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Heir to Sevenwaters [BOOKS] ⚣ Heir to Sevenwaters ⚡ Juliet Marillier – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A brand new novel in the beloved world of Sevenwaters, a fantasy series that should appeal to Lord of the Rings fans VOYA The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterio A brand new novel in the beloved world of Sevenwaters, a fantasy series that should appeal to Lord of the Rings fans VOYA The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest Human and Otherworld dwellers have existed there side by side, sharing a wary trust Until the spring when Lady Aisling of Sevenwaters finds herself expecting another child a new Heir to Sevenwaters Then the family s joy turns to despair when the baby is taken from his room and somethingunnatural is left in his place To reclaim her newborn Heir to PDF or brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there.


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  1. Keertana Keertana says:

    One of my English teachers once told my class that instead of telling her daughter the fairy tales of Disney legend, the classic Snow White and Sleeping Beauty that had the gallant princes arriving to save the day, she d always change the ending so that the princess saved herself or, better yet, saved the prince too When her daughter, only a mere seven years old, got cancer, we all visited her and still do visit her in the hospital and would help tell stories stories of women strong enough One of my English teachers once told my class that instead of telling her daughter the fairy tales of Disney legend, the classic Snow White and Sleeping Beauty that had the gallant princes arriving to save the day, she d always change the ending so that the princess saved herself or, better yet, saved the prince too When her daughter, only a mere seven years old, got cancer, we all visited her and still do visit her in the hospital and would help tell stories stories of women strong enough to fend for themselves and fight back all that life threw at them Although, after a point, it would be difficult to come up with new tales, I know the story I m going to tell her when I see her next The story of Heir to Sevenwaters. Heir to Sevenwaters is a new leaf from the original Sevenwaters trilogy Whereas the first three books in this series were full of constant strife and issues such as rape, abuse, and sexual harassment to name a few, the problems Marillier tackles in this installment are far lighter As always, these books are about the women of Sevenwaters about the courageous journey these young girls take and the obstacles they manage to overcome, time and time again, despite their plain status In that regard, this novel is no different Yet, the oppressive and terrifying presence of the Lady Oonagh is finally lifted and, truly, Sevenwaters seems all the lighter for it Now, Lord Sean s daughters are growing and the house is a circle of joy for Lady Aisling is expecting again and this time, she is certain that her child is the long awaited son and heir to Sevenwaters During this time, Clodagh s twin sister, Deirdre, is set to be married and though the family is concerned for Aisling s old age, health, and the future of her baby, they struggle to maintain a facade of happiness for Deirdre s marriage brings a needed alliance For the wedding, Johnny has arrived with his men, among them Aidan and Cathal Aidan and Clodagh met the summer before and, once again, the two are drawn to each other Cathal, the rude friend of Aidan, however, warns Clodagh away from the handsome man As Cathal and Aidan continue to stay at Sevenwaters, Clodagh cannot help but notice how strange and distant Calath is When her younger brother, Finbar, is finally born safely into the world, she becomes the sole keeper of her sibling, helping to care for him while her mother recuperates All is not well at Sevenwaters, though Hidden enemies seek to undermine the family and the Fair Folk of the forests have moved on, leaving behind the tricksters Thus, when Finbar is exchanged with a changeling, Clodagh knows she has no choice but to go into the Otherworld and bring back the true heir Along the way, however, she will uncovernot only about her companion, Cathal, but also about, surprisingly, herself.Unlike its predecessors, Heir to Sevenwaters takes awhile to really reach its true plot thread, the journey to the Otherworld, but the novel never lags because of it Instead, I appreciate that the beginning of this novel is focused on Clodagh and her life in Sevenwaters Although she is known as the daughter whose sole skill lies in her household duties, as Sevenwaters sinks into chaos, both of a political and emotional nature, Clodagh manages to hold her own and stay strong for her family, remaining a constant rock of support for them As such, when her journey in the Otherworld proves to be full of challenges, it is not much of a surprise to see Clodagh tackle them We see her growth both during times of magic, but also during times of difficulty in everyday life Further, Clodagh is a heroine whose strengths lie in her realistic portrayal Unlike Liadan, who seems forever strong, Clodagh isn t ashamed to cry or show her fear Instead, it is her perseverance despite the burdens placed before her that make her such an engaging heroine While she lacks physical prowess, the burning strength of her heart and her couragethan make up for any shortcomings she may have, making her one of my if not the most favorite Sevenwaters women And yet, Heir to Sevenwaters would be nothing without its leading man, Cathal From the beginning itself, Cathal is a slightly shady character We see his sarcastic tongue emerge and his ominous warnings about his own friend cause us to doubt his character Nevertheless, as the story progresses, we begin to peel back the layers Cathal so carefully hides under and discover the heart of the man underneath A man who is tortured and broken, forced to grow up with the belief that he is unloved and constantly hunted by the fey A man who is powerful and strong, one whose capacity for love is tremendous and whose sacrifices are oft unnoticed While Clodagh and Cathal slowly, tortuously, fall in love, the perfection of their union is made all theobvious While Clodagh sees herself as others see her, as nothingthan the perfect housewife, Cathal is able to see beyond her plain exterior to the incredible woman she is inside Similarly, Clodagh is willing enough to look beyond the facade that Cathal puts up and see that he is, in every way, her equal Together, Clodagh and Cathal are able to weather the worst of storms, including the deadly new villain this book introduces One who is, thankfully, no Disney character like Lady Oonagh but clever and cunning, a true force to be reckoned with As Clodagh and Cathal race to rescue the baby Finbar, though, their love story unfolds beautifully, one that made my heart beat erratically and swoonthan I can count In all honesty, I could discuss these two and their never ending depth for ages, but I hope you will discover it yourselves Next to Sorcha and Red, these two are the most fleshed out, well deserving, and beautiful couple in this series And I hope this won t be the last I see of them because I am so in love with their love Heir to Sevenwaters is the perfect introduction to a new era of Sevenwaters While far less dark than its predecessors, this series still contains its tell tale signs of struggle, of pushing its protagonists to their limits and forcing them to discover new, hidden, and stronger parts of themselves Additionally, old characters are still very much present and it was a pleasant surprise to see Ciaran play such a vital role, both in this book and hopefully in the rest of this new trilogy Ultimately, Heir to Sevenwaters is the type of fairytale I d have wanted to hear as a young child one where a mere Cinderella esque housewife transforms into a woman who can fend for herself, save the future of her family, and rescue her own prince too


  2. Angie Angie says:

    I couldn t believe it when I heard that Juliet Marillier was writing another Sevenwaters book It s been eight years since Daughter of the Forest was first published and six since Child of the Prophecy and I honestly thought that ship had sailed I had accustomed myself to the notion that all I would ever have would be the original trilogy to keep me warm on those cold nights when only the Sevenwaters magic will do And then the unbelievable happened and she announced a fourth volume And ins I couldn t believe it when I heard that Juliet Marillier was writing another Sevenwaters book It s been eight years since Daughter of the Forest was first published and six since Child of the Prophecy and I honestly thought that ship had sailed I had accustomed myself to the notion that all I would ever have would be the original trilogy to keep me warm on those cold nights when only the Sevenwaters magic will do And then the unbelievable happened and she announced a fourth volume And instead of following its predecessors and taking place a generation after the previous book, Heir to Sevenwaters would be set just three years after the events of Child of the Prophecy.The story follows Clodagh, the third of Sean and Aisling s six daughters, and the one the entire household looks to in times of strain and dissension Known for her exceptional domestic skills and attention to detail, Clodagh is forced to take the reins as her mother approaches the delivery of her final child the long awaited son and possible heir At the same time her father is preparing to host a council of warring chieftains and dealing with the possibility that his son in law is plotting against the alliance When her new baby brother is stolen from his nursery while in Clodagh s care, everything changes, and Clodagh finds herself completely outside her realm of experience, on a journey to reclaim her kidnapped brother from the realm of the Fair Folk and prove not only her own innocence, but that of the unusual young warrior Cathal who is also under suspicion Together, Clodagh and Cathal risk everything as they face the Lord of the Oak and bargain for their lives.I don t know what it is about the world of Sevenwaters, but it has some kind of hold over me And it was so good to be back Clodagh is a different kind of heroine from her aunt Liadan and her grandmother Sorcha Though, like those two women, she finds her life drifting radically from the path she was sure it would follow She also displays a large quantity of courage when called for The book stands out to me because of the beautiful, even writing and because of the likability of its two main characters Clodagh is an ordinary young woman who, when thrust into extraordinary circumstances, finds resources she didn t realize she had The courage to risk her life for her brother, but also the courage to try to be friends with a lonely young man who is not interested in being her friend, who goes out of his way to be prickly and unpleasant, who fights himself at every turn, and who no one believes in Including himself I loved this story I loved its glimpses of old friends and its hints of future possibilities As only the best ones do, it surprised and delighted me and made me long for


  3. Mayim de Vries Mayim de Vries says:

    Cross the river left then rightMortal world fades out of sightStep into the field of timeFall so far you cannot climbSorrow s pathway tread in tearsPaved with sadness, doubts and fearsAt the gate of thorn entwinedSay farewell to humankindSet your foot inside the doorYou ll be mine foreverIf you made it that far in the Sevenwaters series, surely you what you are after a family saga rich with Irish folklore and romance heavy plot If you stumbled here by accident, you need to be aware thaCross the river left then rightMortal world fades out of sightStep into the field of timeFall so far you cannot climbSorrow s pathway tread in tearsPaved with sadness, doubts and fearsAt the gate of thorn entwinedSay farewell to humankindSet your foot inside the doorYou ll be mine foreverIf you made it that far in the Sevenwaters series, surely you what you are after a family saga rich with Irish folklore and romance heavy plot If you stumbled here by accident, you need to be aware that this is the fourth instalment in a series that originally was supposed to be a trilogy, but grew into something much longer While you can read the story independently, you might feel overburdened with references and innuendoes to events that had occurred previously and are not always explained at length It is essential to remember that Ms Marillier takes time before she warms up The events heralded by the plot essence summarised in the blurb don t start until you are halfway through the book Yes, that long There is a variety of preliminary narrative incursions, very typical for old school writing When things finally get rolling, I imagine some readers might be tapping their foot with impatience I cannot say anything substantially new about Ms Marillier s prose I have not written before she has developed her own distinctive way of writing and sticks to it It has advantages, surely, as she is impossible to be mistaken with another author But it also has disadvantages all her books are so very similar that at times I had a feeling one could copy paste whole paragraphs and nothing would be amiss Maybe this is the reason why at first Clodagh looks like a copy of Liadan from the Son of the Shadows on the surface happy to stay at home and lead the quiet life but really jealous of her sister, sad to be left on the margins of family life and oozing with this mixture Heir to Sevenwaters is another example of an absolute lack of sisterhood vibes, which is strange because Ms Marillier s protagonists are exclusively female and very often she writes about sisters I have already ranted my problems with regard to Liadan and Niamh The relation between Clodagh and Deirdre follows a very similar pattern It is all thestrange when one contrasts the impaired sisterhoods with how expertly the Author mastered the brotherhood right from the start and was able to write the complexity of feelings as well as the strong, unwavering bonds between the six brothers in the first instalment of the series All the subsequent siblings were sorely lacking in comparison But this only the prelude to the the main issue I have with this series, that of the family Clodagh is your quintessential paragon Always an embodiment of selfless service, always dutiful, reliable and responsible But the moment she is marred by suspicions not even backed by solid form of evidence, all this vanishes like a morning mist The way Clodagh is treated is again a repetition of how Niamh was handled by her loved ones the only person who supported her, did so not because they wanted, but because they have been shown to There is no proof that the girl did something wrong, and her whole life is above reproach but her family is too pent up to question the whole situation or give the girl the benefit of the doubt Once the accusations are made, they are treated as sound and solid as if they were supported by the evidence Families don t turn on each other like that Families stick together against the external dangers, against the ills, against the troubles Families support each other and most certainly do not sacrifice their own members or let them suffer and perish Not good families, anyway, those strong clans about which the sagas are told Not the families you d like to be a member of Now, if you asked me if I fancied joining the Sevenwaters clan, I d say no, thanks I don t want to be a part of the family that will stab me in the back when I stumble or when things go dark I want to have a family that will have my back no matter what It is sad that Ms Marillier wandered so far away from the brilliant opening of the Sevenwaters series where she had shown family bonds so beautifully Admittedly, she was constrained by the frame of the fairytale back then If left to her own devices she would probably make the brothers to turn against Sorcha because if the girl wasn t transformed into a swan that is a sure sign that she must have been in league with the Lady Oonagh, no This is the line of thinking Ms Marillier pursued ever since thereby killing her own stories The unnecessary drama is something that tires me in her books, and this one is not an exception In spite of the above, I did enjoy the Heir to Sevenwates and significantlythan its two predecessors Clodagh is a strong heroine with pronounced individual traits that set her apart from the healers with supernatural abilities we have had before Romance is great, sparkling, intense and even though it starts as a triangle, it isn t vexatious Cathal is one to sigh for and wantonly , both when hiding behind his barriers of cynicism, cutting wit and silence, and then later, when he fights for what he loves even if his secret was rather obvious and could be seen from far away.There is also a Fey fiesta as Clodagh wanders through the Otherworld and visits the court of a Fey prince As usual you ll get your dosage of Irish tales and fables, but this time Ms Marillier crafted them expertly and so the whole design feels like a matryoshka there is a tale within a tale within a tale and each needs to be decoded before the main plot can move on For me, the most enthralling one, at the very heart of the story, is not the one concerning Clodagh s quest but the one about Cathal s mother For romantasy fans Heir to Sevenwaters is a definite yes I d also recommend it for readers in love with the Fey courts and Irish mythos Other Sevenwaters books 1 Daughter of the Forest2 Son of the Shadows 3 Child of the Prophecy 5 Seer of Sevewaters 6 Flame of Sevenwaters


  4. Sarahm Sarahm says:

    Beware, readers, for spoilers lie ahead I give this book 3 stars simply because I can t bring myself to give it a lower score Sort of like a reverse Will Smith on the Men in Black ride rather than I give you an F just because I can t give you a G, it s I give you a C just because I can t give you a D And, for what it s worth, it managed to not only hold my attention, but keep me on the edge of my seat until the bitter end Which, I suppose, it the basic thing an author wants for a read Beware, readers, for spoilers lie ahead I give this book 3 stars simply because I can t bring myself to give it a lower score Sort of like a reverse Will Smith on the Men in Black ride rather than I give you an F just because I can t give you a G, it s I give you a C just because I can t give you a D And, for what it s worth, it managed to not only hold my attention, but keep me on the edge of my seat until the bitter end Which, I suppose, it the basic thing an author wants for a reader But I do emphasize the word bitter For me, this book showed all the promise in the world at the beginning, then lost its steam, and in the end fell flat I have a number of issues with it, which I shall list hereIt became The Cathal Show in the middle of the book, and The Clodagh Show never quite resumed This is really the main sticking point for me I was under the belief that this book was about Clodagh Instead, I got half of a novel about her, and half of a novel about her fawning over Cathal After reading the adventures of her grandmother, aunt, and cousin, Clodagh just seems rather.disappointing Maybe that s the point, since even she claims that she s not suited tothan managing a household, but it just still doesn t sit right with me Sorcha saved her brothers from the curse of a wicked sorceress, despite the toll it took on her Liadan had the courage although balls might be a better word to make her own path in life and break the pattern set by the Fair Folk, and essentially was the reason Child of the Prophecy took place and Fainne both initially aided her wicked grandmother and helped destroy her she found the strength to right the wrongs of both her ancestor and herself And Clodagh well, she did help to save her brother, which is worth noting, but after that her role in the book is questionable, because Cathal takes the reins completely Even in Son of the Shadows, where Bran suddenly inhabits Liadan s every thought which irked me as much as Clodagh s fawning over Cathal, believe me , the story was still about Liadan Liadan still accomplished things, and it didn t feel like she was just Bran s satellite After a while, it sort of seemed like that with Clodagh In my opinion, the whole thing being a game of Mac Dara s to get back his only son almost undermined the remainder of the story Sorcha, Liadan, and Fainne were players in the game, but Clodagh was just a pawn A pawn who led its own player to checkmate, but a pawn nonethelessCathal lost his personality midway through The above rant makes it sound like I hate Cathal In actuality, I don t As a matter of fact, for a while he was in the running for my favorite of the main characters love interests in the entire series Besides perhaps Darraugh, Cathal was the only one who I could easily imagine to be an actual person And his rapier wit and reliance on sarcasm set him apart from virtually every other male in the series even if his archetype is common in YA books men who seem to be made of stone, men who are either angsting and fretting all the time or confessing their love for a woman Or, in the case of Eamonn and Mac Dara, maliciously scheming to get whatever they want Cathal was very different in a way I admire he wasn t a guy with an agenda, he was just a young guy trying to find his way He s probably the only boy in the series over the age of 12 who acted his age Mind, the other characters generally had reasons Sean became a chieftain at 16, Eamonn had a similar lot, Bran was abused as a child, and the list goes on and on But the fact that Marillier finally incorporated a character who didn t see life through such serious lenses was refreshing This awesome characterization held through for about half the book..but then he became the caricature of the men who came before him angsting and romancing, with nothing else there That bothered the crap out of me Marillier only kept the characterization long enough to bring about sexual tension, then dropped it completely All of a sudden he went from sardonic antihero to crusading potential hero of the Otherworld, a sudden departure that seemed so.off Yes,time had passed in the Otherworld than in the mortal world between Clodagh s visits, but it seems Cathal didn t only leave years behind in the Otherworld he also left anything that truly distinguished him from his, I ll use the word predecessors Hopefully he gets his personality back in the other booksThe whole love at first meeting schtick I m starting to realize that if I have a problem with this which I really do , I should probably stop reading Marillier s books But this irks me a lot I do not believe in love at first sight I believe in being attracted to someone when you first meet them, I believe in having an admiration for someone you first meet them and maybe after that, it develops into somethingI find that extremely plausible But this whole utter devotion after knowing each other for a few minutes is a load of crap Which is what every love interest in this series claims I suppose I could chalk it up to the men trying to woo their respective woman because no woman is going to swoon over a guy saying Hey I just met you and this is crazy baby, I thought you were smoking hot when I met you, and my drive to sleep with you made me payattention to you , but honestly at this point it s like reading the same dialogue over and over again And Cathal, at least, seemed to be the blatantly honest type it seemed he d at least own up to maybe not thinking too much of her initially, or.something But this whole I knew I loved you before I met you a la Savage Garden thing just seemed horribly off I would ve had an easier time believing that Cathal was intrigued, but was a jackass tried to get in the way just because of Aidan He didn t want Clodagh because he didn t want to hurt Aiden, but he didn t want Aiden to have her either He wasn t as great a friend as he could ve been, but oh well But then, I guess that would slightly alienate readers, not to mention Clodagh But that actually brings me to another pointAiden s death What kind of BS was that, anyway I mean, I guess that s better than him accepting their union when they come back from the Otherworld, saying it s meant to be or some idyllic, unrealistic crap like that, but I still feel that killing him off was a bit excessive This coming from a person who was never his biggest fan anyway I just thought that Marillier was above creating a character just for the sake of a love triangle But it seems I was wrong He helped introduce Cathal and created friction, giving Cathal a reason to be aloof around Clodagh But once this was established, his role was fulfilled, and there was no need to have him in the story any So, he was killed off by Mac Dara I really hate saying this, but I can think of no other purpose behind Aiden s death than that Marillier ran out of things to do with him Cathal really didn t need another reason to hate his father, that had been established long ago Sure, Mac Dara seemed to get his kicks from making his son miserable, but again, the whole business just seems..excessive And notice that Cathal has no trouble putting the moves on Clodagh once Aidan was out of the picture Damn it, at least have some feeling of guilt that laststhan 10 seconds It pretty much went from GTFO, Clodagh to I love you, Clodagh DTFI have a son It was all way too Henry VIII for me I mean, I m not a man, so I will never know that sort of pride in having a son, and I get that this was a very male centric time period But at times it just made the females in the story seem like chopped liver Sibeal s comment I think really sums it up quite well I know she might die.And the baby, too.Or the baby might be a girl Another disappointment, like me and Eilis Like all of us, I suppose, except Muirrin, because the first one must be special Despite Clodagh s insistence that that isn t true, that Aisling and Sean love all of their children equally, the whole book seems to cater to that mindset it s all about the boys, and the girls, while not entirely worthless, are simply not as good 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 Seriously 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 I call BS on that one, even if Juliet Marillier does count as Word of God in this case So.yeah There s my spiel rant 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 somethingin the vein of Sorcha, Liadan, or Fainne something great that doesn t leave a bitter taste in my mouth 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


  5. G. G. says:

    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.


  6. Allison Allison says:

    This was not quite as good as the books of the original trilogy, but that s such a high standard to meet 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.4.5 stars


  7. Justine Justine says:

    4.5 stars This was a nice change in for a heroine in the Sevenwaters series 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 4.5 stars This was a nice change in for a heroine in the Sevenwaters series 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 to do so


  8. Mousuke Mousuke says:

    Marillier disappointed me with this one.I ve been a fan of her works for a long time 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 I am so used to loving Marillier s books that, when Heir to Sevenwaters fell flat for me, I felt robbed.The story had a promising start Clodagh felt somewhat recycled from the previous Sevenwaters heroines, but at least she wasn t an herbalist My biggest Marillier disappointed me with this one.I ve been a fan of her works for a long time 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 I am so used to loving Marillier s books that, when Heir to Sevenwaters fell flat for me, I felt robbed.The story had a promising start Clodagh felt somewhat recycled from the previous Sevenwaters heroines, but at least she wasn t an herbalist 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 When Finbar was abducted and the household demonized Clodagh for her moment s distraction with Cathal, I genuinely felt bad for her 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 Without her home center, Clodagh s narrative voice sounded too similar to that of Liaden and Fainne.Which brings me to my biggest complaint Marillier s first person narratives are borderline identical, as are her heroines I loved Sorcha s narration in Daughter of the Forest, I loved her introspection, her strength, her loyalty to her family I found that all of these qualities were madeimpressive by her silence and quiet suffering When I think back on books I have loved, Sorcha sticks out at me as a memorable character.But in the sequels, Sorcha s narrative voice has become rehashed to the point that these heroines are all thinking with the same brain 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 Fainne, at least, started out on the antagonist side of the story and had an upbringing outside of Sevenwaters 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 giveof an impression of what things look like rather than a concrete list I love her diction, her rhythm, her fairytale tone Her books that are told in third person are capable of bringing to life vivid characters Faolin, from the Bridei Chronicles, is another memorable character I bonded with, but if the story was narrated by him, I don t think he would be as memorable In short, Marillier s wonderful writing style is hindering her first person narration 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 She ll even revisit these ruminations later in a chapter 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 We enjoy figuring out the mystery ourselves, or that aha moment where the book reveals the final puzzle piece 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 There is nothing not to like about the lush setting of Sevenwaters, and it is fun to read about Sorcha s descendents to see what happens next in her family line 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 It was also nice because the previous heroines were all among the best at something, but Clodagh s skills involved planning menus and keeping track of her siblings Unfortunately, Clodagh s individuality fell to the wayside when she left home and became involved with Cathal.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 eating food from the fae world might trap them there forever I was excited to spend time in this setting But and, unfortunately with this book, there is always a but this rich setting merely became a backdrop to Clodagh and Cathal s developing relationship Even Beacon, the changeling baby, became a background detail After chapter upon chapter of Clodagh Cathal conversations about love, life, and relationships, I began to forget that they were in another world, or that they were caring for an infant.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


  9. Sotiris Karaiskos Sotiris Karaiskos says:

    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 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 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 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.Of course the logical part of ourselves will again find the story exaggerated and full of romantic clich s and will require that we consider this book insignificant, but we can also have an answer in this area 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 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 muchto ask for, although I expect somethingand something tells me it is coming , ,,, , , , , , , , ,,


  10. Alyssa (Books Take You Places) Alyssa (Books Take You Places) says:

    I ve said it before, but each time I re read a book of Sevenwaters it feels just like coming home for me Heir starts a new arc for this series and though I ve never fallen as deeply in love with a novel as I did for Daughter of the Forest or Son of the Shadows, Heir to Sevenwaters is still beloved by me I love it differently than the first 3 novels of this series, but I love it all the same Clodagh is strong in a very different way than the daughters of Sevenwaters who came before her, but sh I ve said it before, but each time I re read a book of Sevenwaters it feels just like coming home for me Heir starts a new arc for this series and though I ve never fallen as deeply in love with a novel as I did for Daughter of the Forest or Son of the Shadows, Heir to Sevenwaters is still beloved by me I love it differently than the first 3 novels of this series, but I love it all the same Clodagh is strong in a very different way than the daughters of Sevenwaters who came before her, but she is still fierce and brave when needed I am enthralled every time I watch her love story unfold with Cathal Marillier again manages to weave a story that makes you forget about everything going on around you while reading I can t imagine another series ever rooting itself deeper into my soul


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