Sibeal has always known that she is destined for a spiritual life, and is committed to it with all her heart. The only thing left for her to do before she enters the nemetons is to spend the summer visiting her sisters, Muirrin and Clodagh, on the northern island of Inis Eala.
But Sibeal has barely set foot on the island before a freak storm out at sea sinks a ship before her eyes. In spite of frantic efforts, only three survivors are fished alive from the water, and one of them, a man Sibeal names Ardal, clings to life by the merest thread.
Sibeal befriends Ardal as he begins to regain his health. But it becomes clear there is something unusual about the three shipwrecked strangers. Why won't the beautiful Svala speak? And what is it that the gravely ill Ardal can't remember - or won't tell? When a visiting warrior is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, and an attempt is made on Ardal's life, Sibeal finds herself a pawn in a deadly game. Like all of us, I suppose, except Muirrin, because the first one must be special.
That drives me crazy. It seemed to me to undermine the very premise of these books-- that in a world dominated by men, women can make a difference and stand out too. In a way I understand partially, since Mac Dara easily seems like the sexist, misogynistic type, but the whole damn story didn't have to be about the value of sons. It's not as if the world at that time was unaware of it. On that note, I also find it hard to believe, statistically, that Mac Dara never had another son. Ruler of the fey who's been around probably since humanity got its start and who apparently slept around with any woman he laid eyes on?
Only one Y-chromosome made it? Honestly, right now, I'm almost afraid to pick up Seer of Sevenwaters , just because I don't want to have to plow through these problems again. Plus, I really like Sibeal, and I don't want the next book to ruin that. The summary and its focus on how that shipwrecked guy whose name currently escapes me might be her soulmate which, I'm sorry, is a word that should never be used in a non-Harlequin novel; it's far too cheesy and it prevents me from taking the book seriously.
I really hope that, unlike in this book, the heroine does something more in the vein of Sorcha, Liadan, or Fainne-- something great that doesn't leave a bitter taste in my mouth.
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As a matter of fact, if Fainne shows up at all, that'll make the book that much better-- Fainne's my favorite heroine in these books, and if Heir to Sevenwaters is any indicator, that certainly won't be changing anytime soon. View 1 comment. May 09, G. Well, I did like Heir to Sevenwaters better than the last book. Juliet Marillier's writing is lovely and dreamy, but it's also what frustrates me about this series. It's so lovely and dreamy, in fact, that it takes a while to get anywhere.
View 2 comments. This was not quite as good as the books of the original trilogy, but that's such a high standard to meet.
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I still couldn't put it down. Sevenwaters is the same magical place, but this time a new foe appears, and another daughter of Sevenwaters rises to the challenge of defending her family and loves. I can't wait to see where the next one takes it all. Jul 14, Justine rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , read.
Clodagh is not a healer, or a seer, touched by magic, or possessed of any special ability. She is exceptionally good at the ordinary skills expected of a woman of her status, and on top of that she is kind, loving, and a person of strong character. I loved this story of a young woman who needs to call on all her strength to save her family and the man she loves, and never stops to think that she might not be good enough 4. I loved this story of a young woman who needs to call on all her strength to save her family and the man she loves, and never stops to think that she might not be good enough to do so.
May 08, Mousuke rated it it was ok Recommends it for: diehard Marillier fans. Shelves: fantasy-series , fantasy. Marillier disappointed me with this one. Daughter of the Forest remains one of my favorite books ever, the remaining Sevenwaters Trilogy was fun to read, and the Bridei Chronicles fully engaged me. The story had a promising start.
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My biggest Marillier disappointed me with this one. My biggest complaint about Son of the Shadows was that Liaden felt like a carbon copy of Sorcha without adding anything fresh to the model. I liked that Clodagh was a homemaker and I liked her devotion to and integration with her family. I started out liking this book. However, once Clodagh was removed from her home center she became bland.
Ungrounded from her family, house, and talents, she lost everything that had made her interesting to me. Her devotion to Beacan seemed like an afterthought to her preoccupation with Cathal. I found that all of these qualities were made more impressive by her silence and quiet suffering. When I think back on books I have loved, Sorcha sticks out at me as a memorable character. This identical voice, coupled with the fact that all of these heroines are quiet, introspective, brave, and gentle, makes the subsequent heroines seem too rehashed from Sorcha. Liaden even looked just like Sorcha.
But by the time I got to Clodagh, I recognized the trademark characteristics and the identical narrative voice. The root of this problem might be that Marillier has a distinctive writing style. I love her lush descriptions that give more of an impression of what things look like rather than a concrete list. I love her diction, her rhythm, her fairytale tone. She either needs to learn how to develop a different voice for different characters, or revert to third-person.
I also noticed in Heir to Sevenwaters that Marillier has developed a very annoying habit in which Clodagh hears a character usually Cathal say something mysterious, and then immediately spends a few pages ruminating over every possible meaning of this mysterious quote. For instance, if Cathal said something cryptic about his father and seemed conflicted while saying it, Clodagh would think about all the possible reasons why Cathal might be conflicted, all the possible people his father could be, all the possible meanings of his cryptic speech, and all the possible ways it might involve her.
I found that this ruined the mysteries for me. Readers are smart. We can recognize that what a character says is cryptic and important without being told so. We can tuck that information away in our minds and ruminate on the possibilities ourselves. To be explicitly told that something was mysterious, and then to be explicitly outlined every possible outcome was annoying and detracted from my involvement with and enjoyment of the book.
There were things I did like about this book, even if their affects were clouded by my previous complaints. As mentioned before, I liked that Clodagh was a homemaker instead of an herbalist and did not possess sorcery like Fainne did in Child of the Prophecy. I felt that this lack of specialized skills made it easier to put the reader in her shoes.
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I liked the setting of the fae world. In previous books we saw figures from the fae world cross into the human world, but here Clodagh and Cathal enter a world very different from their own. I loved the act of their crossing over and the detailed rules that could cause their downfall ex. I was excited to spend time in this setting. Even Beacon, the changeling baby, became a background detail. Clearly, I did not enjoy this book very much. I thought the writing style hindered the originality of the characters, and that the structure of the book failed to take advantage of the setting.
I would recommend this to diehard fans of Sevenwaters, but I myself will not be reading it again. View all 3 comments. The fourth book of the series is the most Celtic and the darkest of all until now. Our new heroine is called upon to confront the most malicious supernatural forces, plunging us into the darkest side of Irish mythology. Of course, as in the previous books, the heroine is called upon to overcome her weaknesses and find the courage to be able to help the good to prevail and earn her own happiness next to her beloved.
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All this in an atmosphere full of romance created by the writer's particularly be The fourth book of the series is the most Celtic and the darkest of all until now. All this in an atmosphere full of romance created by the writer's particularly beautiful and emotional writing, which of course characterizes the whole series and makes us loving it. You see this dive in Irish mythology is done in such a good way that it reveals that it is a product of study rather than merely the result of a superficial approach to the subject.
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For example, through the story, it is clear that the gods as they perceived at that time were not necessarily human assistants, nor did they represent the way people functioned; instead, they were considered creatures outside human logic, so much higher than us that they could not perceive our psychology. The result is the adventure that our heroine engages in and confronts her with the will of the most hostile of those who, as I can understanding, his anger will also spread to the next books of the series.
So this fourth part has a didactic character, tells a fascinating story, interesting from the beginning to the end, leaving promises for the sequel while having the romance that I mentioned above and we especially cherish. There is not much more to ask for, although I expect something more and something tells me it is coming.
I liked this one MUCH more than book 3. Cathal is a great hero, and I love the strong female main character and her quest. I also loved Becon. Jul 05, Lata rated it liked it Shelves: scifi-fantasy , auth-f , xread.