Book Review: Child of the Prophecy (Sevenwaters #3) by Juliet Marillier

20 Oct

ChildoftheProphecyFainne, daughter of Niamh of Sevenwaters and Ciaran the sorcerer, has grown up with her father in a place called the Honeycomb in Kerry. They live a reclusive lifestyle filled with magic and learning. Shy and awkward Fainne is only friends with Darragh, one of the traveler’s children. Life in Kerry seems almost perfect–that is, until her father decides to send her away to Sevenwaters and have her grandmother, the Lady Oonagh, teach her how to be a lady. The Lady Oonagh sets Fainne an impossible task: stop Sevenwaters from reclaiming the islands which are so important to the Fair Folk, and kill the Child of the Prophecy. But the more time Fainne spends with her relatives, the more she comes to care for them, and the more difficult it is to work against them… but she must, because if she doesn’t her grandmother will do terrible things to the people she loves…

This is the last book in the initial Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier (there are now more Sevenwaters books available, which I plan to read later!). While this book is just as skillfully written as all of Juliet Marillier’s other books–with a wonderful setting and interesting characters–I liked it the least of the trilogy simply because the plot was a bit more meandering than the other two. Not that it wasn’t still enjoyable (I feel like I need to stress that when I say I liked something least in a series–I still liked it!), I just thought that it lacked the progressive action of the other two.

I did quite like that Fainne wasn’t necessarily a “good” character–that is, for most of the book she’s almost the antagonist. She has a lot of choices to make and often made the wrong decision. Her mistakes made her stronger, and by the end of it all her ultimate decision was one that was believable. I loved seeing her character grow and change, even though she could frustrate me with her stubbornness sometimes!

A must-read conclusion to an excellent series. To see my reviews of books 1 and 2 in the Sevenwaters trilogy, Daughter of the Forest and Son of the Shadows, click the links.

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