The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest and a new heir has been born. But the family's joy turns to despair when the baby is taken, and something unnatural is left in his place. To reclaim her newborn brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there.
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"Another great installment in series"
Rosalyn Landor did a great job on the narration as always, Mac Dara’s voice had just the right amount of contempt for humans and venom when he was crossed. She gave Clodagh a dignity and fragility at times that was a nice blend. I always enjoy all her different voices male and female.
When we venture back to Sevenwaters the household is preparing for the wedding of Dierdre to a nobleman, the house is full of people among them Johnny and some of his men including Aiden and Cathal, Aiden has eyes for Dierdre’s twin Clodagh and his rude foster-brother Cathal seems to have a lot to say about this. As was decided by Lord Sean, Johnny son of Liadan & Bran would be the heir to Sevenwaters since he and wife Aisling have only had daughters but an unexpected late in life pregnancy produces a son they name Finbar. The pregnancy has been worrisome to the whole household because of Aisling’s age but when everything goes well with the birth the whole household celebrates and sighs with relief, until the day Cathal comes to say goodbye to Clodagh in the nursery and in that second her brother Finbar is gone and in his place a changeling made of sticks that only she can see is a real child from the otherworld. This begins Clodagh’s journey into the otherworld to rescue her brother with Cathal’s help.
This one had much more otherworldly/magical beings and worlds than the last couple books have had which I enjoyed, most of the book is spent in the otherworld with forest beings and the evil King of The Oaks Mac Dara who wants something but it isn’t Finbar or Clodagh . Cathal was an interesting character because in the beginning he is so rude to everyone especially Clodagh but as the story goes on we see why he was like he was and his reasoning’s behind it all.
Clodagh’s journey is interesting because unlike all the other daughters of Sevenwaters who did battle with otherworldly foes this is this first one that did their fighting in the otherworld, she has a long harrowing journey and I was glad that years and years hadn’t passed in the real world while she searched for her brother!
"Least fav of series so far"
I'd only recommend this one if you were reading the whole series, but not the book by itself. I really love the Sevenwaters series, having read the first 3 years ago, but I found this one to be a little overly predictable. The self doubt and pining after men got to be a little much after a while. The book isn't bad, but compared to the others I thought it was a bit lame.
Yes, I plan on finishing the series, though I hope the next one is more interesting.
No, I thought the performance was really quite good! I loved her accent and finally understood how to say the names. I did however think the editing was a little poor? There were times when she re-read something she had messed up and it wasn't edited out. Also there were like no pauses between transitions which was pretty confusing at times.
Only if it was the whole series.
Overall not a bad book, though so far the worst of the series in my opinion. Still looking forward to reading more of Sevenwaters.
"good, but not her best"
this one is not as fleshed out as the first three, therefore not as satisfying. as usual, i wanted more connection to the book before. as usual, there is too much left out from one book to the next. i wanted more depth of the main characters. i wanted more depth from the bringing home of Finbar, the baby. i wanted to know why the fairy folk left Sevenwaters Forest. i just wanted more...
i guess that's because of the author's ability to write an engaging story, and the narrator's ability to bring you into the story as if it's unfolding around you. i listen with my eyes closed and i see the story as if it's real.
"Heir to Sevenwaters"
This series just keeps getting better and better. I hope Juliet Marillier keeps writing!
After so many years and having only girls, Lady Aisling of Sevenwaters is expecting again. She believes with all her heart that this time it will be a boy. At her age there are many complications and she and/or the baby may not survive the birthing. When she goes into early labor everyone is braced for the worst. Luckily, she delivers a healthy baby boy and both are recovering quite well.
The joy doesn't last long and the baby, Finbar, is taken with a changeling left in his place. However, Clodagh is the only person that can see or hear the cries of the baby changeling. Everyone else just sees a cruel joke of sticks and stones in the shape of a baby. With suspicion cast on Cathal, one of Johnny's men, and anger towards Clodagh, she decides to take the changeling (Becan) to the Otherworld to get her brother back. Clodagh and Cathal cross paths in the woods and together make the journey to see the Fae Prince, Mac Dara. It's dangerous, scary, cruel and heartbreaking but Love is the strongest weapon of all.
I love this series. Daughter of the Forest is my all time favorite book and even though the subsequent books aren't quite as fantastic, they are still favorites as well. I always become immersed in the story and the characters with their own personal battles to win. My heart aches for them and because of that I usually have to spread them out a little. In the end, you will get a happy ending but it's a hard journey with lots of tears along the way.
Listened to first 2 and #4, read #3. Extraordinary, compelling and full of Irish Lore!
"A Revisit that didn't live up"
Possibly. I loved the first 3 books, but felt that the Heir to SevenWaters was forced and didn't live up to the original 3 books in the series.
When Clodagh rescues the changling from the fire.
I didn't have a favorite, although honestly the book is from Clodagh's point of view so you don't really get more than a voice through Clodagh for other characters.
6 years (our time not book time) later, we revisit the SevenWaters family. The trilogy with a short novella that is referenced in the final book, but otherwise not really discussed. The final trilogy follows Sean’s children as they mature, marry, and make their way in the world of SevenWaters. We revisit first starting about 4 years after the end of the first trilogy. The Tuatha de Danann (Fair folk) that we knew from the first trilogy are gone west, and a more malevolent group has now moved in, lead by none other than the trickster MacDara himself. This second set of books seems to be more forced than the first. The situations not as real and the love stories somewhat lacking. I know that Miss Marillier was battling cancer while writing some of them, but the stories don’t really fit into the same series in the first books. The characters don’t seem as well rounded, and the love stories seem a bit forced in some cases. I loved Sibeal’s love story, it was the most well rounded, and feasible. Clodagh’s story had me feeling a little disappointed because it seems that her feelings shift from Aiden to Cathal with really no reason, and she doesn’t seem to mourn Aiden after he’s killed by MacDara. The one I had the most trouble with is Maeve. The interest in Luachan is so much more real than Artagan/Bear connection. Maeve looks at Bear & Badger as dogs. Pets. Not a love interest. When all of a sudden the dogs turn human, without any explanation, or knowing who she’s talking to, Maeve accepts a proposal of marriage. It all seemed like the fairy godmother waved her magic wand and poof the ending is exactly how she wanted it, and the rest of the book be magically forgotten.
Twixt Firelight and Water was my favorite of the last set of books as it does answer the question of what/who is Fiacha?
I found the book to be inspiring well written and very well narrated. I normally don't stick with long series of books but I'm stuck with this one. I found it intriguing the characters well written with good depth and the stories intertwined very well. she gets a little bit wordy a little bit verbose and some of the parts but it's OK because there is a lot of detail that has to be explained but I have really enjoyed the entire series thus far
"I love these books"
I love this series have read it through on paperback and fell in love with audio books. I tried this series out and loved it much. I do believe there were a few glitches in the recording though. :) as for the writing beyond the first initial fairy tale I believe the author has done admirably if one is looking for a fantastical tale reaching for the unknown rather than the ordinary reaching for the known world
"Part 2 is the only section to download"
Part 2 downloads repeatedly. The section list part 1 & 2 though when sections opened only part 2 present.
Most of the books that i have got so far i have enjoyed as the person reading the book keeps you gripped until the end of the book
I have enjoyed the twists and turns of the story and the love that the two main people in the story and that she gets her brother back from the Lord of the Oaks
1. She changes her voice for different people in the book so this makes it more interesting
2. Her Irish accent makes you feel that you are in Ireland
3. She keeps you hooked
How that she looked after the changling until she could get her baby brother back and then she goes back to get the of live of her life. It follows on from the previous books in the series
If you look a good story please dont be put off as it Si-Fi book as it very interesting once you listen to it.
The only thing that spoils the books are the preview of the next book as it just nice to not knowing about the first chapter.
"Sack the editor"
Yes, and indeed I already have.
The narrator's voice is pleasant and gives depth to the audio recording.
While the story and narration of this part of the Sevenwaters series are excellent, this particular book has been very poorly edited. The quality in books purchased from audible is usually quite good. In this case it fell poorly short of the mark. Repeated sentences, points where the narrator pauses mid sentence to go back to correct herself, making a note on the audio that there is an error all of which should have been picked up by an editor before release. Whether the fault is due to Rosalyn Landor or a separate editor, the mistakes kept pulling me out of my immersion in the book and greatly reduced my enjoyment of it.
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