to do: relax, study and gather strength until the second Chapter of the series starts! I am already waiting for Drowned Tomb :)My favourite quote:“… of a scarlet so dark it was like black dreaming of red…”My favourite chapters:Chapter 6, Magics and Mana-stones & Chapter 17, The Ghost StoneI read the ebook version, but I would so much like to buy the print version as well. That’s new for me. In most cases, I skip to the next ebook and find it sufficient to have the digital version.Thank you, Mr Fahy, for this publication! <3

  • Becky
    2018-12-11 13:09

    I discovered this book on Goodreads whilst searching for a new fantasy story to capture my imagination. As an avid reader, I thought I had read everything worth reading in the fantasy genre.Enter James Fahy with Isle of Winds, a charming story with elements of magic, mythology and individuality that, in my opinion, make it just as good as any popular fantasy novel, while introducing original characters and a unique spin on a fantasy setting. Robin Fellows' world is changed forever when his Gran suddenly dies, leaving him all alone... Or so he thinks. Suddenly, Robin is whisked away to Erlking Hall to live with his mysterious great aunt Irene. Upon his arrival it is evident that Erlking has many secrets, and it is not long before the biggest secret of all is revealed to Robin: he is not human, and the world he lives in is not his world. Robin is a Changeling. He is from the Netherworlde, home of the Fae and Panthea, currently ruled by the evil tyrant Lady Eris. As he learns about the Arcania, the war and his people, Robin's destiny seems clear: to free the Netherworlde from the rule of Eris and reclaim the hidden shards of the Arcania. However, there is much more to the story than this. James Fahy expertly creates this new world and its inhabitants, with twists and turns right up until the very last page that will leave you itching to get back to Erlking. Although Isle of Winds is aimed for a middle-grade audience I would recommend it for ANYONE who loves fantasy.

  • Jo
    2018-12-01 08:55

    I initially had my doubts after reading the first couple of chapters, not because I didn't like the story, but because it seemed more suited to a child and although I enjoyed Young Adult literature, this didn't seem to fit...however! Based on the high number of positive reviews 'Isle of Winds' received, I decided to persevere. My final score of four stars is an indication of how my original opinion changed!Robin, orphaned as a baby and apparently a perfectly normal child, lives in a small village with his Gran. Gran is slightly quirky and surrounds herself with horseshoes, but apart from that Robin feels he lives a fairly ordinary life. Until one day Gran dies quite unexpectedly and Robin is left alone and sent to live with a Great Aunt in a large estate belonging to Erlking Hall.Suddenly Robin is thrust into a whole new world as he discovers that he is not the ordinary boy he thought he was, but the last Changeling of the Netherworlde and a descendant of the Fae. Furthermore, he is the object of a search by the evil Lady Eris, conqueror and tyrannical ruler of the Netherworlde, and enemy of the Fae.James Fahy has created a wonderful world of make believe, full of magical characters and fantasy adventure; and creating the wonderful and mythical Isle of Winds, risen by magic out of the warring Netherworlde and into the clouds to escape from the conflict.It took me a while to warm to the tale, but once gripped, I loved it!

  • Voirrey
    2018-11-29 10:21

    I really enjoyed this. I know it is probably aimed at twelve year olds or so, but it is skilfully written, and the young boy at the centre of the story is not the Mary-Stu of The Wizard of Time, but a little lost in what has been a major life upheaval. There are really strong female characters, too. And a very unexpected last couple of chapters.I see on the author's Goodreads page that the next book will be out this year, and I am really looking forward to reading it.I am also mentally bookmarking this as a book to recommend to anyone with a child of the right age, too.

  • Sarah J. Halstead
    2018-11-18 16:25

    FANTASTIC! A magical fantasy of creativeness! Isle of Winds is an intriguing read with bold and mystical characters to match its mysterious and captivating storyline. Fahy takes the reader on an ethereal ride through the magical world of Netherworlde, a world I hope to continue reading about in copious future volumes!

  • Janna Kelley
    2018-12-10 08:15

    I love finding new books that I hope will become favorites. This book was a treat that I stumbled upon with fun, fully developed characters. I'm already looking forward to the next one in the series!

  • Michelle
    2018-11-14 12:13

    It reminded me a little of Harry Potter and a little of Narnia. The mark of a good series for me is wanting to actually read the next book, I'm extremely curious as to what is going to happen to Robin and Co.