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Catherine Doyle





Catherine Doyle lives in the West of Ireland. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Publishing. Her award-winning and bestselling work, which includes middle grade and young adult fiction, has been published in over 25 languages.

Her children's fiction includes the STORM KEEPER trilogy, which is set on the magical island of Arranmore, where her grandparents grew up; THE MIRACLE ON EBENEZER STREET, a modern reimagining of A Christmas Carol; THE LOST GIRL KING, a magical adventure inspired by Irish mythology; and PIRATES OF DARKSEA, a swashbuckling tale of bravery and brotherhood.


Her bestselling YA trilogy, which includes TWIN CROWNS, CURSED CROWNS and BURNING CROWNS, is co-authored with Katherine Webber, and is complete as of May 2024, with a further solo standalone spin-off to follow.

Her next solo YA novel, an epic enemies-to-lovers fantasy, THE DAGGER & THE FLAME, publishes in September 2024.

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A fiery enemies-to-lovers romantasy, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo and Stephanie Garber.  

In the dark underbelly of a beautiful city, two rival assassins are pitted against each other in a deadly game of revenge, where the most dangerous mistake of all is falling in love…

In Fantome, a kingdom of cobbl
ed streets, flickering lamplight, beautiful buildings, and secret catacombs, Shade-magic is a scarce and deadly commodity controlled by two enemy the Cloaks and the Daggers – the thieves and the assassins. On the night of her mother’s murder, Seraphine runs for her life. Seeking sanctuary with the Cloaks, Sera’s heart is set on revenge. But are her secret abilities a match for the dark-haired boy whose quicksilver eyes follow her around the city?

Nothing can prepare Sera for the moment she finally comes face-to-face with Ransom, heir to the Order of Daggers. And Ransom is shocked to discover that this unassuming farmgirl wields a strange and blazing magic he has never seen before… Among rumours of monsters stalking the streets and the rival guilds grappling for control of Fantome’s underworld, Sera and Ransom are drawn together by something more than just magic and must face a deadly choice - forgiveness or vengeance? Kiss or kill? Dagger or Flame?  



'Clever and rollicking'

The Sunday Times

'Utterly brilliant. Sensationally swashbuckling. Completely magical'

– A.F Steadman, author of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

Deep in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, where the full moon rests on the horizon, lies a secret kingdom called Darksea. Ruled by the Pirate King, Captain O'Malley, Darksea's tranquil waters have, of late, been haunted by an invisible and deadly monster – a monster that is eating the once-beautiful islands in gigantic bites.

On the other side of the horizon, at his home in Galway, Max Reid and his family are battling a different monster. His big brother Christopher is in hospital and getting sicker – and his parents have begun to talk of miracles.

Then one night a loud, bright red parrot taps on Max's bedroom window, carrying an invitation from the pirate king. Captain O'Malley needs a new crew member for a dangerous quest; and the reward is everything Max has been hoping for.

But in Darksea, not everyone is as they seem. When Captain O'Malley's secret threatens to upend their mission and destroy Max's chance to help his family, Max realises he's going to have to navigate much more than he bargained for…

Twin Crowns


'I was thoroughly bewitched by this marvelous book! Don't miss it!'

Sarah J Maas, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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'An absolute delight from start to finish. Twin Crowns is a dazzling gem of a book.'

Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Children's Books


Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2022

Shortlisted for the CBI Book Awards 2023


Amy and Liam Bell have been packed off to stay at Gran's house in the wilds of Connemara for the summer. Out for a walk on the first morning of their holiday, they trace the flight of a hawk to a nearby waterfall – only to watch the bird disappear through it. Intrigued, the children follow and soon realise they've discovered the entrance to Tír na nÓg, the legendary land of eternal youth.

But they've been tricked. Almost immediately Liam is captured by a troop of headless horsemen who take him to Tarlock, the ruling sorcerer of Tír na nÓg, who is seeking the bones of a human child for a sinister new spell.

Packed with edge-of-your seat adventure, incredible imagination, humour and warmth, The Lost Girl King is the rare kind of story that has you reading long past lights out.

'A thrilling adventure - loveable characters, magical folklore and a seriously scary villain. Truly one of the best fantasy stories I've ever read.' 

A.F. Steadman, bestselling author of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

'A glorious gulp of a summer adventure.'

Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild


An island that never forgets. A story you'll remember forever.

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'Magical in every way.' EOIN COLFER

'So magical and wild that it's like being swept away by the sea.' KATHERINE RUNDELL

'Heart-wrenching and heart-stopping, this is one gorgeous novel.' THE NEW YORK TIMES


'Acutely observed sibling dynamics, a house full of magical candles, and a vivid sense of history interwoven with Irish legend make for a standout novel, written in the vein of Susan Cooper and Pat O’Shea.' THE GUARDIAN

'Over three years, Doyle has created a thrilling trio of books for young fantasy lovers to disappear into, while proving her worth as one of the most interesting Irish children's authors of her generation.'  THE IRISH TIMES


'Doyle is a supremely confident writer who manages to embrace some of fantasy’s most familiar tropes while never quite letting us feel that we’ve been here before. This is a book that should have any child glued to their deckchair.' THE TELEGRAPH

'A roaring, twisting, hurricane of a book... The clever blend of Irish mythology, adventure, friendship and magic makes this a standout trilogy.' 


'Doyle’s prose explodes with lyrical language as she deftly explores themes of loss, guilt, and how memory weighs on one’s soul...Doyle proves with this exquisite debut that she is a middle-grade fiction author to watch.' BOOKLIST *STARRED REVIEW

'Fans of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson can add Fionn Boyle as a generous and brave hero from the Emerald Isle.' SCHOOL LIBRARY CONNECTION *STARRED REVIEW

'Doyle infuses every aspect of the novel with the richness of Irish folklore and culture: readers will be captivated by descriptions of the Island’s beauty and magical history.' SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL *STARRED REVIEW

The Miracle on Ebenezer Street


A modern reimagining of Charles Dickens'

beloved classic, A Christmas Carol

George and his father are about to spend their third Christmas without George's mother. Since she died, Hugo Bishop has thrown himself into his work, and has no time for George - and he definitely has no time for Christmas. It feels like they're living life in black and white.

Then, George stumbles across Marley's Curiosity Shop. There he finds a mysterious snow globe, which - though George can't quite understand how - appears to show a scene from George's past. A Christmas in which he and his family were together, and happy...

That night, George and his father are swept on an adventure to three Christmases - past, present, and future. With a little bit of hope, and just a touch of magic, can they begin living life in full colour again?


'Action-packed, full of imagination... Doyle writes beautifully, so it's no wonder she's won so many awards.' –  THE INDEPENDENT

'A heartwarming retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.' – THE DAILY MAIL

'An instant Christmas Classic.' – THE IRISH TIMES

The Blood for Blood Trilogy




Other YA


Agent: Claire Wilson, Rogers, Coleridge & White

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