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....
©2010 Juliet Marillier (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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.
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!
again i keep wanting more. too many things keep being left out of the story. each book in this series keeps me coming back to this same theme. i love the story line, but am always dissatisfied with the endings. each book should be a continuation of the last, and they are not. they are each a new beginning with little to no bearing on the book before, except that the books are about the 'family' line in one way or another.
what started out as a wonderfully addicting story, becomes, with each new book, an unsatisfying meal with no clean segway from one course to the next. granted, you get a superb first and second course, but then, before you're ready, comes the next course without a palette cleanser.
each book seems to stop before fully completing the story. and when the next book comes along, you can't wait to start listening because you want more of the story that left you feeling incomplete. what you get is another story with little more than a few inferences to the story you want. it's like having a waiter take your plate before your meal is complete, and you're still hungry for what you've been eating!
this book is probably the worst as far as stopping too soon. if i go on the assumption that this book will be the same as the others, i can not feel the same anticipation and eagerness to listen to the sixth book in the series... i almost dread to find that once again, there is no continuation of the characters i just listened to, and their story is not finished! sooo frustrating!!!
Juliet Marillier is a wonderful author and tells what would otherwise be a wonderful series, if each book gave a satisfying end to the story of the characters you learn to love. each book feels almost like stand alone books, as no set of characters plays important enough parts in book that follows.
i don't want to put in any spoilers, so that makes it challenging for me to detail the problems i'm having with this series. but i must say that this ending is the most incomplete of all. there is so much more to be written about Sibeal and Felix and the vision concerning their life together, yet i'm afraid we will only learn bits and pieces of this in the next book, instead of a complete telling of this story.
i do want to add that the narrator does a very good job, and i enjoy her voice. although there were times when i was hard pressed to know just which male character was talking at times.
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