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Meeting of the Waters
by Caiseal Mor
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Pocket, 2002 (2002)
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*   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The Meeting of the Waters is a somewhat muddled Celtic epic set in the time when Milesians were about to invade an Ireland, in which the Fir-Bolg and Danaans are at peace. This is disrupted by the jealous action of Aoife and Saran, children of king Brocan of the Fir-Bolg, which leads to the death of a fostered Danaan prince.

Aoife and Saran continue to act foolishly through the saga and Brocan to make confused, contradictory and inconsistent decisions, some of which the author blames on the intervention of immortal Watchers. These meddle out of boredom and in an attempt to force mortals to help them achieve a natural ending and to avoid their brethrens' fate of being embodied in standing stones.

There are druids, warriors and powerful talismans, a few battles and much too many arguments. This author has the potential to write an exciting story but unfortunately hasn't achieved it in this one, which could have used a bit more brewing in the druids' Cauldron of Plenty before being served to the reader.

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