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review 2016-09-21 13:21
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Prophecy: Child of Light (Vampires Realm #1) by Felicity Heaton
Prophecy: Child of Light - F.E. Heaton
Prophecy is book one of the Vampires Realm series, and we start off in Prague with Prophecy locked in her home, not allowed to go out and hunt, but has no idea why. One night, she sneaks out for her first kill and is found by Valentine. Now in this world, vampire families do not intermingle. Once Valentine realises who she is (which is more than Prophecy knows), he reports her to his Lord, therefore putting her under a death sentence. Unable to follow his orders, Valentine kidnaps Prophecy and they both run.
Travelling from Prague, to England, to Paris, and back again, this book covers a lot of ground, with a lot of situations and characters. Prophecy is looking for answers, and Valentine is there to help. Their relationship is tumultuous, but it is all Young Adult friendly! 
Ending on a cliffhanger, this is a long story that will give you a good insight into Felicity Heaton's Vampire Realm. Recommended.
* Verified Purchase - December 2012 *
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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/09/review-by-merissa-prophecy-child-of.html
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review 2014-12-03 00:00
Child of Prophecy
Child of Prophecy - Janny Wurts Powerful short story, compelling and intense, about foreordained destiny entwining with hope and a woman's courage.
The story opens with the protagonist, young Meiglin, fleeing from a doomed life in the bawdyhouse where she has spent her childhood, with a terrible knowledge and hunted dreams. Janny Wurts' evocative writing style vividly portrays how Meiglin meets her destiny and fights for what she holds dear.
I picked this up as my first introduction to the Wars of Light and Shadow series, there are many references to people and events I gather related to the main series which have piqued my curiosity.
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review 2014-01-19 00:00
REVIEW: Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters, #3)
Child of the Prophecy - Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier is so very talented. The skill in which she crafts prose and weaves stories with such beauty is simply amazing. While I don't love all of her stories, for whatever reason (maybe a particular plot won't excite me, or maybe I can't relate to the main characters of a given story), the ones that I do love always blow me away. And, such was the case with Child of the Prophecy.

Now, I've read the Sevenwaters books all out of order, mostly due to circumstantial reasons. At present, I'm mostly caught up, and after finishing Child of the Prophecy, I only have the novella Twixt Firelight and Water as well as the newest book Flame of the Sevenwaters left to go. So, I have a lot to compare Child of the Prophecy to. Yet, the books holds up in the series, and has all of the elements that Marillier does best.

Going into this book, I read all these reviews saying that Fianne was a great protagonist because of her capacity for evil. While I agree that she was a great protagonist, and was a lot more three-dimensional than some of Marillier's other leads (cough Liadan cough), I never thought of her as evil in any way. Yes, she did some horrible things, but I always understood and even sympathized with her reasons for doing them. Fianne's struggles throughout the book and the loneliness she is forced to endure is somewhat heartbreaking, and while I was reading this I yearned for her to somehow find happiness.

The key to her happiness seems to be Darragh, Fianne's best friend from childhood who fell in love with her somewhere along the way. Fianne has to constantly push Darragh away to protect him from her wicked grandmother. Yet, even after being pushed away time after time, Darragh is always coming back to her, which just squished my heart in a painful but wonderful way. They are apart for most of the book, but that just makes the moments they have together all the more poignant and beautiful, even when (especially when) those moments were heartbreaking.

I will say that there are parts of this book that are a bit slow, and this book is a bit too chock full of lore and information on the events of Sevenwaters. Overall, though, this was a wonderful story, the kind that made me ache, and those who love Marillier's works should love this one as well.

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review 2013-08-30 19:49
Book Review of Prophecy: Child of Light (Vampire Realm #1) by F. E. Heaton
Prophecy: Child of Light - F.E. Heaton

Review 6******

This is a fantastic paranormal romance! I loved it!

Prophecy is a fantastic character. She is very headstrong and determined, but also very naive about the world, as she has been kept hidden. I liked her very much.

Valentine is also a fantastic character. He is one of the most charismatic vampire characters I have come across in a novel. He is absolutely drool-worthy! I think I'm in love with him!

I am a huge fan of this author's work, so I have been looking forward to reading this book! I can tell you that this story did not disappoint - I struggled to put this book down! I love stories with vampires, werewolves or witches, but this book has them all. This is an extremely exciting read, full of danger and smoldering emotions. The sexual tension between Prophecy and Valentine was palpable; I kept waiting for them to act on it, but unfortunately, circumstances kept interrupting! The story takes the reader on a journey with Prophecy and Valentine as they try to unravel the mystery that surrounds her and the magic she carries, and a prophecy foretold.
There are some really great characters in this book, but there are also some creepy ones! I liked meeting Dmitri and Mia, but Arkalus made me shudder!
There are several exciting chases and fight scenes that are detailed so well that I could actually picture them quite easily. In fact, the whole book was detailed so well that it ran like a movie in front of my minds eye; The story flowed effortlessly from one scene to the next. The ending had me gasping in disbelief, and I am now wanting to find out what happens next! Luckily, I already have the next book on my Kindle, and will be reading it as soon as I can!

As I have previously said, I am a huge fan of this author, and whether she writes under F.E. Heaton or Felicity Heaton matters very little to me. Her imagination and attention to detail sparks mine, and that is why I love her work so much. I will keep reading her books for as long as she keeps writing them, and beyond. She is number one on my favourite authors list.

Although there are no really steamy scenes, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love paranormal romances with an excellent story, combined with sexy vampires, werewolves and witches. - Lynn Worton

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review 2013-07-06 00:00
Child of the Prophecy - Juliet Marillier Ironically enough, I wound up loving Child of the Prophecy more than its predecessor, Son of the Shadows. For many, this original concluding foray into Sevenwaters was a disappointment, sadly lacking in comparison to the beauty that was Daughter of the Forest and the epic that was Son of the Shadows. As someone who left the latter feeling more than a little disappointed and was prepared to feel the same way from this installment, Child of the Prophecy proved to be a pleasant surprise. A very pleasant surprise. I wound up devouring this over a brief weekend in NYC, unable to set it down on the subway, train, or bus. And yes, I did get many strange glances at my oft grief-stricken expression, not to mention the stray tears, but it was so, so worth it. If, like me, you've been putting off this series under the assumption that this novel is the weak link, let me convince you otherwise; truly, it isn't. What makes Child of the Prophecy a difficult novel to like is the fact that it is a difficult novel to enjoy. Sorcha and Liadan, our past heroines, are women who have grown loved and sheltered in the woodlands of Sevenwaters. Fianne, however, has grown up secluded near the ocean with only her father. Niamh, Fianne's beautiful mother, committed suicide shortly after Fianne was born and, as a result, Fianne has always wondered why she was never enough to keep her mother alive. Furthermore, Fianne's limp and sorceress status keep her secluded from others; all except Darragh who patiently befriends her and loyally returns for her every summer, though he is a traveling man. As such, from the beginning itself, Fianne is a very different heroine, one whose path does not merely lie in testing her endurance, but also in discovering her own path. Our novel truly begins, though, when the Lady Oonagh, Fianne's grandmother, blackmails her granddaughter into infiltrating Sevenwaters and preventing a prophecy from coming true. Johnny, the son of Liadan and Bran, is the titular child of the prophecy upon which the hopes of Sevenwaters lie as they face a perilous time nearing war with the Britons, specifically the Northwoods who neighbor Harrowfield. Fianne, though recognizing the evil intents in her grandmother's plan, is powerless to stop her as the Lady Oonagh threatens to kill Ciaran, Fianne's father. Thus, Fianne travels to Sevenwaters, little realizing that her extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins will fill her heart with love and weaken her resolve. Fianne, who has known little of love in her life and has seen its destructive hand in her family, will now discover the true power, both of family and, most importantly, of love. Fianne, from the beginning itself, was a protagonist I loved, merely because of her flaws. Unlike Sorcha and Liadan, Fianne is not without her evil attributes. In fact, on more than one occasion Fianne commits acts with terrible consequences, choosing not to intervene and prevent certain actions from unfolding. While this may indicate the presence of evil, what it really indicates is a character who is confused and afraid. Fianne fails to see her own beauty, both outward and inward, and also fails to recognize the power she holds. All these qualities make her an easy pawn for the Lady Oonagh and the struggles Fianne must face mold her character into one with many, many grays. It is difficult to decide if Fianne can even be considered a good person after all the evil she has done, no matter the good she does as well, but these are the precise reasons I love her character so. Fianne is not the perfect heroine Sevenwaters usually gives us. Along her way she finds way to defy her grandmother, to stand up to her and to stand up for what is right, and though she returns to being a pawn, time and time again, each time she learns and her experiences steadily give her the confidence she needs in herself to finally overcome evil. Without a doubt, Fianne's growth as a character is the best this series has delivered so far, and likely will be for her circumstances lend themselves to so much room for improvement. Fianne's steady will, her courage and determination to find a way to do right while leading her grandmother to believe she is doing wrong is such a tricky and difficult path, but she treads it realistically, with equal parts despair and hope. Although I was not comfortable with some of the decisions she was forced to make at the hand of her grandmother, I recognized their worth in her growth as a human and, ultimately, appreciate their value. Marillier wouldn't be herself, though, without rich secondary characters as well. We meet almost the entire Sevenwaters cast again, sans Red who has sadly passed away by this point, and are exposed to the changes that have taken place in the past eighteen years. While our favorite characters remain the same, time has changed them and their circumstances as well. Additionally, there is a slew of new characters, all in the form of Fianne's numerous cousins, all of which I loved. Yet, the secondary character who stole my heart - and Fianne's too! - was Darragh. Darragh and Fianne are childhood friends and while Fianne cannot see it, Darragh slowly falls for her with time. Now, however, entrusted with the Lady Oonagh's deadly task, Fianne sends Darragh away, fearful that her grandmother may threaten to harm him next. Thus, Fianne and Darragh are often apart for most of the novel. Although Darragh always returns to Fianne, their moments are short and their romance is not an overwhelming majority of the novel. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that this is perhaps the most subtle of Marillier's romances, but one of the most beautiful nevertheless. While Darragh and Fianne are kept apart, their memories of one another never are and through small thoughts and subtle gestures, the longing these two share is built-up. Although I don't parade as a hopeless romantic, the truth it, the sheer longing and uncertainty and love and affection between these two had me shaking with emotion near the end of the novel, despite the lack of emphasis it was given in the book. Darragh's kindness and his love give Fianne the strength to persevere on and while he isn't a leader like Red or Bran, his innocence and gentle nature are exactly what Fianne need, not to mention his loyalty and undying faith in his best friend, despite the horrors she confesses to him. For me, at any rate, these two definitely join the ranks with Sorcha & Red and Liadan & Bran. Without a doubt. While Child of the Prophecy was a surprisingly quick and engaging read for me, it did have its low points. For one, the portrayal of the Lady Oonagh was disappointingly Disney-like for my tastes. After shrouding this evil sorceress for two novels and building up her legend, actually meeting the woman was a disappointing shock. Marillier failed to convey the true hatred that resided within Lady Oonagh's heart and her dialogue depicted her as a blood-hungry witch. Additionally, the death of a major character, both from Son of the Shadows and this novel, was dealt with very sloppily, in my opinion. For fear of spoilers, I won't mention any names, but this character and Fianne shared a large story line, one that was integral both to Fianne's growth and the plot of the novel. Thus, to see the character killed off in a quick and hurried fashion, mostly as a matter of convenience, was confusing, to say the least. In some ways, this novel didn't carry forth the same level of well-rounded excellency as Marillier's novels always do, with a few points shoddily disregarded or merely disappointing, but ultimately, one cannot deny that Child of the Prophecy is an excellent conclusion to this original trilogy. Not only did it exceed my expectations, but it wormed its way into my heart as well. Well and truly, Child of the Prophecy is far from being the disappointment of this series. In fact, I suspect there isn't one to be found.
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