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Child of the Prophecy: Book Three of the Sevenwaters Trilogy (The Sevenwaters Series 3) Kindle Edition

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The powerful fantasy novel Child of the Prophecy successfully concludes Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters Trilogy, which chronicles a fated family's three-generation struggle to preserve the failing magic of ancient Ireland.

The daughter of a forbidden romance, Fianne has been raised in isolation and trained in magic by her loving but remote druid-father, Ciaran, and her ruthless sorceress-grandmother, the Lady Oonagh. They send Fianne to Sweetwaters to live among relatives who had no knowledge of her existence and who may have instigated the death of her mother, their sister Niamh. Fianne has come to carry out her grandmother's long-planned vengeance on the clan--and on the Old Ones, who are the source of Ireland's mystic power. Despite her mother's death, Fianne is reluctant to harm her Sweetwaters kin. But if she lets them live, the Lady Oonagh will kill both her father and Darragh, the handsome young horse tamer who has captured Fianne's heart.

Child of the Prophecy works as a standalone novel, but readers will benefit by first reading its equally accomplished prequels, Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows. --Cynthia Ward

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In the final book in her Sevenwaters Trilogy, Australian Marillier gathers the threads from the first two (Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows) and weaves them together into a rich tapestry of love and loss, family loyalty and personal sacrifice. The saga of the guardians of the forest at Sevenwaters takes up the story of Fainne, daughter of the former Druid Ciaran and the lost Niamh. Raised in the ways of magic, Fainne plans to become a solitary sorcerer like her father, but fate intervenes in the form of her grandmother, Oonagh, a sorceress with a penchant for cruelty and a desire to put an end to everything the Sevenwaters folks stand for. A prophecy tells of a way to preserve the old magic, and Lady Oonagh is willing to trick her granddaughter and torture her own son to break it. Though Fainne is forced to bow to her grandmother's will, the love of her family and her own strong ethics help her remember her true nature, as she learns about herself, her powers of sorcery and the part she plays in a prophecy that has tested three generations of women. Though the romance elements that dominated The Son of the Shadows occasionally appear, this book centers on personal growth and filial duty; it can be enjoyed as a read-alone book, but is better understood with the preceding titles. Marillier's strong voice and rolling, lucid prose seem appropriate for a 10th-century Irish tale, and her command of a fantasy story's elements make this an excellent conclusion to a fine trilogy.
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  • File Size: 2288 KB
  • Print Length: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003J5UIHS
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"Child of the Prophecy" is the concluding book in Juliet Marillier's extraordinary Sevenwaters trilogy, and perhaps the most powerful of all three novels. I think this is partly so because Fainne, daughter of the renegade druid Ciaran and Niamh, the Sevenwaters daughter who was lost to the clan long ago, is the strongest of Marillier's heroines. This in no way diminishes the strength of Sorcha and Liadan, nor the roles these remarkable women played in the trilogy's first two books.
Fainne was brought up in almost total solitude after her mother's death. She and her father lived alone in the Honeycomb, a network of caves on the Kerry coast. It was, at best, an austere and lonely existence, especially for a child. Ciaran schooled her unceasingly in Druid craft and lore and Fainne didn't really want more out of life than to please her father - and pleasing him meant becoming proficient in all he taught. Ciaran, a great Druid priest, had little time for his daughter, other than to pass on his knowledge. He spent most of his life continuing to learn the ancient ways.
This story is set in a period when magic is fading and Christianity is fast becoming the dominant religion of Erin and Britain. The Old Ones are being driven to the Western Realms, beyond the reach of mankind. The ancient groves and forests are being destroyed and without them the true knowledge of the land will disappear. The prophecies say there is a way to prevent the total disappearance of this priceless lore...and that salvation lies within the Sevenwaters clan. It is to this end that Ciaran works to pass his knowledge to his daughter.
The wicked sorceress Oonagh is Fainne's grandmother.
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The conclusion to the Sevenwaters trilogy varies in tone from both its predecessors - I don't want to say it's darker, but it does deal with far more ambiguous definitions of good and evil, including a heroine who isn't nearly as pure and selfless as Sorcha and Liadan.

Said heroine is Fainne, the product of the incestous liason between Niamh, Sorcha's older daughter, and Ciaran, Sorcha's half-brother by the evil sorceress Oonagh. Fainne has been tutored by her father and grandmother in the arts of sorcery, and is sent to Sevenwaters to sabotage the Irish plan to take back the all-important Islands from the British. If you skipped a lot of the battle and strategy talk in the first two books, like I did, you might want to review them first, as they play a big role in the final 1/3 of this book.
As I said, Fainne is a completely different sort from her aunt Liadan and her grandmother Sorcha, and there were times I felt Marillier let her protaganist off too easily. As Oonagh's pawn, Fainne is coerced/blackmailed into doing some truly horrible things, and even though she doesn't technically do them of her own free will a bit more accountability seems to be in order.
I don't know why Marillier abandoned the references she included at the beginning of "Son of the Shadows", if anything they would be more useful here. Two items I felt would be indispensable: a family tree (to sort out the confusion created by the relationship between Niamh and her uncle Ciaran, which makes Sorcha, for instance, both Fainne's grandmother and aunt) and a copy of the Prophecy, which plays such a huge role in the later part of the book but which isn't repeated anywhere until the book is almost over.
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I don't agree with or understand some of the opinions of this book. The intrigue and contrast in this book was amazing. Fainne was amazing.
The Daughter of the Forest will always hold a special place in my heart. Sorcha, Red, Ben, John, Finbar, Conor, Lady Oonagh, Simon, Margarie...they are all such amazing characters. The plot is incredible, the feelings so true, and the terror so real. Juliet captured my heart with this book.
I waited for the second book with such anticipation, and at first I was dissapointed, Liadan was so different than Sorcha. And the whole set up of the book was so much different. Liadan wasn't set to a task as Sorcha was, Liadan didn't care to marry, Liadan wasn't Sorcha. Then it hit me, if Liadan was like Sorcha, what would the fun of the book be? I read it a second time, and I fell in love. Bran is such a passionate person. Eamonn was so good at what he did. Liadan was so amazingly refreshing. Once I had read Son of the Shadow 5 million times, I couldn't wait for Child of the Prophecy.
And when I got the book, I read. I didn't read like I normally did, though. Usually I sit in my bed or on my couch, I don't put the book down until I'm finished, but this was different. I was reading a trilogy and this was the third book. Once I closed the back cover, all would be over, all would be solved. So, I went to the forest by my house. I laid on my hill and read as the wind whipped though my hair. I could hear the wind rustling in the trees. As I read the book, I came to a knew understanding of mother nature, and of it's beauty. I read slowly, I cherised every chapter, every page, every word. Once I was done, I was done...sure I could read it again, but I knew what happened.
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