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review 2016-01-20 23:40
The Sevenwaters Trilogy is now on book 6
Flame of Sevenwaters - Juliet Marillier

I am a big fan of Juliet Marillier and adore the first three books of The Sevenwaters Trilogy.  I can't believe this trilogy has now been drawn out to a 6th book!  Me thinks we should stick to trilogies.  That being said this is great writing in the continuing family saga and if you're fan of her work, you'll be fan of this book.  

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review 2015-03-07 00:00
Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, #1)
Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, #1) - Juliet Marillier I have three words to describe this book....beautiful, heartbreaking and enchanting! Okay maybe four words if you count and...

This book is something special and it has made its way to my "favorite books ever" shelf! If this is a book you're interested in then stop right now and read it. It's that good. Juliet Marillier is an amazing writer and this will be a book that I will never forget. She creates amazing imagery through her writing and you'll find yourself swept off to another land in no time.

Sorcha and her six brothers live with their father Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. They had lost their mother as young children, but otherwise lived a happy life. Then one day this jerk wad of a woman (Lady Oonagh) decides to marry their father. The father suddenly seems to be placed under a spell that nobody can break.

"There was something deeply unsettling about Diamid's fawning admiration, and my fathers readiness to be overruled by his lady. And by the way the servants were scurrying about nervously, as if afraid of taking a wrong step."

"But if felt bad, not as if she just wanted to get to know us, but - I shivered. I don't know. As if she would store the information and use it somehow. Use it against us."

The family is torn to shreds after the wedding. Lady Oonagh placed a spell on more than just Lord Colum and it's up to Sorcha to make it all right again. We are taken on a heartbreaking but beautiful adventure, while Sorcha does everything in her power to make her family whole again.

This is not an easy read. It's kind of a heavy read and be prepared to want to punch (or worse) some of the characters. Even though things get difficult and hard to read, this is a very rewarding story. There were at least two times that I just wanted to give up because there was so much despair. You'll be so happy once you finish this book, so don't give up if you feel like I did during those chapters. It did take me a bit to get completely absorbed into the story, but once I was, there was no going back.

My favorite characters in no particular order were: Sorcha (of course), Finbar, Simon and Red. I'm moving on to the next book because I must know more about this world and these characters. I can't stress this enough...If you like this genre then read the book!

"You cannot do this. It is wrong, all wrong. How can you even think - oh, for words to tell him properly. The threads of this story were tangling, knotting, falling into chaos. It was one thing to break the pattern, another to tear it boldly apart."

Oh and I must warn you that there's a small bit about rape in this book. It didn't overly bother me personally (I didn't like it of course), but it may bother you, so beware.

Also, I've been on the search for a mind-blowing book. I've been grabbing random books and hoping for the best. I started this before the hunt but I'd definitely consider Daughter of the Forest as being a winner.
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text 2014-03-02 08:01
February "Real" Books
Seer of Sevenwaters - Juliet Marillier
The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam #2) - Margaret Atwood
Goddess of Spring - P.C. Cast
Night Film - Marisha Pessl
The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, Book 3) (Paperback) - Sandra Cisneros (Author)
The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Beddor
Cold Magic - Kate Elliott
Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine,Eden Riegel
Elantris - Brandon Sanderson

9 read in February! 1 more than last month :) 

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review 2014-01-20 00:00
Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Book 1)
Daughter of the Forest - Juliet Marillier *Edited* Downgraded my rating when I realized I've spent the past few days feeling increasingly creeped out by the way the romance was handled. Ugh.

Uneven in general, and the first half was much stronger than the second. And while I'm not often put off by a book's length, much of the length here comes from tiresome repetition of the POV character's thoughts.

There were so many moments where this book teetered at the edge of being something much greater than it ultimately is. But it never quite gets there.
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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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