Sean dips even further into his magical destiny, but will blood prove thicker than the mysteries of Innsmouth’s briny depths?
Sean Wyndham has tried to stay away from the lure of magic—the last time he tried to dabble in the dark studies, he inadvertently summoned a blood familiar, wreaking havoc on his town, and calling the attention of the Elder Gods. But now Sean has been offered the chance to study magic with a proper teacher, overseen by Helen Arkwright, a friend of Sean’s father and heir to ancient order of much power, who protects New England from that which lurks in the coastline’s unseen depths. But will learning theory be enough, when there is a much greater magical secret hidden in Helen’s vaulted library?
Accompanied by his best friend, Eddy, and their enigmatic new friend Daniel, Sean wades out deeper into mystical legend and shadow. With hints and secrets buried long in family lore, they turn to the suspicious Reverend Orne once more for assistance. But as Sean deepens his understanding of his power, a darkness is waking…
I was super excited to be offered the chance to review and host a giveaway for Fathomless by Tor Teen, so of course I accepted! I was initially unsure of what to expect from a book described as “Lovecraftian YA”, but the synopsis sounded pretty cool so I gave it a chance. I’ve not read any of Lovecraft’s works, but I am familiar with some of the content thanks to the great and bountiful internet, so I wasn’t completely in the dark to the references that were made. Fathomless is the second novel in the Redemption’s Heir series by Pillsworth and was quite enjoyable.
Sean Wyndham, the main character is a magically inclined teenager that had a complicated run in with Nyarlathotep (an Outer god) in the book Summoned. He’s travelled to Arkham to study with an order of magicians to grow his magical capabilities without accidently summoning horrible otherworldly beings. Accompanying him is his best friend Eddy (a girl), who was present when he summoned Nyarlathotep and didn’t run screaming at the site of him. She’s clearly a tough, level-headed girl and has a growing interest in studying magic, though she herself cannot perform it. Sean has some complicated family issues (you’ll see what I mean if you read it), which add a bit of excitement to the story, but the really interesting part involves Daniel, another magical student. You see, Daniel also has an interesting familial situation, but his is… amphibian in nature. I don’t want to spoil it, but trust me- it’s very interesting and Cthulu is mentioned.
The story is a fun read, with believable characters (magic aside), great writing, and the Lovecraft influence makes it stand out among its genre. I was expecting it to be much darker than it was based on the cover design- it looks like ghouls climbing from the ocean to rend their souls or something. I promise it’s much less sinister than that, though still dangerous. There were several exciting surprises that popped up throughout the storyline, all of which were fairly unexpected. I like the unexpected- it keeps things fresh and interesting and I can’t immediately predict how everything will tie up.
I would say that anyone looking for a fresh YA story should check out the series, because sometimes you just can’t take another fairytale retelling. I would like to continue this series if my TBR will allow, especially after the creep-tastic ending that involved exsanguination, tentacles, and ancestral disturbances. If that doesn’t pique your interest, nothing will.
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