Beautiful Sorcha is the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures. It is from her sacrifice that Sorcha's brothers were brought home to their ancestral fortress Sevenwaters, and her life has known much joy. But not all the brothers were able to fully escape the spell that transformed them into swans, and it is left to Sorcha's daughter, Liadan, to help fulfill the destiny of the Sevenwaters clan. Beloved child and dutiful daughter, Liadan embarks on a journey that shows her just how hard-won was the peace that she has known all her life.
Liadan will need all of her courage to help save her family, for there are dark forces and ancient powers conspiring to destroy this family's peace - and their world. And she will need all of her strength to stand up to those she loves best, for in the finding of her own true love, Liadan's course may doom them all...or be their salvation.
©2001 Juliet Marillier (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
About 15 years have passed since the end of Daughter of the Forest Sorcha and Red have 3 children twins Sean & Liadan, and Niamh, Sean is being groomed to take over Sevenwaters, Liadan is a healer much like her mother and Niamh seems to be the spoiled pretty girl who will marry to further the families allies, but she has other ideas when a druid named Ciaran comes to Sevenwaters he and Niamh start a secret affair, but this will not go well and if you paid attention to ending of Daughter of the Forest you will know why this relationship cannot go on. When the family finds out about this she is sent off to marry a chieftain who may not be as good a man as the family thinks he is!
Liadan is kidnapped by the mysterious and dangerous Painted Man to heal one of his brethren as she spends more time with this band of men she sees a different side of this man than she previously thought, since he won’t tell her his name she decides to call him Bran and she falls in love with him they have one night of passion and then he finds out who her father is and sends her home. As you can guess the night of passion has resulted in a child. So now you have the gist of what this installment is about.
There were times I really like Liadan I liked her strength at becoming a single mother when that kind of thing was not done however I questioned her thinking when she took her baby into enemy territory to rescue Bran and his man Gull, I mean really who would do that when you have a whole house full of family and servants, so why in the world would you strap your baby on your back for a dangerous rescue mission.
There are parts of this book that are very sad for lovers of the first Sevenwaters book Daughter of the Forest , including the reveals comes of just who Bran actually is and why he has such a grudge against Liadan’s father Hugh of Harrowfield, I thought this one did a great job of bringing us up to date on the characters from the first book but also moving on from them to the next generation.
Rosalyn Landor narrated this one and if you follow my reviews you know she is a favorite of mine and this was no exception. As always, she does a great job with nice accents and variations between characters.
This was a re-read I read this book years ago and re-read on audio and maybe didn’t like Liadan as much as I remembered.
Resoundingly, yes. This is a story that is better to listen to than to read (and I typically don't even enjoy audiobooks). While recovering from a concussion, I downloaded a few of my favorite books (under doctor's orders not to read). I couldn't get into others, but this narration was fantastic and I found myself totally captivated for most of the story.
At the same time, there are just a few parts that drag. Hang on through them, because the story is worth it!
I loved this narrator. She's fantastic -- I was sometimes amazed at her ability to do different voices and had to check to see whether she was the sole narrator. She was the voice of Liadan.
Oh, quite a few, but I don't want to spoil it.
Well, I always listen to audiobooks when I'm doing something else, so it was good enough for that. I wouldn't suggest this book for devoting all your time to.
I would because I like the first book a lot. This book was much more mediocre, so it makes me less enthusiastic.
Her accent makes it feel more authentic, like you are hearing this book around a camp fire.
No. Just, no.
This book starts out well enough and I enjoyed it. Yet the longer it dragged on, the more boring it became. I feel like this book is longer than the story can truly sustain.
One of the best! Absolutely great to listen to.
Rosalyn Landor did an amazing job. She told the story beautifully, I could hardly stop listening.
The story is no doubt a great one, but after listening the first book and loving the narration of it, this narrator is not as good.
I most definitely will!
Better narrator. She wasn't very good at making the voices of each character different.
this was such a good book that after it was finished I bought the next 2.
Hard to say. Rosalyn Landor is the best narrator around, but I did hear some voices differently in my mind than she portrayed them. But that is just preference. The novel had a lovely pacing, Landor gave strong, emotional performances, and the journey is equally compelling whether listened to or read.
I love all the things in the Marillier novels. Do not make me choose.
Everything. She is my favorite narrator reading one of my favorite stories. What is not to adore?
Read all the Sevenwaters series.
I'm really enjoying this series. It's easy to get very involved in this world and characters.
I wasn't wild about this narrator at first. I didn't like her male characters in the beginning. I almost wondered if I wanted to stop and get the e-book instead, but it got better as the recording went on. I don't know if she got more comfortable and found her voice as the recording progressed or if I was so engrossed in the story I didn't notice anymore. Maybe a bit of both. It's interesting that Rosalyn pronounces Sorcha differently that the first and 3rd narrator.
the more i hear, the more i want. i love this series. can not get enough. i would have liked to have more of the time between the first book and the second. there is a lot of story not told about the early lives of this generations children, as children.
when you find an author who writes the way you want to read/hear, you don't want anything left out. i would have also liked to have heard what happened when 'Red' went back to his homeland after Sorchas' death...which i hated to have her part in the story ended!
this series seems to have quite a few different narrators from book to book. my preference is to have one narrator for all books, as the narrator makes or breaks the story. so far, it isn't too bad. the first narrator, Terry Donnelly took a bit of time to get her stride, but had a lovely voice, and the emotion she was able to put into the story was above wonderful.
the second narrator, Rosalyn Landor's voice reminded me of an actress from the 50's, Maureen O'Hara, which is fine, but her male voices were at best mediocre. at times i was hard put to know which man was talking, and it was hard listening for long to any of the male voices. if it weren't for the compelling story line i believe i would have stopped listening...which is a big credit to the author that i didn't.
also, i do wish that whoever writes the blurbs for the books would include the spelling of all the main characters. it would make it much easier when writing a review, not to be concerned with getting the names right.
Have both read and listened to this story. Both I enjoyed very much. The audio managed to bring this story to life. You are not only listening , but living this story. Would listen to again without a doubt.
Leiden. Her love and loyalty showed no bounds. Fearless and true.
A magnificent read by Rosalyn Landor. An ability to pull you into this story with a voice that's both soothing and hypnotic.
A must for all with a connection to this time and era.
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