Eileen’s Tale

An Otherworld Trilogy Companion Novel and Sequel

Young Adult - Coming of Age
230 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2024
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Eileen's Tale is a companion novel and sequel to the Otherworld Trilogy series by Hermione Lee. It's been five months since the devastating war between the Otherworld and the Underworld ended, and Eileen Spencer is ready to tie the knot with her beloved boyfriend and prince of the Otherworld, Eric Williams. But on the eve of the wedding day, Eileen's parents from the mortal world, Ernie and Emma Spencer, are inconspicuously kidnapped and taken to the Underworld palace by the evil devils and devilines. Eileen, Eric, and their best friend and Representative Elder, Alexandria Richardson, waste no time in embarking on a mission to rescue Eileen's parents. However, soon they find themselves becoming captives of the Underworldians, and now they must find a way out. Will Eileen find her happy ending with her loved ones safe?

Eileen's Tale is an absorbing coming-of-age story about friendship, family, love, and loss. How do you move on from the loss of your loved ones? This is the question Hermione Lee explores in this entertaining fantasy tale filled with magic, action, romance, and intrigue. Lee has crafted an immersive fantasy universe featuring fascinating creatures, a well-built setting, and a unique magical system that makes you want to learn more about the lore of the land. I was attached to the characters from the get-go, mainly because their relationship dynamics always felt believable and distinct. The friendship between Eileen and Alexandria and the love and romance between Eileen and Eric were the highlights of the book for me. I can't wait to read other novels from this series and highly recommend it to young adult fantasy lovers.