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.
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"Another great installment in series"
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.
"Fantastic Narration, Beautiful Story"
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.
"I dislike this narrator compared to the first book"
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.
"Son of Shadows"
Great read all based on a snippet of fairy stories. Really clever. At first I did not like this narrator but she grew on me! Well done!
The story is engaging. I fell in love with the lead characters myself!
The twists and turns in the storyline. I don't like to be able to guess what's coming next.
I loved the lilt in her voice. Didn't really like the male voice she did though.
Can you truly choose your own path?
I've read some reviews and others didn't like the change in narrators and at first I agreed (mainly I just loved the narrator of the first book) but after getting used to Rosalyn I'm almost glad you have a different narrator for each book. It's as if the new narrator signifies the change in the story from one child to the next.
"Best story of the Sevenwaters tale."
I read this book a few years ago, but I loved it so much I wanted to listen to the audio version. The audio version did not disappoint, it was discovering the story all over again.
Bran is one of my most beloved and daft literature men. His physical appearance blended with his profound loving nature, all mix in with his dark past and character flaws make him extremely lovable. When you find out his true identity it will blow you away.
The narrator did a good job.
"A fated love"
Towards the top of the list
The unending and undying love of Liadan and Bran
She has the power to transform the world
The first trilogy I read in late 2001 – early 2002. I had to wait for the third book to be released to read it. This trilogy heavily influenced my online persona as after reading the second book, whose heroine is Liadan, I started using Liadan as an online handle. The first 3 books touched me deeply. The stories of Sorcha, Liadan and Fainne are so full of emotion, life and reality. You can imagine yourself in the story, or stepping out into ancient Ireland in the middle of the forest or the honeycomb.
You can relate to the trials that the heroines face. The characters are multi-dimensional and well rounded. The love stories are believable, and take a course that while you can see that while there will be struggles in the relationships, and the happily ever after is never a promise, that the couples will fight for their HEA as much as they can. The loss of Sorcha makes us cry because we fell in love with her in Daughter of the Forest, but the way her children and Red go on is the way it’s meant to be.
The struggle of Good vs Evil and the way to win back the islands leads our stories to an extent through all the books. The books in my opinion are perfectly written, and the end is what is expected. The old faith is preserved, and those who were trapped in their own darkness see that they can follow the light. The story wrapped up perfectly.
"Slower, but wonderful."
I adore her voice and range. Never over the top, never too subtle. Just perfect.
Great second installment. Second books in a series oftentimes drag on, functioning as a bridge or filler for better books to come but this was well worth it. Great continuation, despite the oftentimes blatant repetitions in story line and similarity in characters.
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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