• Child of the Prophecy

  • Sevenwaters, Book 3
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 22 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (734 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2002 Juliet Marillier (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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Continued great writing, jarring change...

In narration.
Each of these books has had a different narrator. I cannot emphasize enough the need for continuity when producing a series in audio. It's really jarring when the narrator 'mispronounces' the names of people or places which we've become accustomed to.
Still, Juliet Marillier's writing holds my attention. I love this series.

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Great Story Very Well Narrated

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.

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sooo dark a story...

i must admit i am barely through half of this book. with the first two books i could not wait for the next, this one i'm not so sure about. i'm apprehensive about the dark, unsettling feeling i get as i listen.
i do not care for books that have so intensely manipulative main characters, that use their own dark evilness as the force behind their desire. there is not enough 'good' in this book so far to out way the unease that grips me as i listen. although i keep listening in hopes that the light will soon overcome the darkness.
regardless of how well written or how talented the author, i do not want books that leave me unsettled in my spirit. there is enough of that in the world without intentionally taking it in through fiction.
there are things about this book that disturb me, though you do get glimpses of hope, and almost certainly you think you know that in the end 'right' will surpass 'wrong', and all will be well at the end.
now, about what i've read so far...i can't believe after the first two books, that the main female character, although young, is so naive to the point of stupid. infact, i feel angry at the author for making her this way. and the way no one tells anybody else what is going on, always to the detriment of family and loved ones is beyond belief! i hate 'stupid' ! so many secrets, so many lies and deceptions. with such history of how this does not work for them, you'd think they'd learn by now.
i can't believe the author doesn't smarten up her characters a little. the story would be so much better if those with 'powers' were to communicate or use these powers to get where they're going with a little more intelligence. what's the point of having abilities when you don't use them as needed? it would make the story so much better.
i will eventually finish this book in hopes that it gets better, but will say this is the worst book in the series so far.
once again there is too much left out from the second book to this one. just as in the first to the second, there are many years left out. i wanted those years!! i still want those years.
i will say that the narrator is very good, and i enjoy listening to her. i just wish the author had done as good a job writing this book as the narrator did telling it.

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Well-crafted, Well Performed, Small Volume Errors

Well performed by the narrator and thoroughly enjoyable! There were some volume struggles in this one which I didn't encounter in the first two of the series, as though there were parts that were re-recorded and weren't properly adjusted to the volume of the rest of the narrative. The story was also well crafted. While the other two novels in the series were highly focused on oral storytelling, this one was more focused on the druidic faith itself and seemed to contain a subtle critique of Christianity, the faith that historically followed the passing away of Celtic belief structures. I was captivated by Faine. Her story line is heartwrenching, transfixing, and inspiring. My only critique of the story itself is that towards the end the author's message seems to overpower the plot line. Moments felt somewhat preachy. However, on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and the narrator's performance.

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Unsympathetic main character ruins this book

What did you like best about Child of the Prophecy? What did you like least?

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.

Has Child of the Prophecy turned you off from other books in this genre?

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.

Which character – as performed by Heather O'Neill – was your favorite?

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.

Was Child of the Prophecy worth the listening time?

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.

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Didn't like main character

I was fully invested in reading all the books in this series, however between the main character being unlikable and the terrible audio problems I'm giving up on this series. It's a lot of time to invest for little pay off.

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Narrator changed

The narrator hanged and she pronounces the name of a main character differently than the previous narrator. Differently enough that it irritates me every time the name spoken. Very annoying thing to do in the middle of the series.

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Bittersweet but still a lovely tale

A fitting conclusion to the original trilogy. I loved it as I did the two before it.

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Has Editing issues

Enjoyed the performance, and the story, but the sound editing was very poor. Whenever there is an edited section, there was apparently little or no effort to match the volume or sound quality. So you will be listening along peacefully, and then hit a much louder, harsher edited section which jolts you out of the flow of the story.

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book 3

keeps attention but is really the same atory as book 1 and book 2. voice sounds like it was added later in a few parts

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  • julie
  • 08-16-14

A Magnificent, magical and captivating story.

Would you listen to Child of the Prophecy again? Why?

Have already read the book , but really enjoyed the audible . Would listen to again and will.

What did you like best about this story?

The story just pulls you in. You are not only listening to the story you are living it. From start to finish you are captivated .

What does Heather O'Neill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A fantastic read by Heather O'Neil. She brings to life every character in a voice that just spell bounds you.

Any additional comments?

A must for all those with a connection with ancient times.

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  • kemloveshim
  • 10-08-21

possible editing error

The narrative was quite off putting when every few minutes there would be a louder voice of narrator saying a line like it was edited at a different volume I'm sure it's a editing error and not the fault of the narrator, I still enjoyed the book.

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  • Dad Of 3 But 1st For Me
  • 11-15-21

Another great book in the series

This was on par with the first book for me, I felt like this finished the story. I love the detail in these stories, it's just the perfect balance for me. I felt this story had a lot more about the craft in which I loved.

I have had to mark the performance down but that was due to sound issues, it frequently went high as if extra bits were added in later. It spoil the listen a bit.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-06-21

Really bad recording.

The narrator was good, the story was good but the volume was all over the place! It kept suddenly getting loud and really hurt my ears. Not one for those of us who listen on earphones.

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  • Sperrett536
  • 06-14-20

loved It

loved these books. Read with passion and a true story tellers ability drawing you in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-27-19

Fantasy and prophecy

Enjoyed the third book of the Sevenwaters series which concludes the main storyline. It's different to the other books in that Fianne is conflicted in her actions and there is almost no romance at all. It is there but it is a miniscule part of the novel. I'd forgotten nearly all this book and certainly how it ends and it's not my favourite of Ms Marillier but still enjoyable. The narrator was OK but I still prefer the narrator of "Son of Shadows"

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  • M
  • 05-11-16

awful narrator

absolutely awful narrator. so glad when the following book was by the much better narrator who knows how to pronounce Irish names.

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  • Amelia Hooper
  • 01-12-16

perfect

amazing story! Amazing book! and perfectly read out, Heather O'Neill narrated this story so well, with the characters sounding different and a voice that makes you want to continue listening

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-20

Great Story but Volume changes frequently

The volume of the narrator increases and decreases frequently making you constantly change the volume which is rather irritating

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  • Tootie NZ
  • 09-21-19

Ready for the next book

I am ready for the next book, hoping the consistency of pronunciation is better. I was disappointed by the way Liarden (not sure of spelling) was pronounced in this book.

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  • Beebeejaybee
  • 07-27-19

Great Adventure

A great continuation of the story, Sometimes the sounds change a little like a few lines were added in here and there, that is distracting but the story and performance is good, I find being in the first person it’s fitting that each book is narrated by someone new