Note: This book contains more adult content than most books I review. I won’t mention all of the details in this review, but would recommend the book for those who are 18+.
Sorcha of Sevenwaters is the youngest of seven, and the only girl. She was meant to be the seventh son of a seventh son, destined for greatness, but instead her mother died shortly after she was born and her father threw himself into his campaigns against the invading Britons. Sorcha was allowed to run wild with her brothers, learning to respect the fey folk living in the woods around her home. That is, until her father marries the Lady Oonagh, who has her own plans for Sevenwaters. After Oonagh casts an evil spell, Sorcha is set on a path to save her brothers. But the path is long and difficult, and Sorcha grows tired of being strong enough to see it through…
This story is the retelling of the “Swans” legend you might know from your childhood fairytales. The plot is well fleshed out, filled with twists and turns that leave you wondering if Sorcha ever will finish the tasks set her by the fey folk. It’s a lengthy read, but I couldn’t stop turning pages.
I loved Sorcha–her determination, her loyalty, and her caring nature made her into a well-rounded character. But she wasn’t all bravado, either–she had her moments where she wanted to give up, but she always went back to her tasks. All of her brothers were different and well-rounded, each with his own purpose. The other characters, too, were enjoyable to read about.
The romance didn’t sit entirely well with me (let’s face it–I’m tough to please when it comes to literary romances!). I mean, the primary romance was fine enough. The secondary romance hinted at the beginning and thrown in again at the end wasn’t fleshed out quite enough for me to feel like it was anything other than an unnecessary complication.
I said before that this book has more adult content in it than most books I review. It’s also an adult book–not something in the YA section–which I don’t usually read. I just vastly prefer young adult books, which tend to be a bit more straightforward than adult books. Don’t get me wrong, you can still have all the twists and turns in YA that you can in adult, but YA has never seemed bogged down to me. Adult books tend to, which is why if I start them I rarely finish them.
I nearly gave up on this book about 50 pages in, when it started hopping from one seemingly unnecessary background story to the next. I’m so glad I stuck with it (and yes, those seemingly unnecessary background stories did become somewhat necessary!). This was a fantastic read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.