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Child of the Prophecy is the thrilling conclusion to Juliet Marillier's award-winning Sevenwaters Trilogy. Magic is fading... and the ways of Man are driving the Old Ones to the West, beyond the ken of humankind. The ancient groves are being destroyed, and if nothing is done, Ireland will lose its essential mystic core. The prophecies of long ago have foretold a way to preve Child of the Prophecy is the thrilling conclusion to Juliet Marillier's award-winning Sevenwaters Trilogy. Magic is fading... and the ways of Man are driving the Old Ones to the West, beyond the ken of humankind. The ancient groves are being destroyed, and if nothing is done, Ireland will lose its essential mystic core. The prophecies of long ago have foretold a way to prevent this horror, and it is the Sevenwaters clan that the Spirits of Eire look to for salvation. They are a family bound into the lifeblood of the land, and their promise to preserve the magic has been the cause of great joy to them... as well as great sorrow. It is up to Fainne, daughter of Niamh, the lost sister of Sevenwaters, to solve the riddles of power. She is the shy child of a reclusive sorcerer, and her way is hard, for her father is the son of the wicked sorceress Oonagh, who has emerged from the shadows and seeks to destroy all that Sevenwaters has striven for. Oonagh will use her granddaughter Fainne most cruelly to accomplish her ends, and stops at nothing to see her will done. Will Fainne be strong enough to battle this evil and save those she has come to love?


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Child of the Prophecy is the thrilling conclusion to Juliet Marillier's award-winning Sevenwaters Trilogy. Magic is fading... and the ways of Man are driving the Old Ones to the West, beyond the ken of humankind. The ancient groves are being destroyed, and if nothing is done, Ireland will lose its essential mystic core. The prophecies of long ago have foretold a way to preve Child of the Prophecy is the thrilling conclusion to Juliet Marillier's award-winning Sevenwaters Trilogy. Magic is fading... and the ways of Man are driving the Old Ones to the West, beyond the ken of humankind. The ancient groves are being destroyed, and if nothing is done, Ireland will lose its essential mystic core. The prophecies of long ago have foretold a way to prevent this horror, and it is the Sevenwaters clan that the Spirits of Eire look to for salvation. They are a family bound into the lifeblood of the land, and their promise to preserve the magic has been the cause of great joy to them... as well as great sorrow. It is up to Fainne, daughter of Niamh, the lost sister of Sevenwaters, to solve the riddles of power. She is the shy child of a reclusive sorcerer, and her way is hard, for her father is the son of the wicked sorceress Oonagh, who has emerged from the shadows and seeks to destroy all that Sevenwaters has striven for. Oonagh will use her granddaughter Fainne most cruelly to accomplish her ends, and stops at nothing to see her will done. Will Fainne be strong enough to battle this evil and save those she has come to love?

30 review for Child of the Prophecy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I think this book was at least as good as Daughter of the Forest, although in a somewhat different way. DotF was, as I've noted in that review, a tale of the strength of love for family, of good overcoming evil even when it is at great cost, and of love found along the way. Child of the Prophecy is, I think, a book about learning to love oneself, that it doesn't matter how many people might love you because it is all lost if you don't have that inner core of strength and self-love. CotP is most d I think this book was at least as good as Daughter of the Forest, although in a somewhat different way. DotF was, as I've noted in that review, a tale of the strength of love for family, of good overcoming evil even when it is at great cost, and of love found along the way. Child of the Prophecy is, I think, a book about learning to love oneself, that it doesn't matter how many people might love you because it is all lost if you don't have that inner core of strength and self-love. CotP is most definitely a tale of a girl's struggle to find her identity, to figure out what she stands for, and her sacrifice to do what she knows is right despite the horrific cost to herself. Fainne is, in my opinion, probably the most believable of the characters in the three books. She is conflicted and scared, manipulated and manipulating, by turns overly innocent and surprisingly wise. She has otherworldly abilities like many of the other characters who have gone before her, but unlike them, she seems entirely earthly. I think her own doubt about her nature gives her that groundedness, because her insecurities make her feel inadequate and as a result, she doesn't trust those very otherworldly abilities that were almost taken for granted by Sorcha and Liadan. Those women were both completely aware of who they were and what they thought their roles in life were. They had no crises of identity like Fainne, so we never really had the same experience of seeing them decide who they were, as we do with Fainne. This is also a tale of personal accountability. Throughout, Fainne is coerced to do some terrible things, and she does her best to make amends, to right the wrongs that she caused. She pays a huge price and does so willingly in atonement. Darragh is, aside from Conor and Finbar, my favorite male character. I don't really get his somewhat slavish devotion to Fainne considering all she put him through, but he is an admirable character and any woman would be lucky to have a man like him. He is clever, well rounded, and brave. He can be a fighter when needed, but his preference is to be gentle and loving with all things. As always, Marillier delivered another exceptional novel and I'd highly recommend this, along with the other 2 previous books, to anyone who enjoys fantasy, Irish myth, paganism/Druidis, and rich, complex characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This is such a hard review to write because I loved this book so much. There is something about Marillier’s writing that is completely absorbing. I’ve only read her original Sevenwaters Trilogy so far, but each of those books has succeeded in captivating me with a full range of real emotion. The characters are so real, and their trials so heartbreaking and rewarding that I can’t turn away. She combines tragedy and desperation with hope and love - romantic and familial love, love of the forest or This is such a hard review to write because I loved this book so much. There is something about Marillier’s writing that is completely absorbing. I’ve only read her original Sevenwaters Trilogy so far, but each of those books has succeeded in captivating me with a full range of real emotion. The characters are so real, and their trials so heartbreaking and rewarding that I can’t turn away. She combines tragedy and desperation with hope and love - romantic and familial love, love of the forest or the sea, love of the old ways that are dying out. They are all bittersweet, some more bitter than others. At first, I wasn't sure I liked being made to feel all these things, but the experience is so rich that this is now one of my favorite series of all time. Each book has a unique story, and each affected me at a level that few books have touched before. I usually avoid sad books because the emotion often feels contrived, but these are not tearjerkers. I really care about the characters and what is happening to them, and sadness is just part of their experiences. It’s so real. I’m in awe of Marillier’s ability to make me feel it and not make it feel cheap or fake. I wasn’t sure if the first two books were just flukes, but with the third, Marillier has made it onto my favorite authors list, and books 2 and 3 are solidly on my favorites shelf. (Book 1 was still a bit too dark for me, in spite of everything I just said). I am now greedily hoarding everything else she has written, and am glad there are so many left for me to read. I just hope they are half as good. Enough general raving. Now to the specific review. Child of the Prophecy was often not an easy book to read. I was frustrated at Fainne, at her naiveté and the weakness that led her to betray herself and everyone else who mattered. I wanted to shake her at times! I wanted to reach in and prevent her from making terrible mistakes, or do something to help her find her way. But Fainne's growth and discovery from beginning to end was a journey that I found totally worth it. 100%. The last third of the book had me completely glued to the pages, hardly breathing. It had me fearing, grieving and hoping all in one. And the ending was perfect. It was magnificent. I had to go read it over again immediately. I want to do it again right now. I still don't want to move on. ------------------------------------------- January 4, 2015 Loved it - review to come hopefully later when I have recovered my senses.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mayim de Vries

    “There were patterns to everything, if you knew how to look. My father taught me that. The real skill lay in staying outside them, in not letting yourself be caught up in them.” Sevenwaters is a family saga telling the tales of the women from the Sevenwaters family. The series started with the wild swans fairy-tale retelling featuring the Daughter of the Forest, Sorcha and continued with Sorcha’s daughter, Liadan in Son of the Shadows. Child of the Prophecy tells the story of Fainne, daughter of “There were patterns to everything, if you knew how to look. My father taught me that. The real skill lay in staying outside them, in not letting yourself be caught up in them.” Sevenwaters is a family saga telling the tales of the women from the Sevenwaters family. The series started with the wild swans fairy-tale retelling featuring the Daughter of the Forest, Sorcha and continued with Sorcha’s daughter, Liadan in Son of the Shadows. Child of the Prophecy tells the story of Fainne, daughter of Niamh (Liadan’s sister). For me, Niamh was a shimmering star shining brightly on the margins of a very bleak main story and so I looked forward to reading about her daughter with a great anticipation. What I loved about Fainne the most is that she is flawed, both physically and spiritually. The girl is plain (let us ignore for the moment her purple eyes *insert an eye roll here*) and has a disfigured foot resulting in a limp. Furthermore, Fainne believes herself to be cursed by her heritage, blood of the evil sorceress Oonagh (her granny), which , on the one hand, gives her powerful magic and on the other sets her steps toward a destiny of darkness. Sorcha and Liadan were two super-snowflakes. Sorcha had to, and because of the fairy-like quality of the retelling it didn't bother me, but Liadan I couldn’t stomach as you know (team Niamh!). I liked Fainne not only because she is not pretty, but also because she is a walking (well, limping) proof that having magic doesn't make you smart or sociable or courageous or all three indeed. Another reason for my initial sympathy was the way Fainne had been brought up in a remote seclusion and extreme austerity, like a monk or druid, with little worldly luxuries (“work, rest, eat when we must”). While her father gave her essential care and taught her the craft, due to Niamh early and tragic demise, there was nobody to show Fainne love or tenderness that every child needs. When it comes to simple pleasures in her life all you’ll find is one doll hidden under her bed and one friend, Darragh, a tinker boy and a horse-whisperer. She has been sheltered in a different way than the two previous girls but sheltered nonetheless. She is socially and emotionally impaired, and these are two huge disadvantages, especially that bearing the blood of four races Fainne believes herself to be set apart from the ordinary people and destined to be evil. I can do morally ambiguous protagonists. In fact, those grey figures, those on the margins, those engaged in internal fights, are the best ones. What I cannot do are stupid protagonists. And this is when the whole setup comes to the fore: by her father’s decision Fainne is to be sent to Sevenwaters. Oonagh promptly steps in and with a mixture of blackmail and vengeance-mongering, she tasks the girl with destroying her mother’s family. The sheer idiocy of this plan is never accounted for in the novel. (view spoiler)[ Can somebody please explain why the sudden urge to send the girl to Sevenwaters? Even considering the fact that Ciaran is dying, which by the way never played out fully, it still does not make sense. He sends his precious daughter to the very people whom he hates, and quite rightly so, instead of sending her to Liadan who had helped him in the past and where the girl still would be safe and provided for. (hide spoiler)] Furthermore, don't understand why Oonagh couldn't she exact the vengeance herself. Sorcha is dead and the fact that the sorceress is rather ugly at this point shouldn't inhibit her especially that we hear over and over again how powerful she is. To underline this point, every action by the lady Oonagh proves that she doesn't need any proxies in doing evil things even to the members of the Sevenwaters family. (view spoiler)[Even in the end we are only told, not shown, that her powers wane and that Fainne has been in fact stronger and more powerful (all evidence to the contrary). (hide spoiler)] The quest for destruction requires Fainne to commit some truly atrocious acts. This is where I started to be very conflicted about this girl. To be naive is one thing, to be doggedly naive despite logical reasoning and at the same time willing participant of evil scheme and simultaneously blackmailed is altogether something different. I just don't think Ms Marillier played this "save the Daddy" card in a smart and convincing way. Somewhere in the middle of the book, I had to resign that the main protagonist is an idiot. Idiot with magic, what a pathetic combo. More the shame, as the trope of coming to terms with oneself, growing to like oneself without glamour or magic is a trope that could have been very interesting if written with depth and skill (and Ms Marillier surely has both). You can forgive the idiotic setup when you realise that the whole plot is one big, fat excuse for a romance. Sevenwaters is not a fantasy, it is a pure “romantasy”, that is a romance in a fantasy milieu. While the two previous instalments worked with the “from enemies to lovers” motif, the Child of the Prophecy works with the “from childhood friends to lovers” theme. I won’t deny - not my favourite of tropes. I found the romance lacking in all departments: lukewarm, without sparkles, tension, and frictions. There was nothing to keep my interest or engage me emotionally. Overall, I found this novel dreary and disappointing, but those readers interested in Celtic lore and fans of family sagas and historical romance might give it a try. ----- Other Sevenwaters books: 1. Daughter of the Forest 2. Son of the Shadows 4. Heir to Sevenwaters 5. Seer of Sevewaters 6. Flame of Sevenwaters

  4. 4 out of 5

    Keertana

    Ironically enough, I wound up loving Child of the Prophecy more than its predecessor, Son of the Shadows. For many, this original concluding foray into Sevenwaters was a disappointment, sadly lacking in comparison to the beauty that was Daughter of the Forest and the epic that was Son of the Shadows. As someone who left the latter feeling more than a little disappointed and was prepared to feel the same way from this installment, Child of the Prophecy proved to be a pleasant surprise. A very ple Ironically enough, I wound up loving Child of the Prophecy more than its predecessor, Son of the Shadows. For many, this original concluding foray into Sevenwaters was a disappointment, sadly lacking in comparison to the beauty that was Daughter of the Forest and the epic that was Son of the Shadows. As someone who left the latter feeling more than a little disappointed and was prepared to feel the same way from this installment, Child of the Prophecy proved to be a pleasant surprise. A very pleasant surprise. I wound up devouring this over a brief weekend in NYC, unable to set it down on the subway, train, or bus. And yes, I did get many strange glances at my oft grief-stricken expression, not to mention the stray tears, but it was so, so worth it. If, like me, you've been putting off this series under the assumption that this novel is the weak link, let me convince you otherwise; truly, it isn't. What makes Child of the Prophecy a difficult novel to like is the fact that it is a difficult novel to enjoy. Sorcha and Liadan, our past heroines, are women who have grown loved and sheltered in the woodlands of Sevenwaters. Fianne, however, has grown up secluded near the ocean with only her father. Niamh, Fianne's beautiful mother, committed suicide shortly after Fianne was born and, as a result, Fianne has always wondered why she was never enough to keep her mother alive. Furthermore, Fianne's limp and sorceress status keep her secluded from others; all except Darragh who patiently befriends her and loyally returns for her every summer, though he is a traveling man. As such, from the beginning itself, Fianne is a very different heroine, one whose path does not merely lie in testing her endurance, but also in discovering her own path. Our novel truly begins, though, when the Lady Oonagh, Fianne's grandmother, blackmails her granddaughter into infiltrating Sevenwaters and preventing a prophecy from coming true. Johnny, the son of Liadan and Bran, is the titular child of the prophecy upon which the hopes of Sevenwaters lie as they face a perilous time nearing war with the Britons, specifically the Northwoods who neighbor Harrowfield. Fianne, though recognizing the evil intents in her grandmother's plan, is powerless to stop her as the Lady Oonagh threatens to kill Ciaran, Fianne's father. Thus, Fianne travels to Sevenwaters, little realizing that her extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins will fill her heart with love and weaken her resolve. Fianne, who has known little of love in her life and has seen its destructive hand in her family, will now discover the true power, both of family and, most importantly, of love. Fianne, from the beginning itself, was a protagonist I loved, merely because of her flaws. Unlike Sorcha and Liadan, Fianne is not without her evil attributes. In fact, on more than one occasion Fianne commits acts with terrible consequences, choosing not to intervene and prevent certain actions from unfolding. While this may indicate the presence of evil, what it really indicates is a character who is confused and afraid. Fianne fails to see her own beauty, both outward and inward, and also fails to recognize the power she holds. All these qualities make her an easy pawn for the Lady Oonagh and the struggles Fianne must face mold her character into one with many, many grays. It is difficult to decide if Fianne can even be considered a good person after all the evil she has done, no matter the good she does as well, but these are the precise reasons I love her character so. Fianne is not the perfect heroine Sevenwaters usually gives us. Along her way she finds way to defy her grandmother, to stand up to her and to stand up for what is right, and though she returns to being a pawn, time and time again, each time she learns and her experiences steadily give her the confidence she needs in herself to finally overcome evil. Without a doubt, Fianne's growth as a character is the best this series has delivered so far, and likely will be for her circumstances lend themselves to so much room for improvement. Fianne's steady will, her courage and determination to find a way to do right while leading her grandmother to believe she is doing wrong is such a tricky and difficult path, but she treads it realistically, with equal parts despair and hope. Although I was not comfortable with some of the decisions she was forced to make at the hand of her grandmother, I recognized their worth in her growth as a human and, ultimately, appreciate their value. Marillier wouldn't be herself, though, without rich secondary characters as well. We meet almost the entire Sevenwaters cast again, sans Red who has sadly passed away by this point, and are exposed to the changes that have taken place in the past eighteen years. While our favorite characters remain the same, time has changed them and their circumstances as well. Additionally, there is a slew of new characters, all in the form of Fianne's numerous cousins, all of which I loved. Yet, the secondary character who stole my heart - and Fianne's too! - was Darragh. Darragh and Fianne are childhood friends and while Fianne cannot see it, Darragh slowly falls for her with time. Now, however, entrusted with the Lady Oonagh's deadly task, Fianne sends Darragh away, fearful that her grandmother may threaten to harm him next. Thus, Fianne and Darragh are often apart for most of the novel. Although Darragh always returns to Fianne, their moments are short and their romance is not an overwhelming majority of the novel. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that this is perhaps the most subtle of Marillier's romances, but one of the most beautiful nevertheless. While Darragh and Fianne are kept apart, their memories of one another never are and through small thoughts and subtle gestures, the longing these two share is built-up. Although I don't parade as a hopeless romantic, the truth it, the sheer longing and uncertainty and love and affection between these two had me shaking with emotion near the end of the novel, despite the lack of emphasis it was given in the book. Darragh's kindness and his love give Fianne the strength to persevere on and while he isn't a leader like Red or Bran, his innocence and gentle nature are exactly what Fianne need, not to mention his loyalty and undying faith in his best friend, despite the horrors she confesses to him. For me, at any rate, these two definitely join the ranks with Sorcha & Red and Liadan & Bran. Without a doubt. While Child of the Prophecy was a surprisingly quick and engaging read for me, it did have its low points. For one, the portrayal of the Lady Oonagh was disappointingly Disney-like for my tastes. After shrouding this evil sorceress for two novels and building up her legend, actually meeting the woman was a disappointing shock. Marillier failed to convey the true hatred that resided within Lady Oonagh's heart and her dialogue depicted her as a blood-hungry witch. Additionally, the death of a major character, both from Son of the Shadows and this novel, was dealt with very sloppily, in my opinion. For fear of spoilers, I won't mention any names, but this character and Fianne shared a large story line, one that was integral both to Fianne's growth and the plot of the novel. Thus, to see the character killed off in a quick and hurried fashion, mostly as a matter of convenience, was confusing, to say the least. In some ways, this novel didn't carry forth the same level of well-rounded excellency as Marillier's novels always do, with a few points shoddily disregarded or merely disappointing, but ultimately, one cannot deny that Child of the Prophecy is an excellent conclusion to this original trilogy. Not only did it exceed my expectations, but it wormed its way into my heart as well. Well and truly, Child of the Prophecy is far from being the disappointment of this series. In fact, I suspect there isn't one to be found.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 3 *** A buddy read with the good folks at FBR. This is not and easy review to write because I really enjoyed the first two books and very much wanted to love this one... However, I have to admit I was let down. Which is a shame, since I find Marillier’s writing very enchanting and absorbing. I am new to her as an author and I was pleased to discover an author who is obviously well versed in Celtic Folklore and has a beautiful sensibility, possessing a rare ability to involve the reader emotion *** 3 *** A buddy read with the good folks at FBR. This is not and easy review to write because I really enjoyed the first two books and very much wanted to love this one... However, I have to admit I was let down. Which is a shame, since I find Marillier’s writing very enchanting and absorbing. I am new to her as an author and I was pleased to discover an author who is obviously well versed in Celtic Folklore and has a beautiful sensibility, possessing a rare ability to involve the reader emotionally in everything she conveys. In the Sevenwaters Trilogy so far each of the books has succeeded in captivating my interest and not for a minute did I ever think to let go of the book or forget about the story. The story telling is not the issue. The issue I have is with the characters and to a certain degree, the authors' self-indulgence when it comes to stories within the story. Yes, I can see all the things that connect or influence one or the other, but while in the first book it was novel and gave the reader instant connection to the story and gave a familiar groundwork for all to feel as if they have common ground to start from, by this third book, the stories were far away from the reader's knowledge base and had little to do with effecting the story, but were just snippets of the character's reality, thus loosing their gravitas and making them close to irrelevant. "...“Good and bad; shade and sunlight, there's but a hair's breath between them. It's all one in the end.” ..." Despite all of that, Marillier is a master when it comes to weaving a tale in the most magical way possible. Her characters are realistic and she puts them through hell and back, making all of us go through their experiences and we do not leave the story unaffected. All the main leading ladies are tragic in their own way, but they also carry the torch of love and hope, of looking forward without forgetting where we came from, of securing a good future while preserving the teachings and beauty of the past. Yes, there is tragedy and melodrama, and in the previous two books there were scenes that gave me nightmares for a while, since they were so realistic in their villainy, but they are memorable and will have their place for ever in my book memory. In this book I particularly liked the idea that a human sacrifice is needed even when it comes to preserving what is magical and Fae, because it is part of human history as well and we should work just as actively in preserving it, since we are the most active force in tearing it down... To me this spoke straight to my deep-seeded fear that us humans, with our insatiable need for immediate gratification and just the basic instinct of surviving right now and not thinking about the future, are slowly destroying what we have been so freely gifted from Nature and G-d... We stop on weekends and enjoy the "nature" preserved in small far-away places, while the next work day we forget all about it and laugh at those who try to preserve it for our children... Weird, that this is what I got out of a book in which the main character has to deal with the question "Nature or Nurture" - am I bad because my "blood" comes from bad people and is bad, or do I have the choice to be bad or good on my own and by my own deeds and paths I choose to take... "...“Man sets his hand to games of power and influence, he quests for far horizons and wealth beyond imagining. He thinks to own what cannot be possessed. He hews the ancient trees to broaden his grazing lands; he mines the deep caves and topples the standing stones. He embraces a new faith with fervor and, perhaps, with sincerity. But he grows ever further from the old things. He can no longer hear the heartbeat of the earth, his mother. He cannot smell the change in the air; he cannot see what lies beyond the veil of shadows. Even his new god is formed in his own image, for do they not call him the son of man? By his own choice he is cut adrift from the ancient cycles of sun and moon, the ordered passing of the seasons. And without him, the Fair Folk dwindle and are nothing. They retreat and hide themselves, and are reduced to the clurichaun with his little ale jug; the brownie who steals the cow's milk at Samhain; the half-heard wailing of the banshee. They become no more than a memory in the mind of a frail old man; a tale told by a crazy old woman.” ..." The books in this series tell the story of every following generation of girls from the estate of Sevenwaters, thus they are connected by an overall arc, but each has an unique story, so if you choose to tackle it, I would recommend not to go out of order. This book had the granddaughter of the first books' heroine Fainne as the main character and although she was an interestingly conceived character, she was my least favorite so far, though I wasn't too found of her mother and aunt either. Neither one of them lived up to Sorcha, but she was also the one most closely associated with the past, so I guess I am old-fashioned:):):) But Fainne was also very naive and I hated how easily others manipulated her, leading her to be the worst she could be, never sure of her own mind and rarely standing up for herself or what she believed was wright. All those are qualities often met in Real Life, but having come from those strong characters before her, she frustrated the heck out of me with her inability to act. She made me feel like she really did need a man to take care of her, just to keep her in the straight and narrow, and I guess I have gotten too accustomed to strong female characters and this disturbed me somehow... After all, we all want to read about what we could be like, not what we so often have to deal with in our daily grind... So, If you are a fan of the Celtic myth and folklore, and if you love some angst with your stories, this is a good series to check-out. If those are not what you like, and fairy-tales are not your thing, maybe give this one a try when there is nothing else around to read... Mow I wish you all Happy Reading and may you all find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)

    In some ways I wish I hadn’t read this book. Ever since I read Daughter of the Forest years ago, I have been in love with this series. I was so in love with the first book, that I refused to read the second one for years afterwards, afraid that it was not going to be as good and ruin the first book for me. Thankfully the second one was just as beautiful – so I didn’t wait quite as long to read the third one. So I must admit that I was disappointed with this one. Although I loved revisiting the o In some ways I wish I hadn’t read this book. Ever since I read Daughter of the Forest years ago, I have been in love with this series. I was so in love with the first book, that I refused to read the second one for years afterwards, afraid that it was not going to be as good and ruin the first book for me. Thankfully the second one was just as beautiful – so I didn’t wait quite as long to read the third one. So I must admit that I was disappointed with this one. Although I loved revisiting the old characters from the previous novels, it was just missing something. Now because I read the first book long before I started writing reviews, I feel that I should say something about it – Maybe it will help to explain why even though this was a very good book, I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the others. I will have to re read Daughter of the Forest and write a review for it, but in the meantime I will attempt to convey how absolutely wonderful it was and why this series touched me so. I would class Daughter of the Forest as the best book I have ever read. I’m sure if I read it for the first time now it would not have the same effect on me because I have read SO many wonderful books since then. But at the time, I was in a very emotional time in my life. It cast a magical spell on me, and had a profound effect on my emotions and my heart. I remember CRYING MY EYES OUT at the end. I could NOT stop thinking about it. And to this day I often re read my favourite parts if I’m feeling down or need a happy cry! Daughter of the Forest introduces us to the couple whose future offspring feature in subsequent novels. In this one, the grandchildren of the original couple feature heavily. Fainne is the offspring of the Sevenwaters clan, and also granddaughter of an evil sorceress Oognah, who put the spell on the family in the first book, which started this entire saga. Fainne is manipulated by her grandmother to bring the whole family down. However, she is still a daughter of Sevenwaters, will she be able to destroy what runs through her blood? I just adore Marilliers writing. If you haven’t experienced it, I highly suggest you give this series a go. It is absolutely captivating. Somehow she keeps this series fresh and exciting, and you absolutely fall in love with all the characters. She also did something wonderful and clever when she made the books about the offspring from the last. You are already emotionally invested in the characters and then their appearances in subsequent novels is awesome because you can really see what the characters did and how they grew after the last book. However this one was just missing something. I found Fainne to be overly annoying and I found the entire book dragged on and on. The first two were not shorter, but they were more magical, and I didn’t mind the pace at all. But Fainne was just not engaging enough to waste the extra hours. The audio version was done really well, I can’t fault the beautiful voice of the narrator and the haunting accents and atmosphere that she created! Would I recommend Child of the Prophecy? Oh this is a tough one. On its own probably not, however as the third of an amazing series it does tie up loose ends and it has some very touching moments. It was unfortunate that for me, the main character lacked the likeability and the wisdom of the characters of the first two. Will it stop me from reading the next one? Hell no! But I may give it another few years! I purchased Child of the Prophecy at my own expense at audible.com For more reviews check out my Blog my link text Facebook Instagram

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Reading this book made me realize how perfect the protagonists of the previous Sevenwaters books were. Sorcha and Liadan were model women in their community and among their peers. They were sure of their identities and the decisions they made. They had the uncanny ability to see beyond the actions of their decisions and fully realize the consequences even before they were faced with the choices. They were strong women who were able to grab fate in a chokehold, stare it down, and proceed to calml Reading this book made me realize how perfect the protagonists of the previous Sevenwaters books were. Sorcha and Liadan were model women in their community and among their peers. They were sure of their identities and the decisions they made. They had the uncanny ability to see beyond the actions of their decisions and fully realize the consequences even before they were faced with the choices. They were strong women who were able to grab fate in a chokehold, stare it down, and proceed to calmly walk down the path of their own destiny. In light of this, it must really suck to be unsure of one's own motives and to be conflicted with the concept of identity. In other words, to be a normal person. Fainne is a different sort of woman from Sorcha and Liadan. Raised in solitude by her distant father, haunted by the death of her mother, and manipulated by her evil sorceress grandmother, no wonder Fainne is so unsure of herself. When she is sent to Sevenwaters, we constantly witness her struggle to balance her desire to become a member of a family and to carry out her grandmother’s ill will against Sevenwaters. The comparison between Fainne and characters like Liadan, Sean, and the near mythical Johnny is stark. Eventually, Fainne is able to carve out her own path and become a strong woman in her own right, but not without overcoming many difficulties. I have very mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, like all of Juliet Marillier’s works, this story has a sort of magic that whisks you away from reality and settles you comfortably in the refuge of Sevenwaters. But on the other hand, I found the perspective of Fainne to be uncomfortable. She’s a very mislead individual, but there were some things that she did that I strongly disliked. (view spoiler)[What stands out most is when she seduced Eamonn by playing upon his desire for her, and his desire for vengeance. This act really disgusted me. It made me lose a lot of respect for not only Eamonn but also Fainne, which is a bit unfair I admit, considering how manipulated she was by a grandmother who did exactly the same thing. But while Oonagh was driven by vengeance and had a clear goal in mind, that Fainne is capable of such a thing when all of her instincts tell her NO really made me question her character and morality. I also questioned her slow realization that the amulet was not a good thing. It seemed so obvious from the start that the amulet was something that manipulated. Maybe it’s because I’m a naturally suspicious person so I tend to question people more, but I couldn’t see why Fainne vacillated so often between semi-trusting a grandmother who wouldn’t hesitate to kill her own son. Fainne doesn’t even start to question her grandmother’s motives until the book is over halfway done. (hide spoiler)] It's not that I dislike flawed characters. But Fainne's flaws made me dislike aspects of her character. I don't doubt my reservations about Fainne’s character are largely personal issues, but they were severe enough to detract from my enjoyment of the book. All in all, 3 stars. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for quality fiction that deals with themes of growing up and finding one’s identity. This rendition wasn’t my cup of tea, but I think that is largely a result of personal preference than anything else. I could definitely see other people loving this and five-starring it. But not for me. 3 stars and recommended

  8. 5 out of 5

    Neeta

    {Spoilers} Bah, this book was just irritating. I skimmed through all the nonsense and repetition, which was basically the whole book and i kept waiting for something or anything unexpected and interesting to happen. I was disappointed. The ending scenes were badly written. I wanted more magic since the story was based on Fainne's powers but instead, the final 'battle' was a fight of words. Seriously? These are 3 powerful sorcerer's and thats the best we get? It was just not well done and it had s {Spoilers} Bah, this book was just irritating. I skimmed through all the nonsense and repetition, which was basically the whole book and i kept waiting for something or anything unexpected and interesting to happen. I was disappointed. The ending scenes were badly written. I wanted more magic since the story was based on Fainne's powers but instead, the final 'battle' was a fight of words. Seriously? These are 3 powerful sorcerer's and thats the best we get? It was just not well done and it had so much potential. Marillier rambled on about unnecessary details and i found i just could not read every word or i knew i'd never finish the book. I loved the idea of Darragh's character, though he was not executed well at times. Fainne's character was great, conflicted but perceptive and somewhat believable. I didn't feel the emotion at the end of the book with their relationship. It didn't feel real and i was disappointed with that because the relationships of the characters in the previous books were well written. It wasn't that great and i was constantly disappointed especially towards the end so it only gets 2 stars from me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    This conclusion of the Sevenwaters trilogy is a bit different from the other two. It's still narrated by a young woman, Fainne, who is a member of the family of Sevenwaters. However, it's a bit different in that Fainne's rather scandalous parentage (scandalous even by today's standards), her rather withdrawn personality, and her very powerful magical talents make her an outsider and an object of mistrust to many of the characters we know and trust from the first two novels. This sets up a suitab This conclusion of the Sevenwaters trilogy is a bit different from the other two. It's still narrated by a young woman, Fainne, who is a member of the family of Sevenwaters. However, it's a bit different in that Fainne's rather scandalous parentage (scandalous even by today's standards), her rather withdrawn personality, and her very powerful magical talents make her an outsider and an object of mistrust to many of the characters we know and trust from the first two novels. This sets up a suitably tense atmosphere throughout the novel. Fainne is different in another way as well. The first two books starred two young women made of very much the same stuff, and were easy to like. Fainne didn't grow up with a lot of people, and she spent an earnest childhood devoted to the study of sorcery. Fainne is far from an unsympathetic character, but she tends to do and say things with a heightened sense of fallibility. She is quick to trust information from what the readers know are dubious sources, and takes actions that she bitterly regrets. This is what makes her interesting when she finally realizes that she must fight back against the evil that has surrounded her her entire life - the reader has to spend a long time waiting for her to take a stand, so the payoff is ultimately satisfying. Like the other books, this one does have a fair bit of romance to it. Fainne and Darragh's relationship isn't the focal point of this book as much as the relationships were central to the other two, but it's a strong contribution to Fainne's story, and helps her story have at least somewhat of a happy ending. This book starred a new type of character, but the theme of strong women making big, world-shaking decisions shines through, and remains true to the rest of the trilogy. Well done.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    I don't think that Juliet Marillier is actually capable of writing a bad book. This third book in the Sevenwaters series, while not my favourite of the first three, is nevertheless excellent. Marillier nicely ties up the various threads that have built up over the three generations that span the first three books in the series. Whereas in both Daughter of the Forest and in Son of the Shadows the main characters were both strong and self-assured young women, in Child of the Prophecy Fainne is plag I don't think that Juliet Marillier is actually capable of writing a bad book. This third book in the Sevenwaters series, while not my favourite of the first three, is nevertheless excellent. Marillier nicely ties up the various threads that have built up over the three generations that span the first three books in the series. Whereas in both Daughter of the Forest and in Son of the Shadows the main characters were both strong and self-assured young women, in Child of the Prophecy Fainne is plagued with doubts about herself and her place in the world. So part of the story here was really about Fainne coming to terms with who she is, and believing in the possibility that she is worthy of love and acceptance. I'm continuing to love this series and so happy that I still have three books to read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    Beautiful writing, bringing all the threads of joy, grief, anger and love found in the Sevenwaters family from books 1 and 2 together to fulfil the prophecy needed to save the islands of Erin. A new generation of the family is shown in Fainne, Niamh's daughter, who must infiltrate her Sevenwaters' family, who are strangers to her, as ordered by her grandmother Lady Oonagh. Fainne has grown up on her grandmother's hate and her father's pain, and in relative isolation far from Sevenwaters. Fainne Beautiful writing, bringing all the threads of joy, grief, anger and love found in the Sevenwaters family from books 1 and 2 together to fulfil the prophecy needed to save the islands of Erin. A new generation of the family is shown in Fainne, Niamh's daughter, who must infiltrate her Sevenwaters' family, who are strangers to her, as ordered by her grandmother Lady Oonagh. Fainne has grown up on her grandmother's hate and her father's pain, and in relative isolation far from Sevenwaters. Fainne must do her grandmother's bidding to destroy the family's hopes, all the while being confronted by the actual people and their truths about the family. Fainne must learn so much about herself and her family as she tries to find her own path. The language is lovely, and the story unfolds slowly, much as Fainne's realizations do, as she makes her painful way to adulthood and her place in Sevenwaters.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sotiris Karaiskos

    In the third part of the series that completes the original trilogy we again have a different approach. From a second book where the metaphysical element had a secondary role and so it was more a historical novel than a work of fantasy, we go to a book where the element of magic and fantasy are predominant, so I can say that we are returning to the realm of fairy-tale. Also something else that differentiates this book is the smaller role of the element of romance, which of course exists but unli In the third part of the series that completes the original trilogy we again have a different approach. From a second book where the metaphysical element had a secondary role and so it was more a historical novel than a work of fantasy, we go to a book where the element of magic and fantasy are predominant, so I can say that we are returning to the realm of fairy-tale. Also something else that differentiates this book is the smaller role of the element of romance, which of course exists but unlike previous books is quite limited as our heroine has much more urgent things to deal with, things that give the tone in our story and give it more depth. Our heroine confronts the evil witch of the first book who wants to use her to accomplish her own purposes, proselytising her somehow on the side of evil. So the question that concerns us for the longest time of reading is which path she will choose, the dark road of selfishness, of the pursuit of more and more power, of indifference to people or that of light, love, altruism and offering. All that are well and definitely give more weight to this work, but in my opinion are not part of a plot that is particularly interesting and inspiring. There is, of course, a finale that has a particular intensity, gives a very good end to the trilogy and passes an ecological and spiritual message, but all the plot has several ... holes and several points that are not convincing. Also, the partial loss of the romantic element leaves a void, but our heroine's internal struggle is quite emotional to make up for it to some extent, giving the author the opportunity to write equally beautiful. So despite my objections, I can say that the book leaves me content enough to put the rate you see. Στο τρίτο μέρος της σειράς που ολοκληρώνει την αυθεντική τριλογία έχουμε και πάλι μία διαφορετική προσέγγιση. Από ένα δεύτερο βιβλίο όπου το μεταφυσικό στοιχείο είχε δευτερεύοντα ρόλο και έτσι ήταν περισσότερο ένα ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα περνάμε σε ένα βιβλίο όπου το στοιχείο της μαγείας και γενικότερα της φαντασίας είναι κυρίαρχο, οπότε μπορώ να πω ότι επιστρέφουμε στο χώρο του παραμυθιού. Επίσης κάτι άλλο που διαφοροποιεί αυτό το βιβλίο είναι ο μικρότερος ρόλος που παίζει το στοιχείο του ρομαντισμού, το οποίο φυσικά υπάρχει αλλά σε αντίθεση με τα προηγούμενα βιβλία είναι αρκετά περιορισμένο, καθώς η ηρωίδα μας έχει πολύ πιο επείγοντα πράγματα για να ασχοληθεί, πράγματα που δίνουν και τον τόνο στην ιστορία μας και της προσδίδουν μεγαλύτερο βάθος. Η ηρωίδα μας έρχεται αντιμέτωπη με την κακιά μάγισσα του πρώτου βιβλίου η οποία θέλει να τη χρησιμοποιήσει για να πετύχει τους δικούς τους σκοπούς, προσηλυτίζοντας την κατά κάποιο τρόπο στην πλευρά του κακού. Οπότε το ερώτημα που μας απασχολεί στη μεγαλύτερη διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης είναι ποιον δρόμο θα διαλέξει, τον σκοτεινό δρόμο του εγωισμού, της επιδίωξης για όλο και περισσότερη δύναμη, της αδιαφορίας για τους ανθρώπους ή αυτόν του φωτός, της αγάπης, του αλτρουισμού και της προσφοράς. Καλά όλα αυτά και σίγουρα δίνουν μια μεγαλύτερη βαρύτητα, κατά τη γνώμη μου, όμως, δεν εντάσσονται σε μία πλοκή που να είναι ιδιαίτερα ενδιαφέρουσα και εμπνευσμένη. Υπάρχει, βέβαια, ένα φινάλε που έχει ιδιαίτερη ένταση, δίνει ένα πολύ καλό τέλος στην τριλογία και περνάει ένα οικολογικό και πνευματικό μήνυμα, όλη η πλοκή, όμως, έχει αρκετά... κενά και αρκετά σημεία που δεν πείθουν. Επίσης η μερική απώλεια του ρομαντικού στοιχείου αφήνει ένα κενό, η εσωτερική διαμάχη της ηρωίδας μας, όμως, είναι αρκετά συναισθηματική για να το αναπληρώνει σε κάποιο βαθμό, δίνοντας την ευκαιρία στη συγγραφέα να γράψει εξίσου όμορφα. Για αυτό παρά τις ενστάσεις μου μπορώ να πω ότι το βιβλίο με αφήνει αρκετά ικανοποιημένο για να βάλω τη βαθμολογία που βλέπετε.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship

    I admit to not being entirely rational about the Sevenwaters Trilogy. I first read these books as a teenager and they resonated with me such that I read them all many times. While I'm not sure I would give this book five stars if I came to it with fresh eyes today, I do so anyway because a) an author who can inspire these kinds of feelings in me is doing something very well and b) this book is certainly on par with the first two in the trilogy and does not deserve its lower Goodreads rating. Whi I admit to not being entirely rational about the Sevenwaters Trilogy. I first read these books as a teenager and they resonated with me such that I read them all many times. While I'm not sure I would give this book five stars if I came to it with fresh eyes today, I do so anyway because a) an author who can inspire these kinds of feelings in me is doing something very well and b) this book is certainly on par with the first two in the trilogy and does not deserve its lower Goodreads rating. While it's helpful to read the other two books first, Child of the Prophecy can work as a standalone: a generation passes in between and there's a new heroine, a young sorceress named Fainne (pronounced Fawn-ya). She's the daughter of Ciaran and Niamh from the previous book, making her the granddaughter of Oonagh, the sorceress out to destroy the Sevenwaters family. The plot of the book revolves around Oonagh's blackmailing and manipulating Fainne in an attempt to destroy her family. Many fans of the previous books seem to dislike this one for reasons that aren't flaws in my eyes: it's rather bleak in tone, the heroine is far from perfect and the ending is bittersweet. In other words, if you're just looking for a light romantic read, this isn't your book (in fact, the romance is a much more minor element here than in the previous two). Fainne is a difficult character--she does some terrible things, and with her isolated childhood and present secrets, she has a hard time bonding with people. But to me this makes her interesting: she has serious inner conflicts, and sometimes she makes the wrong choices. It's also fascinating to see characters and settings we came to love in previous books from a different perspective: many of the "good" characters dislike or mistrust Fainne, and she feels the same way about their beloved forest. The book has a gripping (although not fast-paced) plot, engaging characters and a lyrical prose style. Inner turmoil and growth, which are prominent, are well-done and balanced out with dialogue and a bit of action. Magical elements, while obviously strong given the heroine's abilities, are well-done, fitting into the setting and retaining a sense of wonder. It's not perfect--in particular, I'd note that the heroine is often far too perceptive for someone who has spent very little time around people in her life, and that there's perhaps too much talk at the climax. But I can't imagine a better conclusion for this trilogy: thematically and in terms of plot and character, Child of the Prophecy works excellently.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    2.5 to 3 stars Buddy read with the romantasy fans from FBR. I really liked the first book of this series and truly loved the second. This one however was a big let down. The MC lacks a spine as well as sound moral values and makes you wonder more than once: "How dumb can someone really be!?". The plot is lacking, to say the least and some of the paths and decisions taken simply don't make sense. There aren't any proper explanations given in the end and even though the Oonagh story thread is over an 2.5 to 3 stars Buddy read with the romantasy fans from FBR. I really liked the first book of this series and truly loved the second. This one however was a big let down. The MC lacks a spine as well as sound moral values and makes you wonder more than once: "How dumb can someone really be!?". The plot is lacking, to say the least and some of the paths and decisions taken simply don't make sense. There aren't any proper explanations given in the end and even though the Oonagh story thread is over and done with it, there is still something missing. It feels like the author tried too hard and hurried up and sort of blotched it in the end. Some of the characters I fell in love with in the previous books, like Liadan, Finbar and Connor, are shown in a lot darker shades in this book: bitter and hard-hearted when they were kind and loving before, frightened like rabbits when they showed impressive courage in the past, or weak and confused after being pillars of strength little more than 10 years back. They were diminished and it didn't feel right. The only reason I'm rating this a 2.5 to 3 stars and not less is that it kept me interested till the end - to see what finally happens. It kept me hoping that it will all take a turn for the better and that somehow this story will climb up to the mark of the previous 2. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maggie K

    Wow. I already knew that Juliet Marillier has absolutely beautiful writing that creates a strong sense of place, but I still found myself in awe while reading this of how immersed I was into old Erin. This story follows Fianne, the daughter of Niamh of Sevenwaters and Ciaran, the son of Oonagh the sorceress who bespelled the family in the trilogy. Fianne has been living an isolated life with her father, learning her craft, with her only source of friendship coming from Darragh, the tinker boy who Wow. I already knew that Juliet Marillier has absolutely beautiful writing that creates a strong sense of place, but I still found myself in awe while reading this of how immersed I was into old Erin. This story follows Fianne, the daughter of Niamh of Sevenwaters and Ciaran, the son of Oonagh the sorceress who bespelled the family in the trilogy. Fianne has been living an isolated life with her father, learning her craft, with her only source of friendship coming from Darragh, the tinker boy whose family summers in her town. When she is finally sent to Sevenwaters, Fianne must find her place in both her mothers family and in the prophecy of the old ones, accepting both her heritage and her powers, to take her place in the prophecy. Beautiful and heartfelt

  16. 4 out of 5

    Misty

    I have thoughts, but mostly: I have ***finally*** read the "last" book in the Sevenwaters series! I've been putting this off for so long, for ~reasons~ but it was lovely, as it was bound to be. Full review to come at some point, probably. I have thoughts, but mostly: I have ***finally*** read the "last" book in the Sevenwaters series! I've been putting this off for so long, for ~reasons~ but it was lovely, as it was bound to be. Full review to come at some point, probably.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    After an underwhelming second volume, I was nervous about finishing this series (well, the original trilogy, anyway). Luckily, Marillier pulled the nose of the plane up and, instead of crashing and burning, she ended this trilogy strong. This volume is good because she goes back to the original formula that made the first book so good. She focuses on witches, gods, and magic and puts romance in as a side plot rather than letting it consume and bog down the entire story. Reading book 3, it furthe After an underwhelming second volume, I was nervous about finishing this series (well, the original trilogy, anyway). Luckily, Marillier pulled the nose of the plane up and, instead of crashing and burning, she ended this trilogy strong. This volume is good because she goes back to the original formula that made the first book so good. She focuses on witches, gods, and magic and puts romance in as a side plot rather than letting it consume and bog down the entire story. Reading book 3, it further shows me how pointless book 2 was. She could have taken everything important in book 2 (which amounts to about a chapter or two of information) and just folded it in to books 1 and 3. It also amazes me that everyone hails The Mists of Avalon as something of a feminist pagan bible while ignoring this series. The Sevenwaters series has strong pagan female characters and is just dripping with Celtic lore. The Mists of Avalon, however, was written by someone that not only renounced paganism, but also happened to be a monstrous child molester.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    I had to force myself to finish this book. This was not a romance. The hero was barely in the book...and when he came back at the end, willing to do anything for the heroine, I didn't believe it -- and worse -- I didn't care. This book was built entirely around Fainne, which wouldn't have been terrible if there were anything remotely likeable about her. She did awful things. Frankly, she was the stuff of villains, save for the fact she did the awful things she did to save her father. Still, killin I had to force myself to finish this book. This was not a romance. The hero was barely in the book...and when he came back at the end, willing to do anything for the heroine, I didn't believe it -- and worse -- I didn't care. This book was built entirely around Fainne, which wouldn't have been terrible if there were anything remotely likeable about her. She did awful things. Frankly, she was the stuff of villains, save for the fact she did the awful things she did to save her father. Still, killing people and setting a child on fire crossed into the land of irredeemable for me. The book just went on and on. And I felt no connection to anyone. Fianne was the worst. And even her HEA was meh. I wish I would've stopped after book 2.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    In the conclusion to the Seven Waters trilogy Fianne, finds herself the puppet of her grandmother, Oonagh in her plot to destroy the Fair Folk. Despite Fianne's inherent goodness Oonagh uses magic to poison her mind and twist her. She must find the strength to fight Oonagh's evil influence and end a war that has been waged for generations. Another good instalment to the Seven Waters series and the end of the first trilogy. I'm not sure if I'll continue. I mean is it worth walking away while I st In the conclusion to the Seven Waters trilogy Fianne, finds herself the puppet of her grandmother, Oonagh in her plot to destroy the Fair Folk. Despite Fianne's inherent goodness Oonagh uses magic to poison her mind and twist her. She must find the strength to fight Oonagh's evil influence and end a war that has been waged for generations. Another good instalment to the Seven Waters series and the end of the first trilogy. I'm not sure if I'll continue. I mean is it worth walking away while I still love it?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 Stars I didn't love this one quite as much as the first two books (it took me a long time to get into it, one aspect really creeped me out, and I guessed the ending), but I still really enjoyed it! Now I have to decide whether I want to read the second trilogy... 4.5 Stars I didn't love this one quite as much as the first two books (it took me a long time to get into it, one aspect really creeped me out, and I guessed the ending), but I still really enjoyed it! Now I have to decide whether I want to read the second trilogy...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    3.5 stars that I’m rounding up because overall this series is fantastic. This one was my least favorite of the first three and the only one where I had a lot of trouble with empathy for the MC but it’s still a solid entry in the series and I will be happily moving on to the next book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ângela

    What to say about this marvelous book? This book was the one of all the books in this series that had the REAL magic in it, once, Fainne, the protagonist is a REAL sorceress. Fainne is a very complex character, but she is also amazingly simple about her values and about what she wants. At first, she is introduced to us as a dark character, what makes us think that she will be the Villain of the story, but as the story unfolds we realise that she is the hero, a really strong, generous and unbelieva What to say about this marvelous book? This book was the one of all the books in this series that had the REAL magic in it, once, Fainne, the protagonist is a REAL sorceress. Fainne is a very complex character, but she is also amazingly simple about her values and about what she wants. At first, she is introduced to us as a dark character, what makes us think that she will be the Villain of the story, but as the story unfolds we realise that she is the hero, a really strong, generous and unbelievablly brave girl. This novel is about family, friendship, love, forgiveness, sacrifice, but above all this story is about Hope and Redemption. I loved the fact that despite the addition of new characters, there were still a lot of intrvention from Liadan and other characthers form book 2 that I loved so much. For me, this is the best conclusion that this series could have had. “Man sets his hand to games of power and influence, he quests for far horizons and wealth beyond imagining. He thinks to own what cannot be possessed. He hews the ancient trees to broaden his grazing lands; he mines the deep caves and topples the standing stones. He embraces a new faith with fervor and, perhaps, with sincerity. But he grows ever further from the old things. He can no longer hear the heartbeat of the earth, his mother. He cannot smell the change in the air; he cannot see what lies beyond the veil of shadows. Even his new god is formed in his own image, for do they not call him the son of man? By his own choice he is cut adrift from the ancient cycles of sun and moon, the ordered passing of the seasons. And without him, the Fair Folk dwindle and are nothing. They retreat and hide themselves, and are reduced to the clurichaun with his little ale jug; the brownie who steals the cow's milk at Samhain; the half-heard wailing of the banshee. They become no more than a memory in the mind of a frail old man; a tale told by a crazy old woman.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Otchen Makai

    So long, but so good. This series has taken me longer than I care to admit, to get through. The books are so incredibly detailed and the characters so fully whole that there's a lot going on. This is the kind of series one really needs a lot of time on their hands to devote to it. It's the kind of series that deserves that kind of devotion to reading it. Such a great series, I find I can completely lose myself in it. I love this series, I wish I had more time for it. So long, but so good. This series has taken me longer than I care to admit, to get through. The books are so incredibly detailed and the characters so fully whole that there's a lot going on. This is the kind of series one really needs a lot of time on their hands to devote to it. It's the kind of series that deserves that kind of devotion to reading it. Such a great series, I find I can completely lose myself in it. I love this series, I wish I had more time for it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆

    I haven't read past this book in the Sevenwaters series or trilogy or whatever (so only apply what I say to the original three.) These books seem to take place every generation. This book's MC is Fianne, Niamh's daughter. If you haven't read book two, Niamh is sent away in an effort to keep her away from her love because (view spoiler)[he's her half uncle, conceived when the "evil stepmother" took over seven waters, and after she turned the brothers into swans. (hide spoiler)] Her new husband is I haven't read past this book in the Sevenwaters series or trilogy or whatever (so only apply what I say to the original three.) These books seem to take place every generation. This book's MC is Fianne, Niamh's daughter. If you haven't read book two, Niamh is sent away in an effort to keep her away from her love because (view spoiler)[he's her half uncle, conceived when the "evil stepmother" took over seven waters, and after she turned the brothers into swans. (hide spoiler)] Her new husband is terribly abusive to her and Niamh's sister helps her escape. I've always felt it was incredibly stupid for the family not to tell the kids about their half uncle. That would've solved that mess. I hate it when authors rely on plot devises that suddenly go away if said MC's knew the secret. Any author who has to depend on a MC not asking the why questions and/or having people not tell the MC is rather lazy. Regardless, Fianne practically raises herself after her mother dies. She studies magic with her father (and sometimes her grandma) and goes about her business. Eventually, she finds her way back to seven waters and her extended family. And, while her grandma tries to get her to spy or do harm, she manages to find a way out. I like Fianne. I really did. She was tragic in her own way. Almost to the degree of Sorcha. The reason I gave this book one star was because I thought it was... well, rather disgusting how the extended family treated her. The open hostility was horrible. Hell, Liadan even threatened to kill her. While part of me understood, I couldn't figure out why the family would want to kill her (her grandma being the Lady who turned the brothers into swans.) She wasn't doing anything harmful that her grandma wanted her to. No one offered to help her. It was just throw Fianne under the bus, even though her situation was more or less a direct cause of the families earlier deceit. And, of course, when the prophecy rolled around (something like "the raven marked would save the old magic or whatever") (view spoiler)[ and Fianne takes the place of Liadan's son, does she get *anything* ANYTHING from this horrible family in exchange for living the rest of her life in seclusion? Of course not. No thank you. No I love you's or even "I was wrong and I'm sorry I treated you so badly." Of course not, right? She's just a horrible person that everyone can mistreat and kick down. (hide spoiler)] This book left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Bleh.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Third book in the Sevenwaters trilogy. Unlike the heroines in the first two books, Sorcha and Liadan, Fianne is not perfect and completely self-sacrificing. While some other reviewers thought this detracted from the story, I found her a more interesting and complex character. Fianne is the daughter of Ciaran and Niamh, with a heritage that includes the strength and goodness of the Sevenwaters clan as well as the darkness of Lady Oonagh. She was raised in solitude by her father after her mother's Third book in the Sevenwaters trilogy. Unlike the heroines in the first two books, Sorcha and Liadan, Fianne is not perfect and completely self-sacrificing. While some other reviewers thought this detracted from the story, I found her a more interesting and complex character. Fianne is the daughter of Ciaran and Niamh, with a heritage that includes the strength and goodness of the Sevenwaters clan as well as the darkness of Lady Oonagh. She was raised in solitude by her father after her mother's early death. After a mysterious illness strikes Ciaran, Lady Oonagh shows up to torment Fianne. Lady Oonagh convinces Fianne that she is destined to be evil, even while controlling her by threatening the people she loves. Lady Oonagh is still plotting to destroy Sevenwaters and plans to use Fianne to accomplish her evil plan. As the residents of Sevenwaters gradually work their way into Fianne's heart, she learns that she is stronger than she ever realised and reaches deep within herself to fight Lady Oonagh. A satisfying ending to a marvelous trilogy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    A great conclusion to the Sevenwaters trilogy. Marillier builds tension not only within the book, but across a three-book arc. The woman is a master of her craft. I use the word "craft" specifically, because her writing reminds me less of a splashy Jackson Pollack painting and more of a Hudson River landscape. A sort of back to basics, solid foundation feeling. These books are not necessarily part of the contemporary literary tradition. Marillier ponders the value and purpose of storytelling in A great conclusion to the Sevenwaters trilogy. Marillier builds tension not only within the book, but across a three-book arc. The woman is a master of her craft. I use the word "craft" specifically, because her writing reminds me less of a splashy Jackson Pollack painting and more of a Hudson River landscape. A sort of back to basics, solid foundation feeling. These books are not necessarily part of the contemporary literary tradition. Marillier ponders the value and purpose of storytelling in everday life, but her books are not self-reflexive meditations on narration as a device, per se. Her stories are like a spiderweb: everything comes together perfectly, naturally, and you can't imagine it turning out any other way. Gives me the same feeling I get when I finish a Neil Gaiman book. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is there is a bit too much should-I-or-shouldn't-I angst from the main character. Marillier almost wrote herself into a corner with the free will vs. fate cage match that's been building for three books. In the end she pulled it off, though.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie.g

    3.5 stars. A fitting end to a fantastic trilogy. I loved the ending. Funnily enough, the second book was my favourite but Fainne had the most character growth out of all three women. Brought up in isolation by her father, Fainne is the daughter of a sorcerer and has powers most people couldn’t dream of. Yet despite this, you never feel that she is at an advantage due to these powers. You always feel that she is at a disadvantage. I really liked Darragh, the tinkers boy. Less of an action man than 3.5 stars. A fitting end to a fantastic trilogy. I loved the ending. Funnily enough, the second book was my favourite but Fainne had the most character growth out of all three women. Brought up in isolation by her father, Fainne is the daughter of a sorcerer and has powers most people couldn’t dream of. Yet despite this, you never feel that she is at an advantage due to these powers. You always feel that she is at a disadvantage. I really liked Darragh, the tinkers boy. Less of an action man than Red or Bran, he reminded me a lot of Dickon from The Secret Garden. I loved his friendship with Fainne. The first half of the book was difficult at Rome’s because I didn’t agree with a lot of Fainne’s decisions but the second half was phenomenal. A worthy end to the trilogy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)

    6/22 reading for fourth time. Finished early July as I took my time and savored it. Every read and this was the fourth, I like this one better each time. I can pick up any book in this series any time and love reading it. [UPDATE] I have read this book twice and just listened to the audio. I listen to audios only when driving, but at Chapter 14 I could not leave it and go in the house so brought it in and spent the entire evening listening to it to the end. It had been awhile since I read it, and 6/22 reading for fourth time. Finished early July as I took my time and savored it. Every read and this was the fourth, I like this one better each time. I can pick up any book in this series any time and love reading it. [UPDATE] I have read this book twice and just listened to the audio. I listen to audios only when driving, but at Chapter 14 I could not leave it and go in the house so brought it in and spent the entire evening listening to it to the end. It had been awhile since I read it, and so many little details I had forgotten. Beautiful wonderful story of centuries long past, superstition, Druids, Sorcerers, and the incredible people of Sevenwaters. The only negative to the audio for me is the narrator has a bit of an Irish accent which is appropriate, but she reads really fast and I had a little trouble catching some of it. She does a good job with the voices, but I did wish she would slow down. I will order the next book on audio as it's time to re-read them all anyway.] I first read this series in 2010 and just finished re-reading them again. Juliet Marillier has become one of my very favorite authors. When I first read the Sevenwaters books I immediately bought every book she has written. Her writing never let me down although of course I have my favorites. This is the third book of the series based in ancient Ireland in which each book is told in the first person by a different member of the family. As happened in those times of superstition and the "old religion" there are prophecies handed down for hundreds of years. The prophecy handed down involving Sevenwaters is that some day a child will be born who will be the one to lead them to regain the magic isles taken by the Britons so long ago. This child will be not of Erin nor of Briton and will bear the mark of the raven. No one understands this and many ignore it, but this story brings us to an epic contest between good and evil and a deeper understanding of the prophecy. One needs to have read Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows before this book. The first is the story of Sorcha, daughter of Sevenwaters, and her unbelievable task to save her six brothers from a curse laid on by the evil Sorceress who her father has married. The second is the story of Laidan, Sorcha's daughter and admittedly is my favorite story of them all. Child of the Prophecy is the story of Sorcha's sister's child by her beloved Ciaran, son of the sorceress. She is Fainne who has been raised by her father in seclusion and who is gifted with magic. Fainne comes to Sevenwaters for the first time under the control of her wicked grandmother but finds there, not enemies, but a family like she did not know existed. It's a hard story to read at times because Fainne is torn many ways, but although at times I did not like her I had to admire how she handled her struggles. All of these books are love stories, and this is no different. Fianne has loved a boy she played with as a child but she dares not let him into her life with the threat of her cruel grandmother hanging over her head. I will do no more to spoil this story, but the climax to all of this is an incredible "can not put it down" read bringing together some of my favorite characters from the previous books. I have come to love these people as well as the beautiful forests and rivers of Sevenwaters, the fey who live there, as well as the "old ones" from ancient times. One thing I found interesting as I re-read them. I did not think of this after my first reading. The title Son of the Shadows was really not referring to the character I first thought it was. Child of the Prophecy was not either. Beautifully done. These books are a treasure.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dyanna

    Daughters of Sevenwaters Sevenwaters Couples Actually rating 4.5 stars Fainne & Darragh This book made me cry so much because half the time I was sorry for Fainne and the other half I was broken because of Darragh and Fainne's relationship! I rarely cry for a couple but this two made me shed tears like never before but lets start with the beginning! Warning there may be spoilers! The story is told from the point of view of Fainne, the daughter of Ciaran and Niamh. Now if you read the previous book in t Daughters of Sevenwaters Sevenwaters Couples Actually rating 4.5 stars Fainne & Darragh This book made me cry so much because half the time I was sorry for Fainne and the other half I was broken because of Darragh and Fainne's relationship! I rarely cry for a couple but this two made me shed tears like never before but lets start with the beginning! Warning there may be spoilers! The story is told from the point of view of Fainne, the daughter of Ciaran and Niamh. Now if you read the previous book in the series you will now that the two are related by blood so then Fainne is a product of an impossible relationship. Fainne struggles with the suicide of her mother and despite Niamh's cheerfulness, Fianne is much more calm, liking to be on her own like her father. In the far Kerry our heroine grows with her father that raise her in the arts of magic and the druids. Even if she prefers the solitude she has a soft spot for Darragh, a boy that befriends her despite her limping feet and her quiet personality. Darragh together with his family come to Kerry in the summer leaving in autumn being a traveler and unlike Fainne, he is warm and kind, loving the music and playing the pipes in a wonderful way. But Fainne' peaceful life is turn upside down when her grandmother makes an appearance at her door determined to take revenge against the Sevenwaters. Blackmailed by her own grandmother, Fainne goes to Sevenwaters and takes a path of deceiving, lying, manipulate and seducing with the purpose to kill the child of prophecy. Fainne's road is one of self discovering and along the path she realize that family, loyalty and love are the most wonderful treasures a human can have in life. Near the end was a twist that it never occurred to me but seeing in retrospective I should have seen it. Fainne is not your regular heroine, she makes mistakes and she is not 100% good and perfect. She has flaws and because of that you can relate with her character. The relationship between Fainne and Darragh was so heartbroken and sweet but I hated that the author did not give much of them like Bran and Liadan. Surprisingly in this book I did not like Liadan so much and the characters from the second book are also present like Sean, Bran and the famous Johnny as well as Conor and Finbar. P.S: I intend to make a video about this pair because it really is a beautiful one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Diana Stormblessed

    Plot holes! Plot holes everywhere! Another weak heroine. Fainne is not only weak, but annoying, pretty evil, and continuously making stupid choices. There's only so much you can excuse. Your actions are your own. Take responsibility. Additionally, there really was no point to this book. Fainne was supposed to be working as Oonah's hand, basically doing her dirty work. But why? Why couldn't Oonah do it all herself? I'm rounding up from the 2.5 stars this book should be getting because I'm feeling Plot holes! Plot holes everywhere! Another weak heroine. Fainne is not only weak, but annoying, pretty evil, and continuously making stupid choices. There's only so much you can excuse. Your actions are your own. Take responsibility. Additionally, there really was no point to this book. Fainne was supposed to be working as Oonah's hand, basically doing her dirty work. But why? Why couldn't Oonah do it all herself? I'm rounding up from the 2.5 stars this book should be getting because I'm feeling charitable and am hoping for better in the next one.

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