Prior to making her final pledge as a druid, the young seer Sibeal visits the island of Inis Eala, where the Sight leads her to Felix, a survivor of a Norse shipwreck who has no memory of his past. As the island's healers struggle to keep Felix alive, he and Sibeal form a natural bond. But Sibeal's vocation is her true calling, and she must choose between the two things that tug at her soul - her spirituality and a chance at love....
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This 5th book of the Sevenwaters series was a great disappointment. I'm accustomed to how this author seems to take forever to get a story started but this book took forever to get to the action then forever to draw to a conclusion. BORING!
The narrator Terry Donnelly was terrible. Her voice variations, especially for male characters and creature were grating, annoying or laughable (when they weren't meant to be funny). The intensity of her delivery made the characters sound overwrought, hysterical or whiny all the time without fitting the situation. I continually found myself thinking Ho hum...more histrionics...get over it. I'm sure a more suitable reader would have made this book enjoyable.
The only reason I hung in there with this book for more than 21 hours was because I was already 4 books into the series. Would i recommend it to a friend as a stand alone book? No. Not unless I didn't like the person much! If you are as far along in the series as I am and want to see the story through to the end, I wish you luck!
I have mixed feelings about this author and series and especially this installment. On the one hand, Juliet Marillier has created a world and characters that we've come to love. While there are certain predictible formulaic aspects to the stories, she does not write cookie cutter stories. She often takes chances with her plots and characters. They aren't always the typical hero/heroine.
She also takes her time in her writing. Really takes her time. Which is not always good. This book could have been trimmed at least 20% and lost nothing. She has a tendancy to go on and on and repeat things until I start to lose patience with her. This is a long book, which I normally love and I don't feel like I'm a person who needs non-stop action, but for half the book almost nothing happens. We're mostly waiting for the male character to get well. At one point, she spends at least 15 minutes telling the story of Son of the Shadows over again. Perhaps it's because I've been listening to this series in succession, but it annoyed me for her to spend so much time repeating a story we already know.
The story itself has few surprises. It's pretty easy to guess where the story is going. This is also a weakness of this author that her plots are often pretty transparant.
The narration of this didn't help. Felix, the main male character sounds too whiney. Everything is too dramatic and drawn out, which does not help this story which is already too drawn out. I found myself wondering if I would have liked the story better if it was read differently.
So with all those negatives, would I recommend the book. Yes, if you like this series. It's still a part of the 7 Waters story, which I quite like. When I think of this story as a whole, it's a decent installment, just not 17 hours worth of story. Make sure you have something else to do while listening to this one.
It brings me back to the overall love/hate problems I have with this author. I love her characters and worlds, but I wish she had an editor that forced her to tighten up the repetitiveness and drawn out drama in her writing.
This narrator is too slow and too dramatic. She makes the characters seem weak. Her emoting was hard to take. The main character seems to be crying throughout the entire book.
Please go back to Rosalyn Landor!
Yes, because I love the story that Ms. Marillier wrote.
There was something about her accent... it bothered me, and I can't exactly say why. Also, her accents for each character just sort of blended together, so I was never a hundred percent sure who she was supposed to be unless it was said, or where they were supposed to be from. I just kind of wish that they had stuck with Ms. Landor for this book as well since she did such a good job with the others.
This book has always tugged at my heartstrings. :)
Terry Donnelly was the narrator of this one and I did enjoy her narration except for her Norse male voices they just sounded odd I can't describe exactly what was wrong with them but they were just off and didn't sound at all Norse to me. other than that she did a good job.
Read in Paperform in 2011 re-read 2013 on audio.
Another great addition to the Sevenwaters saga! In this one we follow Sibeal on her path to become a druid ,Ciaran has sent her to the island of Inis Eala to spend the summer with her sisters before she makes her final pledge to become a full druid. But as with all daughters of Sevenwaters her path takes some twists and turns. Also in this book we had some continuation of Clodagh and Cathal’s story but their story is far from over so I look forward to more from them.
This was a really good story and I loved the look back in stories that were told in the hall it made me remember some of the details I had forgotten from the previous books since it has been awhile since I’ve read them. It also reminded me how many generations of the Sevenwaters family I have come to know and love. Sorcha’s great grandchildren were born in this book and I guess I’d kind of forgotten just how far this story has come.
The story did wrap up but there is definitely more story to tell and look forward to the next book in this wonderful series.
4 ½ Stars
Could have been a well written story? Not a constant litany of moaning, whining, pathetic repetitive comments. A journey with no seeming destination.
disappointment and tedium
Don't know what Marillier was thinking with this one.
I have a couple complaints about the narrator. she pronounces series terms differently than previous narrators; names, places, everything. her cadence and intonation is annoyingly similar no matter who's talking or what's going on. there are two settings- regular whine and really whiny that she saves for dramatic moments. having listened to the previous books, this character is supposed to be the most mature and sensible, but this narrator seems to have no idea who she's voicing! as the words keep reminding us, shes supposed to be a druid, but she keeps sounding whiny, pouty and just generally an unhappy little girl way out of her depths. not at all the calm we've seen before. I've been enjoying this series, but this narrator is too jarring, and whiny, to continue.
Among the top 10 for sure. And I've listened to about 200.
I thought she was perfect; my only misgivings have to do with the change in pronunciation compared to earlier titles in the series. Consistency would be nice. But I'm guessing that's not Mrs Donnelly's fault.
To be honest, I did not expect much from this fifth part of the series but I am so glad I gave it a shot. It made me laugh, cry, and stop editing (which is when I do most of my audio book listening) because I was so captivated. Wonderful installment.
top of the bottom half
Sibeal's realization that she didn't have to live her life alone.
When Siebeal finally realizes that Svala is trying to talk to her
See the most memorable moment
Then 6 years later, 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.
Twixt Firelight and Water was my favorite of the last set of books as it does answer the question of what/who is Fiacha?
The seer sabail was very whiney...it was should tell or not Yada yada...what made it even more annoying was the narrator voice for this character. Sabail made me want to jump into the book and give her a good smack for being so annoying. Overall this book wasn't so bad however I was glad when it came to an end
"Seven Waters series"
Love these books. The mixture of fairy tale & folk lore is engrossing and uplifting. Fantastic.
"Glad I Perservered"
Terry Donnelly took a lot of getting used to- I tried three times to listen to this and found that on the first two her voices just grated on me badly. Somewhere throughout though it seemed like either I just got used to her or she got better at it. The story was lovely, and particularly I loved the sea dragons. I found Felix to be a refreshing change of pace from the usual fighters too, he was quite endearing once you he got out of the infirmary.
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