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 Fianne, daughter of Niamh, the lost sister of Sevenwaters, to solve the riddles of power. A shy child of a reclusive sorcerer, she finds that her way is hard: She is the granddaughter of the wicked sorceress Oonagh, who has emerged from the shadows and seeks to destroy all that Sevenwaters has striven for. Oonagh will use Fianne most cruelly to accomplish her ends, and stops at nothing to see her will done. Will Fianne be strong enough to battle this evil and save those she has come to love?
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I enjoy the characters. I think they are fairly consistent to real people. The main characters are convincing teenagers.
The narrator did fine. The difficulty was in the production. There were obvious takes cut and pasted in later that were at different audio levels. The narrators voice was different enough in these takes to draw you out of the story.
If bad audio or flaws in narration bother you too much, don't get this as an audio book. It isn't one or two instances, but starts about an hour into the book and continues regularly to the end.
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The series is addicting. Action packed and moves well. Great narrator! I thought I would stop and intersperse with other books but it is not happening. The books keep your attention.
I find this book hard to listen to. The main character, Fianne, is completely unlikely, and unsympathetic. She seems to be quite stupid and is constantly whining about how she is "forced" to do things, yet she continues to do them time after time. She constantly says how she was trained to figure out puzzes on her own, to come up with her own solutions, to think things out, but she doesn't ever do that for the main story line! Her excuses for the things she does are hollow, unbelievably, unsympathetic, and I really I grow to hate her more as the book progresses. I've come to wish she would just die. No matter what magic what put upon her, what threats she is faced with, her actions are inexcusable and hard to listen to. I haven't reached the end of the book yet, but if her family were to forgive her for the things she's done, I'd find that to be the cherry on the top of this ridiculously unlikable story. I thought these books were supposed to have a heroine as the main characters? There is no heroine here.
No. I will continue to listen to this series because I liked the first book. Hopefully the other books won't suck so much as this one.
I like her accent. It gives a bit of authenticity to the story. The voices aren't so different as to picking a favorite character though.
Not really. If it wouldn't upset your understanding of the storyline in the series, I would suggest skipping this book altogether. It is painful to listen to.
Heather O'Neill’s narration was great, Fianne unlike the rest of her family in Sevenwaters was born in a different part of the county and had a stronger Irish accent more I don’t know maybe lowborn but I thought Heather’s portrayal of her was very well done. I truly enjoyed all her accents. I would definitely listen to more by this narrator.
Fianne daughter of Niamh and Ciaran comes to Sevenwaters after her mother’s death and is welcomed into the family fold, however things aren’t as they seem because the Sevenwaters clan has no idea she has been tutored not only in the ways of a druid by her father but in the dark arts by her grandmother the evil sorceress who was the one who cast the spell on the sons of Sevenwaters. In a long ago prophecy it states that it will take a child that was neither of Britain nor or Erin but at the same time both, who is marked by the raven to take the sacred island back. Everyone assumes this is Johnny son of Liadan & Bran and the evil sorceress has sent Fianne there to kill him when the moment is right so the prophecy is not fulfilled.
I enjoyed Fianne’s story very much she is as all other Sevenwaters women very strong and goes through a lot but she is being controlled by the sorceress but also still has the good in her that comes from her father’s teachings. She has a very hard road I think the toughest since Sorcha, because she so wants to be good even when the sorceress forces her to do terrible things that injures one of the other daughters of Sevenwaters.
I liked this book because it is filled with the Sevenwaters family no one is really off their own, Fianne is surrounded by people who want her to be good and want her in their lives, her two biggest allies are Finbar the uncle who still wears a swans wing thanks to her grandmother and Darragh her childhood friend. This is also our first look at island of Inis Eala where Bran’s men under the tutelage of his son Johnny are running a sort of school for warriors and we see the families of the men from Son of Shadows including Gull’s wife Biddy who was a favorite character of mine. We also have the creepy Eamonn again and contrary to outward appearances he has not forgiven what he feels are the wrongs done to him by Bran & Liadan.
I would say this is my second favorite of the series after Daughter of the Forest. I thoroughly enjoyed Fianne journey and the outcome, even though fans of the other books may need hankies towards the end, I know I did.
4 1/2 Stars
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