Book Reviews

Book Review: The Fathomless Caves, by Kate Forsythe (2002). Book 6 in the Witches of Eileanan series. 

The Fathomless Caves is the final novel in the Witches of Eileanan saga, and deals with the final battle with the Fairgean. Thanks to Jorge the Seer, Isabeau and her counterparts are aware of a colossal tragedy about to occur in the form of a tidal wave. The Fairgean have used powerful magic in their attempt to eradicate their enemy’s and anything that dwells on the land. Iseult and Lachlan attempt everything they can to avoid their disaster and the strength of their relationship is tested.
Meanwhile Isabeau struggles with her own challenges in order to become a sorceress and ultimately heal the lands and people of Eileanan of the past wars inflictions. Facing past enemies she also must earn the right to wear the scar of a soul sage. As usual she faces one disaster while her sister deals with another. Honestly I was hoping for more “togetherness” so to speak.

Kate Forsythe has written a great ending to a fabulous series, giving the reader entrance into a whole other world and introducing magical and wonderful characters. I enjoyed The Fathomless Caves, though it really wasn’t the finale that I had expected. For some reason I felt it lacked unity of the characters towards the end. A real sense of something missing or dragged on too long. I recommend this book to mid teens and up and give it a rating of 6/10 stars.

As a series I felt that the storyline and setting where phenomenal, and the writing and style amazing. However, it did seem that the series storyline was dragged out in some ways and lacking in others. As a series I give the Witches of Eileanan series a rating of 5.5/10. Great work Kate Forsythe.


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