My Review: I love the cover for this book as it’s something similar to artwork by my dad who has dementia has painted over the years. In fact he is the reason I felt compelled to read this book. William has a special bond with his mysterious grandmother whom he sadly has to leave behind when he at the age of 13 travels from Ireland to Philidelphia with his Ma, Pa and siblings one of which is his brother James whom he lovingly refers to as Bacon-Face. On the ship lots of things happen and he befriends Sailor Scuttle Butt Bill. It’s a hard hitting story that was a sad truth for early settlers and natives. Did you know that the Hudson Rivers name is Mahicanituck. It’s an easy flowing read thats sad and informative at the same time. Interestingly there were so many different nationalities seeking new lives whom William meets on his adventure that was put into motion by his parents.

Young Eagle Rising

Ireland 1735. Thirteen-year-old William Baxter has a grandmother with peculiar powers – so peculiar he believes she must be a witch. Taking this secret with him, he reluctantly sails with his family to the New World and the promise of a better life.

But Pennsylvania proves to be a savage, unforgiving place rife with warring tribes, slavery and dangerous animals. When William’s life suddenly takes a terrifying turn, he is thrust headlong into a battle for survival. Consumed with hatred for those responsible, he desperately wants to return to Ireland, but the coast is one hundred miles away and the trail runs through native territory. Alone and frightened, he sets out on what becomes the journey of a lifetime, determined to survive and have his revenge.

Young Eagle Rising is a coming-of-age story, a mix of fantasy, history, adventure and the enduring love of an old Irish witch.

Purchase Links

Book Guild –

Amazon –

Waterstones –

Foyles –,ellie-joyce-9781915122957?term=9781915122957

WHSmith –

Book Depository – ­–

Author Bio –

Ellie Joyce was born and raised in Belfast. She holds an A.L.A.M. (Dip. Acting) from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She and her husband have four children and live in Leicestershire. Young Eagle Rising is her debut novel. See more at

Social Media Links –

Website –