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“Juliet Marillier is among the most skilled of fantasy writers”--Sara Douglass
About the Author
- ASIN : B003J5UIHS
- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
- Publication date : April 1, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 8545 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 594 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #123,192 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Fianne is the daughter of a druid/mage, a child of the old ways who was lost to Sevenwaters due to her parents' irregular union. Living on the lonely coast of Kerry, her only friend is Darragh, the tinker boy whose tribe comes to summer there each year. Her wicked grandmother Oonagh tries to train her to take down her relatives striving to fulfill the prophecy and keep Erin safe for the future (see the first two books). She almost succeeds in turning Fianne against her family.
This has been an extremely satisfying series to read. The fantasy, Celtic lore, and characters are wonderful and I'm sure I'm not done with the series yet.
This book was not my favorite in the series. I absolutely loved the first book, Daughter of the Forest. It was amazing and the first book I had read of Juliet Marillier. This book was needed to close this chapter in the story of the prophecy and Sevenwaters. However, the main character, Fainne, is not easy to like. The summary is thus: Fainne is the only daughter of Ciaran (and Niamh) and raised to be a sorcerer. She lives far away from any other family and is very shy. She has a deformed foot that she is very self conscious about and hides from the few people who are about. She does have one friend growing up, Darragh. The story starts when Fainne is a small girl and we read brief passages that help to define her until she is fourteen. The story then takes place over the next two years. Fainne's grandmother is the evil Lady Oonagh. Grandmother has come at last to train Fainne is the last things she will know before travelling to Sevenwaters. Grandmother also manipulates and punishes Fainne into agreeing to do her bidding which is essentially to bring down the house of Sevenwaters. The story then follows Fainne through this time as she struggles with wanting to do good but feeling like she has evil in her blood and thus has no choice. It is indeed an epic tale that spans a long time with many perils.
It is an odd feeling to not like the main character much, and yet really enjoy the story. Darragh plays a role throughout the entire story and Fainne tries to push him away countless times. Sometimes it was for his own good and sometimes it just felt cruel. But we did see Fainne grow. She had to make hard choices and while she didn't always make the right choice, it wasn't entirely her choice to make as she is controlled for much of the story. I didn't like her family not understanding that while she made some bad choices that she wasn't able to thwart those decisions at the time. They doubted her (with good reason), but as the reader, one feels those emotions projected back on themselves.
I plan to begin reading right away the next book in the series. Here is the reading order:
Daughter of the Forest
Son of the Shadows
Child of the Prophecy
Heir to Sevenwaters
Seer to Sevenwaters
Flame to Sevenwaters
Favorite Quote: (this is Fainne speaking about Darragh to her cousin Johnny):
"And he's not my young man."
"No?" queried Johnny. "Well, one thing's certain. It's not the prospect of lessons in swordsmanship that drives him thus."
To read my reviews for the first two books in this series, go to the fantasy page on my blog at [...]
I did not like the love interest in this story at all. The way he followed her around like a puppy, he seemed less than a man to me. He hardly even had his own personality. I won't spoil anything, but I felt his actions at the very end of the book were extremely out of character.
Nonetheless, in spite of these flaws, I still enjoyed the read very much, as I have all three of Marillier's books I've read.
I do recommend reading especially this series. Very entertaining!