Best-selling author Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwaters series has been praised as a “magnificent saga” (Alernative Worlds) that is a “gripping tale of enduring love” (Publishers Weekly). Now, Marillier returns to Sevenwaters with the story of a young woman destined to unlock the secrets of the Otherworld…
Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean of Sevenwaters, was badly burned as a child and carries the legacy of that fire in her crippled hands. After ten years, she’s returning home, having grown into a courageous, forthright woman with a special gift for gentling difficult animals. But while her body’s scars have healed, her spirit remains fragile, fearing the shadows of her past.
Sevenwaters is in turmoil. The fey prince Mac Dara has become desperate to see his only son, married to Maeve’s sister, return to the Otherworld. To force Lord Sean’s hand, Mac Dara has caused a party of innocent travelers on the Sevenwaters border to vanish - only to allow their murdered bodies to be found, one by one. When Maeve finds the body of one of the missing men in a remote part of the woods, she and her brother Finbar embark on a journey that may bring about the end of Mac Dara’s reign, or lead to a hideous death. If she is successful, Maeve may open the door to a future she has not dared to believe possible...
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We are back at Sevenwaters, Finbar is now a boy of 7 or 8 and seems to have a few lasting effects of his time in the otherworld with Mac Dara , also Maeve, daughter of Lord Sean who was badly burned as a child in Fianne’s story comes back to Sevenwaters after 10 years spent in the house of Liadan & Bran. It is tough on her because she has very limited use of her hands and her face is scarred and at Harrowfield she wasn’t an oddity because she has always been there but back at Sevenwaters people stare and talk behind her back. Plus she is having a hard time reconnecting with her mother who just wants to pretend the last 10 years didn’t exist or to see the strong woman her daughter has become. Maeve has a way with animals, it is her gift.
Maeve & Finbar are both feeling a bit constrained in the house Finbar is under constant guard and doesn’t seem to be able to do anything a normal child of his age can do and Maeve used to having freedom to be outside in stables or just outside period is having a very hard time sitting in the ladies sewing room with her mother and the other women of the house since she can’t sew since her hands are burnt up.
I enjoyed the budding friendship between Finbar & Maeve neither has ever had their siblings around very much so it was neat to see them become so close.
There is a bit of formula to this one but since Marillier is such a great writer I chose to overlook that. There is finally a ending to the Mac Dara story but not in the way you may have thought it would end but I wish there would have been more of Cathal & Clodagh and even though we have been working up to this conclusion for a few books I still felt it was a little rushed and wished we had seen Ciaran’s entire journey and Cathal’s journey back. There is a death at the beginning of this book that is sad for fans of Daughter of the Forest but it makes a true ending of that story.
As always Rosalyn Landor’s narration was well done, I like that she made Maeve sound a bit different than everyone else at Sevenwaters after all she has been living in Britain at Harrowfield so she would have a different accent .
Even though this isn’t my favorite Sevenwaters book it was still worth 4 stars.
I feel tears brimming after reading the last of these six tales. What a wonderful story and teller of stories! I can't wait to read more of her work!
Towards the bottom. Mostly due to the story.
Any of the last series fo SevenWaters books by Juliet.
She has the ability to make this book bearable. The story is probably the worst in the series and reading the books, I only made it halfway through. Listening I was able to finish.
no, but it had more to do with the story than the narration.
6 years after her first trilogy, we revisit the SevenWaters family. The trilogy with a short novella that is referenced in the final book, but otherwise not really discussed. The final trilogy follows Sean’s children as they mature, marry, and make their way in the world of SevenWaters. We revisit first starting about 4 years after the end of the first trilogy. The Tuatha de Danann (Fair folk) that we knew from the first trilogy are gone west, and a more malevolent group has now moved in, lead by none other than the trickster MacDara himself. This second set of books seems to be more forced than the first. The situations not as real and the love stories somewhat lacking. I know that Miss Marillier was battling cancer while writing some of them, but the stories don’t really fit into the same series in the first books. The characters don’t seem as well rounded, and the love stories seem a bit forced in some cases. I loved Sibeal’s love story, it was the most well rounded, and feasible. Clodagh’s story had me feeling a little disappointed because it seems that her feelings shift from Aiden to Cathal with really no reason, and she doesn’t seem to mourn Aiden after he’s killed by MacDara. The one I had the most trouble with is Maeve. The interest in Luachan is so much more real than Artagan/Bear connection. Maeve looks at Bear & Badger as dogs. Pets. Not a love interest. When all of a sudden the dogs turn human, without any explanation, or knowing who she’s talking to, Maeve accepts a proposal of marriage. It all seemed like the fairy godmother waved her magic wand and poof the ending is exactly how she wanted it, and the rest of the book be magically forgotten.
Couldn't put it down finished all six in three weeks. Great story line, well-written characters with depth that helps you to truly understand them and how they think. I enjoyed the series very much.
Juliet Marillier stories are a pleasant listen. The stories are predictable, but most fairy tales are predicatable. Nice for those times when your soul needs a little enchantment.
I'm not a huge fan of Rosalyn Landor. She does a good job on female voices, but I'm not wild about her male voices. They sound too sonorous. I always imagine Noah parting the red seas. I don't think the narration should scare you off, it's something I can live with - just not my favorite.
I like fantasy, some sci-fi, quantum physics, psychology, neurology, some horror/thriller books.
I have been a fan of Marillier since Wildwood Dancing. I have listened to all the books in the series and loved each in it's own special way. I did find some predictability within the story and yet there were a few twists that surprised me. Not my favorite of the series, but I did like the unconditional love for animals and the unconditional love given in return. This author knows how to weave a tale!
Sharon Shinn. Especially the Twelve Houses series. Not the similar stlyle, but the ability to weave a good tale and develop characters that you have an emotional attachment to. I want to feel their love, pain, and bliss!
I would. However, for me she was just average. I have heard much better.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder....
"Beautifully read - interesting heroine"
I would not because I think that this is not as good as the other books in the series - it is still a good book and probably worth reading/listening to especially if you liked the others - it does have some satisfying twists and an interesting main character but it lacked something of the spark that made her earlier books so wonderful - I did really like the way that it was read however - it really brought the book to life
I would have focused on the villain and made the struggle between the factions of faery and the main characters more central rather than focusing almost entirely on the human concerns - I felt that more magic might have added to this story
She brings an authentic accent which brings the main character to life and also I am certain I would not have been able to pronounce one or two words correctly such as geis
Not really but then it was a very long book! I certainly enjoyed listening to it
I would recommend reading the earlier books
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