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The Fathomless Caves (The Witches of Eileanan #6)

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In Eileanan, the sea-dwelling Fairgain have refused to sign the Pact of Peace. Driven by ancient hatreds, they have devoted themselves to destroying all who dwell upon the land. To help bring peace, Iseult's flame-haired twin Isabeau must face her most difficult challenge yet.
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Roc (first published June 2002)
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This is book number six and the last book in an excellent series. I have enjoyed all six books very much and this final one did a great job of wrapping up all the story lines and finishing on a high note. Kate Forsyth is very good at drawing characters and I have become quite attached to some of them over time! It was good to see happy endings for many of them although there was realism too and a few did not make it through the final conflict. It is not often such a long series can remain solidl ...more
I am a little conflicted by this book. I found it difficult to put down, and the author used tension all throughout the build-up of the story brilliantly, but I found the climatic battle of well, the series, to be disjointed and hard to follow. The resolution then took too long to wrap up, and I would have preferred slightly different choices have been made. A more concrete, and final ending would have been nice, but what was there was good enough. I'm glad I read the series, but I think it will ...more
Shari  Mulluane
The entire cast comes together in this stunning conclusion. Some of our old friends play bigger parts then others but all of the loose ends are tied up. Love is tested, loyalty challenged, and sacrifices are made. This book provides us with a very satisfying, and in some ways, bittersweet ending to a vibrant and engrossing series. I was sad to close the book; I enjoyed every minute of this story and adored the characters.

One of the things that I truly admired about this series is how Kate Forsyt
INSANELY good. I gave the other books in this series 5 stars but I feel this one deserves even more. I was not disappointed at all by this finale. The intensity of Isabeau's emotional journey, and the battle scene! I sat down in the evening to read a bit more of the book, and ended up reading the whole of the second half that night with my hair on end because I just couldn't put it down. Oh, and this book gave me an even bigger crush on Dide than I had before.
As we come upon the sixth book and conclusion of the witches of Eileanan series, Maya the Ensorceler is at large and the Fairgean are bent on destruction of the human race. A final war that will decide the fate of Eileanan looms ahead, and the Fairgean call upon dangerous forces that can not be controlled. Iseult parts from her husband to beg for help from her own people at considerable strain on their marriage while Isabeau must come to terms with her past and struggle to complete her sorceress ...more
This book was the perfect ending to a perfect series. It wrapped up so neatly and it had a happy ending! I know, I'm just sappy like that. What's wrong with a happy ending people? What made this series even better, is that she carried all of her characters across into her next series Rhiannon's Ride. As far as fantasy goes these books have to be my favorites, they have everything and more. Forsyth always has a great plot for all of her books and her detail is just enough to give the reader an id ...more
Amanda Botten
The last of the series, it was hard for me to start reading as I really did not want it to end. However, the way it continued to the end was lovely. However, as all endings there were some heart renching parts, and other parts where you felt delighted and happy for the characters which now are fully bloomed and wonderful. This series in a whole is fantastic, I will definatly read this over and over, and I will no doubt keep this as one of my favourite books and series. KAte Forsyth did a awesome ...more
A good end to the series. I find myself torn along the way. The first book really had me excited for magic, the second book fell short, I was dragged along in the third, the fourth gave me a little boost of 'maybe,' the fifth gave me hope back, and the sixth wrapped it all up. This series was very epic and I did very much enjoy the new magical species, new ideas, and characters. However there was very long and boring political war bits. In the end, there were some things I just loved and some th ...more
I felt so immersed, it felt almost as real as my actual life. All I wanted was for my work day to end, so I could go back to be with all my favourite friends in this beautiful world. Book 6 ties up all those loose ends and is probably the most predictable book of the series. Not many surprises and some things that I expected were a bit anticlimactic. But all in all still a very good and entertaining read and I will thoroughly miss Eileanan.
A wonderful conclusion. No loose ends were left. It was happy and sad at once. It tied up the loose ends but not necessarily in the way we would think or want. I actually prefer those sorts of endings because it is more realistic. Life doesn't happen the way we want it to always, so why should fantasy? It was, in all, a wonderful series. I could happily escape to Eileanan again.
This series is one of my most favorite of all time. I have re-read all 6 books at least twice, maybe 3 times. They are all great, and I am glad that I didn't find them until all had been published - I would have been really impatient! FYI - It appears that the first book can be found as "The Witches of Eileanan" or "Dragonclaw", depending on the edition.
This is a great wrap up to this series! I like that the author gets you to feel for both sides. She doesn't makes the conflict black and white....which is why this book series rocks!
Brilliant finish to the series! It's complete, thats what matters. Im not let with any questions! Everything was how it should be and i loves authors who can do that! AWESOME!
Kari Gray
Oct 24, 2007 Kari Gray rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy
I believe this is the one with the bit of interesting psychology in it,a nd a bit of a predictable ending, but good in any case.
Shannon Ewing
nicely wrapped up. sorry to say good bye to the cast, but very content.
I stayed up until 2:00am because I couldn't put it down!
Crandell B.N.
A very exciting and well finished conclusion to the series
I don't want the series to be over!!!!!
Sep 14, 2007 Maritza rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Kate Forsyth wrote her first novel at the age of seven, and is now the award-winning & internationally bestselling author of more than 20 books for both adults and children.

Her books for adults include 'The Wild Girl', the love story of Wilhelm Grimm and Dortchen Wild, the young woman who told him many of the world's most famous fairy tales; 'Bitter Greens', a retelling of the Rapunzel fairyt
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