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Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

Heir to Sevenwaters (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Juliet Marillier (Author)

Series: Sevenwaters (4)

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After her newborn brother is kidnapped under her care, Clodoagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront its powerful ruling prince in order to recover the heir to Sevenwaters.
Title:Heir to Sevenwaters
Authors:Juliet Marillier (Author)
Info:Ace (2009), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier (2008)


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The best parts of this book were the baby changeling and the fact that there is a canonically gay character in the Sevenwaters series now.
The only scenes where I had any reaction to this book involved the changeling because those were sort of dark and the baby made of sticks and leaves created a really creepy image in my mind. I liked that.

Unfortunately, everything else about this book bored me. Clodagh was ok, but I didn't care for Cathal and the romance. We are also back to having a 16 year old girl involved romantically with a man in his 20s in this book, which I was never a fan of. Of course we also had to mention how special Liadan is even though she isn't really in this book. When does that character die so I can be free of this?

This wasn't as bad as "Son of the Shadows", but it was close. Every time Marillier focuses too much on the differences she perceives there are between the sexes she loses me. Every time there is a lot of focus on women just being useful to have children she loses me.

The book would have also been improved if it had been shorter because it was too repetitive. I don't need to read the same thing 3 times just because once it was in someone's head, then spoken aloud and then told to another character that wasn't present to hear it the first time. Maybe if it was a sentence, but not pages of it. Unnecessary.

I really don't know if I should read the other 2 books in the series or even more Marillier books, besides the ones I already read. I keep hoping that the newest books are better so I will at least give them a try. At least to the first books in the newer trilogies. It's a pity because I really like the writing style. However, the plot and characters almost always overstay their welcome. ( )
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
4.5 stars.
Like the three previous books of Juliet Marrilier's that I have read, I liked this one a whole lot. I don't know how she manages to make her stories so enticing, her characters so real and likeable, her plots crafted so masterfully that you find yourself following it like a dream woven of magic threads. I am head over heels in love with this series. ( )
  UDT | May 1, 2018 |
This book is a welcome return to the classical quest format of the first in the series, and is much stronger than the less structured second and third installments. I enjoyed getting more insight into the Otherworld and its inhabitants, and the main characters were easy to root for. Not the Best Book I Ever Read, but I have no distinct complaints, so it manages four stars.

This concludes my reread of the series; now, on to my first read of the fifth book! ( )
  NeitherNora | Sep 7, 2013 |
A fantasy, about a young woman from a family living near an enchanted forest (basically), who has to go on a quest into fairyland to save her baby brother. He has been taken by fairies and a bundle of sticks left behind -a changeling, whom only she sees as a living creature, and a needy one at that. I liked the twist on the changeling myth, that despite her brother's loss, she nurtures the little changeling creature who would otherwise die. The quest romantic elements solid writing make for a pretty good story from this veteran fantasy author. I can see that the author is building on a world from previous novels, but it doesn't impinge on this one if you haven't read the others. Would appeal to young adults too. ( )
  amanderson | Mar 31, 2013 |
The fourth book in the Sevenwaters series, Heir to Sevenwaters is set just three years after the previous book, Child of the Prophecy. Lady Aisling is expecting another child, a longed for boy and heir to Sevenwaters. Her daughter Clodagh, the third of Sean and Aisling's six daughters, takes over the running of the household as her mother prepares for the new arrival.

Joy turns to despair when the new baby is stolen from his room and a changeling is left in his place; one that only Clodagh can see or hear. In order to reclaim her newborn brother, Clodagh must care for the changeling, journey to the Fair Folk's Otherworld and confront Mac Dara, the dangerous Lord of the Oak who now rules there. Accompanying her is the strange young warrior Cathal who Mac Dara seems to have a strange interest in. At the same time her father is preparing to host a council of warring chieftains and deal with the possibility that his new son-in-law is plotting against the alliance.

Juliet Marillier doesn't disappoint, this book was hard to put down! Fantasy at it's very best. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Feb 10, 2013 |
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"Juliet Marillier has once again given us an epic tale...sure to delight fans."
added by Awesomeness1 | editThe Specusphere
"What makes the Sevenwaters series particularly special is the setting. Marillier is obviously well versed in Celtic myth and she brings a vivid feel of a land steeped in old-world myth... The writing is beautiful ly done, with a lyrical feel... a great addition to the series... I have no doubt that HEIR TO SEVENWATERS will be treasured by everyone who has ever fallen in love with Sevenwaters... a very sweet book."
added by Awesomeness1 | editFantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Book Reviews
"Marillier's lushly descriptive writing brings to life a shadowy and perilous Fair Folk... I enjoyed this book so much... and sincerely hope that this series will not end with HEIR TO SEVENWATERS."
added by Awesomeness1 | editRomance Novel TV
"This is a beautiful tale of family, courage, and - most importantly of all- love. I finished this book and was urged to skip back to the beginning just to read it again. I can only hope that Marillier plans on revisiting Sevenwaters again. And hopefully very, very soon. Juliet Marillier's prose is beautiful, as lush and enchanting as the forest of Sevenwaters itself. HEIR TO SEVENWATERS reminded me what it feels like to be truly moved by a story, and why I fell in love with reading in the first place ... one of the finest books I have had the pleasure to read this year."
added by Awesomeness1 | editThe Book Smugglers
"A strong entry in a magnificent saga. Juliet Marillier once again shows her skill in writing an exciting thriller that enables readers to believe in the Tuatha De Danann."
added by Awesomeness1 | editAlternative Worlds

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Juliet Marillierprimary authorall editionscalculated
Landor, RosalynNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neto, AnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schilasky, SabineÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sullivan, JonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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After her newborn brother is kidnapped under her care, Clodoagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront its powerful ruling prince in order to recover the heir to Sevenwaters.

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The chieftains of Sevenwaters have long been custodians of a vast and mysterious forest, one of the last refuges of the Tuatha De Danann, the Fair Folk. Human and Otherworld dwellers have existed there side by side, separated by a thin veil between the realms and sharing a wary trust.

Until Lady Aisling gives birth to a son - a new heir to Sevenwaters - and everything changes. with Lord Sean facing his own difficulties as warring factions threaten his borders, it falls to their daughter, Clodagh, to care for the infant while her mother recovers.

Then the baby is taken from his room and something unnatural is left in his place. To reclaim her brother, Clodagh must enter the shadowy Otherworld and confront the powerful prince who rules there. Accompanied on her quest by a warrior who may prove to be more than he seems, Clodagh will have her courage tested to the breaking point. but the reward may be far greater than she ever dreamed...
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